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Updated 3 November 2009

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  • Armadale population figures and surnames

  • Some of the Armadale-related individuals who appear in NAS catalogues

  • Local Cemeteries and Graveyards and Churchyards

  • Obituary / Death Notices about Armadale people in local publications

  • Some of the Armadale-related and Woodend-related individuals whose deaths were the subject of a Fatal Accident Inquiry and who appear in NAS catalogues

  • Arrivals and Departures

See also Development for more information about local people and the places where they lived

 

Armadale population figures and surnames

Seeking Armadale Ancestors? Useful Info in West Lothian Statistical Information Sharing pages Armadale Family History Page History of Armadale Association
 Dale Boys Woodend statistics
West Lothian Family History Society have made available their West Lothian indexes to the 1851 and 1901 Censuses and their database of the Burial Registers which they have transcribed to date. They cover five cemeteries and date from about 1860 to 1974. Why not visit their website to search the indexes?

Armadale population

1841: 121; 1851: 141; 1861: 2,504 ( increase because of cannel coal discovery at Boghead and increase in Boghead and Barbauchlaw coal mining); 1871: 2,708; 1881: 2,642; 1891: 3,186; 1901: 3,921; 1911: 4,739; 1921: 4,927; 1931: 4,867; 1951: 5,804; 1961: 6,274 (elsewhere recorded as 6,195) - 26.5% under 15 years of age; 8.3% over 65 years of age; 1963: 6,400; 1971: 7,110; 1981: 8,769; 1989: 9,620; 1991: 9,096; 1996: 9236*; 2001: 9,063; 2006: 10,453* 2008: 10,779*; 2025: 14,500**

Census data apart from Council estimate* , forecast**

In 1958 West Lothian Planning Office had estimated that there would be a 13.4% in crease in Armadale's population by 1977 'despite the closure of coal mines in the area, the population increase will be maintained in parallel with development expansion in the local fireclay, steel and engineering industries.'

By 1965 it was believed that Armadale's population would rise by 8.4% by 1977.

Armadale was created as a burgh in 1864, and it was abolished 1975

As a result of The Great War, Scotland lost 10% of its men 16 - 50, highest rate in Anglo-Scottish Empire, lower only than Serbia

Armadale District in 1841

About 350 - 400 people lived within 1 miles of Armadale centre.  About 150 of those people were employed in: agriculture; coal and ironstone mining; other trades.

Surnames of 30 families found in Armadale Village in 1841

Allan, Campbell, Carlaw, Docharty,  Dow,  Duncan, Finnlay, Forsyth, Gray, Harvie,  Laird, Lawson, Logan, MacNichol, McNeil, Marshall, Neil,  Neilson, Patterson, Pollock, Ranken, Shanks, Shields, Sim, Sinclair, Smith, Tennant, Thomson, Williamson, Wilson,

Surnames of c 50 people found in Colinshiel Colliery Village in 1841

Alexander, Baxter, Brown, Duncan, Easton, Harris, Smellie, Walker

 

Some of the Surnames found in Armadale in 1851

Baxter, Black, Boyd, Brown, Chalmers, Cook, Davis, Dobbie, Douglas, Dow, Drysdale, Easton, Farell, Forester, Forsyth, Gillespie, Gray, Harris, Harvie, Henderson, Hind, Hoynd?, Hughes, Laird, Lindsay, MacKie, McIntyre, McPhail, McPherson, Meekin, Neath, Neil, Pollock, Ramage, Rankin, Reinsmith, Renton, Riddell, Sinclair, Smith, Snedden, Steine, Storie, Tennant, Thomson, Walker, Ward, Williamson, Wilson.

Surnames found in Bathville in 1851

Brown, Clark, Dungavil, Hamilton, Lockhart, Ritchie, Wark

Surnames found in Woodend in 1851

Clelland, Cracket, Gentleman (at Canty and Craigmarie), Hachie, Hardie, Hay, Law, Liddel (at Craig Mill), McGregor (at Tannoch), McPhail, Morris, Pearson, Rankin, Rarit?, Russell, Thomson, Waddell (tenant of Woodend Farm), Wood

The Registrar General's Report 1959

Armadale had much higher rates than the Scottish average :

  • 20% above the national rate for illegitimate births

  • 50% above the national rate for infant mortality

Health: 2008

12,319 patients are registered at Armadale Health Centre

2,600 Armadalians smoke

Education

21.6% of  children at Armadale's local primary schools are entitled to free meals (West Lothian average: 17.7%)

16.3% of the 2007 leavers from Armadale Academy and 26% from St Kentigern's progressed to Higher Education.

21.5% of the 2007 leavers from Armadale Academy and 19.8% from St Kentigern's left with no job / education / training arrangements in place.

