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Low, James

Birth Name Low, James
Gender male


Birth 12 May 1862  at  Dundee, Angus
Death 28 December 1946




Mother Duncan, Elisabeth   (Birth)


Married Wife Jackson, Margaret
  Marriage 9 November 1886
  Narrative Frances says his marriage certificate gives Margaret Jackson's address as Hamlet Annetland (where John Jackson is the landlord).

In Pop's diary (my Grandfather - James Brown Low) for 9th Nov 1911 it says, "Silver wedding day. Such a lovely silver tea service from the Browns. Mr & Mrs Brown over in evening we all had a jolly time. 25 years seems quite an age when I hear them speak of all that has happened in that time. After supper speeches. Madge and I gave a silver rose-bowl. Very pretty one. Aunt M did not manage down."

  Children Low, Madge
Low, James Brown
Low, John Jackson
Low, David


I would really like to discover who his father was!

He lived at 3, Orrock Place, Jeanfield, Perth (stated on death note of John Jackson)

Margaret Low said he lived in a tenement in Scott Street Perth, then 28 Jeanfield Road Perth. I think this is the same house as 3 Orrock place.

Started in Butchers department in Coop near Scott Street Perth (?Silver street acording to my Dad). Got to be manager - worked 1879 - 1929

Went to middle Kirk, on river ?Tay Street.

Birth Certificate in name of James Low Duncan states 'illegitimate'. Mother Elisabeth Duncan, Domestic Servant, born in Letham. Address of birth Norriesland, Miller's Wynd, Dundee.

Can't yet find Elisabeth Duncan in 1861 census, but her sister Jane Duncan (also with illegitimate child) lived in Norriesland in 1861.

Marriage certificate says James Low, 47 High Street Perth, grocery salesman.

Father, James Low, farm overseer, deceased.

Mother Elizabeth Low m.s. Duncan

Death certificate says James Low (formerly Duncan) grocery manager. No mention of father, but mother is Elizabeth Duncan, linen weaver, deceased.

3 entries in LDS

One for James Low Duncan, mother Elizabeth Duncan, Dundee, 12/5/1862

One for James Low Duncan, mother Elizabeth Duncan, Dunnichen, 12/5/1862

and a false one in Brechin.

Margaret Low feels that the father must have been rich as James had a good education, in spite of the very poor background of his mother. There was a suggestion that the father was a member of the family of Lindsay & Low - the greengrocers (later William Low). The chances are that the father was called James Low, and was the employer of Elisabeth Duncan in 1861.

John Low has the silver salver given to him to celebrate 50 years work at the Co-Op in Perth 1879-1929, so he must be in the 1881 census in Perth. I think this is him:

Dwelling:65 Strathmore St

Census Place:Kinnoull, Perth, Scotland

Source:FHL Film 0203513 GRO Ref Volume 387 EnumDist 36 Page 20


Margaret L. CHRISTIEW72 FKinnoull, Perth, Scotland



David BROWNU28 MKinnoull, Perth, Scotland



James LOWU19 MDundee, Forfar, Scotland


Occ:Grocers Assistant

There are no other grocers assistants (or similar) in Perth called James low or James Duncan

Source References

1.Import from 20060115.ged
Confidence: Normal