Robert WILLIAMSONAge: 68 years18431911

Name
Robert WILLIAMSON
Given names
Robert
Surname
WILLIAMSON
Birth 12 April 1843 38 36
Christening 23 April 1843 (Age 11 days)
Birth of a sisterIsabella Meldrum WILLIAMSON
19 June 1845 (Age 2 years)
Occupation
Plasterer

Christening of a sisterIsabella Meldrum WILLIAMSON
17 August 1845 (Age 2 years)
Birth of a brotherAlexander WILLIAMSON
11 April 1848 (Age 4 years)
Christening of a brotherAlexander WILLIAMSON
30 April 1848 (Age 5 years)
Birth of a brotherJames WILLIAMSON
2 July 1850 (Age 7 years)
Christening of a brotherJames WILLIAMSON
21 July 1850 (Age 7 years)
Death of a brotherJames WILLIAMSON
before 1851 (Age 7 years)

Residence 30 March 1851 (Age 7 years)
Birth of a brotherGeorge WILLIAMSON
29 April 1852 (Age 9 years)
Address: !Fix this address-6 11 Howard Crescent 11 Howard Crescent
Death of a maternal grandmotherChristina BALDIE
1852 (Age 8 years)
Christening of a brotherGeorge WILLIAMSON
16 May 1852 (Age 9 years)
Birth of a sisterJessie Ann WILLIAMSON
about 1854 (Age 10 years)
Birth of a sisterMiss WILLIAMSON
about 1856 (Age 12 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherJanet OSWALD
17 January 1859 (Age 15 years)
Cause: general debility
Shared note: Age:81y
Residence 7 April 1861 (Age 17 years)
MarriageJane PEATView this family
24 August 1866 (Age 23 years)
Birth of a son
#1
Robert WILLIAMSON
24 October 1866 (Age 23 years)
Birth of a daughter
#2
Christian Affleck WILLIAMSON
21 August 1868 (Age 25 years)
Residence
Cottage in Colinsburgh Road, Pittemweem
1868 (Age 24 years)
Birth of a son
#3
James Peat WILLIAMSON
18 November 1870 (Age 27 years)
Christening of a sonJames Peat WILLIAMSON
24 November 1870 (Age 27 years)
Birth of a daughter
#4
Margaret Fulton WILLIAMSON
22 November 1873 (Age 30 years)
Birth of a daughter
#5
Mary Jane WILLIAMSON
28 March 1876 (Age 32 years)
Birth of a daughter
#6
Jessie WILLIAMSON
about 1878 (Age 34 years)
Birth of a daughter
#7
Janet WILLIAMSON
22 April 1878 (Age 35 years)
Birth of a son
#8
David Peat WILLIAMSON
5 August 1880 (Age 37 years)
Address: Cellardyke
Residence 1881 (Age 37 years)
Residence
14 Rodger Street, Cellardyke
1881 (Age 37 years)
Birth of a son
#9
John WILLIAMSON
19 June 1882 (Age 39 years)
Address: Cellardyke
Death of a sonJohn WILLIAMSON
14 June 1884 (Age 41 years)
Cause: Convulsion, 13 hours
Occupation
Councillor, Baillie and Member of the Committee of Police Commissioners
1884 (Age 40 years)
Residence 1884 (Age 40 years)
Birth of a son
#10
John WILLIAMSON
about 1887 (Age 43 years)
Birth of a son
#11
George WILLIAMSON
4 December 1887 (Age 44 years)
Address: Cellardyke
Death of a fatherRobert WILLIAMSON
9 October 1892 (Age 49 years)
Address: West End
Death of a motherMargaret FULTON
23 March 1893 (Age 49 years)
Address: West End
Marriage of a childJames Peat WILLIAMSONMarjory Smith KEAYView this family
1 November 1894 (Age 51 years)
Occupation
Plasterer
1901 (Age 57 years)
Residence 1901 (Age 57 years)
Death of a daughterMary Jane WILLIAMSON
after 1901 (Age 57 years)

Death of a daughterJessie WILLIAMSON
after 1901 (Age 57 years)

Cause of Death
Heart Seizure
1911 (Age 67 years)
Death 1 September 1911 (Age 68 years)
Cause of death: Heart Seizure
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: 29 September 1832Saint Monans, Saint Monance, Fife, Scotland
10 months
elder brother
3 years
elder sister
2 years
elder sister
2 years
elder brother
2 years
himself
2 years
younger sister
3 years
younger brother
2 years
younger brother
22 months
younger brother
3 years
younger sister
3 years
younger sister
Family with Jane PEAT - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: 24 August 1866Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
2 months
son
Robert WILLIAMSON
Birth: 24 October 1866 23 22Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland
Death: 7 November 1934Cellardyke, Kilrenny, Fife, Scotland
22 months
daughter
2 years
son
3 years
daughter
2 years
daughter
3 years
daughter
4 months
daughter
2 years
son
22 months
son
John WILLIAMSON
Birth: 19 June 1882 39 37Cellardyke, Kilrenny, Fife, Scotland
Death: 14 June 1884Tollbooth Road, Cellardyke, Kilrenny, Fife, Scotland
6 years
son
11 months
son

