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Mr William Young Martin

A bachelor until his marriage at the age of 63, William took the surname of Blyth Martin, possibly in recognition of his wife's status as a wealthy heiress. They enjoyed 20 years together in Blyth House, Newport, devoting themselves to public benefactions.

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Personal details and history

Full name

William Young Martin

Date of birth


Place of birth




Marital status

Bachelor but married at age of 63 in 15-01-1878 in George Street, Edinburgh[2]

Name of spouse

Isabella Blyth, widow of William Kerr, engineer, Douglas Foundry, Dundee[2]



Home address

4 Hawkhill Place[3], later 35 Seafield Road[4] then 3 Airlie Place[5],
On marriage Blyth House, Newport[2]

Age at death:


Place of death:

Blyth House, Newport, Fife[1]

Date of death:



Western Cemetery, Dundee

Affiliations, clubs, offices and related subscribers

Religious affiliation

Free Church of Scotland[2]

Political affiliation

Clubs / societies

Member of Dundee Chamber of Commerce[3] A regular and valued contributor to the Dundee Advertiser[1]. In his retirement an author and poet[1], his love of literature shared by his wife[7].

Public offices

Related subscribers

Subscriber no.125 – William Kerr of Douglas Foundry, Dundee, first husband of Isabella Blyth.

Career and worklife


Calenderer[3] and insurance agent (West of England Fire & Life Insurance Company)


Manager (employing 240 men and 2 boys in 1871[8])

Place of work

Trades Lane Calendering Company[3]

Work address

Office 15 Cowgate[3]

Career to date:

William Junior had built up the business, the Trades Lane Calendering Company, increasing its size greatly over the 1860s and 1870s. He had been a very successful and greatly respected business man[1] when he married Isabella Blyth, widow of engineer William Kerr of Douglas Foundry and heiress to the estates of her three brothers who had predeceased her[7]. Together they would make many public donations such as Blyth Hall, Burgh Chambers, a fine stained glass window in the Parish Church, all in Newport[1].

More information

Martin (known as Martin Junior, on marriage as Blyth Martin)


  1. Leng, J. & Co. (1907-1909) The Dundee Year Book, 1906-08. Dundee: John Leng & Co. p.81. Local Studies, Dundee Central Library.
  2. Statutory Records. Edinburgh. Marriage. 15 January 1878. 685/2 41. ScotlandsPeople website.
  3. Dundee Directory, 1867-68, Local Studies, Dundee Central Library.
  4. Dundee Directory, 1869-70, Local Studies, Dundee Central Library.
  5. Dundee Directory, 1874-75, Local Studies, Dundee Central Library.
  6. Statutory Records. Forgan. Death. 19 December 1906. 431/55. ScotlandsPeople website.
  7. Leng, J. & Co. (1899-1901) The Dundee Year Book, 1898-1900. Dundee: John Leng & Co. p.87. Local Studies, Dundee Central Library
  8. 1871 Census England,Wales and Scotland. FindMyPast website.

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