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
William Young Martin
Date of birth
Place of birth
Bachelor but married at age of 63 in 15-01-1878 in George Street, Edinburgh
Name of spouse
Isabella Blyth, widow of William Kerr, engineer, Douglas Foundry, Dundee
Age at death:
Place of death:
Blyth House, Newport, Fife
Date of death:
Western Cemetery, Dundee
Affiliations, clubs, offices and related subscribers
Free Church of Scotland
Clubs / societies
Subscriber no.125 – William Kerr of Douglas Foundry, Dundee, first husband of Isabella Blyth.
Career and worklife
Calenderer and insurance agent (West of England Fire & Life Insurance Company)
Manager (employing 240 men and 2 boys in 1871)
Place of work
Trades Lane Calendering Company
Office 15 Cowgate
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 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. 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.
Martin (known as Martin Junior, on marriage as Blyth Martin)
- Leng, J. & Co. (1907-1909) The Dundee Year Book, 1906-08. Dundee: John Leng & Co. p.81. Local Studies, Dundee Central Library.
- Statutory Records. Edinburgh. Marriage. 15 January 1878. 685/2 41. ScotlandsPeople website.
- Dundee Directory, 1867-68, Local Studies, Dundee Central Library.
- Dundee Directory, 1869-70, Local Studies, Dundee Central Library.
- Dundee Directory, 1874-75, Local Studies, Dundee Central Library.
- Statutory Records. Forgan. Death. 19 December 1906. 431/55. ScotlandsPeople website.
- Leng, J. & Co. (1899-1901) The Dundee Year Book, 1898-1900. Dundee: John Leng & Co. p.87. Local Studies, Dundee Central Library
- 1871 Census England,Wales and Scotland. FindMyPast website.
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