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family of R.W. Forsyth, Glasgow/Edinburgh

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Deirdre Report 25 Jun 2012 17:59

My grandmother was Georgina Forsyth (1868-1943), married to Walter MacGregor. I would dearly love to see a photo of her as she died before I was born and wondered if anyone in the wider family might have one. She came from a large family and was related to R.W.Forsyth. Her father was John Forsyth (1833-1882), master clothier, and mother, Christina Frier (1839-1878). The family lived in Tantallon Place, Edinburgh. Georgina had six siblings......surely someone out there is descended from one of them?? i am ever hopeful.
Deirdre Cavalcante (MacGregor)


brummiejan Report 25 Jun 2012 22:12

Deirdre, have you tried putting all names you have into 'search trees' above? If any other members match up you can send them a message.
Welcome to the boards, hope you enjoy them!


Deirdre Report 25 Jun 2012 22:57

Thanks, Jan. I will give that a go.


rootgatherer Report 27 Jun 2012 15:27

You could use Scotlandspeople to work forward from her siblings to find living relatives. Do you have marriages, children and deaths for all her siblings?

For information only.


Name: Georgina Forsyth
Age: 3
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1868
Relationship: Daughter
Father's Name: John S Forsyth
Mother's name: Christina Forsyth
Gender: Female
Where born: Edinburgh
Registration number: 685/5
Registration district: Newington
Civil parish: Edinburgh St Cuthberts
County: Midlothian
Address: 18 Tantallon Pl
ED: 88
Household schedule number: 31
Line: 20
Roll: CSSCT1871_166
Household Members: Name Age
John S Forsyth 38
Christina Forsyth 32
Janes M Forsyth 11
Mary W Forsyth 10
Christian E Forsyth 8
Alexander Forsyth 6
James F Forsyth 4
Georgina Forsyth 3
Mary Duffer 25
Mary Bary 14


Name: John S Forsyth
Age: 48
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1833
Relationship: Head
Gender: Male
Where born: Newton, Edinr
Registration number: 685/5
Registration district: Newington
Civil parish: Edinburgh Newington
County: Midlothian
Address: (18) Tantallon Place
Occupation: Master Tailor (Emp 8 Men 3 Female 2 Boys)
ED: 104
Household schedule number: 21
Line: 19
Roll: cssct1881_294
Household Members: Name Age
John S Forsyth 48
Jane M Forsyth 21
Mary S Forsyth 20
Christina E Forsyth 18
Alexr Forsyth 16
Jas F Forsyth 14
Georgina Forsyth 13
Isabella B Forsyth 9
Isabella Carstairs 20

By 1891 Georgina is a Hospital Nurse and she is still nursing in 1901.

Not what you were asking for but here is a picture of R. W. Forsyth. Presumably Georgina was a cousin of his?


rootgatherer Report 27 Jun 2012 15:34

Sorry more like her Uncle?


Name: Robert W Forsyth
Age: 57
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1824
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Martha Stewart Forsyth
Gender: Male
Where born: In??, Haddingtonshire
Registration number: 644/9
Registration district: Kelvin
Civil parish: Glasgow Barony
County: Lanarkshire
Address: 16 Holland Place
Occupation: Clothier Hosier & Shirtmaker Master
ED: 44
Household schedule number: 101
Line: 7
Roll: cssct1881_236
Household Members: Name Age
Robert W Forsyth 57
Martha Stewart Forsyth 34
William W Forsyth 11
Andrew S Forsyth 10
Robert Forsyth 9
Martha Forsyth 7
Alexander Forsyth 5
Mary Forsyth 3
John Forsyth 9 Mos
Isabella Stickler 19


Deirdre Report 27 Jun 2012 17:02

How did you do that??? thank you so very much! I had the information about Georgina's parents and sibs from census material (scotlandspeople) but hadn't managed to find anything about John's siblings. I seriously don't know how you discovered all of that but I am so grateful. Now I will be able to take this further and perhaps trace a living relative. It's great to see the photo too. You are kind!
Best wishes, Deirdre


rootgatherer Report 27 Jun 2012 17:58

The premises of R W Forsyth, ladies' and gents' outfitters in Renfield Street, pictured in 1963.

The original R W Forsyth set up in business as hosier, glover and shirtmaker at 5-7 Renfield Street in 1872. The business prospered, leading to expansion to the corner of Gordon Street in 1897. The new building, on six floors, was "heated by hot water pipes, and two gas engines of 32 hp each, providing an electric light installation for illuminating purposes." The staircase was particulary admired, sweeping upwards centrally from each floor with handsomely carved balustrades. Further expansion followed, with the opening of a large store on a prime site on Princes Street in Edinburgh in 1907. The business remained in the family, in the hands of the founder's son Graham and grandson Derek.

Forsyth's had a strong reputation for quality clothing and fashions, and also succeeded in specialist areas such as sports equipment and school outfitting. The store closed in 1983, when the firm moved to premises formerly occupied by the Trerons department store in Sauchiehall Street.


David Report 7 Aug 2012 08:36

Hi Deirdre
RW Forsyth is the brother of one of my great grandfathers, James Forsyth. Maybe some of my info will be of use to you.
Feel free to get in touch.
Best wishes


Deirdre Report 7 Feb 2021 16:12

Dear David,
I don’t know if you will pick this up after so many years! I think we shared family trees on another site as I remember your name but I don’t recall seeing this message. I am so sorry. I’d love to be in touch!
By chance some years back I found out that a man I’d been singing with, sharing car journeys, was the great grandson of RW Forsyth! So he, you and I would be distant cousins. My great grandfather was John, brother of RW and of your great grandfather James.
Can you please let me know if you receive this?
Many thanks, Deirdre

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 7 Feb 2021 16:21


Try clicking on David's name on his post.
You will then be able to write a direct message to his private mailbox, if he has kept GR site informed of his current e mail address.


David Report 29 Mar 2021 11:39

Hi Deirdre
YES I have received this... a mere how many years late.
I am still researching and on all sides, though i have felt that i am neglecting my mother's lineage. You may well have my contact details as i remain living with family at same address as for last 36 years. I am 73 now so i had best hurry up. :-)
Maybe an early step forward might be swapping contact information such as we have it, so future years researchers can get going quicker :-)
Best wishes
David Maxwell
Solihull UK


ArgyllGran Report 29 Mar 2021 16:40

David -
click on Deirdre's name in green at the top of one of her posts and send a private message with whatever contact details you wish to give her.

Nobody else will see it.