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Thomas George Dippie

Birthplace Victoria Collingwood AustraliaPlace of Residence at HM Factory Gretna West 9 Place of Death Western General Hospital Glasgow Date of Birth: January 19, 1884 Date of Death: January 1, 1955


Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): Thomas George Dippie (2) (5) (6)

Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: 1884, at Collingwood, Victoria, Australia (2) (5) (6)

Date and Place of Death: 1955, age 70, in Western General Hospital,  Hillhead, Glasgow from a cerebral haemorrhage and bronco pneumonia. (8) (2) (4)

Nationality : ? Australian,  ? British




Doesn’t seem to have any brothers or sisters. His father sailed from London to South Australia on the “ Loch Awe” , on 15/02/1878, and his mother left Plymouth on the “Nebo” 0n 04/12/1881, also bound for South Australia. They married in the United Methodist Free Church, Adelaide 07/07/1882. They must have then returned to Britain after Thomas was born and before 1891 when they appear on the census in Edinburgh, although I cannot find any passenger records for them. In 1891 they were living at Grove Street, St. Cuthbert, Edinburgh, and in 1901 they were at 20, Temple Park Crescent, Edinburgh.   (2) (5) (6)


Parents: Father: George Dippie, born 1852 in Chirnside , Berwickshire (2) (5) (6)

                Mother: Jessie Louttit  , born 1852 in Caithness (2) (5) (6)              

Parent’s occupations: Father was a mechanical engineer (5) (4)

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: 

 Occupation: House Agents Clerk, Indiarubber Merchants Clerk , Private Secretary, Sports Supervisor (4) (5) (7)

Place of residence at Gretna: ? West 9, Gretna

Job title at Gretna: 

Marital status: Married

Spouse name (including male name): 1st Marriage – Mary McLeod (4)

Date of marriage: 24/06/1911 (4)

Place/Parish of marriage:Row Church,  Parish of Row, Dunbarton (4)

Mary died in 1945 (2) (8)

2nd marriage – Georgina Catherine Margaret Coventry, a music teacher (4)

Date of marriage: 14/09/1945 (4)

Place of marriage: Morningside, Edinburgh. (4)

Thomas and Georgina divorced 03/05/1951 (4)

Children: None known                    



Trivia / any other information:  Thomas was a member of the Gretna Operatic Society where he was the Principal Baritone,  and appeared in a production of “The Gondoliers” at the Border Hall, Gretna from December 4th -10th 1918. He played Guiseppe Palmiera. (1)

He appeared in many productions including a concert in aid of Gretna School & Athletic Association Benevolent Fund in 1917, and he arranged two concerts for the Fancy Fair at Gretna that same year. (1)

He appeared in an open air concert at a Carnival in Gretna in aid of France’s Day on 25th August 1917 were he also took place in the mounted wrestling competition.

In 1920 an advert was published  in numerous newspapers which appears to include a statement from Thomas – “ It is generally recognised that for all ordinary cases of stomach trouble, including Indigestion, Flatulence, Heartburn, Gastritis etc., Bisurated Magnesia is an unrivalled remedy……………as in the case of Mr. T.G. Dippie..” –

“West 9, Gretna

For over 15 years I suffered a form of indigestion which produced acute pain………..I consulted several doctors and attended a Royal Infirmary, but only got temporary relief. About four months ago I decided to try Bisurated Magnesia; after the second dose I had not another pain. “ (1)

I hope he was rewarded for this endorsment!


Further links, notes, and comments:

  1. British Newspaper Archives
  2. Find my past BMD
  3. Ancestry BMD
  4. Scotlands People
  5. Find my past 1891 census
  6. Find my past 1901 census
  7. Ancestry Electoral Registers
  8. Public Member Trees




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