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Stewart Hay Phillips
14 July 1816  -  4 January 1888
One of my 8 great-grandfathers

1816 July 14  Stewart was born in Dundee.  His parents were Alexander Phillips b.1790 and Margaret Hay.  Alexander was a Master sail-wright according to Stewart's death certificate.

1841 census  Stewart (25) is shown as a 'ship carpenter' living in lodgings in Couper Street, Leith, a maritime village near  Edinburgh, along with other 'ship-builders' and their families.  As a married man he was quite a long way from his wife Jane and daughter Maria who were living in Rose Street, Dundee.   His occupation was a 'journeyman' carpenter, i.e. self-employed and paid by the day.
On the day of the census the space between Stewart and his family included the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay, and between those watery obstacles was the Kingdom of Fife.  The 21st century distance by road, with the benefits of bridges etc, is 55 miles, so there would be many more road miles in 1841.  It seems reasonable then to assume that he would be carried by sea to such contracts.

Alice A Leigh an iron hull four masted barque  Jute Ship, Dundee 1889

Jute clippers (left) Alice A Leigh, and (right) Benvenue, and Queen of England in Dundee docks, c 1890.
A click on the pictures will take you to the original internet source.
The Alice A Leigh, built at Whitehaven, Cumbria in 1889 was named after the wife of Joseph Leigh who was the Mayor of Stockport.
The images are from a collection of glass-plate photographs bequeathed by Dundee jute mill supervisor Alexander Wilson.
The full archive was found at http://photopolis.dundeecity.gov.uk/

On 12 Nov 2008
Dundee City Council granted the owner of this website permission for display of images from above archive,
consequently the Dundee City Council copyright is acknowledged here.


Etching showing Dundee water-front

Stewart's workshop, the Dundee water-front c.1850

1851 census shows him at home 15 Rose St., with wife Jean 36, Jean 8, and John Hay 4 (g.grandfather).
1861 census shows him again in Rose St. but at no.22, with wife Jean 46, Jane 18, John Hay 14, Margaret 19, and Stewart 18.
1871 w.i.p
1881 census shown as Public House Keeper at 27 South Ellen Street, Dundee, with daughters Jane 30, and Margaret 39 [see 1943]
1888 January 4th. Stewart aged 71 died at 27 Ellen Street, Dundee

1943 November 3rd. Margaret (Bruce) nee Phillips 102, died at 41 Halbeath Road, Dunfermline, Fife. The record shows she was widow of David Bruce, a Brewery Traveller. "Halbeth Road" is now the home of Dunfermline Athletic F.C.

In the name of simplicity, data sources in general are omitted.

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