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Robert Baillie

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Robert Baillie (c1818-1899) of Westwood, Baillie, Campbell and Co and later Westwood, Baillie and Co

c.1818 Born in Scotland

c1839 Married Emma Bickford (sister of Johanna, who married Joseph Westwood (1818-1883) in 1839).

1841 Engineer, lived in Poplar, with Emma, 20, and Jonathan, 8 months[1]

1851 Boiler maker, living in Bow St Leonard, with his family[2]

c.1856-7 Robert Baillie was a foreman at C. J. Mare and Co.

c1856 With Joseph Westwood, Baillie set up in business as shipbuilders, boilermakers and ironworkers firstly in partnership with James Campbell, in a new yard, London Yard, at Cubitt Town. [3] This was Westwood, Baillie, Campbell and Co

1861 Living at 1 Folkestone Terrace, Poplar: Robert Baillie (age 43 born Scotland), Iron Ship Builder. With his wife Emma Baillie (age 40 born Cornwall) and their four children; Jonathan R. Baillie (age 20 born Poplar), Naval Architect; Janet Baillie (age 16 born Bromley, Mddx.); Thomas J. Baillie (age 5 born Poplar); and Robert A. Baillie (age 4 born Poplar). Two servants.[4]

1881 Living at Manor House, Manor Road, Kidbrook, London: Robert Baillie (age 63 born Scotland), Civil Engineer. With his wife Emma Baillie (age 60 born East Looe, Cornwall) and their six children; Janet Baillie (age 36 born Bromley, Mddx.); Emma Baillie (age 33 born Bromley, Mddx.); Annie M. Lee (age 32 born Anglesea); Margaret Baillie (age 29 born Bromley, Mddx.); Thomas J. Baillie (age 25 born Poplar), Solicitor's Articled Clerk; and Robert A. Baillie (age 20 born Poplar), Medical Student. Four servants.[5]

1891 Living at Heathfield, Eliot Place, Lewisham: Robert Baillie (age 73 born Scotland), Civil Engineer - Employer. With his wife Emma Baillie (age 70 born East Loo, Cornwall) and their three children; Janet Baillie (age 46 born Bromley, Mddx.); Margaret Greel (age 39 born Bromley, Mddx.); and Robert A. Baillie (age 30 born Poplar), Surgeon and Civil Engineer. Also his grand-daughters Marguerite B. Greel (age 8 born Blackheath) and Dorothy Greel (age 2 born Blackheath). Five servants.[6]

1892 Robert Baillie, lately trading as Westwood, Baillie and Co was bankrupt[7]

1899 April. Died. 'The death is announced of Mr. Robert Baillie, sole surviving partner of the well-known firm of ship-builders and engineers, Westwood, Baillie, and Co., of London Yard, Isle of Dogs. Mr. Baillie was born at Joppa, near Edinburgh, in the year 1818, and came to London in 1837. In 1856, in conjunction with the late Mr. Joseph Westwood and Mr. James Campbell, he commenced the business at London Yard, and many celebrated bridges were constructed by the firm, notably the Sukkar Bridge for India (which, previous to the completion of the Forth Bridge, was the largest cantilever bridge in the world), the Attock and Chenab Bridges, and hundreds of thousands of tons of bridgo work for India, the Cape, and South America. The firm also built her Majesty's ships Resistance and Valiant. Mr. Baillie married, in 1839, Emma, daughter of the late Mr. Jonathan Bickford, of Milbrook, Cornwall, who survives him. His death occurred within five months of his Diamond Wedding.'[8]

1899 Obituary [9]

Both Joseph Westwood (1819-1883) and Robert Baillie married women from Looe, Cornwall. Is there a connection here?

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Sources of Information

  1. 1841 census
  2. 1851 census
  3. British History Online
  4. 1861 Census
  5. 1881 Census
  6. 1891 Census
  7. London Gazette 11 March 1892
  8. Morning Post - Wednesday 05 April 1899
  9. Engineering 1899 Jan-Jun: Index: General Index