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Charles Brand

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Charles Brand (c1805- ) of Charles Brand and Son

1831 Birth of son James Brand

1841 Living at Chapel Place, Montrose: Charles Brand (age c30 born Scotland), House carpenter.

1885 Obituary.[1]

Mr Charles Brand, tenant of the extensive farm of Mains of Fordoun, on Lord Arbuthnott’s Fordoun estate, died on Thursday afternoon aged 80.

Mr Brand was born in Auchinblae, and served his apprenticeship as a joiner with his uncle at Brownmuir, Fordoun. After working for some time as a journeyman, he commenced business on his own account in Montrose. On the formation of the Scottish North Eastern Railway he was successful in getting several contracts, amongst other works erecting the viaduct over Drumlithie Den.

His business gradually increased, and over twenty years ago he assumed as partner in the local business Mr James Wadie, who had or many years been in his service. The firm executed several large contracts the Duke of Sutherland's estate, and in other parts the country.

Deceased, along with his eldest son, Mr James Brand, also carried on very extensive business as contractors under the firm-title of Messrs C. Brand Son. They were the contractors for the Glasgow tramways, the Grangemouth Docks (the contract price for which was over a quarter of million), and other large undertakings.

In 1857 Mr Brand took a 19 years' lease of the farm of Mains Fordoun, and ever since has carried into the management of the farm the energy and intelligence which characterised him in his trade capacity. The break in his second lease occurs at Martinmas next.....[more]

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Sources of Information

  1. Dundee Advertiser - Tuesday 13 January 1885