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Robert Gordon Brown

Member of the Fire Brigade
Birthplace Kirkcudbrightshire Kirkcudbright ScotlandPlace of Residence at HM Factory Gretna 17 Annan Road Date of Birth: June 30, 1870 Date of Death: December 8, 1927


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. 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.

SS Montcalm

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

RMS Doric

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.
RMS Letitia

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.

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