Today I discovered more about one of Duncan McTavish and Catherine McPhail’s daughters, Catherine McTavish.  It wasn’t nice and raises more unanswerable questions.

Catherine’s death registered 19th March 1903 by “Annie McLean by her x mark, sister, 210 Kelvinhaugh Street, Glasgow” gives her status as “married to James Scott, Iron Foundry Labourer” and residency as 210 Kelvinhaugh Street.

Catching my attention – an address wasn’t provided for James Scott and he was still alive.

The nature of Catherine’s death resulted in an inquiry by the Procurator Fiscal and recorded in the Register of Corrected Entries for the District of Blackfriars in the Burgh of Glasgow (644/05 0143): –

“The following report of result of a Precognition has been received touching the death of Catherine Scott registered under No. 143 in the Register Book of Deaths for the year 1903.

Catherine Scott, 49 years, F; found dead on the 18th March, 1903 between 10.30 and 11.00 am in H.M. Prison, Duke St, Glasgow.

Cause of Death:  Synscope due to heart disease aggravated by alcoholism as certified by Dr (illegible), Medical Officer said Prison.

Procurator Fiscal’s Office, Glasgow 9th April 1903.  Certified by W Young, Procurator Fiscal Dep.  21st April 1903 at Glasgow, Jas B. McLaren, Registrar”.

Was Catherine an inmate or employee at Duke Street Prison?  Was her drinking the result of a traumatic incident or an addiction?

On the 24th day of May 1878 at The Manse, Maryhill, Glasgow – Catherine McTavish age 23, domestic servant and twenty-six year old, James Skirving Scott an Enameller both of 9 Doncaster St, Glasgow were married by the Parish Minister, Mr S Shanks.  The Minister and Lachlan McLean witnessed Catherine’s official x mark on the certificate.

Enumerated in the 1881 Census, Catherine (known as Kate), unemployed, lived with Annie and Lachlan.  I haven’t been able to find her in 1891 or 1901 and she wasn’t with James.

Born in Arabia and noted as a British subject in census records; in 1891, James age 39 resided at 23 Broomland St, Paisley/Renfrewshire with his seventy-one year old mother, Elizabeth and brother, Robert aged 30.  He gave his occupation as – Sub Manager in a Thread Mill.  Ten years later James, noted as Thread Mill Manager still resided at 23 Broomland St, Paisley with his mother.

James Skirving Scott died on the 21st July 1926 at Kinross.  His friend informed the authorities of his death.  Unfortunately the writing is not very legible.  The friend, possibly a former work colleague identified him as a Manager in Thread Factory (retired) married to 1st Agnes Davidson and 2nd Catherine Graham.  His father James was a Sergeant Major in the 78th Highlanders and mother, Elizabeth’s maiden name was given as Skirving rather than Riddell.

I have yet to look at the 1907 marriage certificate for James and Agnes to find out whether he was noted as widower.  He married Catherine Graham in 1920.  Perhaps James never spoke about his first marriage.

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