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Robert Gordon BrownMember of the Fire Brigade
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
Name: Robert Gordon Brown
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
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
John Brown last address 39 Swans Vennel, Dumfries sailed on Regina (White Star Line) from Greenock to Quebec/ Montreal on 29 May 1926. John moved to Frontenac, Ontario, Married Evelyn Morris on 1st December 1927. He lived all his life in Kingston where he passed away 02/02/1978.
Alexander Brown last address 39 Swans Vennel, Dumfries sailed on Montcalm (Canadian Pacific) from Greenock to St Johns, New Brunswick on 26 March 1927. Alexander moved to Kingston, Ontario and married Elizabeth Preston McGinnes on 20 October 1927. He was witness to both his Mum and Dad’s death certificates. He died 06/05/1951
Robert Gordon Brown last address 39 Swans Vennel, Dumfries sailed on Doric (White Star Line) from Greenock to Quebec/ Montreal on 17 April 1927. Robert moved to Kingston, Ontario and was living at 101 Queen Street, Kingston when he died on December 8, 1927, whilst as an in-patient at Kingston General Hospital, Frontenac, Ontario.
Phebie, Jessie, Mary and Isabella Brown last address 39 Swans Vennel, Dumfries sailed on Letitia (Anchor Donaldson Line) from Glasgow to Quebec/ Montreal on 17 October 1927. They all then went to 101 Queen Street, Kingston.
Phebie died in 1941 in Kingston.
Mary, married Allen David Miller on 4 September 1928 in St Andrews Church, Kingston moved to New York City and lived amongst other addresses at 255 46th Street, Brooklyn, NYC and 11226 Brooklyn, Kings, NYC until 17 November 1990 when she died.
Jessie married Clyde Dickens on 24 October 1928 stayed in Canada, moving to Ottawa, passing away 31/03/1987.
Isabella married Frederick Sandford Delaney on 5th January 1938 in Gananoque, Leeds County, later Leeds Greville, Ontario. It appears Frederick & Isabella lived most of their lives in Gananoque. She passed away on 2nd January 1988 being buried in the Roman Catholic Cemetery.