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201 informant daughter E Thomas ROBERTSON, Sarah Robin (I2368)
 
202 Informant his oldest son Robert Eugene Shaw. SHAW, John (I3083)
 
203 Informant was A E Parker, daughter-in-law Philp, John (I6417)
 
204 Informant was her husband William. ROBERTSON, Mona Elsie Grace (I2893)
 
205 Informant was Margaret T Robertson (?) ROBERTSON, Margaret Dow (I2367)
 
206 Informant was Margaret's mother, Jane Robertson (formerly Maunsey) Her father was Robert Robertson, a brewer.
Hulme Lancashire

There are two Hulmes in Manchester. This is the district south of the city centre where, because of the Industrial Revolution, there was a massive development of cheap housing in the 18th century. Previously a pleasant village surrounded on three sides by the rivers Irwell, Medlock and Cornbrook, it soon became a morass of mills and back to back housing. 
ROBERTSON, Margaret Alice (I2998)
 
207 Informant: Charlotte Robertson, late Fossett, formerly Smith ROBERTSON, John Tannahill (I2889)
 
208 Informant: Claude Wylie, husband ROBERTSON, Elizabeth Robin Mitchell (I2673)
 
209 Informant: Mary Roughsedge, mother (her mark). Sub-district: St Thomas'. ROUGHSEDGE, William James (I2267)
 
210 Information gleaned by H. Hulme in 1943 for S.W. Caldwell from old Caldwell account books indicating that William's sister Ellen was a housekeeper for William and Sarah and that William
bought Ellen a pair of shoes in 1794. 
CALDWELL, Ellen (I4174)
 
211 Information on the Scottish composer Robert Tannahill, based on David Semple's "The Poems and Songs and Correspondence of Robert Tannahill, with Life and Notes." Paisley: Alex Gardner, 1876.
Robert Tannahill's family had been weavers for several generations at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. They moved to Paisley in 1756, which a that time had more than 1300 working looms and only about 4000 people. They did well, married, raised large families, served their church, and owned their houses.

In 1786 James Tannahill, Robert's father, was chosen Deacon or Boxmaster of the Paisley Old Weavers' Society. Family connections have a bearing on Tannahill's work, not only because prosperity made possible both the education and the leisure to pursue the arts, but more specifically because his mother, Janet Pollick, was related to the Brodie family, which had produced several poets and actors among its farmers and weavers. One of her cousins, Robert Brodie, was a poet of some local renown, and a frequent visitor to the Tannahill home.
Robert was the 5th child and 4th son, born June 3, 1774, and was sickly from the start. Through careful nursing, he survived, and "a slight bend in the right foot was straightened." His constitution remained delicate throughout his life, however, and he endured considerable pain and embarrassment from a lifelong limp. He wore extra stockings on his thin right leg to make it look more like his other leg, and all his life was bashful of meeting strangers.
Both Robert's parents had had a liberal education, and the children were sent to school from the age of 6 to 12. Robert did not distinguish himself at school, though by age 10 he was entertaining his friends with verses about public figures in the town. After leaving school he bought a dictionary with a grammar included and continued to instruct himself in his chosen avocation.
In 1786, aged 12, he was apprenticed to his father, working in the relatively light trade of muslin, linen and silk weaving. Apparently some biographers have asserted that this was a sign of family poverty, but Semple asserts it was the custom of the town for boys to go to work at that age, and that wages were good. Robert also spent a good deal of time walking, to strengthen his leg and his constitution, though it also increased his pain. The "woods of Craigielee" were but a 3 minute walk from his father's house, and the countryside around Paisley served as setting and material for many of his later songs.
Robert's apprenticeship ended in 1791, the year Tam O'Shanter was published (expensively). It came out cheaply in 1794, and folks in Paisley felt especially attached to the story because of the reference to a "cutty sark o Paisley harn." Robert and his friends walked from Paisley to Alloway Kirk & spent six weeks in Burns' country..
At this time, when he was about 20, Robert seems to have begun a conscious self-education by reading and correspondence, toward the "treating of poetry and music". His declared purpose in this period was to restore the popularity of old Scottish airs by writing new words for them. He must have been working feverishly (perhaps literally so, given his health) for he attached an inkpot to the frame of his loom so he could write down whatever came to him as he worked. (Which makes one wonder to what extent the rhythm of weaving affected the rhythms of his poems.)

