July 14 Stewart was born in Dundee. His
parents were Alexander Phillips b.1790 and Margaret Hay.
Alexander was a Master sail-wright according to Stewart's death
1841 census Stewart (25) is shown as a 'ship carpenter'
living in lodgings in Couper Street, Leith, a maritime village near Edinburgh,
along with other 'ship-builders' and their families. As a
man he was
a long way from his wife Jane and daughter Maria who were
Street, Dundee. His occupation was a 'journeyman' carpenter,
i.e. self-employed and paid by the day.
On the day of the census
space between Stewart and his family included the Firth of Forth and
the Firth of Tay, and between those watery
obstacles was the Kingdom of Fife.
The 21st century
distance by road, with the benefits of bridges etc, is 55 miles, so
there would be many more road miles in 1841. It
reasonable then to assume that he would be carried by
Jute clippers (left) Alice A Leigh, and (right) Benvenue, and Queen of England in Dundee docks, c 1890.
A click on the pictures
will take you to the original internet source.
The Alice A Leigh, built at Whitehaven, Cumbria in 1889 was named after the wife of Joseph Leigh who was the Mayor of Stockport.
The images are from a collection of glass-plate photographs bequeathed by Dundee jute mill supervisor Alexander Wilson.
The full archive was found at http://photopolis.dundeecity.gov.uk/
On 12 Nov 2008 Dundee
City Council granted the owner of this website permission for
display of images from above
consequently the Dundee City Council copyright is acknowledged here.
Stewart's workshop, the Dundee water-front c.1850
shows him at home 15 Rose St., with wife Jean 36, Jean
8, and John Hay 4 (g.grandfather).
shows him again in Rose St. but at no.22, with wife
Jean 46, Jane 10, John Hay 14, Margaret 19, and Stewart 18.
1881 census shown as Public House Keeper at 27 South Ellen
Street, Dundee, with daughters Jane 30, and Margaret 39 [see 1943]
January 4th. Stewart aged 71 died at 27 Ellen Street, Dundee
3rd. Margaret (Bruce) nee Phillips 102, died at 41 Halbeath Road,
Dunfermline, Fife. The record shows she was widow of David Bruce, a
Brewery Traveller. "Halbeth Road" is now the home of Dunfermline
In the name of simplicity, data sources in general are omitted.