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My Mother’s Uncles and Aunts.
My Mum Stella Paton nee Cairney has always said she has many cousins, so I decided to sit down and count them, with a little help from Mum, of course. At the last count, it came to 35 cousins compared to my six. This chapter however is not about Mums cousin’s but her Aunts and Uncles of which there are many, and just a brief mention at that.
Mum had a total of sixteen aunts and sixteen uncles now that is a coincidence providing I have counted correctly. The figures include all those that died young before mum was born, and her Uncles and Aunts through marriage.
Let us start with the Cairneys:
Peter (Petrus) Cairney.
Here is some information I have put together on Peter Cairney as shown in my mother's Bible.

Peter's Mother and Father were Thomas Cairney and Mary Dalton, so Peter was Thomas' big brother or indeed would have been my mother's Uncle Peter had he lived.

Peter was born on the 11th May 1903 and was baptised on the 24th May 1903 at St John the Baptist RC church Perth, by Father Michaele Lavelle. His Godparents were Anna Dalton; Mary Dalton's little sister and "Joannas Taylor" (difficult to read). Peter was born at number 82 South Street Perth, it appears that his mother and father either did not yet have their own home, but perhaps more likely Mary went to her mother's house to have her first child? Thomas and Mary only got married on 21st Feb. 1903 so little Peter was already on the way by this time.

Peter had a short life and unfortunately died of Meningitis (Tubercular) on the 15th August 1912. He appears to have been staying with his Grandparents, Thomas and Elizabeth Dalton, at the time, as his place of death given as 71 Kinoull Causeway Perth. The "Leslie's Directory of Perth 1911-12" shows Thomas Dalton Warehouseman staying at 81 Kinoull Causeway Perth, one of the numbers may indeed be wrong e.g. 71 or 81? However, Peter's usual address at the time was 50 Meal Vennel Perth.

He died aged nine according to mum's bible BUT the entry made was [28th scored out] 15th day of August 1913. If he was nine then it should read 1912 as he was born on 11th May 1903 and Baptised on 24th May 1903 according to St John's RC Church records. SCOTLANDS PEOPLE web site, and now his Death certificate shows him as having died in 1912 NOT 1913.
Elizabeth Cairney (Lovie)
Elizabeth Cairney was born on the 6th of September 1904 and was baptized on the 18th September. Elizabeth was otherwise known as Lovie. Lovie Cairney never got married, spending all her life to looking after her sister Mary.
Mary Cairney
Mary was born on the 21st of May 1906 but died nearly five months later on the 7th of October the same year. As quiet often happened then, the family would go on to have another baby daughter also named Mary.
Ann (Anna) Cairney
Ann was born on the 1st of November 1908 in Perth Scotland. She grew up to marry William Small Gow in 1933 in Perth. They had at least one son called John.
Ann died on the 24th of September 1967 at Bridge of Earn Hospital; she had been staying at 15 Malvina Place Perth at the time.

Winnie Cairney
Winnie was born in 1910 in Perth and died at the age of nine in 1919, Perth.
Edward Cairney
Edward was born 1911 in Perth, Scotland, going on to marry Margaret Low in 1951, they had the following children;
Edward, Dawn, James, Lorna and Michael.
He died in 2006 in Perth Scotland.
Mary Cairney
Mary was born in 1914, Perth.
Mary stayed with her sister Lovie (Elizabeth) all her life, until she died in 1997

Katherine Cairney

Katherine Cairney was born on 20 Aug 1915 in Perth. She married John James Sutherland on 24 Feb 1948 in Scott Street, Perth.

She had three children;

Maureen, Ian and Morag.

She died on 20 May 1994 in Plymouth, Devon.
Katherine had her ashes scattered on Kinoull Hill, Perth, when she died.

Michael Cairney

Born 1919 in Perth Scotland and died on the 16th May 1920

Margaret Cairney

Born in 1921, Perth Scotland and died young on 23 September 1921

The STEWARTS are as follows:

James Alexander McKenzie Stewart

James was born at 376 High Street Perth on the 20th April 1901. James married Eva, but as yet, I do not know where or when, however I was advised by my mother, Stella, that they had no family.

He had been a driver instructor who collapsed in the street- heart attack at around sixty years old.

