SHIELDS

SHIELDS - Rothesay, Bute, Buteshire

My Shields branch of the family originates in Ireland when John Shields was born about 1841 in Donegal to a John Shields and Marjorie McDiarmid.

I'm unsure what brought him to Rothesay but it was here in 1860 that he married Isabella Slavine from Letterkenny Donegal.

Isabella's family came to Rothesay around 1851 when her older brother married a Glasgow girl and setup home in Rothesay.

ANCESTRAL STORY


GENERATION 1  Matthew SHIELDS

The parents of Matthew SHIELDS are:

     Patrick SHIELDS was born 05 Oct 1874 at 5 Old Vennel, Rothesay at 6:00pm; died 07 Mar 1963 at Victoria Hospital, Rothesay

     Janet CUNNINGHAM-000017 was born 24 Jun 1878 at 98 Montague Street, Rothesay at 4:30am; died 23 Dec 1970

Matt was born 03 Oct 1910 at 32 Mill Street, Rothesay at 9:20am. the birth was registered on 24 Oct 1910

Matt was in the military about 1930 at Rothesay. Matt had been to young to go in World War I and tried to sign up in World War II but was to light(?) and they wouldn't take him so Matt joined the Home Guard. The pictures of him in uniform were probably taken at the Heatheries and appears to be the uniform of a Terratorial Solider with the Royal Garrison Artillery.

Matt and Jessie DUNCAN were married 29 Aug 1936 at St. Andrews Church, Rothesay by the Very Rev Andrew Canon.

They had the four children: Patrick SHIELDS and a boy and two girls still living.

 Patrick SHIELDS was born 29 Jan 1937; died 28 Dec 1993 at his fathers house at 87 High Street; was buried 31 Dec 1993 at High Kirk Cemetry, Rothesay.

Matt and Jessie lived from 20 May 1943 to 06 Sep 1949 at 30 Longhill Terrace, Rothesay they moved 1949 to 41 Roslin Crescent, Rothesay.

Matt  owned a Shoemakers shop when his family were young and sold it around 1960

Matt was later employed at Rothesay as a bus conductor. He often worked with a driver called Leo Bonnacorsi.

Matt moved 1980 to 87 High Street, Rothesay.

Matt died 12 Mar 1995 at 87 High Street, Rothesay of old age and was buried 16 Mar 1995 at High Kirk Cemetry, Rothesay after requiem mass at St Andrews R.C. Chapel


GENERATION 2  Patrick SHIELDS

The parents of Patrick SHIELDS are:

     John SHIELDS-000014 was born about 1841 at Donegal, Ireland; died before 1938.

     Isabella SLAVINE-000018 was born about 1840 at Donegal, Ireland; died 22 Nov 1897 at Low Glencloy, Brodick of Natural Causes, probably failure of the Heart, Robert Jamieson M.B.C.M. Low Glencloy, Brodick examined the body.

Patrick was born 05 Oct 1874 at 5 Old Vennel, Rothesay at 6:00pm.

Patrick was recorded in census 03 Apr 1881 at 20 Bridge End Street, Rothesay age 6 scholar, and again in the census of 1891 at 26 Bridge Street, Rothesay. The name on the census record is Peter Shields but the age of 16 fits with Patrick so this could be a recording error. Also there is no trace of a birth record for Peter Shields or Shiels Patrick was employed about 1891 at Rothesay as a message boy

Patrick was a member from 1894 by Rothesay Swimming Club.

Patrick and Janet CUNNINGHAM were married 27 Sep 1900 at St. Andrews Church, Rothesay. After Banns according to the forms of the Roman Catholic Church and they moved about 27 Sep 1900 to 66 High Street, Rothesay

They had the following children:

Mary Roger SHIELDS was born 21 Mar 1898; Mary Roger SHIELDS married Patrick Baxter SLAVEN; Mary Roger SHIELDS died 09 Nov 1977 at 2 Lower Columshill Terrace, Rothesay of Myocardial Infarction, Chronic Myocarditus.

Charlie SHIELDS was born after 27 Sep 1900; Charles SHIELDS married Maime KENNEDY.

Isa SHIELDS was born 28 Jul 1901 at 55 Montague Street, Rothesay at 4pm;Isa SHIELDS married James LOCHLIN before 1941; Isa SHIELDS died 26 Feb 1984 and was buried at High Kirk Cemetry, Rothesay L968.

Annie SHIELDS was born 1904; Annie SHIELDS married John SPENCE; Annie SHIELDS died 13 May 1953 and was buried at High Kirk Cemetry, Rothesay L963.

Margaret SHIELDS was born 1907; Margaret SHIELDS married Willie MCLEAN before 1934; Margaret SHIELDS died 18 Jan 1994 and was buried 21 Jan 1994 at High Kirk Cemetry, Rothesay.

Patrick SHIELDS was born about 1909; died 06 Jul 1921 at 55 Montague Street, Rothesay of Pneumonia left otitis media; was buried at High Kirk Cemetry, Rothesay.

Matthew SHIELDS was born 03 Oct 1910 at 32 Mill Street, Rothesay at 9:20am;ƒ died 12 Mar 1995 at 87 High Street, Rothesay of old age; (See Generation 1 for this person's story.)

Chrissie SHIELDS-was born 07 Mar 1918; Chrissie married Benny LAVERY.

Janet Cunningham SHIELDS-000135 was born about 1920; died 22 Aug 1928 at 55 Montague Street, Rothesay of Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Abdominal Tuberculosis; was buried at High Kirk Cemetry, Rothesay.

Patrick was recorded in census 1901 at 66 High Street, Rothesay. Patrick was employed about 1910 as a Fish Dealer.Patrick was in the military from 1914 to 1918 during the first world war serving with the 51st Highland Division.  Patrick was discharged from the military 22 Mar 1919 having previously served during the war in the Royal Garrison Artillery.

Patrick and Janet lived about 1923 at 55 Montague Street, Rothesay.Patrick was employed from 1906 to 1939 at Rothesay Pier as a Pointing Pier Porter. Patrick had badge number 9.

On 19 Mar 1925 at Rothesay Pier Patrick SHIELDS rescued Mr Norman Graham from the sea

BUTEMAN REPORT - Yesterday morning, about 10.30, when the steamer Grenadier was about to leave the pier, a well-known coal agent, Norman Graham, was standing at the gangway talking to a friend. It is assumed that he had been leaning on the gangway and had not noticed that it had been withdrawn, with the result that he over balanced and fell into the water between the steamer and the pier. One of the pier operatives, Pat Shields, who has effected many previous rescues, immediately jumped in at the back of the paddle wing and brought him to the side of the pier where a ladder had been placed. Mr (Guy) sustained a bruise on the head from the paddle float which was in motion at the time, but it was not of a serious nature and after being attended to at a friend's home, he was able to leave by the Grenadier on her return journey in the afternoon. Shields got his face cut by the sharp edges of mussels adhering to the pier, but was otherwise uninjured.

Patrick and Janet lived about 1938 at Mary Cottage, Hillhouse Road, Rothesay, Bute. Patrick was employed from 1939 to 1953 at Ladeside Street as a licensed broker.

Patrick died 07 Mar 1963 at Victoria Hospital, RothesayPatrick was buried 09 Mar 1963 at High Kirk Cemetry, Rothesay L968.

Obituary The Buteman and Rothesay Express Friday 15th March 1963.

Rothesay Lost a well-known and respected citizen with the death last Thursday of Mr Patrick Shields, Mary Cottage, Hillhouse Road, one of the last surviving "Pointing Porters" of Rothesay Pier. He was 89.

In his earlier years Mr Shields, who was noted for his friendliness and good humour, is thought to have saved the lives of almost 30 people from drowning, and he was the recipient of the St. John of Jerusalem Medal for services to humanity - one of the highest civilian awards obtainable. It was presented to him in 1924 at Kelso Royal Agricultural Show by the then Prince of wales (now the Duke of Windsor).

