|Birth: ||Mar. 11, 1804|
Clachan of Campsie
|Death: ||Nov. 10, 1866|
North Lanarkshire, Scotland
James Knox was born before May 11, 1804 in Campsie, Kirkintilloch, Lanarkshire, Scotland, the son of Walter Knox and Jane Dalrymple Knox. He died November 10, 1866 at Flowerhill Cottage (his home) in Airdrie, Scotland. He was originally buried in the Old Churchyard of Broomknoll Church, but was moved to New Monkland Cemetery when the church was enlarged. Cause of death was listed as a bilious attack, reported by James Williamson Knox, his son.
He belonged to a family of weavers who for several generations resided at a little property between Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch. A stone in 'The Auld Aisle' near Kirkintilloch marks the place where the older generations were interred. On account of the decline in hand-loom weaving in the 1700's, James decided to join his uncle, William Kinross in the silk hat manufacturer in Kirkintilloch, and having learned the practical part of the business, he came to Airdrie and set up a manufactory in Stirling Street, Airdrie. The business soon expanded, employing 55 workers. Later, the wholesale firm of J. & W. Knox and Company was established with large warehouses and workshops in Glasgow. The firm was the first to introduce the sewing machine to Airdrie.
He served as Town Councillor for a few years. He was an active member in the Broomknoll Church, of which he was elected an elder in 1838.
He was one of the original founders of the Airdrie Savings Bank in Airdrie, Scotland in 1835, popularly known as "Knox's Bank" at the time. He was appointed President of the Bank in 1848, he exchanged the chair for the treasurer-ship in 1861 and held that position till his death in 1866. He was a member of the Airdrie Town Council.
From Broomknoll Church Records...James Knox was made an elder in 1838. This was the same James Knox, a hatter in the town, who, only three years earlier, had been one of the founders of the Airdrie Savings Bank.
1841 Scotland Census:
James Knox aged 37. Address: Sterling Street. Occupation: Hatter.
Also listed in the home: Isabella Knox, spouse.
Walter Knox aged 8
James Knox aged 5.
1851 Scotland Census:
James Knox, aged 46. Born about 1805. Head of Household. Spouse's name--Isabella. James was born in Campsie, Stirlingshire, Scotland.
Parish #651. Civil Parish-New Monkland. County-Lanarkshire. Address: Coal Road.
Occupation Hat Manufacturer & Employing 10 Women and 11 Men.
ED #21A. Household Schedule #5. Line 1. CSSCT1851_170.
Others listed in household: Child, Walter Knox aged 17. Child, James Knox aged 14.
Walter Knox (1780 - 1850)
Jane Dalrymple Knox (1782 - 1840)
Isabella Williamson Knox (1797 - 1874)
Walter Knox (1833 - 1878)*
James Williamson Knox (1836 - 1901)*
Isabella Williamson Knox (1867 - ____)*
North Lanarkshire, Scotland
Created by: Cari
Record added: Jun 26, 2012
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