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Alexander Nicolson 1874 born Govan, Glasgow, Scotland

I have information regarding the birth of Alexander Nicolson 1874 and his marriage to my Great Aunt Isabella McCaskill in 1919 in Govan.
Alexander was a Seaman in the Merchant Navy. Isabella and her sister were killed in the Clydebank Blitz on March 13th 1941, it says she was the wife of A.Nicolson. He must have been at sea when this happened I would think. Now, where did Alexander go? When did he die? I can't seem to find anything, tried Scotland's People and and Help? J.D. Harris

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by SilverVixen on 2012-09-24 10:11:17

Not sure if this will help, there was an Alexander Nicholson killed at Sea in 1942 : Ship or Unit : Bramble
Rank : Stoker 2nd class
Year : 1942
Volume ; 8
Page : 2849

by SilverVixen on 2012-09-24 10:13:39

I did find him in the Scottish 1891 census - if you do not have the details let me know and will pass the info onto you

by JudithMcCaskillHarris on 2012-09-24 11:34:54

I was on a site yesterday for The Scottish War Memorials Project and am waiting for acceptance.
Where did you find this?

The only discrepance is that the name was Nicolson, no H. But people wrote things the way they wanted back then it seems. Yes I have him from birth to 1891 where it says he was a Seaman. I will try Scotlands people with the death 1942 and see what happens will let you know. JD Harris

by JudithMcCaskillHarris on 2012-09-24 11:57:10

Went on Scotland's people and there are so many men killed during that time 192 to be exact. Then zoned in on 1942-1942 and found 2. Neither make scense...he would have been 68 at this time in 1942, where people still working at sea, I guess so. Maybe he survived because he was at the pub? Interested in your information on the Bramble, Stoker 2nd class?

I think I used 8 credits trying to find this. Sometimes you are lucky on Scotland's People sometimes not and it cost! JDH

by asheppard on 2012-09-24 20:07:15

Have you tried this web site for a possible death,

it lists Isabella Nicolson civilian casualty wife of Alexander Nicolson of 1249 Govan Road, submitted by Glasgow City Council

by JudithMcCaskillHarris on 2012-09-24 20:17:42

Thanks so much. That is the family I was looking for. On the death certificate it list 1249 Govan Road where Isabella and Sarah Ann died in the Clydebank Blitz. I didn't know this site and will keep it for further reference.

Judith Harris

by JudithMcCaskillHarris on 2012-09-24 21:37:24

I have searched on the site and cannot find Alexander of 1249 Govan Rd. What am I doing wrong? Alexander was born 1874 so would have been 68 at this time. I can only find younger men in their 20's.
But I did find my girlfriend's father who died in 1945 after being in England in the Canadian Airforce for 3 months. I will send her all the was enlightening.
JD Harris

by asheppard on 2012-09-25 20:37:01

Perhaps the death certificate for Isabella will give you more clues to Alexander, you might need to order or check the details below on Scotlands People

Death Reference

There is a possibility that Alexander was elsewhere when the area was hit and he survived and died several years later.

There is this possible death presuming that he didn't move far from the area.


both these references are on Scotlands People but I didn't have enough credit to view each image, perhaps you could check them before ordering.

by JudithMcCaskillHarris on 2012-09-25 23:49:45

I have Isabella's death certificate and marriage certificate...but there is no information except that he was a Seaman.

I checked the 1949 entry and it is not my Alexander, this man was single and his parents are different.

I know what you mean..I have spent nearly 30 credits trying to find him in the past few days..makes you want to give up.

Thanks for your help though, it is appreciated. J.D. Harris

by CatherineMcCaskill on 2013-03-07 18:00:38

Isabella Nicholson and Sarah McCaskill died in the GOVAN blitz not the Clydebank blitz. Blocks of tenements were destroyed and Isabella and Sarah among those killed.

by JudithMcCaskillHarris on 2013-03-07 18:30:58

Are you related to me? My Great Grandfather was John McDonald McDermid (McCaskill).
John was only 2 when his mother Christina McDonald died at age 27, his Dad was Finlay McDermid. John was sent to live with Marion and Angus McCaskill (Marion was his mother's sister). Marion and Angus had no children at this point and cared for my grandfather like their own. He lived with them until his marriage to Agnes Jane Lyon and listed his name as John McDonald McDermid McCaskill (this is when we all became McCaskills I guess, nothing legal just the name that has carried on for years and years.
My Dad was a John McDonald McDermid McCaskill also, named after his granddad. There are no McCaskills left as both my sister and I no longer have that last name and we didn't have a brother to pass it on to.
I have found Isabella & Sarah's brother Donald and family and believe there must be McCaskills left in Govan now that are related to us. Donald had 2 or 3 sons I believe and they must be in their 70's now.
Sarah and Isabella were in contact with the McCaskill Family of Westmount Quebec Canada until their deaths...after than all correspondence etc ended as I figure everything in their home was destroyed.
I have a cousin in England, David Hayter who is also looking into our family as his mother Margaret McDonald McCaskill was my Grandfather John McDermid McCaskill's sister. This is a journey and an interesting one. Please Catherine, are you a relative of ours, it would be fantastic if you are.
Regards and Thanks
Judith McCaskill Harris

by JudithMcCaskillHarris on 2013-03-08 14:00:58

Found the Commonwealth War Grave Commission which lists the deaths of civilians killed on March 13th 1941. Isabella and Sarah Ann's names are listed there. They lived at 1249 Govan Road along with Alexander Nicolson, Isabella's husband.

by SheenaSmith on 2016-03-17 08:08:38

I think these two ladies are my father Alexander McCaskills aunts, he told me they were killed in the bombing of Clydebank and Govan. He showed me the site which has a petrol station on it now, I actually thought they were both maiden Aunts but see Isabella was married.

by JudithMcCaskillHarris on 2016-03-17 16:22:23

by JudithMcCaskillHarris on 2016-03-17 16:27:26

I wrote this morning and can't find my response. I believe there is a family connection here and would love to hear from Sheena Smith. You can email me at [email protected] Would Alexander McCaskill be the son of Donald McCaskill or later in the family. I believe there was a Donald and Angus born in the 1930's. This family connection would be wonderful and hopefully you will answer me. Thanks Judith McCaskill Harris

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