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Ewart Birnie

Officer of customs
Date of Birth: January 30, 1889 Date of Death: August 5, 1959


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


Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: 30th January 1889, Gretna, Dumfriesshire  

Date and Place of Death:  5th August 1959, registered Carlisle  

Nationality: Scottish

Childhood: Only child  

Parents: Margaret J Birnie. No father registered.  

Parent’s occupations: Housekeeper.


Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K


Occupation: Officer of customs  

Place of residence at Gretna: 100-102 Vancouver Road  

Job title at Gretna: Officer of customs  


Marital status: Married Clara Mabel Wigston.

Children: At least 3.

Travels: N/K

Awards/recognitions: N/K


Trivia / any other information:

Ewart Birnie was born on 30th January 1889 at Gretna, Scotland to Margaret [Maggie] J Birnie. No father is listed on the birth registration. Margaret was a housekeeper at the time.  


1891 – living at 4 Harries Court, Workington, Cumberland, he, and his mother are staying with his mother’s brother.  


1901 – 7 Market Place, Egremont, staying with his uncle Thomas Ewart, a fishmonger, own account wife Ann and their 2 daughters who are both school teachers.  


WW1- employed at H M Factory Gretna as an Officer of customs and living at 100-102 Vancouver Road, Eastriggs (Electoral Register)  


January 1922 married Clara Mabel Wigston, 9 years his junior, at Carlisle. It is possible that Clara was also employed at Gretna.  


1939- living at Clarecroft, Skinburness Road, Silloth, Cumberland. Marine RG Office of Customs and Excise superintendent  


5th August 1959 died aged 70. Registered Carlisle  


Clara died in 1979 in Miami.  




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