2008-2009 session: Applications for 27 P1 intake Armadale children were received for them to begin at primary schools outside their catchment area.  12 were allowed to begin at Windyknowe primary school (making a total of about 60 Armadale children at that school)

 

Some of the Armadale-related individuals who appear in NAS catalogues

John Saunders BUCHANAN, 1974; Michael BURNS, 1919, 1928; Peter Robertson BURTON 1922; Thomas COLLIGAN, foreman surfaceman, 1885 - 1892; Archibald DOWNS, 1933; Robert EASTON, 1931; Isabella BROCK / FISHER and husband Matthew McLEAN FISHER, storekeeper; Douglas MacPHERSON (Colinshiel Colliery) 1848;   Anthony FORRESTER aka FORSTER 1871; Mary HAY 1866; Alexander HOMER 1869;  Charles MacDONALD 1907; Charles McCUE, surfaceman, 1877 - 1881; 1881 - 1888; James Campbell THOMSON, miner, 1901; John TODD, 1928; Robert WALKER, cattle dealer, 1906;  Alexander F. WILSON, 1943; Mrs Esther WILSON, 1960; John WYPER, 1972.

 

Local Cemeteries and Graveyards and Churchyards

1810 - 1811: Armadale's first pale house, to house a horse-drawn funeral carriage, built at Armadale Cross by:

  • Thomas BROCK supplier of its thatch and stones;

  • Alex BROWN, carter,

  •  John GILCHRIST and William ARTHUR, stonemasons and thatchers;

  • Alex RUSSELL, stone supplier.

Woodbank Cemetery

Colquhoun Postcard

Before Woodbank Cemetery was created, Armadalians were interred in graveyards in Bathgate, Whitburn and Torphichen.

Woodbank Cemetery 2006

Some Armadalians buried in local graveyards / churchyards / cemeteries

WHITBURN: David MILLAR of Torbanehill, 1849.

KIRKTON (Old Bathgate Parish Church graveyard) The rectangular building that still remain here is roofless, but atmospheric, with door jambs thought to date from around 1200, and a 13C effigy of a priest..  It was given to Holyrood Abbey by Malcolm IV, but was abandoned in 1739 when the High Kirk was constructed in Main Street.: Robert GEDDES of Torbanehill, 1722; John GENTLEMAN of Craigmarie, 1826; J WARDROPE*, 1869; William BROCK of Barbauchlaw Mains, 1855; John WILSON, Wheattockbrae, 1865;  Alex DENNISTOUN (in Barbauchlaw Burial Ground).

TORPHICHEN: Henry BROCK of Eastertoun, 1769;  John BROCK of Netherhillhouse, 1803; John RUSSELL of Androsyard, 1814; James SINCLAIR of Woodend, 1815; John MORE of Overhillhouse, 1853; James WAUGH of Birkenshaw, 1857; Walter GOWANS of Gowanbank, 1858;  Wm. S. ADDIE of Trees, 1865

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Brief Biographical Notes

*J WARDROPE aka James WARDROP was born in 1782, son of Marjory, daughter of Andrew MARJORIBANKS of Balbardie House, who is buried in the MARJORIBANKS tomb, unlike her son whose mis-spelled name deters easy discovery in Kirkton graveyard.  Marjory died in childbirth when James was four, and so all seven children were moved to the Meadows, Edinburgh.  Attended High School, the largest in the UK at that time.  It was intended that he would join the Navy, but his interest in Natural History led to his apprenticeship to surgeon apothecaries Benjamin BELL, James RUSSELL, 1st Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery, Deacon of the Incorporation of Surgeons and President of the Royal College of Surgeons.  Elected house surgeon at Royal Infirmary.

1801 Studied in London.

1803 Studied in Paris > interned in Fontainebleau at outbreak of war.  Escaped to Germany > Vienna.  Travelled round Budapest and Dresden with friend John Henry WISHART of Foxhall, nr Kirkliston, later surgeon at Royal Infirmary and President of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Returned to Edinburgh > junior doctor at Royal Infirmary >practised at the Public Dispensary; assitant in museum at Royal College of Surgeons.  Published articles, books on surgery and eye disease.

1809 set up practice in St James's Square London > attracted expat Scots > particular intertest in horses led to appointment as extraordinary surgeon to the royal household.

1813 Married Margaret daughter of Col George DALRYMPLE of North Berwick > 4 sons and 1 daughter

1822 Accompanied George IV on visit to Edinburgh.

1826 Helped to found West London Hospital of Surgery: free treatment for poor.

Lectured on surgery at Aldersgate School of Medicine; Windmill Street School.

1830: Diagnosed heart failure while visiting George IV.  Royal physicians rejected his recommendations and he was denied access to the king.

Became disllusioned by conduct of other London doctors, but continued publishing medical books.

1850:  Had collected major artists' work and donated 2 paintings when the National Gallery of Scotland was established.

13 February 1869: Died.  Requested burial near his mother, but was buried in the graveyard.

John Wilson's gravestone in Old Bathgate Parish Church graveyard

Gravestone of John Jeffrey of Armadale d1889 and wife Janet Rankine d1906 in Old Bathgate Parish Church graveyard

Alexander Dennistoun, Old Bathgate Parish Church graveyard

John Gentleman's gravestone in Old Bathgate Parish Church graveyard

 

Obituary / Death Notices about Armadale people in local publications

C= Courier; MA=Midlothian Advertiser; G=Gazette
Please note that this is not a comprehensive list; it may contain repetitions; I have no further details. It is merely meant to indicate former Armadalians and to aid family researchers who may not have discovered these articles yet. Any additions or amendments are welcome!

