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Peter Whytock Esquire

Peter Whytock established a respectable business in the centre of Dundee. He was recognised as a prosperous goldsmith and watchmaker. His firm became a family concern when he was joined in business by his two sons, John and George Whytock.

Subscription value in 1863:

£10

Relative to inflation up to 2020:

£1000

Relative to income compared to 2020:

£8000

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Personal details and history

Full name

Peter Whytock

Date of birth

Circa 1801[1]

Place of birth

Perth[1]

Gender

Male

Marital status

Married[2]

Name of spouse

Isabel Seath[2]

Children

John: George Seath: Margaret: Peter: Eleanor: Isabella: James: Robert:

Home address

Various addresses prior to 1860 include:

Lowden's Alley(1845) Hawkhill, Dundee:[3]

108 Overgate(1847-1850), Dundee:[4][5]

7 South Union Street(1851-1854),Dundee:[6][7]

Hillbank Cottage(1856-1860),40 Cotton Road, Dundee:[8][9]

From 1860:

4 Wellington Street(1860-65), Dundee:[1][10]

Age at death:

70 years according to death record[11] / 72 years according to memorial stone

Place of death:

2 Dudhope Place, Dundee[11]

Date of death:

13-09-1871[11]

Buried:

Western Cemetery, Perth Road, Dundee

Affiliations, clubs, offices and related subscribers

Religious affiliation

Free Church - a likely supposition based on the fact that the Reverend Thomas Hill, minister of Willison Free Church was a named trustee and executor for Peter Whytock[12]

Political affiliation

Unknown

Clubs / societies

The Hammermen Trade - a deacon:[13] The Albert Institute - a shareholder:[12]

Public offices

Dundee Gas Commission - a member:[14] Dundee Parochial Board and Committee - a member:[15] The Morgan Hospital - a member:[13] The Lunatic Asylum Board - a member:[13]

Related subscribers

Subscriber 100 – John Henderson – a named trustee and executor for the estate of Peter Whytock[12]

Career and worklife

Occupation

Watchmaker / Gold & Silversmith / Jeweller[16]

Employment

Co-owner - Senior partner, along with his two sons, George and John, as partners[16]

Place of work

Whytock & Sons[16]

Work address

46 High Street[16]
Dundee

and

108 Overgate[16]
Dundee

Career to date:

It has been reported that Peter Whytock came to Dundee around 1830 as an assistant in a watch and clock warehouse in Reform Street.[13][17] Allegedly, the store was destroyed by fire, whereupon the owner left for Edinburgh.[13][17] Whytock was also reported as having been employed as an assistant with William Kermath, jeweller at 6 Nethergate, Dundee.[18][19] Peter Whytock then commenced business, on his own account, as a goldsmith and watchmaker.[13] His business was located, at first, at 134 Overgate,[5] moving a few years later to 108 Overgate.[3] The name of Peter Whytock appeared in the 'List of Knokmakers of Dundee' for 1844.[20] Also, in 1844, while operating from 108 Overgate, Peter Whytock was joined in business by his two sons, John and George, as partners.[18] He subsequently opened additional premises at 46 High Street in 1847[21] and the two establishments were carried on for many years, still being listed in the Directory of 1861-62.[16] By 1864, however, only the establishment on the High Street was listed.[10] The location was known as 'Whytock's Corner.'[22]

More information

While it has been claimed that Peter Whytock was a native of Auchtermuchty,[13] it has also been stated that he was born in Perth.[1]

There is a degree of dubiety as to his origins, his death record declaring that his parents were John Whytock, a carpet weaver and Margaret Laing.[11] No birth record has been uncovered for this couple although, a birth record for a Peter Whytock, born to John Whytock, a weaver and Katherine Laing was recorded on 22 January 1800 in Perth.[23]

Peter Whytock wed Isabel / Isabella Seath in Auchtermuchty in 1825.[2]

Having assumed his sons, John and George, as partners in 1844, the business of ‘Whytock & Sons’ gained a sound reputation as goldsmiths, silversmiths and watchmakers. His son, George Seath Whytock, predeceased his father, his death occurring in 1865.[24] Six years later, Peter Whytock himself, the senior partner of the firm, met his death on 1871.[11] He was survived by his wife and children, John, James, Eleanor, Isabella and Margaret.[12] His oldest son, John Whytock, became the sole partner and continued in business until his death in 1901.[18]

Peter Whytock was described as having been of a ‘social and humorous disposition and delighted to crack a joke or display his ventriloquial powers which he possessed in a remarkable degree.’[13]

Peter Whytock was reported to have been ‘singularly prosperous, his trade soon becoming one of the most respectable in the town.’[13][17]

 

Sources

  1. Census Returns. Dundee. (1861). 282/1 24/ 7. ScotlandsPeople website.
  2. Old Parish Registers. Auchtermuchty. Marriages. (1825). 406/ 30 89. ScotlandsPeople website.
  3. Scottish Post Office Directories. Dundee, 1845. p.99. National Library of Scotland website.
  4. Scottish Post Office Directories. Dundee, 1846-7. p.177. National Library of Scotland website.
  5. Scottish Post Office Directories. Dundee, 1850. p.172. National Library of Scotland website.
  6. Census Returns. Dundee. (1851). 282/ 20/ 23. ScotlandsPeople website.
  7. Scottish Post Office Directories. Dundee, 1853-54. p.228. National Library of Scotland website.
  8. Scottish Post Office Directories. Dundee, 1856-7. p.153. National Library of Scotland website.
  9. Scottish Post Office Directories. Dundee, 1858-59. p.202. National Library of Scotland website.
  10. Scottish Post Office Directories. Dundee. 1864-65. p.200. National Library of Scotland website.
  11. Statutory Registers. Dundee. Deaths. (1871). 282/3 432. ScotlandsPeople website.
  12. Legal Records. Wills and Testaments. Dundee Sheriff Court. (1872). SC45/ 31/ 23. ScotlandsPeople website.
  13. Dundee Courier. 14 September 1871. p.2. British Newspaper Archive website.
  14. Dundee Courier. 5 October 1871. p.3. British Newspaper Archive website.
  15. Dundee Courier. 2 May 1871. p.4. British Newspaper Archive website.
  16. Scottish Post Office Directories. Dundee, 1861-62. p.223. National Library of Scotland website.
  17. Norrie, William. Dundee Celebrities of the Nineteenth Century. (1873). Dundee. William Norrie. pp.378-9.
  18. Dundee Courier. 3 March 1936. p.11. British Newspaper Archive website.
  19. Scottish Post Office Directories. Dundee, 1834. p.26. National Library of Scotland website.
  20. Knok Makers. Whytock, Peter. (1844). ninetradesofdundee website.
  21. Dundee, Perth & Cupar Advertiser. p.3. British Newspaper Archive website.
  22. Millar, Alexander H. Glimpses of Old and New Dundee. (1925). Dundee. Malcolm C. MacLeod. p.101.
  23. Old Parish Registers. Perth. Births. (1800). 387/ 130 9. ScotlandsPeople website.
  24. Legal Records. Wills and Testaments. Dundee Sheriff Court. (1865). SC45/ 31/ 19. ScotlandsPeople website.

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