Famous Campbeltonians

IF you want to find out more about the local history of Kintyre or post some interesting stories then here is the place! All contributors welcome! You can also check out the Historic Kintyre and Down Memory Lane websites.

Re: Famous Campbeltonians

Postby Iain » Sat Jan 15, 2011 6:11 pm

Wow..., that was amazing !
User avatar
Iain
Can't Stay Away
Can't Stay Away
 
Posts: 610
Joined: Sat May 15, 2010 5:10 pm
Location: Belgium


Re: Famous Campbeltonians

Postby EMDEE » Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:41 am

Good work Iain on digging up this thread from a couple of years ago. I must confess I have not seen it before, but hopefully it can be added to.

How about adding Peter Sloss, the weather man? He's got a pretty important job at the moment. (and he was in my class at CGS)
Merda taurorum animas conturbit. Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur
User avatar
EMDEE
Forum Addict
Forum Addict
 
Posts: 1932
Joined: Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:55 am
Location: Up the Rodd


Re: Famous Campbeltonians

Postby bill » Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:30 pm

I don't think Jamie McIvor has been mentioned, especially as Emdee has nominated Peter Sloss. :wink:
I know my Summer'll never come
I know I'll cry until my dying day has come
Let the Winter roll along
I've got nothing left but song
User avatar
bill
Forum Addict
Forum Addict
 
Posts: 4121
Joined: Sat Sep 30, 2006 8:55 pm
Location: Bonnie Corby


Re: Famous Campbeltonians

Postby ionnsaigh » Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:03 am

General Jack.
O'Donnchadha
User avatar
ionnsaigh
Forum Addict
Forum Addict
 
Posts: 3714
Joined: Thu Aug 03, 2006 7:31 am
Location: The Dear Green Place


Re: Famous Campbeltonians

Postby ionnsaigh » Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:05 am

Maurice Duncan.
O'Donnchadha
User avatar
ionnsaigh
Forum Addict
Forum Addict
 
Posts: 3714
Joined: Thu Aug 03, 2006 7:31 am
Location: The Dear Green Place


Re: Famous Campbeltonians

Postby bill » Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:15 pm

ME 8)
I know my Summer'll never come
I know I'll cry until my dying day has come
Let the Winter roll along
I've got nothing left but song
User avatar
bill
Forum Addict
Forum Addict
 
Posts: 4121
Joined: Sat Sep 30, 2006 8:55 pm
Location: Bonnie Corby


Re: Famous Campbeltonians

Postby Bitter End » Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:54 pm

Bill ! famous / infamous ? aye Infamous ! :lol:
Twice through the eye o' the sun to lift it.
Bitter End
Forum Addict
Forum Addict
 
Posts: 1069
Joined: Sun Sep 18, 2005 1:45 pm
Location: below the depths o' degradation an slowly sinkin


Re: Famous Campbeltonians

Postby EMDEE » Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:44 pm

ionnsaigh wrote:Maurice Duncan.
:lol:
Merda taurorum animas conturbit. Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur
User avatar
EMDEE
Forum Addict
Forum Addict
 
Posts: 1932
Joined: Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:55 am
Location: Up the Rodd


Re: Famous Campbeltonians

Postby ionnsaigh » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:53 am

EMDEE wrote:
ionnsaigh wrote:Maurice Duncan.
:lol:


Well it seems that you find this amusing Mr EMDEE.. Maurice is highly regarded in some circles. Wee circles yes - but circles nonetheless. :wink:
O'Donnchadha
User avatar
ionnsaigh
Forum Addict
Forum Addict
 
Posts: 3714
Joined: Thu Aug 03, 2006 7:31 am
Location: The Dear Green Place


Re: Famous Campbeltonians

Postby ionnsaigh » Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:17 pm

The scaffy with all the badges and motor bike.
O'Donnchadha
User avatar
ionnsaigh
Forum Addict
Forum Addict
 
Posts: 3714
Joined: Thu Aug 03, 2006 7:31 am
Location: The Dear Green Place


Re: Famous Campbeltonians

Postby bill » Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:57 pm

William MacKinnon has been mentioned previously,but there is no mention on this thread of his partner Robert MacKenzie,also from Campbeltown.

Mackinnon and Mackenzie

The founder of the company was William Mackinnon. He was born, in 1823, in Campbeltown. From this small seaport on the western coast of Scotland he went to Glasgow as a young man and there became familiar with the ways of Eastern trade in the office of what was then called an "East Indian Merchant." The facts cannot now be known with certainty, but it is on clear record that William Mackinnon arrived in India in 1847, and that he was immediately in touch with another native of Campbeltown, Robert Mackenzie. It is said that Mackenzie persuaded the young Mackinnon to come to India and seek his fortune in that rich and rapidly developing country.

