Thomas Whitelaw

23 April 1842–before about 27 December 1900 (Age 58)
Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of Thomas

When Thomas Whitelaw was born on 23 April 1842, in Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Robert Whitelaw, was 35 and his mother, Helen Thomson, was 28. He married Elisabeth Fotheringham on 14 August 1863. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1871 and Slamannan, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1891. In 1864, at the age of 22, his occupation is listed as coalminer. He died before about 27 December 1900, in Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 58.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Whitelaw
Elisabeth Fotheringham
Marriage: 14 August 1863
Robert Whitelaw
Andrew Whitelaw
Jane Whitelaw
Helen Whitelaw
Elisabeth Whitelaw
Margaret Whitelaw
Elizabeth Whitelaw
Robert Whitelaw
Mary Whitelaw
Thomas Whitelaw

Spouse and Children

14 August 1863
Shotts Iron Works, Shotts, Calderhead District, Lanarkshire, Scotland


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Parents and Siblings

    Robert Whitelaw


    Helen Thomson




    James Whitlaw


    Helen Whitlaw


    Matthew Whitlaw


    John Whitelaw



+2 More Children

World Events (7)


Age 1

Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.
1843 · The Disruption in the Church of Scotland

Age 1

The Disruption of 1843 was a division within the Church of Scotland, which 474 evangelical ministers of the Church broke away from the Church to form the Free Church of Scotland. They didn’t reject the principles of the Church of Scotland but were trying to establish a purer version of the Church without the King or Parliament being its head. It had huge effects not only within the Church of Scotland, but also with Scottish civic life.
1868 · The Representation of the people (Scotland) Act 1868

Age 26

The Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1868 was passed by Parliament and allowed for the creation of seven additional Scottish seats in the House of Commons. Along with the seats, Two University constituencies were created. These each returned one member to Parliament.

Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: habitational name from any of various places in the Scottish Borders called Whitelaw, from Old English hwīt ‘white’ + hlāw ‘hill’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Thomas Whitelaw, "Scotland Census, 1871"
  • Thomas Whitelaw, "Scotland Census, 1891"
  • Thomas Whitelaw, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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