Newspaper Name of deceased person Date of publication Page number of article
C WILLIE LAMONT, FOR MANY YEARS A POLICEMAN IN ARMADALE. 15 OCT 1993 1
MA HUGH P WOTHERSPOON, MANAGING SECRETARY OF ARMADALE CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY LIMITED, AND FORMER PROVOST OF ARMADALE. 09 APR 1965 15
MA ANDREW WYLIE, A RESIDENT AND EX-BAILLIE OF ARMADALE 7 JAN 1927 2
C JAMES O'HARE OF ARMADALE, WELL KNOWN EX-FOOTBALLER.  29 APR 1983 7
G WILLIAM MIDDLETON, PRESIDENT OF ARMADALE CHILDREN'S GALA DAY. 3 FEB 1922 3
MA DAVID H YOUNG, EX-DEAN OF GUILD. HE SERVED ON THE TOWN COUNCIL FOR 12 YEARS AND ON THE COUNTY COUNCIL FOR 3 YEARS. HE WAS ALSO FORMERLY A SECRETARY OF ARMADALE FOOTBALL CLUB (LTD) AND RAN A BUTCHER BUSINESS IN THE TOWN. 10 JAN 1936 2
C WILLIAM FORRESTER. 30 JUL 1920 5
G MRS BLACK, FORMER POSTMISTRESS OF ARMADALE 24 JUL 1908 8
G JAMES LAUDER, OWNER OF THE ARMADALE STATION POST OFFICE 8 DEC 1916 3
G MRS JANET PRENTICE, POSTMISTRESS OF ARMADALE POST OFFICE 18 APR 1919 3
C JOHN W. FORSYTH. 11 DEC 1936 5
  BILL CARRUTHERS, FORMER SENIOR OVERSMAN AT POLKEMMET COLLIERY - OF EAST MAIN STREET ARMADALE. 22 OCT 1993 35
  GEORGE HUNTER OF ARMADALE, SINGER, COMEDIAN AND CHARITY WORKER. 29 OCT 1993 6
C JOHN MCLAUGHLIN, KEEN BOWLER, AND FOR MANY YEARS COURIER CORRESPONDENT IN ARMADALE. 22 JUN 2000 10
C PROVOST ADAM WILSON OF ARMADALE TOWN COUNCIL 13 OCT 1905 4
C DR. DEAS, ARMADALE PRACTITIONER. 11 MAR 1932 5
G GEORGE HARRIS, FARMER OF OVERHILL HOUSE FARM, ARMADALE  05 JAN 1917 3
G JOHN ORR, FARMER OF BARBAUCHLAW MAINS FARM, ARMADALE. 12 MAR 1920 4
G JOHN GRAHAM, FARMER OF NORTHRIGG FARM, ARMADALE. 8 JAN 1915 4
G HUGH O'DONNELL, A WELL KNOWN ARMADALE RESIDENT. 4 JAN 1907 5
C WILLIAM (BILL) HUBBARD OF ARMADALE. 19 JUL 1991 11
G LEWIS POTTER, FORMER OWNER OF THE CROWN HOTEL, ARMADALE  18 JUL 1913 8
G JOHN POW, A WELL-KNOWN ARMADALE MAN  22 APR 1910 8
G WELL KNOWN ARMADALE FRUIT MERCHANT AND EX-PROVOST OF THE TOWN, THOMAS POW 13 MAR 1908  
G MRS JANET PRENTICE, POSTMISTRESS OF ARMADALE POST OFFICE 18 APR 1919  
G GEORGE PROVAN, WELLKNOWN FARMER OF TORBANE FARM, ARMADALE 7 NOV 1919 3
G ROBERT ANDERSON, A WELL- KNOWN FORMER ARMADALE PUBLICAN 5 MAY 1916 3
G REV. FATHER ROBERT JOHN RATTRIE OF ARMADALE R.C. CHURCH. 9 OCT 1925 3
C JOHN BURKE OF ARMADALE, VICE PRESIDENT OF ARMADALE BOWLING CLUB 18 DEC 1981 22
C WILLIAM R. AIKMAN, FORMER MANAGER OF ARMADALE PUBLIC HOUSE SOCIETY. 2 NOV 1913 3
  ALEXANDER RIDDELL, AN ARMADALE FREEMASON. 21 SEP 1928 4
C JAMES AITKEN ,WELL-KNOWN MEMBER OF ARMADALE GALA DAY COMMITTEE. 21 FEB 1969 17
G DR PATON FORMER ASSISTANT TO THE LATE DR ANDERSON, ARMADALE. 21 MAY 1915 6
C  EBENEZER CALDER, EX-PROVOST OF ARMADALE. 17 FEB 1956 7
C WILLIAM (WILLIE) GORDON, THE "RENT MAN', ARMADALE. 18 FEB 1994 22
G GUNNER W. REEVES, ARMADALE SOLDIER KILLED IN ACTION. 21 JUL 1916 3
G  COUNCILLOR WILLIAM FORRESTER, J.P. OF ARMADALE. 6 AUG 1920 2
G A WELL-KNOWN ARMADALE WOMAN MRS BARBARA FORSYTH. 4 OCT 1912 8
G WILLIAM FRAME OF ARMADALE, A FORMER HEAVY WEIGHT WRESTLING CHAMPION. 8 JUL 1921 3
G S.THOMAS BOYD, A WELL-KNOWN ARMADALE FREEMASON 13 SEP 1912 8
C JOHN CAMBELL. REPORT ON REFERENCE MADE BY REV. J.W.MCGOWAN, ARMADALE EAST CHURCH. 31 MAY 1957 6
C MISS N.M.P. CAMPBELL, FORMER TEACHER AT ARMADALE PUBLIC SCHOOL. 15 JUL 1947 4
C JAMES DODDS, A GUNNER FROM ARMADALE. 2 AUG 1946 2
C JOHN MILLAR, A WELL-KNOWN FIGURE IN ARMADALE. 14 FEB 1986 23
C GEORGE CARLIN, MANAGER OF ARMADALE CO-OPERATIVE DRAPERY DEPARTMENT. 9 SEP 1977 17
C THE VERY REV. CANON JOHN DONNELLY, PARISH PRIEST OF ST. ANTHONY'S R.C. CHAPEL, ARMADALE. 7 JAN 1977 1
C WALTER FULLERTON, CONDUCTOR OF ARMADALE PUBLIC BAND. 8 MAR 1935 4
C WILLIAM DOUGAN, AN ARMADALE MERCHANT. 29 MAY 1931 4
C ALISON DOUGLAS, A WELL-KNOWN ARMADALE WOMAN. 8 APR 1904 5
C WILLIAM (WILLIE) SNEDDON, OF MAYFIELD DRIVE, ARMADALE, FORMER CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY OFFICIAL. 21 OCT 1988 10
C JAMES CASEY, FORMER ARMADALE POSTMAN. 31 MAY 1963 15
C ALEX URE, VERY WELL KNOWN ARMADALE MAN. 28 MAR 1980 32
G DONALD FULLERTON, A WELL KNOWN MEMBER OF ARMADALE BRASS BAND. 4 FEB 1916 3
C REV. JOHN A.C. DREW, FORMER MINISTER OF ARMADALE PARISH CHURCH. 6 JAN 1950 4
C MRS DRUCE, WIFE OF ONE OF THE RECTORS OF ARMADALE 29 APR 1899 5
C DOUG DRUMMOND, WELL KNOWN BANDSMAN WITH ARMADALE BURGH BAND. 13 MAY 1983 7
G JAMES GILLESPIE (TOOSH), WELL KNOWN ARMADALE RESIDENT. 20 DEC 1907 5
G EX-BAILLIE JAMES GILLON, J.P OF ARMADALE. 14 SEP 1917 3
C ROBERT WALKER, TIPPETHILL FARM, BETWEEN WHITBURN AND ARMADALE. 17 APR 1903 4
G WILLIAM R AIKMAN FORMER MANAGER OF ARMADALE PUBLIC HOUSE SOCIETY. 2 NOV 1917 3
G MALCOLM MALLACE, PRESIDENT OF THE ARMADALE PUBLIC HOUSE SOCIETY.  12 MAY 1922

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G JOHN GRAHAM FARMER OF NOTHRIGG FARM, ARMADALE. 8 JAN 1915 4
C JOHN WARDROP, EX-ARMADALE PROVOST. 10 SEP 1954 5
C COUNCILLOR GEORGE FARQUAR OF ARMADALE TOWN COUNCIL. 22 NOV 1912 5
C ANDREW WATSON, ARMADALE THISTLE FOOTBALLER. 16 JUN 1950 4
C PHOTOGRAPH, BIOGRAPHY AND OBITUARY NOTICE OF EX-BALLIE BROWN OF ARMADALE TOWN COUNCIL. 3 APR 1914 2
C EX-PROVOST T ROBERTSON OF ARMADALE. (BIOGRAPHY SKETCH) 14 AUG 1914 6
C THOMAS ELDER, AN EX-PROVOST OF ARMADALE. 26 NOV 1915 8
C JAMES GILLON, EX-BAILLIE AND J.P. FOR ARMADALE. 14 SEP 1917 2
C THOMAS BAILLIE WATSON, ARMADALE TOWN COUNCILLOR SINCE 1929. 2 APR 1943 3
C COUNCILLOR WILLIAM FORRESTER OF ARMADALE TOWN COUNCIL 30 JUL 1920 5
C W MARSHALL, AN EX-PROVOST OF ARMADALE. 17 AUG 1923
 
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C EX-BAILLIE CHALMERS. 1 FEB 1924 6
C MR WILSON, A FORMER PROVOST OF ARMADALE. 31 OCT 1925 8
G GEORGE HARRIS, FARMER OF OVERHILL HOUSE FARM, ARMADALE. 5 JAN 1917 3
C EX-COUNCILLOR JOHN BISHOP OF ARMADALE TOWN COUNCIL. 1 JAN 1926 3
C ANDREW WYLIE, EX-BAILLIE OF ARMADALE 7 JAN 1927 4
G WILLIAM HAY, WELL KNOWN DELFT MERCHANT AND COACH HIRER, ARMADALE.  2 FEB 1917 3
G DR ANDERSON OF ARMADALE. 22 DEC 1911 8
G DR PATON, FORMER ASSISTANT TO THE LATE DE ANDERSON, ARMADALE 21 MAY 1915 6
C JAMES CURRIE, AN EX-BAILLIE AND MEMBER OF ARMADALE TOWN COUNCIL FOR 15 YEARS. 10 JUL 1931 8
C EX-PROVOST ROBERT SMITH OF ARMADALE. 5 OCT 1934 4
C EX-BAILLIE MARTIN PRENTICE OF ARMADALE. 3 JAN 1936 3
C WILLIAM RENTON, AN ARMADALE BLACKSMITH. 22 SEP 1944 4
C GEORGE GREIG, FORMERLY A BAILLIE OF ARMADALE TOWN COUNCIL. 14 JAN 1938 4
G REVEREND JOSEPH DRUCE, OF ST PAUL'S EPISCOPALIAN CHURCH 26 APR 1907 5
C THOMAS WATSON, A FORMER BAILLIE OF THE TOWN. 2 APR 1943 5
G WILLIAM RIDDELL, AN ARMADALE NATIVE WHO WAS A WELLKNOWN FIGURE IN STIRLINGSHIRE MINING CIRCLES. 18 JAN 1929 5
C EX-BAILLIE JAMES EDWARDS OF ARMADALE.  12 MAY 1944 4
C ARCHIE BROWN, FORMER PARATROOPER, AND FORMER SNP COUNCILLOR FOR ARMADALE. LATTERLY A RESIDENT OF POLBETH. HIS WIFE MAE DIED IN 1999.  20 APR 2006 28
C GAVIN DUNN, FORMER SECRETARY OF ARMADALE THISTLE F.C. AND CHIEF SCOUT FOR HIBS, RANGERS AND ARSENAL. 11 MAR 1983 3
C JOANNA DUNN, FORMER MEMBER OF ARMADALE TOWN COUNCIL. 7 AUG 1959 10
C JAMES GRAY OF ARMADALE, EX-FOREMAN OF THE LOTHIAN COURIER. 11 MAR 1983 2
C JOHN POLLAND OF ARMADALE, FORMER PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER WITH ABERDEEN, HIBS AND ARMADALE. 25 NOV 1977 22
C BAILLIE CHALMERS OF ARMADALE. 1 DEC 1924 6
C SAMUEL CHAMBERS, FORMER BROXBURN AND ARMADALE FOOTBALL PLAYER. 16 APR 1943 4
C FATHER MILEY, EX-PRIEST AT ARMADALE. 13 JUL 1928 8
C THOMS POW, FOR 10 YEARS HE WAS PROVOST OF ARMADALE. A LOOK AT HIS LIFE OUTWITH POLITICS. 13 MAR 1908 3
C THE VERY REV. CANON JOHN DONNELLY, PARISH PRIEST OF ST. ANTHONY'S R.C. CHAPEL, ARMADALE. 7 JAN 1977 1
C MRS. JANE HARKNESS BLACK, POSTMISTRESS AT ARMADALE FOR OVER 25 YEARS. A LOOK AT HER CAREER. 24 JUL 1908 3
C MRS. JANET PRENTICE MUIR, ARMADALE'S POSTMISTRESS FOR TWENTY YEARS. 18 APR 1919 3
C JAMES CASEY, FORMER POSTMAN. 31 MAY 1963 15
G ALEX HUTTON, ARMADALE IRONMONGER.  15 MAY 1914 8
C PHOTOGRAPH & BIOGRAPHY OF MR JOHN RANKIN, A WELL KNOWN ARMADALE MAN 25 OCT 1940 3
G DAVID JARDINE, WELL KNOWN FARMER OF STANDHILL FARM, ARMADALE. 5 MAY 1911 8
G HARRY JONES, A WELL KNOWN ARMADALE MAN. 23 OCT 1914 4
C WALTER FULLERTON, FORMER CONDUCTOR ARMADALE PUBLIC BAND. 8 MAR 1935 4
C DOUG DRUMMOND, WELL KNOWN BANDSMAN WITH ARMADALE BURGH BAND. 13 MAY 1983 7
C CHARLES ESSON GILLON, PRECENTOR TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR 20 YEARS. ARMADALE NATIVE. 20 JUN 1941 2
C JAMES GILLON ( J.P. FOR ARMADALE)  14 SEP 1917 2
C ARCHIBALD MacDONALD, OWNER OF A LARGE GROCERY CHAIN AND FLESHERS. OWNED A LOT OF PROPERTY IN ARMADALE. 16 NOV 1900  
C WILLIAM GILLON. 13 AUG 1915 2
  JACOB STIRLING, A VERY SUCCESSFUL ARMADALE MERCHANT. 21 MAY 1907 5
G JESSIE SHARP, WELL-KNOWN RESIDENT OF ARMADALE, SHE WAS A FORMER SECRETARY OF THE CO-OPERATIVE GUILD IN WEST LOTHIAN. 5 FEB 1987 2
C  JAMES VERRIER, A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN. 24 JAN 1913 5
G JOHN SHEARER, A VERY WELL-KNOWN BLACKSMITH FROM ARMADALE. 23 MAR 1906 5
G  JOHN SHEARER, HEADMASTER OF ARMADALE PUBLIC SCHOOL.  12 JUL 1918

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C THOMAS JOHNSTON, WHO RAN A CARTING AND BUS BUSINESS IN ARMADALE  28 FEB 1913 5
C JOHN RUSSELL, A SUCCESSFUL FRUIT MERCHANT. 1 JAN 1915 4
G JAMES LAUDER, OWNER OF THE ARMADALE STATION POST OFFICE 8 DEC 1916 3
C JAMES RUSSELL, AN ARMADALE MERCHANT. HIS FIRM RUSSELL BROS WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST AND BEST KNOWN IN SCOTLAND. 26 JUL 1918 3
G ARCHIBALD ROBERTSON, FORMER GENERAL MANAGER OF ARMADALE COLLIERY 29 AUG 1919 3
C  ANDREW GRAHAM, A SUCCESSFUL LOCAL BUSINESSMAN. 30 DEC 1927 3
C WILLIAM DOUGAN, BOOT AND SHOE MANUFACTURER FOR ABOUT 50 YEARS. 29 MAY 1931 4
C JAMES MARSHALL, PROMINENT FRUITERER. 2 MAY 1941 5
C JOHN BALLANTYNE, ARMADALE WATCHMAKER. 20 FEB 1942 2
C JOHN ARCHER, NEWSAGENT AND GENERAL MERCHANT. 12 MAR 1943 4
C JOHN TENNANT, ARMADALE GARAGE OWNER AND CAR HIRER. 1 SEP 1944 4
C WILLIAM RENTON, AN ARMADALE BLACKSMITH.  22 SEP 1944 4
C JAMES WYLIE, ARMADALE MASTER BUTCHER. 10 MAR 1950 4
C WILLIAM B. McNAIR, A WELL- KNOWN AND SUCCESSFUL MAN IN THE BUILDING TRADE. 10 NOV 1950 6
G HUGH KNOX A WELL-KNOWN ARMADALE MAN. 26 APR 1918 3
C GEORGE HALL, WELL-KNOWN ARMADALE DRAPER. 26 MAY 1967 11
C ANDREW WYLIE, ARMADALE BUTCHER FOR OVER 50 YEARS, FORMER COUNTY COUNCILLOR, J.P. AND EX-PRESIDENT OF THE TOWN'S MERCHANT'S ASSOCIATION. 9 MAY 1975 11
C BOB RAMAGE, A FORMER UNDERTAKER IN THE TOWN. 29 JUN 1976 19
C ROBERT ARCHER, FORMER NEWSAGENT AT WEST MAIN STREET, ARMADALE. 7 DEC 1997 1
C TOM NEIL, A WELL-KNOWN ARMADALE MASTER BUTCHER. 2 JAN 1981 7
C DANIEL ARCHER, A WELL- KNOWN ARMADALE AND WHITBURN NEWSAGENT.  23 AUG 1985 7
C MR ANDREW WYLIE, AN ARMADALE BUTCHER FOR OVER 50 YEARS FORMER COUNTY COUNCILLOR, JP AND EX-PRESIDENT OF THE TOWN'S MERCHANTS ASSOCATION. 9 MAY 1975 11
G THOMAS SNEDDEN, A WELL- KNOWN CITIZEN OF ARMADALE. 3 JAN 1919 2
C JANET POTTER, A WELL-KNOWN RESIDENT OF ARMADALE. 3 OCT 1986 7
C WILLIAM CHRISTIE, AN ARMADALE RESIDENT. 13 JUL 1962 10
C MR WHITEFIELD, FORMER VICE-PRESIDENT OF ARMADALE BOWLING CLUB. A RESIDENT OF ARMADALE.  26 SEP 1986 7
C REVEREND SCOTT JOHN GLENBUCKET, MINISTER AT ARMADALE. 5 JUN 1886 2
G THOMAS ROBERTSON, THE EX-PROVOST OF ARMADALE. 14 AUG 1914 2
C THOMAS POW, FOR 10 YEARS HE HELD THE PROVOSTSHIP OF ARMADALE. 13 MAR 1908 3
C MARTIN PRENTICE, EX-BAILLIE OF ARMADALE. 3 JAN 1936 3
C ANDREW NICOL OF ARMADALE, A MEMBER OF THE COURIER STAFF. 26 AUG 1977 13
C JOE POLLAND, ARMADALE BUSINESSMAN. 9 AUG 1991 5
G REV. JAMES ROY, FORMER MINISTER OF ARMADALE UNITED FREE CHURCH.  14 MAR 1913 8
G JAMES RUSSELL, ARMADALE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL FRUIT AND VEGETABLE MERCHANT AND PARTNER OF THE FIRM RUSSELL BROS.  26 JUL 1918 3
G JOHN RUSSELL, RETIRED WHOLESALE FRUIT AND VEGETABLE MERCHANT, ARMADALE. 1 JAN 1915 4
G MATHEW RUSSELL, SOLE PARTNER OF RUSSELL BROTHERS, WHOLESALE FRUIT, VEGETABLES AND EGG MERCHANTS IN ARMADALE. 29 DEC 1922 3
C ALEX (SANNY) GORMAN, FORMER ARMADALE RESIDENT. 16
C  JAMES GRACIE 9 NOV 1962 13
C WILLIAM AIKMAN, A FORMER MANAGER OF THE GOTH. 26 OCT 1917 3
C JOHN WESTON, DIRECTOR OF THE UNITED FIRECLAY WORKS, ARMADALE 5 FEB 1982 16
C MALCOLM MALLACE, PUBLICAN OF ARMADALE. 12 MAY 1922 5
C VINCENT EZZI, ITALIAN RESTAURATEUR IN THE BURGH FOR 30 YEARS. 8 MAR 1929 4
C REVEREND ARCHIBALD BLACK, FORMER MINISTER OF THE ARMADALE FREE CHURCH.  21 MAY 1892
G JAMES ADAMS, EX-CONSTABLE IN THE POLICE FORCE AND RESIDENT IN ARMADALE 13 DEC 1935 6
G GAVIN NISBET, LOCAL FARMER 6 DEC 1912 8
G HUGH MCKINNON, TENANT OF STONERIGG FARM FOR 35 YEARS. 1 FEB 1907 5
G WILLIAM DRUMMOND, A MAN OF 77 YEARS WHO LIVED IN ARMADALE FOR THE LAST 65 YEARS OF HIS LIFE. 10 FEB 1922 3
C ROBERT MCCLEMENT, AN ARMADALE TEACHER. 10 JAN 1936 4

