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William Bertram (1800-1860)

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William Bertram (1800-1860)

1800 Born in Edinburgh, son of George and Janet Bertram[1]; brother of George and James Bertram

William Bertram and George were apprenticed with J. and E. Hall in Dartford, involved with paper-making machinery.[2]

1821 William (or possibly the brothers) founded a business in Sciennes, Edinburgh

1832 A millwright; on the electoral register in Edinburgh; living and having a shop in Sciennes St, Edinburgh[3]

1841 William Bertram 40, millwright, lived in East Scinnes no. 3, with Janet Bertram 65, Robina Bertram 30, George Bertram 2[4]

1851 William Bertram 51, Mill Wright and Engineer Master and Company Employing 38 Men & apprentices, lived in Sciennes Place, Edinburgh with Janet Bertram 75, his mother, and Robina Bertram 30, his sister[5]

1856 Retired from the business William and George Bertram

1860 Left the George and William Bertram business in the charge of George; William died a few months.


NB In contrast to the reference[6], it seems unlikely that the Bertram brothers could have spent 20 years in Dartford (as stated there) before setting up business in 1821 so this part of the statement has been removed.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 census
  2. [1] Capital Collections website: Exhibition details for 34979 - Bertram Limited, Sciennes
  3. Electoral register
  4. 1841 census
  5. 1851 census
  6. [2] Capital Collections website: Exhibition details for 34979 - Bertram Limited, Sciennes.