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William Carswell

Male 1764 - 1852  (88 years)


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  • Name William Carswell 
    Born 1764  Symington, Ayrshire, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1852  Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • His grandfather William CARSWELL(M 1st.Janet KING.2nd Marion FYFE) & his brother James(m.Barbara GLASGOW) were builders in Glasgow 1780s.

      source: http://www.glasgowsculpture.com/pg_biography.php?sub=carswell_co
      Family firm of wrights and builders founded in Kilmarnock by the brothers William Carswell (1764-1852) and James Carswell (1771-1856), they settled in Glasgow c.1790, establishing a workshop and yard on land which they later developed as George Street.
      They built a number of warehouses and tenements in the Merchant City, Glasgow's first New Town, including Ingram Court, Queen Court, Royal Exchange Place, ranges of dwellings in George Street (from Montrose Street eastwards) and other buildings in Richmond Street, High Street and London Street, amongst others.
      Carswell & Co. were the first builders in Glasgow to use cast iron for pillars in their buildings and for their facades, as well as being the first to introduce running water into their interiors; a hugely successful innovation which led to the firm being granted a free supply of water to its own premises by the water company, in gratitude for the "excellent sanitary and social example [the firm] had shown".
      As well as dwellings and warehouses, the firm constructed a number of district police offices and other municipal buildings throughout the city.
      William Carswell was Deacon of Wrights in 1800, and other members of his family were also members of the Royal Incorporation of Wrights.

      Source: http://carswell.com.au/wp-content/documents/connection/edition_16.pdf
      Allen Carswell of the Parish of Mearns, Scotland
      Allen Carswell married Katherine Ferguson (b. July 26, 1725) on
      January 11, 1751 at Darnley in Eastwood Parish, Scotland.
      Known children are:
      Katherine Carswell b. April 26, 1752
      Agnes Carswell b. March 16, 1760
      William Carswell b. 1764 d. 1852 b. Symington, Scotland d. Glasgow
      James Carswell b. 1771 d. 1856 b. Symington, Scotland d. Glasgow
      The family used the Scottish naming patterns so I have to think that the names of the first 2 sons and first 2 daughters came from the grandparents. That means that Katherine born April 26th, 1752 was named after her mother's mother. They were married on January 11, 1751 Since Katherine was the first born in 1752, there were probably up to another three children born before Agnes came along on March 16, 1760. Then another child was born before William in 1764 and finally perhaps another two or three children by the time James was born in 1771. That would mean a family size of up to a dozen or more children but all this needs to be verified.
      From their mother's final will in the early 1800s, these are the only named surviving children.
      After their marriage in the Parish of Eastwood where Katherine Ferguson was born and raised at Darnley, they settled in Symington, Ayrshire where they farmed at Spittlehill Farm, Symington, Ayrshire, down the road from Kilmarnock. The two sons were apprenticed to
      Alexander Gulliland who was a trained Wright and builder and as a result they eventually set up for their own account in Glasgow in 1790, first working as joiners (site managers). Eventually, they bought tracts of land and began a life of building for their own account.
    Person ID I6551  Clark
    Last Modified 6 Feb 2011 

    Wife 1 Jane King 
    Married 23 Sep 1792  Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 6 Feb 2011 
    Family ID F1821  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Wife 2 Marion Fyfe 
    Married 8 Aug 1813  Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. William Carswell,   b. 1815,   d. 31 Jan 1904, Dunoon and Kilmun, Argyll, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     2. Priscilla Carswell,   b. 5 Jun 1817, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. James Carswell,   b. 17 Jun 1819, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Robert Carswell,   b. 24 Jul 1823, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 6 Feb 2011 
    Family ID F1820  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart