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Retail & Shopping

The Kilted Ancestors Prompt for October was Retail & Shopping

Throughout my life I have always loved visiting Stationery shops & purchasing Stationery, it was only recently whilst refurbishing my home office that I realised how much I actually have! To be honest I could set up a shop myself!

Also, my initial career was in Administration as an Office Manager so in some ways Stationery was a big part of that.

As I researched through my own family tree, I was delighted to find an Ancestor who was a Stationer. William Robson was born circa 1820 in Cambusnethan, he would marry Agnes Wilson in 1845 in Paisley, Renfrewshire.

During the early part of his career, he worked as a Boilermaker but by the 1881 Census he was working as a Stationer.

The Paisley Directory of 1885/6 shows that he traded from 84 Broomlands, Paisley & that his home address was 13 Sandholes, Paisley.

Paisley Directory 1885/6 (NLS)

His daughter Agnes Robson my Great Great Grandmother would assist in the shop & when she married my Great Great Grandfather Matthew Reid Hind in Greenock in 1865, she is listed as a Stationers Assistant.

Left to right - Agnes Hind, Agnes Robson/Hind, Matthew Hind & Janet Hind. Man to right unknown

I am sure the store in those days would have been very different to the Stationery shops of today. I can just imagine going in & asking for paper, ink or pens & that perhaps they would have pulled the required items from a large cabinet drawer.

It is often easy to see things in your family that pass down the generations, so does my love for Stationery come from my Robson family?


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