Mr Shields was also awarded numerous certificates for lifesaving by the Royal Humane Society. He was the first captain of Rothesay Swimming Club and gained a prize medal for captaincy at the first annual competition in July 1894. He retained the swimming club cup, being the first person to win it three times in succession.

Mr Shields often returned to the baths in later years and on his 81st and 82nd birthdays he enjoyed a dive from the springboard.

He retired as a pier porter at the age of 65 and, until about ten years ago conducted a licensed brokers' business with a store in Ladeside Street. During the first world war he served with the 51st Highland Division.

Mr Shields is survived by his wife, two sons Matthew and Charles and four daughters, Mrs Isobel Lachlan, Mrs Margaret McLean, Mrs Christine Lavery and Mrs Mary Slaven.

The funeral was on Saturday to Rothesay Cemetery from St Andrews Church.


GENERATION 2 - Janet CUNNINGHAM

The parents of Janet CUNNINGHAM are:

     John CUNNINGHAM was born about 1850; died 26 Jun 1882 at 98 Montague Street, Rothesay of Phthisis.

     Mary RODGER ; was born about 1855, died after 22 May 1927 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland of Chronic Bronchitis and Heart Failure.

Janet CUNNINGHAM was born 24 Jun 1878 at 98 Montague Street, Rothesay at 4:30am.

Janet was recorded in census 1881 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland aged 2, in 1891 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland aged 12. Janet was employed about 1900 at Rothesay as a Domestic Servant and lived before 27 Sep 1900 at 121 High Street, Rothesay

Janet CUNNINGHAM and Patrick SHIELDS were married 27 Sep 1900 at St. Andrews Church, Rothesay. After Banns according to the forms of the Roman Catholic Church.

They had the children previously listed.

Janet was recorded in census 1901 at 66 High Street, Rothesay. Janet and Patrick lived about 1923 at 55 Montague Street, Rothesay.

Janet and Patrick lived about 1938 at Mary Cottage, Hillhouse Road, Rothesay, Bute.

Janet died 23 Dec 1970 and was buried at High Kirk Cemetry, Rothesay L963.


GENERATION 3 - John SHIELDS

The parents of John SHIELDS are:

     John SHIELDS was born about 1820 at Ireland; died before 28 Sep 1860.

     Marjory MCDIARMID was born about 1820 at Ireland; died after 1860.

John was born about 1841 at Donegal, Ireland. This is an assumed date as no birth record yet found.

John moved before 1860 to Rothesay from Ireland. John was employed between 1860 and 1874 as a labourer.

John and Isabella SLAVINE were married 28 Sep 1860 at Rothesay.

They had the following children:

Mary Ann SHIELDS was born 26 Jun 1861 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland; was recorded in census 1871 at 3 Old Vennel, Rothesay age 10 scholar; died 05 Nov 1938 at Thompson Home, Rothesay, Bute of Arterio sclerosis, Cerebral Haemorrhage, Hemiplegia gangrene of foot; Mary Ann SHIELDS was married twice once to James SUTHERLAND and then to Patrick SKELTON.

Marjory SHIELDS  was born 20 Jul 1863 at Clyde Street, Anderston, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland Birth is recorded under Madge Shiells; was recorded in census 1871 at 3 Old Vennel, Rothesay age 7.

Isabella SHIELDS was born 06 Sep 1865 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland.

Margaret SHIELDS was born 02 Mar 1868 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland; died 13 Mar 1869 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland of Measles.

