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Mary Gerrie Esson

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Mary Gerrie Esson (Married name Banks) 

Gender: Female

Date and Place of Birth: 9 August 1986, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Date and Place of Death: 18 November 1964, Melbourne, Australia.

Nationality: Scottish/Australian



Mary was the fourth child born to Alexander Esson (9 July 1858 – 28 June 1945), a butcher in Aberdeen, and Margaret Crofts (25 Mar 1866 – ?…

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Annette Hamilton Geddes


“Miss Geddes”

Date and place of birth:  1881 in Newhills Registration District of Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Date and place of death:  15th October 1976 in Aberdeen, Scotland

Nationality: British

Biography:  Annette grew up in Peterculter, Aberdeenshire with her siblings:

Mary Hosie Geddes 1878 – 1948

Eliza Maggie Geddes 1880-1884

James Fraser Geddes 1883 – 1973

Alexander Marr Geddes 1885 – 1973

Marjory Inglis Geddes 1887 – 1960

Frances Beryl Geddes 1890 – 1991

Godfrey Power Geddes 1895 – 1964


James Lawrence Geddes married Marjory Fraser Burr in 1877 Newhills Registration District, Aberdeenshire.…

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William Stephen Milne

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): William Stephen Milne 

Gender: Male 

Date and Place of Birth: 14/06/1880 at Aberdeen (1) (5) 

Date and Place of Death: 22/03/1948 at The Hospital, Westminster (8) (6) 

Buried 27/03/1948 at Camden (11) 

Nationality: British 



Childhood :  

In 1881 when William was ten months old,  he lived with his parents at 78 Wales Street, Aberdeen.…

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Mary Frances Carney Wattie

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): Mary Frances Carney Wattie (M F C Wattie). 

Gender: Female. 

Date and Place of Birth: 21st October 1892, Aberdeen, Scotland. 

Date and Place of Death: October 1959, Birmingham, England.…

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Robert Wotherspoon

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Robert Wotherspoon

Gender: Male
Date and place of birth: 6th July 1878, Ralston, Renfrewshire
Date and Place of Death: 14th August 1964, Aberdeenshire
Nationality: Scottish
Childhood: Youngest of 8
Parents: Robert and Jane [ Jeanie] nee Couper
Parents occupations: Letter press printer
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: Engineer
Place of residence at Gretna: Jutland House, Eastriggs
Marital status: Married
Children: 1 daughter
Travels: Emigrated to US , returned to Scotland, emigrated to Canada
Awards/recognitions: N/K
Positions held: N/K
Trivia / any other information: Asaulted near cemetery in Dornock 1917
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Robert Wotherspoon 1878-1964

Robert Wotherspoon was born on 6th July 1878 at Ralston, Renfrewshire to Robert, a letter press printer, and Jane [ Jeanie ] nee Couper .…

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