Isabella McKenzie Stewart

Isabella was born on 28th December 1902 at 3 Clay Holes Perth at 1:40 in the early hours of the morning. Her Father John Stewart signed the birth certificate on January the 16th 1903.  

She married William Falconer at Perth in 1923.

They had three children, William, Jack and Stewart.

Isabella dies at Bridge of Earn hospital on 1st April 1967. Her home address was 57b Perth road Scone at the time.

Mary Martin Stewart

She was born at 11:15 am; on 31st March 1905. In 362 High Street Perth. John Stewart the Father signed the birth certificate.

She married Charles Robertson in 2a King Street Dundee on the 3rd of October 1932.

They had two children, Lillian and Stewart.

She died May 1975 while staying at 36 Scott Street Perth, this used to be the home address of my Granny Cairney in the early 1960’s

John Stewart

John, the first of twins, was born at 7.45 am; on the 8th of June 1907, at 323 High Street Perth. John Stewart the Father signed the birth certificate.

He died of Whooping Cough at 9am on the 1st Feb.1908 as Cert. by C. Parker Stewart. His father John Stewart signed the Death certificate.

Cecilia Stewart

Cecilia, John’s twin, was born at 8:45 am.
His mother Mary signed the birth certificate on June 28th.

Cecilia married Harry (Henry) Jenkins during 1934 in Perth. They had five children:

David, Harry, Roger, Russell, and Cecilia.

A taxi knocked over Cecilia and killed her in Methven Street on the 3rd of December 1968. She was staying in Methven Street at the time.

William Stewart

He was born at 323 High Street Perth on the 20th of December 1908.

William was married twice, his first wife died and his sister Isa, brought up his daughter Lorna.

His first marriage was to Alexandrina Halley otherwise known as Ina, in 1935 in Perth. Ina died in Perth during 1945 aged only 38 years old.

William married again in 1947 to Amelia King in the district of Mains, Angus.
They stayed latterly in a small cottage on the railway crossing at Ruthvenfield near Perth. This railway crossing and station has long gone but the cottage remains.
Ruthven Road Halt was your first stop after departing Perth, as you travelled westwards on The Perth, Almond valley & Methven Railway. Opened on January 1, 1858, the line would eventually extend as far as Crieff (from 1866 onwards) and ran four trains in each direction per day. The station eventually closed to passenger services on October 1, 1951, although freight traffic continued until January 25, 1965. The station house is still there, although the platform and wooden shelter have been dismantled. The occupier of this house would have been responsible for the opening and closing of the gates at the level crossing, also long gone.
William Stewart worked as a railway porter, and on the 26th of December was run over by a train close to Strathord railway junction near Luncarty.

His Death certificate shows him as having been a Railway Porter and death was due to a railway accident, he appears to have been run over by a train. Killed on the Stanley- Strathord Line. There is an article in the "Perthshire Advertiser" The PA of 28th December 1955 on page 1 and page 7. I have yet to see this and the subsequent Inquiry in the PA 27th Feb. 1956, on page 7.

William had six children in total:
Lorna, Alistair, Amy, George, Jimmy, and Norma.

Alexander Isdale Stewart

I was looking for the birth date of Alex on Scotland’s people and out of the many Alex Stewarts, there was only one that seemed to fit into the available dates. This was shown as "Alexander Isdal" Stewart.  I then discovered that an Alexander I Stewart had signed my Mother and Father's wedding menu. Just next to this signature was another that looked like Chris Stewart who I guessed to be his wife. Indeed, on a search on Scotland’s People web site I discovered an Alexander Isdal Stewart marrying a Christina Litster in 1939 at Perth. Then in 1987, I find the death of Alexander Isdal in Perth. Please note that Isdal is more than likely "ISDALE" there is just not enough room in the Scotland's people search box for any more letters! I then found out that the minister who had married Alex's Mother and Father was called Alexander Isdale who was the minister of the Free St Stephens Perth in 1900 when John Stewart married Mary Martin Stewart. So is it perhaps that Alexander appears to be named after the Minister?

David Roy Stewart

I believe David went by the name of Roy or at least my mother always called him Uncle Roy. David Roy Stewart’s Father, John Stewart was an only child but his parents Robert and Isabella Stewart had adopted various children, one being a baby called David Roy.  I believe this is from where mums Uncle David Roy Stewart gets his name, of course I could be wrong, but it looks very likely.

Roy Stewart did not marry. He was in the Merchant Navy. Dad (Robert Paton) has cine film taken by Roy.  Roy travelled on many voyages around the world, two of which I know about.

In November 1949, Roy left on board the “SS Cape None” from Glasgow bound for San Francisco, California, arriving there on the 16th of December 1949. It had made a stop at Los Angeles on route so I guess it most probably went through the Panama Canal after there. The Cape of Good Hope Motorship Company Ltd Glasgow owned the “SS Cape None”.

On the 24th of September 1953, Roy left the port of London bound for New York via Le Havre France on the British vessel “Alsatia”. He was employed as a fireman by the Cunard Steam-Ship Company Ltd, on this voyage. They arrived in New York on the 4th of October 1953.
“Alsatia” was built for the Silver Line in 1948, to carry 12 passengers in style the worldwide trade. It was bought by Cunard, Alsatia (formerly Silverplane) in 1951, and was used for purely general cargo, and the passenger accommodation was used by the Officers. The wardroom was the original passenger lounge and was built as a half-timbered pub, with inglenook fireplaces and oak beams and appropriate furniture. It was decorated with antique swords, daggers and pewter plates and mugs.. They had a grand staircase amidships from the Purser's Bureau on the Main deck, dividing halfway, to port and starboard, with a grand landing on the Promenade deck. Potted palms and leather settees abounded in the public areas.

It being 503ft 6ins in length, 65ft beam, of 7,228 Gross tons, closed shelter-deck, 5 hatches, 4 deep tanks for vegetable oils in No.3 hatch, two tween decks, with a long forecastle, on which was No.1 hatch, and a long boat deck with No.3 hatch trunked between the two funnels. “Alsatia” was powered with Parsons Marine steam turbines, driving a single screw, giving a service speed of 17.5 knots – a veritable greyhound of its time, and fast for its type even today. The fuel consumption of over 50 tons per day plus 2 tons diesel for generators did not make it economical by today's standards!

A most obvious characteristic - I think unique for cargo vessels - was that it had two funnels and almost looked like a mini Queen Elizabeth! It was certainly always taken for a passenger ship wherever it went. Cunard employed it on the North Atlantic trade, based in King George V Dock, London (now London City Airport), calling at Southampton for bunkers and loading at Le Havre and Glasgow for New York, mainly carrying (British) cars, wines and spirits. It would occasionally carry currency and bullion in the strong room. It was latterly employed on the Canadian trade to Quebec and Montreal. In 1963, it was sold to Taiwan. "Alsatia" was renamed "Union Freedom”.

He latterly stayed at St Johnstoun's Buildings in Perth and died on the 7th of September 1983 at Perth Royal Infirmary.

Thomas Stewart

I was advised by Mum and Dad that Tommy Stewart was in Tobruk during WWII. The siege of Tobruk was a lengthy confrontation between Axis and Allied forces in North Africa during the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War. The siege started on 11 April 1941, when Tobruk was attacked by an Italian-German force under Lieutenant General Erwin Rommel and continued for 240 days, when it was relieved by the Allied Eighth Army during Operation Crusader.

Tommy returned from the war in Tobruk and married Flora Smith Brown otherwise known as Flo, in 1943. They had two children, Linda and Tommy.

Thomas Stewart lived in Woodside Crescent for a while. He died on the 25th of August 1984 while staying at 13 Parmelia Court, Perth.

Georgina Fraser Stewart

Georgina Fraser Stewart was born during 1920 in Perth, and in 1940, she married James Arnott. They went on to have three children, Alice Jack and James.

Georgina died at Stormont House, Atholl Street Perth on 27th of February 1988, she had also been known as Gerry.

Stormont house was where my Father Robert Paton stayed with his Mum and Dad when they first moved to Perth from Kingskettle in Fife.

Grace Russell Stewart

Grace Russell Stewart was born during 1922 in Perth Scotland, and in 1947, she married Alexander Roy. I do not believe they had any children. Grace dies on Christmas Day 1995 she was staying at 98 Moulin Crescent in Perth.


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