 

Some of the Armadale-related and Woodend-related individuals whose deaths were the subject of a Fatal Accident Inquiry and who appear in NAS catalogues

Much can be discovered about individual family histories from such collections, eg John O'Hare who is mentioned in the NAS catalogues:

 

13 September 1935 West Lothian Pit Fatality - John O'Hare (56), who resided
at 69 Greig Crescent, Armadale, was instantaneously killed yesterday in Standhill pit, Blackridge, West Lothian, owned by United Collieries (Ltd.), when struck by a stone weighing two tons, which fell from the roof of his working place. He is survived by his widow and a grown-up family. One of his sons, John O'Hare, is a member of the Chelsea football team. [Scotsman 14 September 1935]

www.scottishmining.co.uk/354.html

John O'Hare 1932-1941. Appearances: 108. Goals: 0.
www.freewebs.com/chelseaboy2005/playerdirectory19052006.htm

See also newspaper obituary article mentioned in the table above

My thanks to Jim McGregor for the information.

Alexander BELL, timekeeper, Hawthorn Cottage, 1933; Thomas BEVERIDGE, Watt Avenue, 1961; Alexander BRODIE, sluice keeper Stonerigg Filters, Bathville, 1927;John McKay BROWN aka John McKAY, clipper, St Paul's Drive, 1956; Thomas BROWN, miner, Main Street, 1918;

John CALDER, locomotive engine driver, Hardhill Terrace, 1919; Delia Emma CARBERRY, brick-worker, East Main Street, 1916; Thomas CASSIDY, labourer, Railway Cottages, 1946; Maria CURRIE / SAUNDERS, Etna Cottage, 1931; Peter Thomson COOPER, coal miner, Harestanes Road, 1939;

Charles Kerr DAVIDSON, crane driver, Bathville Cross, 1944; Andrew McKinley DONNELLY, aka Andrew MARSHALL, window cleaner, 'Red Deer Villa', 1938; James DRYBURGH, coal miner (clipper), Mayfield Drive, 1940;

Michael EZZI, electrician, Mayfield, 1934;

Archibald FERGUSON, coal miner, Mayfield Drive, 1948; John FORBES, colliery under-manager, Craigrigg Cottages, 1935;John FRIEL, apprentice engineer, South Street, 1915;

James GALLACHER, brickworker, 1973; George Reid GRAHAM, farm worker, Woodend Farm House, 1956;

Matthew HAILSTONES, haulage roadsman, Mayfield Drive, 1938; Alexander HAMILTON, clay miner, Calder Crescent, 1942; James HEMPSEED, miner, East Main Street, 1917;William Yates HUNTER, miner, East Main Street, 1918;

