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William Nairn Esquire

A young man with a young family who was starting to establish himself as a merchant and commission agent. Sadly he did not live to see the Albert Institute built.

Subscription value in 1863:

£5

Relative to inflation up to 2019:

£500

Relative to income compared to 2019:

£4000

Personal details and history

Full name

William Nairn

Date of birth

12-12-1828[1]

Place of birth

Montrose[1]

Gender

Male

Marital status

Married 10-12-1851, Dundee[2]

Name of spouse

Elizabeth Matthewson[2]

Children

William (1852),[3] Margaret Elder(1854),[4] Helen (1856),[5] George Newall (1857),[6] John Matthewson (1859),[7] Alexander Matthewson (1861),[8] David Matthewson (1863)[9] and Fraser MacPherson (1865).[10]

Home address

3 Victoria Street, Dundee, c.1853-1857.[11]
2 Albert Street, Dundee, c.1858-1859.[12]
Floral Bank, Maryfield, Dundee, c.1861-1865.[13]

Age at death:

Place of death:

Floral Bank, Dundee.[14]

Date of death:

04-09-1865[14]

Buried:

Western Cemetery Dundee[15]

Affiliations, clubs, offices and related subscribers

Religious affiliation

Free Church[2] Elder, Hilltown Free Church Member of the Revivalist Movement

Political affiliation

Unknown

Clubs / societies

Vice-President, Sabbath School Teachers' Union, c.1858-1859.[12] Agent, Northern Assurance Co., c.1864-1865.[16]

Public offices

None known

Related subscribers

Subscriber no.148 – Malcolm, Ogilvie & Co. – Neighbouring offices at 2 Royal Exchange Place.

Subscriber no.165 – George H. Newall – Nairn’s former employer.

 

Career and worklife

Occupation

Merchant and commission agent

Employment

Owner

Place of work

Work address

53 Cowgate, Dundee, c.1853-1854.[17]
Royal Exchange Buildings, Dundee, c.1856-1859.[18]
2 Royal Exchange Place, Dundee, c.1861-1865.[13]

Career to date:

William Nairn first appeared in the local directory as a bookkeeper/clerk at 53 Cowgate. His early career was spent as the principal clerk with George Newall, merchant. William took over the company when George Newall retired around 1859.[19] By 1861 he is described as a merchant and commission merchant with offices in the prestigious Royal Exchange Place. Unfortunately his promising career was cut short by his death in 1865.

More information

William Nairn was born in Montrose in 1828, the son of William Nairn and Helen Beattie.[1] He married Elizabeth Matthewson in 1851 and the couple had eight children, one of whom was named after his boss, George Newall. He died in 1865, aged 36.[14] 

Sources

  1. Old Parish Records. Montrose. Birth. 12 December 1828. 312/100 170. ScotlandsPeople website.
  2. Statutory Registers. Dundee. Marriage. 10 December 1851. 282/230 387. ScotlandsPeople website.
  3. Old Parish Records. Dundee. Baptism. 10 October 1852. 282/200 141. ScotlandsPeople website.
  4. Old Parish Records. Dundee. Baptism. 9 April 1854. 282/200 141. ScotlandsPeople website.
  5. Statutory Registers. Dundee First District. Birth. 1856. 282/1 50. ScotlandsPeople website.
  6. Statutory Registers. Dundee First District. Birth. 1857. 282/1 1239. ScotlandsPeople website.
  7. Statutory Registers. Dundee First District. Birth. 1859. 282/1 809. ScotlandsPeople website.
  8. Statutory Registers. Dundee First District. Birth. 1861. 282/1 609. ScotlandsPeople website.
  9. Statutory Registers. Dundee First District. Birth. 1863. 282/1 1050. ScotlandsPeople website.
  10. Statutory Registers. Dundee First District. Birth. 1865. 282/1 582. ScotlandsPeople website.
  11. Dundee Directories, 1853-1857. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
  12. Dundee Directory, 1858-59. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
  13. Dundee Directories, 1861-1865. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
  14. Statutory Registers. Dundee First District. Death. 4 September 1865. 282/1 956. ScotlandsPeople website.
  15. Western Cemetery Lair Records. Friends of Dundee City Archives website.
  16. Dundee Directory, 1864-65. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
  17. Dundee Directory, 1853-54. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
  18. Dundee Directories, 1856-1859. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
  19. Dundee Directories, 1858-1862. Local History Dept Central Library

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