Jessie Wilson and Robert Balfour Laird

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Janet "Jessie" WILSON born XX/XX/1825 to James WILSON and Alison SHEPHERD in North Leith, Midlothian, Scotland.1 Jessie WILSON married Robert Balfour LAIRD 25/06/1852 in Cramond, Midlothian, Scotland.2 A second ceremony occurred 29/06/1852 in Saint Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.(At Fairafar, on the 29th instant, by the Rev. GD Cullen of Leith, Mr Robert Balfour Laird, nursery and seedsman, to Jessie, second daughter of Mr James Wilson, farmer, Fairafar.)3 Janet "Jessie" LAIRD nee WILSON died 17/03/1879 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.4 Robert Balfour LAIRD born 23/05/1823 bapt. 08/06/1823 to David LAIRD and Janet PRINGLE in North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland.5 Robert Balfour LAIRD died 04/03/1895 in Dundee, Angus, Scotland.6


Children

1. David Pringle LAIRD born 15/05/1853, bapt. 09/06/1853 to Robert Balfour LAIRD and Jessie WILSON in Saint Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.7 David Pringle LAIRD married Jane McNUTT 30/09/1878 in Truro, Colchester County, Nova Scotia, Canada.8 David Pringle LAIRD died 08/09/1905 in Muckairn, Argyll, Scotland.9 Jane McNUTT born 02/02/1853 to Alexander McNUTT and Ruby Ann HILL in Londonderry, Colchester County, Nova Scotia, Canada.10 Jane LAIRD nee McNUTT died 02/12/1914 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.11

2. Alice LAIRD born 14/08/1854 to Robert Balfour LAIRD and Jessie WILSON in Saint Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.12 Alice LAIRD married James CLARK XX/XX/1881 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.13 Alice CLARK nee LAIRD died 17/12/1925 in Cabell, West Virginia, USA.14 James Clark born 23/07/1849 to Robert CLARK and Elizabeth LINDSAY in Scotland. James CLARK died 06/02/1926 in Cabell, West Virginia, USA.15

3. Jessie LAIRD born 11/05/1856 to Robert Balfour LAIRD and Jessie WILSON in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.16

4. James Wilson LAIRD born 10/06/1858 to Robert Balfour LAIRD and Jessie WILSON in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.17 James Wilson LAIRD married Jane Baxter SHAW on 09/11/1887 in Adderley, Monifieth, Forfar, Scotland.18

5. Robert LAIRD born 23/12/1859 to Robert Balfour LAIRD and Jessie WILSON in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.19

6. Helen LAIRD born 26/10/1861 to Robert Balfour LAIRD and Jessie WILSON in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.20

7. Elizabeth LAIRD born 27/09/1863 to Robert Balfour LAIRD and Jessie WILSON in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.21

8. William LAIRD born 26/08/1865 to Robert Balfour LAIRD and Jessie WILSON in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.22

9. Minnie LAIRD born 08/10/1868 to Robert Balfour LAIRD and Jessie WILSON in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.23


Discussion

After Jessie's death Robert Balfour LAIRD remarried to Eliza ORD Jul, Aug or Sep 1881 in Ormskirk, Lancashire, England.24

10. Edgar Balfour LAIRD born 23/05/1882 to Robert Balfour LAIRD and Eliza ORD in Edinburgh, St. George, Scotland.25

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Extracts from the Edinburgh Gazette

From https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/25213/page/1569/data.pdf

[Extracts from the Edinburgh Gazette of March 16, 1863.]
NOTICE.
THE Copartnership of Downie and Laird, Nurserymen and Seedsmen, in Edinburgh, of which the subscribers John Downie and Robert Balfour Laird were the sole partners, was dissolved, by mutual consent, upon the retiral of Mr. Downie as at 14th November, 1882.

The business has been taken over and will be carried on by Robert Balfour Laird along with his eon, David Pringle Laird, under the firm of R..B. Laird and Sons, and they will pay all debts due by.and receive payment of all debts due to the late firm.

Edinburgh, 15th March, 1883.
John Downie.

John Matbison, S S.C,, Edinburgh,
Adam Laing, Law-Clerk, 21, York place, Edinburgh,
Witnesses to the Signatures of the said John Downie.
R. B. Laird.
Dav. P. Laird.

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Robert Laird Death and Funeral Notices

DEATH OF A WELL-KNOWN DUNDEE HORTICULTURIST.

Among horticulturists generally and among a large circle of friends, intelligence of the death of Mr R. B. Laird (senior partner of the firm of Messrs Laird & Sinclair, nurserymen, Dundee and Edinburgh) will be learned with feelings of regret. For some time the deceased gentleman had been in delicate health, but it was only on Thursday last that he was confined to bed with an attack of bronchitis. the malady unfortunately proved too much for his strength, and gradually sinking he died this morning.

Robert Balfour Laird was a native of East Lothian. Over 50 years ago he came to Dundee, and served his apprenticeship as a florist and nurseryman with his brother, the late Mr W. P. Laird. Subsequently he went to Edinburgh where he took charge of the business of his firm in that district. In 1885 he returned to Dundee, where he has since exercised supervision. For several years he resided at Monifieth, and more recently at Errol. In May last he took a house at Springfield, Dundee, where his latter days were spent, and where he died. Mr. Laird was at one time President of the Broughty Ferry Horticultural Association. But it was not only locally that he was well known. his own and his firm’s name being familiar all over the country. Possessed of a genial temperament, he was welcome wherever he went, and a rich fund of reminiscences and old-time stories rendered his convocation interesting to those with whom he came in contact. Mr. Laird was a Congregationalist, and took much interest in the affairs of that denomination. He was 72 years of age, and is survived by a family.1

Funeral of Mr. R. B. Laird.

Yesterday forenoon the funeral of Mr. R. B. Laird, nurseryman and seedsman, took place from 14 Springfield, Dundee, to the Tay Bridge Station, and thence to the Grange cemetery, Edinburgh. Amongst those who left Dundee were: Lord Dean of Guild Paul, Mr. David Croll, Mr. James Wilson, Mr. W. Gillespie, Mr. David Smith, Cupar, and Mr. George Goodfellow. A funeral service was conduced at deceased's house by the Rev. Edwin Heath, Broughty Ferry, and the Rev. D. M. Ross, Dundee. At the grave the Rev. Auchterlonie conducted the service. There were also present, in addition to those already mentioned, Mr. John Laird, nephew of the deceased; Mr. John Kerr, Yorkton; Mr. David Waldie, Mr. James Watt, Carlisle; Mr. W. H. Smith; Mr. William Murray; Mr. D. W. Thomson; Mr. David Mitchell; Mr. Malcolm Dunn, gardener to the Duke of Buccleuch; and various members of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society. The following were the pallbearers: Mr. David Pringle Laird, Mr. James W. Laird, Mr. Robert Laird, Mr. William P. Laird, and Mr. Edgar Laird, sons; Mr. James Clark and Mr. John Kerr, sons-in-law; and Mr. Robert Clark, grandson. The coffin, which was of polished oak, bore the following inscription: "Robert Balfour Laird, born 11th May, 1823. Died 4th March, 1895".2

  • 1. The Evening Telegraph (Dundee, Scotland), Monday, March 04, 1895; pg. 2; Issue 5628. British Newspapers, Part IV: 1780-1950.
  • 2. The Dundee Courier & Argus (Dundee, Scotland), Friday, March 08, 1895; pg. 3; Issue 13006. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.