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Isabel Gertrude Beattie

Birthplace Cumberland Carlisle EnglandPlace of Death South Lanarkshire Law Scotland Date of Birth: August 17, 1894 Date of Death: June 22, 1966


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

Gender: Female

Date and Place of Birth: 17/08/1894 Carlisle, Cumberland (1) (2)

Date and Place of Death: 22/06/1966 , Law Hospital, Carluke (2)

Nationality: British


Childhood: In 1901 she lived at 40, King Street, Carlisle, with her family. (3)

By 1911 they had moved to 89 Charles Street, Carlisle, (4) . She had at least four siblings, Harold, Evelyn Marjory, William and Mary, possibly three more. (4) 

Parents: Father – David Beattie, born 1870 in Middleby, Dumfriesshire. (4)

                Mother – Margaret Barnfather, born 1871 in Carlisle. (4)


Parent’s occupations: Father was a Coachman, Carter, Motor lorry driver, (3) (4) (5)

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: unknown

 Occupation: Biscuit packer at Carr’s  Biscuits , Carlisle (4)

Place of residence at Gretna: 

Job title at Gretna: 

Marital status: Married

Spouse name (including male name): 1. James Leitch Kirk of Lesmahagow.

Date of marriage: 04/10/1913

Place/Parish of marriage: Howard Street , Glasgow (5) (6)

  1. William Watt of Biggar

Date of marriage: 01/05/1920

Place of marriage: Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. (5)


Children: To James Kirk – Margaret born 1914 (1) (6)

                                                 John Fraser Kirk born 1916 (1) (6)

                                                  Grace Dixon Kirk born 1918 (1) (6)

                   To William Watt – at least one son – William . (2)

Travels: Moved to Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire.


Trivia / any other information: Isabels first husband, James, was a soldier in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was discharged on 03/07/1915 due to ill health and being declared unfit for war service. (6)

 He and his family moved to Eastriggs where they lived in 17  Police Quarters and where he worked as a surgery assistant. He died 11th April 1918   aged 27. (7)

Isabel then moved to live with her mother-in-law at Lilybanks, Lesmahagow. She was remarried in 1920 to William Watt, a steelworker, and had at least one son, William. Isabel died on 22/06/1966 aged 71, her son William was the informant on the death record. (2)

There are two more children found on Scotlands people that are probably Isabels – Elizabeth Watt , born 1921, and Isobel Gertrude Watt, born 1925, both in Lesmahagow, but without seeing a birth certificate I cannot say for certain.

Further links, notes, and comments:

  1.    Find my past –   BMD
  2.    Scotlands people –   Deaths
  3.    Find my past –   1901 census
  4.    Find my past   –    1911 census
  5. Scotlands  people –   marriages
  6. Find my past    – World  war 1   military records
  7. British newspapers archives –  obituaries, Hamilton Adveriser, Saturday 20th +27th April 1918      




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