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Re: Rennie-Mathie family, business & marital connections
« Reply #18 on: Wednesday 22 January 14 17:14 GMT (UK) »
One of David Rennie's trustees was William Mills, provost of Glasgow during the later years of the trusteeship.  Note the newspaper connection of his son.
William Mills, Lord Provost, 1834-37
"
THE HON. THE LORD PROVOST,
            1834-37.
   William Mills of Sandyford was born at Lessudden in Roxburghshire in
the year 1776.  Of his parentage and early days we have no information.  In
youth, however, he went to America, where he remained long enough to
form business connections, which were maintained thoughout his life-
time.  As an importer of Cotton to this country, his name was well
and favourably known, in several of the most important centres of the
States, interested in the trade.
   Mr. Mills likewise did much to develop the steam trade of his
native country.  So far back as the year 1819, he commenced the traffic
betwixt the Clyde and the Mersey, and may be said to have been the
first to send an efficient steamer to sea, capable of standing all weathers.
This was the Robert Bruce the pioneer of so many fine vessels.
Subsequently he built the Superb, Majestic, and City of Glasgow, all of
which were employed on the station betwixt Liverpool and Greenock.
The Clyde above the latter port, at that period, being too shallow to
admit of their coming to Glasgow.
   In the year 1826 Mr. Mills and a fewe friends built, specially for the
trade betwixt London and Edinburgh, the celebrated steamer United
Kingdom.  This vessel was considered a great wonder in her day, and
served to inaugurate the class of steamers, which contained all the
luxuries of a palace on land, without losing any of their sea-going qualifica-
tions.  After parting with this vessel and otehrs named, he resigned the
trade to younger and fresher hands, but he refrained in future
from taking an active part in such speculations, he always felt proud of
the aid he had given to the development of this now great branch
of our national resources.
   Mr. Mills was a Baillie of the Barony of Gorbals, long before the
passing of the New Municipal Act, and a Baillie of Glasgow, the year
before he was made its Chief Magistrate.  His term of office as Lord
Provost extended from 1834 to 1837, and in his several magisterial
positions, he appears to have acquitted himself to the satisfaction of his
constituents and the citizens generally.  In politics he was a Whig, and
attached to the party that maintained the principles of that school
which had Charles James Fox, Earl Grey, and other celebrated statesmen
of the same stamp as their leaders.
   In private life Mr. Mills was well known and highly respected.  He
died in Glasgow, on the 8th November, 1857, in the eighty-first year of
his age,  His remains rest, in the family vault, in the Necropolis.
  <<signed William Mills>>
   George Mills, son of Provost Mills, died in Glasgow, aged 73 years, on
12th May 1881.  He was connected with the Steam-shipping
trade at Leith, and afterwards at Bowling.  When only 27 years of age,
during the time of his father's provostship, he contested the represent-
ation of this City, in the radical interest, against Lord William Bentinck,
but although the favourite at the hustings, he was defeated at the poll
by a considerable majority.  At a later period he became a Newspaper
Proprietor in Glasgow.  Not meeting with success which he expected,
he again turned his attention to the Steamboat traffic.  He built a
Saloon Steamer, on a novel principle, which attracted much notice at the
time, but ultimately proved a failure.  Again he tried Journalism and
started the North Star, the first Evening Newspaper published in
Aberdeen.  It had not, however, a very long existence.  As a writer of
Novels and Sketches of Scottish Life and Character he was more success-
ful.  His works are distinguished by humourous and graphic description,
and are among the best of their class.  He was a man of goodly presence, and had a
pleasant and cheery manner, which never deserted him, through all the
vicissitudes of his life.  He left behind him one son and two daughters.
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Re: Rennie-Mathie family, business & marital connections
« Reply #19 on: Sunday 26 January 14 14:01 GMT (UK) »
Bankruptcy of George and James Wright

March 10, 1812  Edinburgh Advertiser  P. 9 (7?)
"               SCOTS BANKRUPTS
   GEORGE WRIGHT, one of the partners of JAMES
WRIGHT and Co. manufacturers, Glasgow.--Cre-
ditors to meet in the Prince of Wales Tavern, 9th
inst. and 7th April, at 11 o'clock, to chuse factor
and trustee.


January 31, 1812  Edinburgh Advertiser
P. 7
"           SCOTS BANKRUPTS, &c.
...
   GEORGE and JAMES WRIGHT, manufacturers,
Glasgow.--Creditors to meet in the trustee's count-
ing house, 18th Feb. at 1 o'clock, to decide on a
composition. 
"

January 3, 1812  Edinburgh Advertiser  P. 8
"           SCOTS BANKRUPTS.
...
               EXAMINATIONS, &c.
...
   GEORGE and JAMES WRIGHT, manufacturers,
Glasgow, to be examined 10th and 24th Jan. at 12
o'clock.--Creditors to meet in the trustees count-
ing-house, 25th Jan. at 12 o'clock.
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Re: Rennie-Mathie family, business & marital connections
« Reply #20 on: Monday 27 January 14 14:21 GMT (UK) »
Re. David Rennie who died in Glasgow in 1823.

Scotland's People has 30 pages of wills \ testaments apparently for this David Rennie.

This would surely be a source of further information.


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« Reply #21 on: Monday 27 January 14 17:23 GMT (UK) »
I probably should indicate how much research I have already done and what I have not done. 
WHAT I HAVE DONE
I have copies of a large number of wills and inventories and other records at Scotlands People including David Rennie's.  I went through the online Edinburgh newspapers reporting bankruptcies throughout Scotland in the years of interest to me.  I have had a number of paid researchers in Scotland including David Dobson (who writes the books) and one of the officers in the Scotland genealogical association.  I had a researcher I paid in Salt Lake City do between 1000 and 2000 hours of research, partially in Scotland.  I had researchers in Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island.  I had a hobbyist contact I traded data with who lived near the Canadian archives and many of whose ancestors were sent to Prince Edward island by David Rennie.  He read through all of the Prince Edward Island newspapers and property records and court cases several times looking for references to my relatives.  There is a book on David Rennie's stepson and a couple of books on the family one of his granddaughters married into.
I have so much that people of interest to you may accidentally lie in records I pulled.
WHAT I  HAVEN'T DONE
Some of the bankruptcies relevant to me occupy multiple volumes.  My Scotland researchers gave me summaries but it was too much for my researchers to go through carefully.  Some property records in Scotland are not indexed depending on whether the land was "Royal" or something like that related to the way fiefs worked.  There are some Glasgow property records that I don't have.  There are some places where I haven't checked ship records and others where I have.  David Dobson checked for Stuart and Rennie ships etc when he researched one of his books but I am not sure how well he covered Glasgow and Greenock newspapers.