John S SHIELDS was born 28 Dec 1869 at 3 Old Vennel, Rothesay at 4 am;John S SHIELDS was recorded in census 1871 at 3 Old Vennel, Rothesay age 1; was recorded in census 03 Apr 1881 at 20 Bridge End Street, Rothesay age 11 as a scholar; was recorded in census 1891 at 26 Bridge Street, Rothesay; was employed about 1891 at Rothesay as a Drainer; John S SHIELDS and Mary MCLEAN  were married 06 Nov 1896 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland After Banns according to the forms of the Established Church of Scotland. John S SHIELDS was employed about 1901 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland by Plasterer; was recorded in census 1901 at 19 Mill Street; lived 1923 at 12 Mill Street, Rothesay; was employed 1923 at 12 Mill Street, Rothesay as labourer; died 13 Dec 1952 and was buried after 13 Dec 1952 at High Kirk Cemetry, Rothesay.

Margaret SHIELDS was born 20 Jun 1872 at 3 Old Vennel, Rothesay at 10 pm; was recorded in census 03 Apr 1881 at 20 Bridge End Street, Rothesay age 9 scholar; was employed about 1891 at Rothesay as a Domestic Servant; was recorded in census 05 Apr 1891 at 55 Montague Street, Rothesay; died 17 May 1891 at 26 Bridge Street, Rothesay of Phthisis Pulmonalis.

Patrick SHIELDS was born 05 Oct 1874 at 5 Old Vennel, Rothesay at 6:00pm; died 07 Mar 1963 at Victoria Hospital, Rothesay; (See Generation 2 for this person's story.)

James SHIELDS was born 22 Mar 1877 at 5 Old Vennel, Rothesay at 6:30 pm;ƒ was recorded in census 03 Apr 1881 at 20 Bridge End Street, Rothesay age 4;ƒƒ died 07 Feb 1882 at 20 Bridge End Street, Rothesay of Acute inflamation of membranes of brain.

John was recorded in census 1861 at 21 Old Vennel, Rothesay Agricultural Labourer, John was recorded in census 1871 at 3 Old Vennel, Rothesay. John was recorded in census 03 Apr 1881 at 20 Bridge End Street, Rothesay. John was employed about 03 Apr 1881 as a Gardener. John was recorded in census 05 Apr 1891 at 26 Bridge Street, Rothesay, aged 50, with wife Bella Shields aged 52, and sons John Shields aged 20, Peter Shields aged 16. John and his son John were both Drainers and Peter was a Message Boy.

John was employed about 1891 at Rothesay as a Drainer.John was recorded in census 31 Mar 1901 at 19 Mill Street as a Widower.John is living with his Son John Shields, his Daughter in law Mary Mclean and his Grandaughter Maggie Shields.

John died before 1938. This is an assumed date as no records yet found mentioning John after 1901 census and he is recorded as deceased on his daughter Mary Ann's death cert.


GENERATION 3 - Isabella SLAVINE-

The parents of Isabella SLAVINE are:

     Patrick SLAVINE was born about 1820 at Ireland; died before July 1855

     Mary GALLACHER-000020 was born about 1820 at Ireland; died after 1860.

Isabella was born about 1840 at Donegal, Ireland. This is an assumed date as no birth record yet found.

Isabella moved before 1860 to Rothesay from Ireland. Isabella was employed about 1860 as Factory Worker.  Isabella SLAVINE and John SHIELDS were married 28 Sep 1860 at Rothesay.

They had the children previously listed.

Isabella was recorded in census 1861 at 21 Old Vennel, Rothesay. Isabella was recorded in census 03 Apr 1881 at 20 Bridge End Street, Rothesay.  Isabella was recorded in census 1891 at 26 Bridge Street, Rothesay, aged 52, with husband John Shields aged 50, and sons John Shields aged 20, Peter Shields aged 16. Isabella was recorded in census 1871 at 3 Old Vennel, Rothesay.

Isabella died 22 Nov 1897 at Low Glencloy, Brodick of Natural Causes, probably failure of the Heart, Robert Jamieson M.B.C.M. Low Glencloy, Brodick examined the body.


GENERATION  3 - John CUNNINGHAM

The parents of John CUNNINGHAM-000019 are:

     William CUNNINGHAM was born before 1812; died after 1875.