In 1795, the poet met Jenny Tennant, a girl about 4 years older than himself, who had come with her mother to Paisley from Dunblane to seek employment. They "walked out together" for 3 years but she married another in 1798. How much this disappointment contributed to Robert's later despondency is of course a favourite topic of speculation.

By the end of the century, the population of Paisley had ballooned to nearly 24,000, and when a widespread crop failure in 1799 caused a stagnation in trade throughout the UK, the town was thrown into a crisis. Provisions rose to famine prices and committees were formed to operate soup kitchens. Robert, then 26, and his youngest brother, Hugh, then 20, went to England looking for work, but found the "distress" there equally severe. In Bolton, Lancashire, they were taken in by a former Paisley weaver and through him were able to find work. They were called home, however, by the end of 1801, to attend their father's death bed. Robert moved back in with his mother and returned to his loom and his poems. The correspondence included in Semple's collection begins in the spring of 1802.

Tradesmen of Paisley had been forming reading clubs and other societies for "mental culture" since about 1770. Robert and his friends formed a new one in 1803 devoted exclusively to music, poetry, and literature. Its 15-20 members "considered themselves the cream of the intellectual tradesmen of the town," and their meetings included the vociferous and detailed critique of various poems and publications, including Robert's poems. The proceedings were in general well lubricated, and Robert endured a lot of ridicule for abstaining from liquor--whether for moral or health reasons is not clear. Robert valued the opinions of these men (and at least one woman, who hosted them when they travelled from Paisley to meet with like-minded men in Kilmarnock) and continued to court their good opinion until the day of his death. He wrote "The Soldier's Return," a "dramatic interlude," on request from a local actor (who died before he finished it), and submitted it to the club for critique. They disliked it, and apparently told Tannahill the reasons in some detail, and with a deal of drunken enthusiasm, when he inquired. The poet was crushed by this reaction, and sullenly continued to believe the drama was his "complete masterpiece".
The "interlude" did include some good songs, however. John Ross of Aberdeen had been employed to write the music for "Our Bonnie Scots Lads" (a song on the Paisley recruits) and "The Dusky Glen," and the performance of one of these songs brought Tannahill together with another composer, R.A. Smith, who, along with William McLaren became a close friend. (Smith was the son of an English weaver who relocated to Paisley. Unlike Tannahill, he had no aptitude for a weaver's life and hated the work.) McLaren wrote an early biography of Tannahill, and described him in these years as a staid, quiet, inoffensive man, about 5'4", with a halt in his walk, not a fine dresser (some of his siblings were the setters of fashion in Paisley), who spent most of his money on books, stationery, postage, and occasional traveling expenses". He was not strong, and had a permanent dry cough (He and the rest of his club were heavy smokers).

Tannahill's first publication was in 1804 or 1805 in a literary magazine in Edinburgh -- its title has never (at least to 1876) been satisfactorily identified. His next publication seems to have been in another unidentified magazine in England. It seems logical that he must have published more extensively than this in 1804, as 17 of his poems were included in a pair of Glasgow publications of 1805 and 1806--"The Selector" and "The Glena," both of which, as their names suggest, were "gleanings" from other publications. In any case, from then on Tannahill was published regularly, in "The Paisley Repository", "The Nightingale", "The Caledonian Musical Repository" and other publications.

