Shoemaking Ancestors

Was your Grandfather (or Grandmother) a shoemaker? Perhaps an Uncle? Or maybe just someone you knew and remember from childhood. Tell us the story.
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Shoemaking Ancestors

#1 Post by janefraser » Sun Mar 17, 2002 11:25 am

I have 4 generations of cordiners in my ancestry, all in Glasgow, Scotland.

John Johnston.
His daughter Agnes married 10 June 1752 William Robertson.
Their daughter Janet Robertson was born 26 November 1752, Glasgow, and married John Gentle 3 March 1777.
Their son William Gentle was born 14 May 1781.

John Johnston, William Robertson, John Gentle, and William Gentle were all shoemakers/cordiners.

William Gentle is my gggrandfather.
John Gentle is listed in 1816 at 35 High Street, Glasgow, as a leather cutter.

I am just starting to try to find some information on Glasgow cordiners. Any advice would be welcome. Thanks.


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#3 Post by Jane M. Fraser » Sun Nov 03, 2002 9:38 am

I have found quite a bit on Glasgow Trades Guilds and the Guild of Cordiners, including verifying my ancestors' membership. In fact, I have learned that John Gentle was Deacon of the Guild in 1808-09. I have a booklet giving all members from 1550 to 1975. The Guild is now a charitable organization. Write me if you would like more info.

Jane M. Fraser

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