James Shaw I
17 December 1847 - 23 May 1935
James Shaw, (my great-grandfather), was born on the 17th December 1847 to Agnes (Waugh) and Joseph
Stand Farm, Stand, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He was their second child, the first son and would prove
to be the
penultimate survivor of a total of thirteen children. By convention he would have been named after
grandfather, James Shaw, farmer at Glenhead, Cumbernauld.
Four of James' siblings wouldn't survive into their teens. When he was 4, in 1852, his brother Joseph
aged 8 months. A couple of years after his sister Janet died aged 18 months. Later that same year
sister, Agnes, would die aged 8 when he was almost 7. The names Joseph, Janet and Agnes would be
given to new
siblings. His youngest sister, Mary, died aged 6 months but by then James was 21.
In 1865 , when James was 17, the family moved about 10 miles north to Carrickstone, a 211 acre farm
Cumbernauld estate, owned by Cornwallis Maude-Fleming. (This was a return to Cumbernauld
farming for his parents, Joseph, brought up at Glenhead, and Agnes, brought up at Crowbank, its
neighbour). The estate overseer was Alexander Whitecross.
a son and two daughters. The eldest daughter, Margaret, married James on 19th November 1875 when
both 27. They rented a house and a shop, a dairy, in Cumbernauld owned by Margaret's father.
1876 was a year of great change in Cumbernauld, the estate passed out of the hands of the aristocracy
bought by 'new money', John William Burns, a Glasgow ship owner, for around £165,000. Burns took
on Whitsunday, 4th June. At that time Cumbernauld House had been empty since 1861 and it was rented
out to a
Mr Frazer, a chemist of Glasgow, who instigated a programme of repairs, but before they were
house burnt down in March 1877.
For whatever reason Alexander Whitecross, his wife and youngest daughter, left Scotland and in 1877
working at Dundrum, Co. Tipperary, Ireland for Viscount Hawarden, husband of the (deceased) daughter
Admiral Charles Elphinstone Fleeming, the owner of Cumbernauld estate until 1840.
On 4th January 1878 his brother John married 'the girl next door', Agnes Main, from Muirhead. John
in Glasgow as a driver of a bread van. The couple moved into their new home in 49 Lumsden Street,
However five days later John dies from intussusception, (obstruction of the bowel).
A year later, on 29th April 1879 his 16 year-old brother Robert, returning to Carrickstone by train
Glasgow to Dullatur, crossed the line behind the train and was struck by an express from Edinburgh.
He died at
home at 1:30 a.m. the following day. Aged 32 James had lost six of his eventual twelve siblings.
By 1881 James and Margaret own a dairy at 62 East John Street, Glasgow, and they have a son Joseph
daughters, Barbara and Agnes. Most of the houses hereabout had many families living in them but
theirs was a
single household comprising the family and Jessie Barrie, a niece of Margaret, employed as a
servant/shopkeeper, Marion Muir, servant/dairymaid and Anne Roberts, servant/nurse, (daughter Agnes
only two months old). Also resident was 16 year-old James Marshall, described as a scholar/boarder,
another relative?). In 1886 a second son, Andrew was born. [East John Street was the southern
Bluevale Street, beyond the railway. Number 62 was south of the junction with Lyon Street, just
north of the
A year later James has returned to farming and has taken on the tenancy of Ramoan, Glenboig, about 4
south-west of Carrickstone and two miles west of his birthplace in Stand. He is now 39. Jessie (age
employed as a domestic servant and nephew George Forrester as a farm servant. Margaret and James go
have three more children, James, (my grandfather), Thomas and Margaret.
On 21st February 1883 his father dies, aged 74, leaving his mother and brothers Joseph and William to
Carrickstone. In June of that year brother Joseph marries Elizabeth Mackay in Glasgow. By the
following year he owns
a dairy at 208 Main Street, Bridgeton, Glasgow. His sister Agnes, married to William Young in
and previously employed as childminder, writes to her mother at Carrickstone in November 1884 from
her new home in East Kilbride. In December
1887 his brother William sails for Australia
with brother-in-law George Main. Their mother has retired to South Muirside by 1891 and is living in
Camden Street, Glasgow, where she dies on 15th March 1905 aged 76.
Of his seven children, all but one marries. Two go on to have three children each, two have one child
each, one is child-less and one adopts a child.
James is pre-deceased by his youngest child, Margaret and his oldest grandson, Alexander.
At the age of 64 James retires from farming and moves to 'Auchairn' Townhead Road, Coatbridge. In
the Glenboig Established Church present him with a gold watch and pair of spectacles in recognition
service to the church as an elder since the formation of the mission. His eldest son, Joseph and
take over Ramoan. James later moves to Lochview Terrace, Gartcosh, where his wife Margaret dies in
aged 72. James then moves to "Ramoan" 19 Johnston Road, Gartcosh, where he dies in 1935 aged 87,
four sons and three daughters, and grandfather to five grandaughters, two grandsons and one adopted