Tannahill's fame and popularity were growing. Many of his poems had been put to music by Smith and by Ross, and their lyrics were easily memorised. Women singers were fond of his songs, and those from "The Soldier's Return" had an added patriotic appeal. But his first audience remained his most cherished one, and he continued to show new pieces to his club and to other friends--the careful saving of these copies by his acquaintance subsequently saved many poems from oblivion. In 1806 he was instrumental in opening a lending library for tradesmen in Paisley (there already was one for gentlemen), and he remained a working weaver and full member of his community.
In May 1807 an edition of his poems was published, with an advance subscription of 900. The "interlude" and the songs received the same reception from critics as they had in Paisley--they hated the play and loved the songs--and once again the poet was cast into despair. The drama was his masterpiece, he insisted again, and his songs "commonplace", elevated to greater interest only by the music supplied by others.

Still, the book made money, at least 20 pounds, and increased his fame. It allowed him to pursue his next desire, the collection of Irish airs--a project that proved far more problematic than his similar use of Scottish sources. Judging from one of his letters, he apparently collected unpublished songs from the Irish, had them translated or just talked to the singer about what the song was about, and then wrote verses in what he believed to be the same vein--often using people or events around Paisley as models for a song's situation. In 1808 a number of these new songs were rejected by George Thomson for publication, and in 1810 two other publishers refused a new edition of his poems. All was not discouragement in these years--in 1808 he wrote a comic song, "Caller Herrin," to the air of "The Cameronian Rant," and by 1810 six other new poems had been published in "Scots Magazine"-- but economic times were hard in Paisley, and the three major publication refusals were hard on Tannahill's spirits.

In March, 1810, just before he received the second refusal on his new edition, Tannahill received a visit at Paisley from James Hogg. The visit was arranged by Smith, the composer, and the three of them spent a "convivial evening" with other friends in the club room of a tavern. This was the last great event of Tannahill's life. Shortly afterward, friends began to recognize symptoms of mental disturbance: he was despondent and sometimes incoherent. On several occasions he was escorted home by friends afraid to let him go into the streets alone. Wading through the Semple's elevated and euphemistic language, (the only direct phrase is "aberration of mind") one concludes that Tannahill probably suffered from an organic mental illness. On the night of May 16, 1810, he was seen to bed by his mother, but got up later and left the house. When his absence was discovered, a search party was organized and his watch and other effects were found by a canal. His body was recovered shortly thereafter. 
TANNAHILL, Robert (I2952)
 
212 Inquest 13 May 1913. WILSON, Eliza (I2499)
 
213 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I948)
 
214 Is this the cousin who visited dad? Also lent me Bannister Grimshaw book. ENTWISLE, William (I950)
 
215 Is this the older of the two Bill Entwisles who visited my dad the week he died (Mar 1975)? Lived in Meadow St/Portland st area - house with garden up steps. ENTWISLE, James William (I2195)
 
216 James Cowen and Ellen (nee Banks) Cowen
http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=image&guid=7308afa8-323d-42bc-b84a-661d15f70d29&tid=6779089&pid=-1227310432 
COWEN, Ellen Ann (I2224)
 
217 James Robinson - Son of James Robinson & Ann
Born: 5 Aug 1788
Abode: Shaws Alley
Occupation: Blacksmith
Register: Baptisms 1787 - 1792, Page 123, Entry 27
Source: LDS Film 1656377
 
Robinson, James (I5391)
 
218 Jane and Samuel may have had more children, there were several hundred Gilchrist births in the ten years following their marriage, too many to check.
Jane’s death was registered by son-in-law (name unclear), of 48 Wykeham Road, Glasgow. 
WYLIE, Jane Tannahill Mitchell (I2674)
 
219 Jane Tannhill Wylie
Year of Registration: 1867
Quarter of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep
District: West Derby
County: Lancashire
Volume: 8b
Page: 372 
WYLIE, Jane/Jeanie Tannahill (I2358)
 
220 Jane was born in 1864 in Glasgow in presence of her grandmother Jean Robertson. Is this the same Jane Tannahill Wylie as was registered in West Derby Lancashire in 3rd quarter of 1867? WYLIE, Jane Tannahill Mitchell (I2674)
 