     Helen FRASER was born before 1812; died before 12 Nov 1875.

John was born about 1850. This is an assumed date as no birth record yet found.

John was employed from 1875 to 1878 as Journeryman painter.John CUNNINGHAM and Mary RODGER were married 12 Nov 1875 at Rothesay.

They had the following children:

Janet CUNNINGHAM was born 24 Jun 1878 at 98 Montague Street, Rothesay at 4:30am; died 23 Dec 1970; (See GENERATION 2 for this person's story.)

William CUNNINGHAM-000148 was born about 1880; was recorded in census 1881 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland aged 1; was recorded in census 1891 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland aged 11; was recorded in census 1901 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland aged 21.

John was recorded in census 1881 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland. John died 26 Jun 1882 at 98 Montague Street, Rothesay of Phthisis.



GENERATION 3 - Mary RODGER-

The parents of Mary RODGER-are:

     Matthew RODGERwas born about 1830; died before 12 Nov 1875.

     Janet BRYMNER died about 1900 at Greenock (East).

Mary was born about 1855 no birth record yet found. .

Mary RODGER and John CUNNINGHAM were married 12 Nov 1875 at Rothesay.

They had the children previously listed.

Mary was employed about 1875 as Factory Worker. Mary was recorded in census about 1881 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland aged 26. Mary was employed about 1883 as Machinist.

Mary RODGER and Charles MCGOWAN were married 28 May 1883 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland After Banns according to the forms of the Roman Catholic Church.

They had the following children:

 John MCGOWAN was born about 1882; was recorded in census 1891 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland aged 9;was recorded in census 1901 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland aged 19.

 Rosann MCGOWAN was born 09 Apr 1884 at 98 Montague Street, Rothesay 1 PM; was recorded in census 1891 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland aged 7; was recorded in census 1901 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland aged 17.

 Matthew MCGOWAN was born 23 Mar 1886 at 19 Mill Street, Rothesay, Bute at 3 am; was recorded in census 1891 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland aged 5;  was recorded in census 1901 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland aged 15.

 Mary MCGOWAN was born 01 Aug 1890 at 105 High Street, Rothesay, Bute 11.30 PM; was recorded in census 1891 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland aged 8 months; was recorded in census 1901 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland aged 10.

 Hugh O'Neill MCGOWAN was born 14 Jun 1892 at 105 High Street, Rothesay, Bute at 2.30 PM; was recorded in census 1901 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland aged 9.

 Mammie MCGOWAN was born about 1898; was 23 May 2006 recorded in census 1901 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland aged 3.

Mary was recorded in census about 1891 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland aged 36. Mary died after 22 May 1927 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland of Chronic Bronchitis and Heart Failure.


GENERATION 4 -  John SHIELDS

John was born about 1820 at Ireland. John and Marjory MCDIARMID were married before 1841.

They had the following children:

 John SHIELDS-000014 was born about 1841 at Donegal, Ireland; died before 1938.

John was employed before 1860 as Farmer. John died before 28 Sep 1860.


GENERATION 4 - Marjory MCDIARMID

Marjory was born about 1820 at Ireland. Marjory and John SHIELDS were married before 1841.

They had the children previously listed.

Marjory died after 1860.


GENERATION 4 - Patrick SLAVINE

Patrick was born about 1820 at Ireland. Patrick and Mary GALLACHER} were married before 1840 at Ireland.

They had the following children:

 Isabella SLAVINE was born about 1840 at Donegal, Ireland; died 22 Nov 1897 at Low Glencloy, Brodick of Natural Causes, probably failure of the Heart, Robert Jamieson M.B.C.M. Low Glencloy, Brodick examined the body. (See GENERATION 3 for this person's story.)

 James SLAVINE was born about 1836; James and Margaret SUTHERLAND lived about 1857 at Achaivilline Farm, Toward; was employed about 1857 at Achaivilline Farm, Toward as a Farm Servant; James and Margaret were married 23 Oct 1857 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland; was recorded in census 1861 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland aged 27; was recorded in census 1881 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland aged 46.

