DUNCAN GILMOUR 1816-1889 - SHEFFIELD

In March 2008 I went to the churchyard at Christ Church, Fulwood, in Sheffield to locate the grave ofSir Charles Clegg, who appears elsewhere on this site. Close by Sir Charles's last resting place was the grave of a name that I was rather familiar with - Duncan Gilmour. He made his name through his business Duncan & Gilmour and Co. wine & spirit merchants, and more importantly his brewery. In fact there a number of pubs in Sheffield that still display the etched windows advertising the virtues of Gilmour's ales. In fact my localThe Princess Royal in Crookes is one of them

I was going to write a fuller article on Duncan Gilmour but when I began to research the family, I found that this had been already accomplished by one of his descendents in quite a detailed and entertaining fashion - Gilmour Family History. As I have wish to duplicate information that is already available I "shelved" the article

And so here is just a very brief summary of his life taken from the Gilmour Family History

"Duncan Gilmour was born in Scotland on the 21st of October 1816. At the age of 16 he moved to Ireland and learnt the trade of wines and spirits. In 1854 he moved to Sheffield where he set up business as Duncan & Gilmour and Co. wine & spirit merchants at 56-58 Queen Street which was known as the Murrays Arms. In 1860 he bought premises in Dixon Lane and started brewing in 1884. In 1891 it was registered as a limited company. In 1883 Duncan Gilmour retired and passed the company to one of his son's who was also named Duncan Gilmour. On the 11th of January 1889 he died at Sandygate and was buried at Christ Church, Fulwood in Sheffield."

The following photos are of Duncan's grave in Christ Church's churchyard.

 

As an aside, just after I took the first photo of Duncan's grave I turned around and tripped over - literally falling on my knees and landing on the flat gravestone in the foreground. I was fortunate not to be more seriously injured. Imagine explaining that in a hospital - I was injured whilst looking at an old brewers grave! 

Notes

Household Record 1881 British Census
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability
Duncan GILMOUR Head M Male 65 Scotland Retired Wine & Spirit Merchant
Eliza GILMOUR Wife M Female 62 Ireland
Eliza GILMOUR Daur U Female 35 Ireland
Jane GILMOUR Daur U Female 33 Ireland
Mary ELLIOTT  Serv U Female 20 Ecclesfield, York, England Serv Domestic
Clara ELLIOTT  Serv U Female 18 Ecclesfield, York, England Serv Domestic

Source Information: Dwelling Redmires Road Census Place Upper Hallam, York, England
Family History Library Film 1342118 Public Records Office Reference RG11 Piece / Folio 4628 / 45 Page Number 10

Household Record 1881 British Census
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability
Duncan (Jr) GILMOUR Head M Male 29 Ireland Wine Merchant
Blanche GILMOUR Wife M Female 19 Sheffield, York, England
Elizabeth DEARDEN Serv U Female 21 Sheffield, York, England Servant (Domestic)

Source Information:
Dwelling 12 Highnam Crescent Rd Census Place Nether Hallam, York, England
Family History Library Film 1342117 Public Records Office Reference RG11 Piece / Folio 4627 / 91 Page Number 31

Sources

Gilmour Family History

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