221 Janet married James Mitchell 3 December 1837 at Abbey, Paisley. James was a widower, his wife Marion Dunsmore had died possibly after the birth of their child, Mary, in early 1837. Family F996
 
222 Janet then housekept for William Maitland to whom she had a child Sarah whom he acknowledged in his will. Family F2178
 
223 Janet was married to John Gamble and had four children. Nothing is known of what happened to John Gamble but Janet and William Morgan became involved about 1850-1851. They did not formally marry until 1865. Janet died of heart failure possibly brought on by some gastric virus. The death certificate names all of her children however the Gamble children are named but ages are unknown. The Morgan children were: Jane 51; Anne 42; Richard; 45; Louisa 42; Sarah dec'd; Thomas 40; Agnes 35 and Martha 32. Marriage Extract No. 2098 On 27th May 1865 at United Presbyterian Manse Ballarat William Morgan, Painter, Bachelor 38 years old of Creswick Creek Parents William Morgan, Farmer and Mary Wayne born Cambridge England and Jane Tannahill Spinster Paisley Scotland 32 years of Creswick Creek Parents Andrew Tannahill, Shearer and Janet Allison. Officiating Minister Robert Moddon Witness Cyrus Hame and Elizabeth Ham * William Morgan and Cyrus Ham only ones able to sign names, ladies made their mark. Janet's death certificate Victoria 13858 states: No. 1617 Name and Surname: Jane Morgan, Widow Sex and Age: Female 77 years Cause of Death, duration, medical attendant: Diarrhoea, Syncope, heart failure, 7 days, Dr. W.J.A. Moss, 7 December 1903 Parents: Father, Tannahill Mother Jane Tannahill Name of Informant: Thomas Morgan, Son, 9 Elizabeth Street, Kensington Registrar: Thomas Tilley, 8th December 1903, Kensington When & Where Buried: 9th December 1903, Melbourne General Cemetery, Thomas Allison, Undertaker Born: Paisley Scotland, 61 years State of Victoria Marriages: 1st Marriage Victoria 16 years Gamble, 2nd marriage Victoria 25 years William Morgan Issue: Mary, John, Letitia, Elsie Gamble Ages unknown (perhaps there was a separation) Jean 51, Anne 49, Richard 45, Louisa 42, Sarah died, Thomas 40, Agnes 35, Martha 32 (Morgan) TANNAHILL, Janet (I3153)
 
224 Janet, the daughter, after her maternal grandmother, Janet Brodie. Janet Tannahill dressed equally grandly on Sundays. A satin bonnet, gaudily got up, white muslin dress or silk gown according to the state of the weather, red silk quilted petticoat, silk stockings, cloth shoes, and pattens in wet weather. In winter, cloth gown, muff and cloak. In all seasons an umbrella, an article which had then been recently introduced into Paisley, and was sold by Mr. Alexander Weir, cloth merchant, at the Cross. Miss Tannahill, being a dressmaker, came out pretty strong in the fashions of the day to show her ability for the business. On the 27th of January, 1792, Janet Tannahill, then twentv-three years of age, was married to James Smith, weaver in Paisley, after two days' proclamation of banns, thereby showing that they belonged to the middle class of society. James Smith was a native of the neighbouring parish of Inchinnan, and was a very quiet, inoffensive person, respected by all his acquaintances. TANNAHILL, Janet (I2967)
 
225 Jeanie attended a party at the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool when Uncle Sam visited from USA. WRIGHT, Jeanie (I4552)
 
226 Jeannie Tannahill Robertson died at Brighton, Sussex. (2b 130)
In 1891 Kelly's directory this was a lodging house occupied by Mrs Ann Towns 
TANNAHILL, Jean (I2361)
 
