William Frame, carter (1850-1912)

To be published on 3rd March 2019

Mr. William Frame was born at Douglas, Lanarkshire in 1850, the son of William Frame Snr (a blacksmith) and Margaret Wilson. William was a late 19thCentury carter at Grimson’s Buildings, Stonefield, according to Naismith’s Directory of 1879.

William Frame Jnr married Margret Scott in 1882 in Lanark. The couple had a daughter Jeanie D Frame in 1883. By 1891, the family were living at Smithycroft, Craigmuir Road at High Blantyre.

Sadly, Margaret died in 1893 aged only 43 after poor health. William remarried on 27thFebruary 1894 to Margaret Allan Dickson and became a master carter for a wood merchant. This was likely at William Adam’s Sawmills adjacent to his rented home at Adam’s Land, across the road from where he had previously lived.

William died at 4pm on 16thDecember 1912 after falling from his cart down a slope into the River Calder near Greenhall Farm. He was 61 years old. Dr Grant had been called but it was too late. Upon inspection there was an injury to the left side of William’s head and bruising on his forehead.  It is unknown if he had become dizzy, fainted, had a heart aattack or simply was a tragic accident. His son in law living outwith Blantyre by that time signed the death certificate.

William and his family are remembered here.


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  1. William Frame was my great grandfather. My grandfather George McLetchie recorded his death. My grandmother was Jeanie D Frame who had 5 daughters.

    John Robertson

    1. I reread this article. William Frame’s first wife was not Margaret Scott but Margaret Brown Loudon. A family story was that she was named after a distant ancestor, John Brown of Priesthill, the Covenanting martyr.

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