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Photo of Robert Gordon Brown

Robert Gordon Brown

Gretna Fire Brigade 1915 – 1925
Professional fire brigade members

Research Project led by Nigel Compton

Service and Personal details

Name: Robert Gordon Brown
DoB: June 30 1870

Place of birth: High Street, Kirkcudbright

Parents: John and Maxwell nee Middleton

Parental Home: High Street, Kirkcudbright

Siblings: Jessie (1873), Alexander (1875), Agnes (1877), Peter (1878), William (1878), Thomas (1886), David (1888)

Spouse: Phebie Grierson Marshall

Date of Wedding: 28 June 1895 – Greyfriars Manse, Castle Street, Dumfries

Children: John (16 March 1896, died 18 August 1886), Robert Marshall (1897) Alexander Marshall (1899) John (Jock) Marshall (1901) Jessie Thompson Maxwell (1906), Mary Marshall (1909), Isabella Phoebie (1919)

Marital home(s): 33 Millburn Street, Kirkcudbright – 1897 15 Queensbury Square, D’fries, 1899 145 High Street, Dumfries – 1901 38 Queensbury Square, Dumfries, 1911 Flexholm, Leadhills

Employment: Journeyman Tailor

1911 Census: Census shows 6 children, 5 still alive – Living in Leadhills

Date of Death: December 8 1927 Location: Kingston Hospital, Ontario


Gretna details

Name: Robert Gordon Brown
Clock No

Date joining: 1918

Date leaving: 1920/21

Station: Annan Road

Addresses: 17 Annan Road, Gretna – U 1 East, Gretna (shows Robert as tailor)

Rank on start: Fm

Promotion: None identified

Newspapers: None found

Career after Gretna: Tailor in Dumfries, unknown employment in Kingston, Ontario

Addresses after Gretna:
39 Swans Vennel, Dumfries -101 Queen Street, Kingston, Canada

Some of the family moved to 19 Lower University, Kingston after 1927


Additional information

No confirmed military service in Great War for any family members, investigating

No confirmed further details of Robert Marshall Brown

No photographs have yet been located but given the number of family trees this family
appear on, further investigation is underway



RMS Regina

John Brown last address 39 Swans Vennel, Dumfries sailed on Regina (White Star Line) from Greenock to Quebec/ Montreal on 29 May 1926.…

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Sarah Burns McCleary


Date and place of birth :  2 November 1887  Creetown, Scotland

Date and place of Death :  1965 in South Shields District, County Durham
Nationality: British

Biography:    Sarah grew up in Creetown, a small town in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland,

With her four brothers:

John McCleary 1884

Peter McCleary 1885

Nathan McCleary 1889

William McCleary 1890

Peter McCleary and Euphemia Joseph were married in Kirkcudbrightshire in 1882

Parents occupation :

Peter worked as a Granite Quarry Labourer Clerk and Euphemia was a Nurse.…