227 Jno Bright Waddicor - son of Andrew Waddicor & Alice (formerly Marsden). (Presumably named after John Bright, British Radical & Liberal statesman, a promoter of free trade policies, who became President of the Board of Trade on the day after John Bright Waddicor was born.) WADDICOR, John Bright (I2152)
 
228 John Brown and Sarah Linacre
http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=image&guid=ce7ed25c-fd69-4a47-a62b-a4d0ecd612d0&tid=6779089&pid=-1227310531 
Linacre, Sarah (I4326)
 
229 John Cowen, mariner of Bridgewater Street, aged 56. This could be Neil's father. Neil was married at this church 2 years later. COWEN, John (I2251)
 
230 John McNaughton was an engineer. In 1879 he was Superintendent of the Paisley Fire Engine. McNAUGHTON, John (I7778)
 
231 John Robinson dies on Monday the 19th Ult after a short illness aged 43 a sail maker, shaws alley.

Burial: 23 Apr 1824 St Peter, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
John Robinson -
Age: 44 years
Abode: Shaw Alley
Buried by: W Horner, Officiating Minister
Register: Burials 1820 - 1827, Page 155, Entry 1240
Source: LDS Film 93913 
Robinson, John (I5388)
 
232 John Sloan had 9 children including Nora who married ? Wagner, Roslyn's parents
 
Family F1107
 
233 John was married to Catherine and had a son, James, and was living at 43 Batchelor Street by December 1868. Family F714
 
234 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I4356)
 
235 Lancashire Cricket Club arranged and paid for his funeral. CROSSLAND, John (I791)
 
236 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I2995)
 
237 Left £10 in will of Ellen Robertson (1916). HUGHES, Edith (I2997)
 
238 Left £10 in will of Ellen Robertson (1916). HUGHES, Mabel (I2996)
 
239 Left £50 in Ellen Robertson's will - later annotated by hand as 'mistake'. URE, Andrew (I2883)
 
240 letter came to his mother MAGINNES, John (I2074)
 
241 Listed in the Roll of Honour in the Darwen News, Saturday 4th January 1919.
Not listed on CWGC, but Nicholas' name said to be included on a broken war memorial.
Message from Tony Foster 27 Feb 2013:
" I note you mentioned his name is included on a broken war memorial which had been dumped.
This war memorial was "dumped" in Darwen Cemetery and I am working with the Friends of Darwen Cemetery and I have been researching this War Memorial. I can confirm that it was from the Redearth Road Primitive Methodist Church, Darwen. and I am now researching the 31 names that appeared on this memorial. " 
BENNETTS, Nicholas Velnoweth (I1056)
 
242 Listed in, [Paisley, 1823] The Paisley Directory, containing a list of the Manufacturers, Merchants, Traders, &c. &c. &c. in the town and suburbs, alphabetically arranged; of the Magistrates and Town Council, Banks, Public Bodies, &c. with other necessary Lists. Corrected till July 1823. To which are prefixed, A Table of Appointments, From July 1823, to January 1825. With a Table of New Stamp Duties, and a Perpetual Diary. By Robert Biggar. [Price One Shilling.], 1823, BIGGAR, Robert, Paisley. Printed by J. Neilson Source (S676)
 
243 Lived at 12 Elswick Street, Darwen when son Walter was killed in WW1, Nov 1916. ENTWISTLE, John Edwin (I995)
 
244 Lived at 12 Elswick Street, Darwen when son Walter was killed in WW1, Nov 1916. BURY, Hannah (I557)
 
245 Liverpool 20427 Q2 1851 ROBERTSON, Margaret Dow (I2367)
 
246 Liverpool 8b 66 Q1 1872 MILTON, Elizabeth Mitchell Ferguson (I2744)
 
247 Liverpool 8b p 99 BROWN, Richard (I2067)
 
248 Liverpool N. 10d p.214 COWEN, Thomas Banks (I2211)
 
249 Liverpool N. 10d page 213 WYLIE, Isabella Allan (I2210)
 
250 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I3934)
 

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