William Nicoll Roberts

23 September 1912–14 March 2009 (Age 96)
Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of William Nicoll

When William Nicoll Roberts was born on 23 September 1912, in Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, David Rough Roberts, was 30 and his mother, Christina Hobbs Nicholl, was 26. He married Rachel Henry Petrie on 7 June 1943, in Kinclaven, Perthshire, Scotland. He died on 14 March 2009, in Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland, at the age of 96.

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William Nicoll Roberts
Rachel Henry Petrie
Marriage: 7 June 1943

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7 June 1943
Kinclaven, Perthshire, Scotland

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World Events (8)

1913 · Leith dockers strike 1913

Age 1

The Leith dockers strike was a strike that brought the town of Leith to a standstill after dock workers demanded an increase in pay, better working conditions, and shorter hours. The strike had an effect on the local community by not allowing trade to flow smoothly out of the docks. There totaled around 4,600 people a part of the strikes and riots but it ended near the middle of August with no demands met. since then two more strikes would happen at the same location, once in 1983 and, most recently, in 1989.

Age 2

Outbreak of World War I. UK enters hostilities against Germany. Grueling trench warfare in Belgium and France.
1938 · The Empire Exhibition, Scotland is held at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow.

Age 26

The Empire Exhibition was an international exposition held from May to December 1938 and offered a chance to showcase and boost the economy of Scotland. It also marked fifty years since Glasgow's first great exhibition held in 1888.

Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the personal name Robert . This surname is very frequent in Wales and west central England. It is also occasionally borne by Jews, presumably as an Americanized form of a like-sounding Jewish surname.

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

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Sources (2)

  • William Roberts, Sgt C M F in entry for Roberts, "British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices"
  • William Nicoll Roberts, "British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices"

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