Monday, 30 May 2011

Napier witnesses: James Mccombie

James Mccombie was a fish curer who gave evidence to the Napier Commission at Stornoway on 11 June 1883. He hailed from Peterhead, and that is where we find him in the census returns.

In 1881, he is noted as employing 50 men and 10 boys in his occupation as herring merchant and curer. James lives at 5 Jamaica Street in Peterhead, and lives with his wife Sarah. They have 5 children, varying in ages from 1 to 11. By 1891, James has moved to 10 Fitzroy Place in Glasgow (Sandyford), continuing his businessas a fish merchant. His family has expanded to 8 children, aged between 3 and 20.

In 1871, James is at 80 Longate St, a fishcurer employing 13 coopers and 3 boys. He is married to Sarah, who is 9 years younger than him, and their first child has appeared on the scene by then. Ten years earlier, James is lodging with the Hepburns in Rathven, Banffshire, marked as a fishcurer. By 1851, he is found at home with his parents James and Jane on Pool Lane in Peterhead, a 10-year old scholar.

James Mccombie died in Glasgow on 19 October 1896, aged 55. He lived at 10 Berkeley Terrace in the Kelvin district of the city. I am unable to decipher the cause of death on the official record. He is noted as being married to Sarah nee Heslop; his eldest son Thomas reported the death. James's wife Sarah passed away in Glasgow in 1929 at the age of 79.

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