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McGUNNIGAL, James (DNA Linked)
HARKEN, Margaret (DNA Linked)
ROURKE, Francis (DNA Linked)
(About 1806-0007/1883)
CAMPBELL, Margaret (DNA Linked)
(About 1810-)
McGUNNIGAL, James Coal miner


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McGUNNIGAL, James Coal miner

  • Born: 22 February 1883 at 3.30 am, High Rows, Chapelhall, Holytown, Lanarkshire, Scotland 2
  • Marriage (1): MULVANNY, Mary on 11 April 1913 in St Joseph's RC Chapel, Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland 1
  • Died: 14 October 1939 at 2.35 am, County Hospital, Cleland, Lanarkshire, Scotland

   Cause of his death was malignant tumour of the bladder/secondary tumour of the spine; and paraplegia.

   Other names for James were McGONEGAL, James,3 McGUNIGAL, James 4 5 and McGUNNIGLE, James.

  General Notes:

When James was born in 1883, his father, also James, was an assistant blast furnace keeper. The registrar, William Richard, at Holytown, was notified of his birth on 10 March 1883 by the baby's maternal grandfather, Francis Rourke, who made his X mark. Francis gave his address as Brown's Land Clarkston.

In the 1891 census, James McGonegal was recorded, aged 8 years, as a scholar living in 133 Briggate, Chapelhall. He had been born in Bothwell Parish, and as well as his own three siblings, he now had a new half brother, John, and a step father, James Hammill.

In the census of 1901, James, along with his brother Francis, were the only McGunigals resident in the household of Mary Hammill, at Bo'ness Road, Chapelhall. Three half brothers of theirs, John, Patrick and Hugh Hammill, also lived there. James was recorded as aged 18 years, and as having been born in Chapelhall. He worked as a 'coal miner hewer'.

The 1911 census recorded James McGunigal, a single man, living in his mother's household in Main Street, Chapelhall. He was 27 years old, and born in Bothwell parish, Lanarkshire. He worked as a "Coal Miner, Hewer".

In October 1911 James was a witness at the marriage of his brother Francis.

James married in 1913 at the age of 30 years, although his age was noted as 33 years.

James notified the registrar within two days of the birth of his first child, Mary, in 1914. He signed the book, and gave his occupation as coal miner.

His daughter, Margaret's birth took place in Chapelhall in 1915, and James was the informant, as he was in March 1916 when she died. He was then a coal miner.

In 1916 his daughter, Mary, died aged 2 years. James was the informant before the registrar, at Holytown, on 18 April 1916. His occupation was recorded as coal miner.

In 1917 James' daughter, Sarah, died aged 11 months. James notified the registrar at Holytown in December 1917. He was recorded as a coal miner.

In 1923, a second daughter named Mary died aged 9 months. James was the informant of her death, at Holytown, on 16 May. His occupation was noted as coal miner.

In 1924 his wife died in Blantyre. Her death certificate recorded James then as a coal miner.

James died in 1939. His death certificate recorded his age as 56 years at the time of his death. He was recorded as a coal miner (brusher), and the widower of Mary Mulvaney. His usual residence was noted as 21 Kennelburn Road, Chapelhall. Both of his own parents were deceased by then.

When his son James died in 1965, this James McGunnigal senior was recorded as a 'coal miner deceased' in his son's death certificate. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

  Medical Notes:

Iain A. M. Beaton BSc MB ChB certified the causes of death.

James McGunnigal, son of the deceased man, of Victoria Place, Chapelhall, gave notice of his father's death before Alexander Craig, registrar, at Cleland on 14 October 1939.

James married Mary MULVANNY, daughter of Patrick MULVANNY and Mary McGOUGH, on 11 April 1913 in St Joseph's RC Chapel, Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland.1 (Mary MULVANNY was born in 1878 and died 29 June 1924 at 10.00 am in 10 Stonefield Road, Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland.). The cause of her death was carcinoma of the uterus over 8 months.

  Marriage Notes:

The marriage was celebrated, after banns according to the rites and forms of the Roman Catholic Church. The officiating priest was Father Thomas Hackett. The witnesses were Patrick Hamill and Mary Boyle.

James McGunnigle was a coal pit brusher, aged 33 years, of Hillside Terrace, Chapelhall. He was a bachelor. He signed the marriage book.

Mary Mulvanny was a farm servant, aged 34 years, of 103 Stonefield Road, Blantyre. She too was a single woman and signed her name.

The registration of the marriage was at Blantyre on 4 April 1913, the registrar being James Brown. 1


1 GRO Scotland, Marriage certificate RDS 624 Blantyre 1913.

2 GRO Scotland, Holytown 1883 birth certificate RDS 625/2 no 80.

3 1891 UK Census, Bothwell parish Holytown district Lanarkshire 625/2 en d 14 page 25.

4 1901 UK Census, Holytown Lanarkshire 625/02 016/00 025.

5 1911 UK Census, Holytown District Lanarkshire 652/2/18/07.

6 GRO Scotland, Cleland 1911 marriage certificate RDS 655/3 No 28/brother Francis.

7 GRO Scotland, Death Bothwell 625 no 165 1965.

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