Shared note

Cellardyke, Rodger Street, Nos 10, 14-38 (even Nos), Including Boundary Walls and Ancillary Building

Category: B Date Listed: 1 July 2004 Historic Scotland Building ID: 49884

Begun by Robert Williamson, builder and plasterer, 1878. No 38 with 1883 datestone. 2-storey and attic paired 2-bay terraced tenements purpose-built for local fishing community with predominantly single storey freestanding fishing gear storage to rear terminating in corner shop at N (No 38). Coursed tooled sandstone to street elevation, rubble to rear and S elevation, squared and snecked tooled sandstone to N elevation. Base course, rectangular piended stair projections to rear, chamfered window and door openings, few remaining cast-iron brackets supporting guttering, polygonal piended dormers (crowstepped dormerheads to No 38) to W elevation, variety of dormers to E elevation, pairs of houses stepped at roofline. Some minor alterations and additions.

W (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: 7 paired 2-storey and attic terraced tenements, that to N with corner shop (No 38). To S paired bipartite ground floor windows to No 10. Nos 20, 22 and 24 have some decorative cast-iron gutter brackets remaining.

Variety of glazing, some 4-pane timber sash and case windows with horns, some modern. Modern rooflights. Grey slates. Large gable end stacks and ridge stacks at division of paired properties. Various door types, some timber 4-panel, some modern, simple rectangular fanlights above.

INTERIOR: No 10, modernised. No 22, ground floor sitting room with tiled cast-iron fireplace with inset cupboard to left, glazed above.

ANCILLARY BUILDINGS: predominantly single storey terraced fishing gear storage sheds forming courtyard to rear with tenements. Pantiled. Simple timber boarded doors. Some surviving gable stacks.

BOUNDARY WALLS: low coursed sandstone walls to W with predominantly chamfered coping. High dividing walls forming sides of rear courtyards of properties.

These tenements are remarkable for their coherent design and uniform development formed for the specific needs of the Cellardyke fishing community. A revival of the fishing industry had created a shortage of housing stock which these buildings hoped to redress. The standard of construction and design at Rodger Street was considerably superior to earlier forms of housing and took on board previous smaller schemes at Ellice Street (by George Rae of St Andrews) and West and East Forth Streets. Crew members who contributed both labour and fishing gear earned twice as much as those only supplying labour and the large amount of gear storage offered at Rodger Street is evidence of the market the builder wished to attract.

It is probable that Williamson was responsible for all the tenements on this side of Rodger Street. The first houses built by him at what is now Nos 10-14 differ from the others in that externally they appeared to be two dwellings but internally they were subdivided into 5 flats. The ground floor of No 14 was the Williamson home until the family moved to a larger property in 1884. The rear buildings at this tenement operated as a works store and sleeping accommodation for some of their children, in contrast to the fishing purpose of the other properties. It is likely that the rest of the street was modelled on those already underway on the opposite side of the street - two-family tenements with access through a doored close leading from front to back and an internal rear stairway. The majority of these tenements appear to have been unobtrusively converted to accommodate one family now. As two-family tenements it was usual for the owner to occupy the slightly more spacious upper floor and to rent out the lower floor to provide additional income.

The walled areas to the front of the tenements allowed for the temporary setting down of nets. In contrast to the traditional style of fisher houses with a forestair, where the nets were stored below and living accommodation was above, the Rodger Street buildings had a garret or attic area for for the repair and storage of fishing equipment. Fixed external rear hoists were used for the nets, but sliding dormer beams were more common. It is not known if any of these survive now, although one was extant at No 4 in 1986.

In addition to this, the houses were provided with net and gear storage in the form of detached sheds to the rear of the properties. With high walls on either side the sheds form a small courtyard. Water pumps provided a convenient source of water. Beyond the sheds are generous gardens. The courtyard area would have been entirely concerned with fishing. The sheds to this side of Rodger Street appear to be mostly single storey in contrast to the 2-storey sheds on the West side. Comprising probably a lavatory, coal store and washhouse, the sheds are divided internally to provide a loft space for nets and gear.

It seems likely that No 35 on the west side of Rodger Street was built by Williamson as the architectural detail follows that of the east side. The majority of the building work in Rodger Street was completed by 1883.

Rodger Street is named after the renowned Cellardyke-born captain and shipowner, Alexander Rodger (1801-1877). In 1866 the annual tea race from China to London was won by a hair's breadth by the Taeping, owned by Captain Rodger and crewed by men from Cellardyke. It narrowly beat the Ariel, crewed by Anstruther men. Captain Rodger subscribed to harbour improvements in Cellardyke in 1868 and gave money to assist the poor each winter.
Birth1861 Census
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