 Henry SLAVINE was born at Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland; died before Dec 1879; Henry and Janet Diarmid BURNS were married about 18 Jun 1851.

 Patrick SLAVINE was born about 1839; Patrick and Sarah RODAY-000443 {FRN-000154} were married 15 Jul 1872; lived about 1872 at 56 High Street, Rothesay, Bute; was employed about 1872 as Journeyman Slater.

 Rosa SLAVINE was born about 1845 at Crieff, Perthshire; died 22 Jul 1855 at MacAllistres Land, Old Vennel; was buried at Rothesay Burial Grounds.

Patrick was employed as a Carter/Carrier. Patrick died before July 1855 AD.


GENERATION 4 - Mary GALLACHER

Mary was born about 1820 at Ireland. Mary and Patrick SLAVINE were married before 1840 at Ireland.

They had the children previously listed. Mary died after 1860.


GENERATION 4 -  William CUNNINGHAM

William was born before 1812. This is an assumed date as no birth record yet found. Birth date worked out from marriage date 1832 assuming 16 or older must have been born 1812 or earlier.

William was employed about 1832 at Ayr as a Baker. William and Helen FRASER were married 30 Mar 1832 at Ayr.

They had the following children:

 John CUNNINGHAM was born about 1850; died 26 Jun 1882 at 98 Montague Street, Rothesay of Phthisis.

William was employed about 1875 as a Journeyman Baker. William died after 1875.


GENERATION 4 - Helen FRASER

Helen was born before 1812. This is an assumed date as no birth record yet found. Birth date worked out from marriage date 1832 assuming 16 or older must have been born 1812 or earlier.

Helen lived about 1832 at Newton.  Helen and William CUNNINGHAM were married 30 Mar 1832 at Ayr.

They had the children previously listed.

Helen died before 12 Nov 1875. Helen is recorded as deceased on John Cunningham wedding certificate 1875.


GENERATION 4 - Matthew RODGER

The parents of Matthew RODGER are:

46 + James RODGER died before 1853.

Matthew was born about 1830.

Matthew was employed as Ship Carpenter. Mary Rodger marriage cert gives fathers occupation

Matthew and Janet BRYMNER were married 14 Feb 1853 at West Or Old Parish, Greenock, Renfrew, Scotland.

They had the following children:

 Mary RODGER was born about 1855; died after 22 May 1927 at Rothesay, Bute, Scotland of Chronic Bronchitis and Heart Failure.

Matthew RODGER was born about 1857; died 1858 at Greenock (New or Middle).

Matthew died before 12 Nov 1875. Matthew was marked as deceased on Mary Rodger's marriage certificate 1875.


GENERATION 4 - Janet BRYMNER

The parents of Janet BRYMNER are:

48 + James BRYMNER died before 1853.

Janet BRYMNER and Matthew RODGER were married 14 Feb 1853 at West Or Old Parish, Greenock, Renfrew, Scotland.

They had the children previously listed.

Janet died about 1900 at Greenock (East). Janet was still alive at the time of Mary Rodger's marriage certificate.

This date nearly ties in with Janets age being 74 at time of death. Would have to obtain death cert to be sure.


GENERATION 5 - James RODGER

James was employed before 1853 at Greenock as a carpenter. James died before 1853. James is recorded as 'late' meaning deceased on Matthew Rodger marriage record

They had the following children:

 Matthew RODGER was born about 1830; died before 12 Nov 1875.


GENERATION 5 -  James BRYMNER

James was employed before 1853 at Greenock as Painter.  Janet Brymner and Matthew Rodger marriage cert gives details of fathers only

James died before 1853. James is recorded as 'late' meaning deceased in Janet Brymner marriage record

They had the following children:

 Janet BRYMNER died about 1900 at Greenock (East).