David Williamson 1826–1902

David Williamson was born at Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland in January 1926. This watercolour shows a view of Edinburgh 1827.

View of Edinburgh 1827

2nd Great-grandfather – Paternal father’s line of Williamson Family

David Williamson was born in 1826 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, the child of James and Margaret. He married Mary Fallside on 16 April 1852. They had five children in 10 years. He died in about 1902 in Midlothian, having lived a long life of 76 years.

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David was born in 1826 in Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian to Margaret Emmars, age 36, and James Williamson, age 36.

Half fan chart showing the ancestors of David Williamson.

Half Fan Chart showing the ancestors of David Williamson

Residence: David lived in Inveresk, Midlothian; on 6 June 1841 and by  30 March 1851 he was living in Edinburgh Canongate, Midlothian, Scotland.

Siblings of David Williamson
  • John Williamson [1809-]
  • Robert Williamson [1816-]
  • Margaret Williamson [1826-]
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David Williamson married* Mary Fallside on 16 April 1852, when he was 26 years old.

Drawing of Cannongate Parish, Edinburgh, Scotland

Cannongate Parish, Edinburgh, Scotland

Fan Chart showing the children of David Williamson b1826 and Mary Fallside b1825

Fan Chart showing the children of David Williamson and Mary Fallside

Our direct ancestor was their son David James Williamson, he was born on 22 September 1857, in Edinburgh, Midlothian. David James Williamson (1857–1921)

David and his family lived in Edinburgh Buccleuch, Midlothian, Scotland on 7 April 1861. Ten years later on 2 April 1871 they were living at 59 Bristo Street, Edinburgh, St Giles, Midlothian.

David’s occupation in 1871 was Tailor and by 19 September 1879 he had moved to 51 South Clerk Street and was working as a Bank Messenger.

A drawing of the Tay Bridge disaster, published in the Illustrated London News.

A drawing of the Tay Bridge disaster, published in the Illustrated London News.

David Williamson lived in Edinburgh St Giles, Midlothian, near the route of the express train that plummeted into the river at 7:15 pm on the stormy night of 28 December 1879, when the Tay Rail Bridge buckled. The central navigation spans of the Tay bridge collapsed into the Firth of Tay at Dundee, taking with them a train, 6 carriages and all 75 souls aboard to their fate.

On 3 April 1881 David lived in Edinburgh, St. Cuthberts, Midlothian, and was still working as a Bank Messenger. Ten years later, on 5 April 1891 he had moved to 8 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, St Giles, Midlothian, and was again working as a Tailor.

By 31 March 1901 both David and his wife Mary were 75 years old and stayed with their son George at 3 Carfin Street, in Glasgow Govanhill, Lanarkshire. George, a Jewellery Salesman, was Head of the house and lived there with his wife Ada and daughter.

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David Williamson, Tailor and clothier, remained at 3 Carfin Street, Glasgow Govanhill, Lanarkshire Scotland, until his death. The actual date of his death is unknown, but it is thought that he died in his 76th year.

Unconfirmed reports exist of David passing away in Alabama, United States of America in 1902. This information is probably wrong; if possible, it needs to be verified or rejected.

Reviewed and Updated on 29 August 2022