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Kenneth Walker Henderson Esquire

Dundee agent for the Commercial Bank of Scotland for nearly a quarter of a century, he was popular among the merchants and manufacturers of the town. In retirement he supported children's charitable institutions.

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Personal details and history

Full name

Kenneth Walker Henderson

Date of birth


Place of birth

Coupar Angus,[1]



Marital status

Married 07-07-1846[2]

Name of spouse

Jane Pirie[2]


Margaret Anne (abt 1848), Katherine (abt 1849), Elizabeth (abt 1851), Jane (abt 1853), Mary Magdaline ( 1857), Alexander ((1860) Kenneth (abt 1861) [3]

Home address

Strawberrybank, Dundee, c.1850.[4]
Perth Road, Dundee, 1861.[5]
Bellfield House, Magdalen Green, Dundee, 1871 - 1891.[6][7][8]
27 Magdalen Yard Road, Dundee, 1901.[9]

Age at death:

Place of death:

27 Magdalen Yard Road, Dundee.[10]

Date of death:



Western Cemetery, Perth Road, Dundee.[11]

Affiliations, clubs, offices and related subscribers

Religious affiliation

Episcopalian. He was associated with St Paul's and held the post of Vestryman and Treasurer.[12]

Political affiliation


Clubs / societies

Deacon, Weavers, Nine Trades of Dundee, c.1853-1854 and 1858-1859.[13] Treasurer, Dundee Bowling Club, c.1853-1857.[14] Agent, Lancashire (Fire & Life Insurance Co. c.1864-1872 and 1884-1887.[15] Committee, Dundee Philharmonic and St. Cecilia Society, c.1867-1870.[16] Agent, Insurance Company of Scotland united with the Alliance Fire & Life Assurance Co., c.1874-1887.[17] Director, Baldovan Orphanage/Lady Jane Ogilvy Orphanage c.1888-1901.[18] Honorary director, Baldovan Asylum, c.1891-1901.[19]

Public offices

None known

Related subscribers

Subscriber 222 – Shiell & Small – former employers of Kenneth Henderson

Career and worklife




Employee - Senior Manager

Place of work

Commercial Bank Of Scotland[20]

Work address

63 Reform Street, Dundee.[21]

Career to date:

Kenneth Henderson began his career in 1833 with Messrs George and Robert Milne, solicitors. He served an apprenticeship for 4 years and then joined Messrs Shiell and Small, solicitors. He entered the Eastern Bank in 1838 as a clerk, gradually working his way up to become principal teller in 1843. By January 1863, he held the post of Secretary. The Eastern Bank amalgamated with the Clydesdale Bank at this time.[22] Mr Henderson entered correspondence with the Directors of the Commercial Bank, who had no agency in Dundee. He was appointed as an agent and opened a branch of the Commercial Bank in Reform Street. He was popular with many of the merchants and manufacturers and soon established a large business.[22]

More information

Kenneth Henderson was born in Coupar Angus to Peter Henderson and Catharine Walker. He and his wife, Jane Pirie, had 5 daughters and 2 sons. His wife died in 1879, aged 57 years, when the family were living at Bellfield, Magdalen Green, Dundee.

When he retired in 1887 he was believed to be the oldest banker in the town, at the age of 69 years. He was entertained to a dinner and presented with a salver and jug.[22]

In his retirement he became a director of the Baldovan Orphanage (latterly the Lady Jane Ogilvy Orphanage) and also the Baldovan Asylum, which had been “Established in 1855 for the Treatment of Imbecile and Idiot Children.”[23]


  1. Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950. Ancestry website.
  2. Thiessen Public Member Family Tree. Ancestry website.
  3. Thiessen Public Members Tree. Ancestry website.
  4. Dundee Directory, 1850. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
  5. 1861 Census Scotland. Dundee Second District. 282/2 ED13 p.17. ScotlandsPeople website.
  6. 1871 Census Scotland. St. Peter, Dundee. 282/1 ED3 p.11. ScotlandsPeople website.
  7. 1881 Census Scotland. St. Peter, Dundee. 282/1 ED4 p.27. ScotlandsPeople website.
  8. 1891 Census Scotland. St. Peter, Dundee. 282/1 ED12 p.31. ScotlandsPeople website.
  9. 1901 Census Scotland. St. Peter, Dundee. 282/1 ED10 p.10. ScotlandsPeople website.
  10. Statutory Registers. Dundee  Deaths 282/1 445.  ScotlandsPeople website.
  11. Western Cemetery Lair Index. Friends of Dundee City Archives website.
  12. Dundee Evening Telegraph, 17 October 1901. British Newspaper Archive website.
  13. Dundee Directories, 1853-54 and 1858-59. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
  14. Dundee Directories, 1853-1857. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
  15. Dundee Directories, 1864-1872 and 1884-1887. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
  16. Dundee Directories, 1867-1870. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
  17. Dundee Directories, 1874-1887. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
  18. Dundee Directories, 1888-1901. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
  19. Dundee Directories, 1891-1901. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
  20. Dundee Directories, 1864-1887. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
  21. Dundee Evening Telegraph, Tuesday, 15 March 1887. British Newspaper Archive website.
  22. Dundee Evening Telegraph, Tuesday, 15 March 1887. British Newspaper Archive website.
  23. Dundee Directory, 1900-01. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.

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