John JOHNSTONE, oncost worker, Mayfield Drive, 1935;

John KERR, night watchman, East Main Street, 1941; John KERR jnr, brickworker, East Main Street, 1920; Peter KING, miner, West Main Street, 1910;

Alexander LECKIE, miner, Station Road, 1912; William LOVE, collier, Wotherspoon Crescent, 1954;

John Thomas McCLORY, miner, Bathville Rows, 1916; John McCLUSKIE, coal stripper, Barbauchlaw Avenue, 1935; John McCRACKEN, brick-kiln-burner, Russell Row, 1918; Malcolm McGREGOR, miner, North Mossend, 1919; John McKAY aka John McKAY BROWN, clipper, St Paul's Drive, 1956;Duncan McKENZIE, moulder, Mossend, 1913; Thomas McLEAN, colliery roadsman, Brown Street, 1951; Alexander McNAIR, foreman electrician, Station Road, 1922; Alexander McNEIL, coal miner, South Street, 1930; Hugh McNEILL, labourer, Mossend Cottage, 1954; Andrew MARSHALL, aka Andrew McKinley DONNELLY, window cleaner, 'Red Deer Villa', 1938; David MARSHALL jnr, oncost worker, Westrigg Rows, 1937; John MARSHALL, miner, West Main Street, 1911; John Slater MAXWELL, coal miner, Mayfield Drive, 1944; Christopher MORRIS, miner, Holmes Place, 1918; John MUIR, colliery clipper, Avondale Crescent, 1951; Edward MURPHY, oncost worker, 1964; John Thomas MURPHY, stripper,1959;

William NEILSON, coal miner, Mayfield Drive, 1938; Joseph NIMMO, miner, East Main Street, 1924;

John O'HARE, coal miner, Greig Crescent, 1935; Thomas OWENS, colliery engine-man, West Main Street, 1918;

Thomas PEDEN, coal miner, West Main Street, 1932; George POTTER jnr, Lower Bathville; James PRENTICE snr, coal miner, Calder Crescent, 1936; James PURDIE, miner's drawer, 'Heatherbank', 1916;

William RENNEX, coal miner, Barbauchlaw Avenue, 1929; John ROBINSON, colliery packer, Barbauchlaw Avenue, 1942; RODGER, brick-kiln burner, East Main Street, 1913;

Maria SAUNDERS /CURRIE, Etna Cottage, 1931; Elizabeth SHAW, brickworker, South Street, 1921; Robert Aitken SIMPSON, county roadman, 'Glenlark', 1951; Andrew SMART, colliery deputy, 1957; John Wilson STENHOUSE, plasterer, Dell Avenue, 1952; James STRANG, miner, Manse View Cottages, 1933; John Fowler Rolland STRICKLAND, clipper, Mayfield Drive, 1938;

Hugh TIMMINS, wasteman, Marches Drive, 1963;

William WATSON, miner, Mount Pleasant, 1917; Philip Ross WARK, oncost-worker, High Academy Street, 1925; Andrew WATSON, pit bottomer, Craigrigg Cottages, Woodend, 1950; David WHITE, steel dresser, West Main Street, 1937; Isaac WHITEFIELD, machineman, Calder Crescent, 1936; Andrew Blake WILSON, foreman furnaceman, 1963; Robert WOOD, apprentice linesman, Park Terrace, 1937.

 

 

ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES  
OFFICIAL VISITORS TO ARMADALE

1955: Queen Elizabeth II visits Armadale and is welcomed by the Provost, Will Ferrier

  Queen Victoria's visit Sir Harry Lauder's visit in 1941 In 1903 General Booth of The Salvation Army passed through Armadale on his Scottish Crusade.
EMIGRANTS
In memory of Johnny McNICOL, Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, Manager of Robinson & Love, light entertainer of amusing songs such as In My Little Garden Hub Bub. He was also a shipping agent who aided many Armadalians to emigrate by helping with their paperwork.

West Lothian had the fifth highest rate of population loss of all Scottish counties in the second half of the nineteenth century.  One in three emigrants returned home.

  John McCLURE emigrated to Detroit, Michigan 1929 and worked in advertising. The LAIRD Sisters, singers of Academy Street who performed nationally and eventually emigrated to America.

George BOYD, an engineer of South Street, near Gladstone terrace, was a bass singer who always performed on stage dressed in tails.  He emigrated to New Zealand.

Samuel DOUGAN and his new wife Eliza Jane nee DRAKE, emigrated from Scotland to Alberta, Canada in the spring of  1906 with his family, William, William and Sarah Jane:

David SHARP emigrated to America a few weeks after Armadale's Gala Day in 1925.  Nothing more was heard from him.

David RUSSELL played cornet in many local orchestras as well as an accompanist for silent films and stage shows in the pavilion and Star Theatres.  He emigrated to America.

William PEDEN aka 'Wull', one of a renowned family of fiddlers. He accompanied silent films as well as local singers at the Goth on a Saturday night.  He emigrated to America.

 

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