Friday, 3 June 2011

Napier witnesses: Roderick Ross

Roderick Ross, who is referred to as Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Edinburgh, gave evidence to the Napier Commission at Keose on 12 June 1883. At the time of the 1881 census, he is aged 40 and living at 33 Kenneth Street, Stornoway. Roderick is married to Isabella (32) and has a child, Annabella, aged 1. The census lists Roderick as a physician and surgeon. In 1891, we find Roderick Ross at the Doctor's House in Borve (Barvas), with a 9-year old son, John Mcdonald Ross. He remains at Borve in 1901, with his daughter Anna Bell Ross (26).

In 1871, Roderick Ross is lodging at 8 Finnieston Street in Glasgow, a student of medicine. He is lodging with a family of Mcdonalds (two parents and five children). His place of birth is not transcribed well "Leeks, Rosshire", but it matches with the "Lochs" we find in the later census returns.

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