However that may be, these two young Scotsmen ultimately formed a partnership as general merchants. Mackenzie was in business at Ghazipur, buying and selling all. manner of goods from Europe and exporting the products of India. (It is of much interest that he used the inland waterways of the Ganges delta for the collection and distribution of his wares). Mackinnon started as manager of a sugar mill at Cossipore. Soon they were working together in import and export trades, and thus was formed the firm of Mackinnon, Mackenzie & Co which was to become one of the greatest names in the commercial records of India.

It was not long before these two young men from Scotland saw that their trading interests could be extended by the use of ships, and they duly bought or chartered a few small sailing vessels to carry goods to Australia, then rapidly expanding as the discovery of rich deposits of gold was attracting immigrants from the United Kingdom. These settlers could absorb almost any amount of consumer goods, and the partners in Calcutta set out energetically to supply the demand.

This trade was so profitable that in 1853 Robert Mackenzie himself set out for Australia to oversee the disposal of a large mixed cargo—from sugar, rice, coffee and tea to bedsteads and soap. Having sold these at good prices, he embarked in the small steamship Aurora on his return to India. This underpowered ship was wrecked on Gabo Island off Cape Howe on May 15, 1853, and Mackenzie was drowned. William Mackinnon was left alone to carry on the growing business in India. In fact. he was able to buy out his partner's brothers for Rs. 51.000, and it is of interest that these brothers went on to settle in Australia, where their direct descendants are active to this day.


http://www.biship.com/history.htm
I know my Summer'll never come
I know I'll cry until my dying day has come
Let the Winter roll along
I've got nothing left but song
User avatar
bill
Forum Addict
Forum Addict
 
Posts: 4121
Joined: Sat Sep 30, 2006 8:55 pm
Location: Bonnie Corby


Re: Famous Campbeltonians

Postby Mack » Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:08 pm

David Colville of the Dalzell Works in Motherwell was born in Campbeltown. Switched to steel making and supplied the materials for the iconic Forth Rail Bridge. Colville's Steel grew into an industrial monster employing 180,000 workers. Ravenscraig steel strip mill was the end game for the famous Colville Steel Company.

Templeton of Templeton's Carpets was a Campbeltown man, his firm famous for carpeting the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Beatson, Surgeon General to Queen Victoria, was born in Campbeltown.
Last edited by Mack on Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:01 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Mack
Quite a Regular
Quite a Regular
 
Posts: 190
Joined: Wed Aug 23, 2006 9:38 pm


Re: Famous Campbeltonians

Postby bill » Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:27 pm

The list just keeps growing.Great finds Mack.
I know my Summer'll never come
I know I'll cry until my dying day has come
Let the Winter roll along
I've got nothing left but song
User avatar
bill
Forum Addict
Forum Addict
 
Posts: 4121
Joined: Sat Sep 30, 2006 8:55 pm
Location: Bonnie Corby


Re: Famous Campbeltonians

Postby bill » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:32 pm

Another Olympic Gold medalist from the town.

"Thomas Gerald Tait, born Campbeltown,7/11/1866 - 19/12/1938



Gerald Tait was a member of the Royal Clyde Yacht Club and won his Olympic gold medal as a crew member aboard Hera, the Club’s entry in the 12-metre class at the 1908 Olympics.
He was a partner in the family firm of solicitors in Girvan and held office as Clerk to the Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire."


http://www.sports-reference.com/olympic ... ait-1.html
I know my Summer'll never come
I know I'll cry until my dying day has come
Let the Winter roll along
I've got nothing left but song
User avatar
bill
Forum Addict
Forum Addict
 
Posts: 4121
Joined: Sat Sep 30, 2006 8:55 pm
Location: Bonnie Corby


Re: Famous Campbeltonians

Postby bill » Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:58 pm

Any Liverpool fans in the town ?

Robert Pursell,born in Campbeltown 18.03.1889,played for Liverpool.

He was in the 1914 FA CUP final Liverpool team.Losing 1-0 to Burnley.

He won 1 Scotland cap playing against Wales.

Unfortunately he received a life ban, along with three other Liverpool players, after being found guilty of match fixing.


http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/LIVERpursell.htm
I know my Summer'll never come
I know I'll cry until my dying day has come
Let the Winter roll along
I've got nothing left but song
User avatar
bill
Forum Addict
Forum Addict
 
Posts: 4121
Joined: Sat Sep 30, 2006 8:55 pm
Location: Bonnie Corby


PreviousNext

Return to Local History and Discussion

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest