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Williamina Finlay/Kerr murder!
« on: Monday 16 January 17 11:59 GMT (UK) »
Hiya,

Ive just discovered on a site that a distant cousin was murdered in Hamilton on Sept 15th 1966. Her husband was John Kerr, they married in 1917. Williamina known as Ina in the family was born in 1893 in Hamilton, her parents were John Finlay and Elizabeth McGregor.

I was wondering if someone could help find some information on her murder, i have no death certificate or anything just dates from a family tree. says she died at 49 Russell St, Hamilton

Thanks

Gary
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Re: Williamina Finlay/Kerr murder!
« Reply #1 on: Monday 16 January 17 12:12 GMT (UK) »
Small, front page mention found in the Glasgow Herald, Sep 19, 1966 edition.

Says she was found dead in her living room and that a man, charged with the murder, would appear in Hamilton Sheriff court that day.
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Re: Williamina Finlay/Kerr murder!
« Reply #3 on: Monday 16 January 17 12:17 GMT (UK) »
Of course, editions of the Glasgow Herald after that date probably carry further mention if you want to trawl through same.

Unfortunately, online editions of the local newspaper, the Hamilton Advertiser, only go up to mid 1950s. If you live in/near the area, though, the library probably holds later editions on microfilm.
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Re: Williamina Finlay/Kerr murder!
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 07 March 18 21:31 GMT (UK) »
Gary how are you related to my grandmother Williamina Kerr   
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Re: Williamina Finlay/Kerr murder!
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 08 March 18 01:06 GMT (UK) »
Front page of Evening Times 19th Sept 1966

Burnbank Murder, Samuel McMillan charged with Williaminas murder.

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2mus-XyGPC0C&dat=19660919&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

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Re: Williamina Finlay/Kerr murder!
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 08 March 18 01:59 GMT (UK) »
Hi Breckell

she is my 2nd cousin 4 times removed through the McLellan side

Thank you for the articles!!

Gary
Hamilton, Lanarkshire - Devine, McGarry, Daisley, McGuire, Mullen, Sheridan, Ford
Blantyre, Lanarkshire - Gibson, Hamill, McInulty
Avondale, Strathaven - Mulligan, Dempsey
Glasgow - Sinclair, Allison, McFarlane
Renfrewshire - Allison
Perthshire - Sinclair, Roy, Donaldson
Edinburgh and Caithness Thurso - Sutherland
Edinburgh and Ayrshire - Sheridan

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Re: Williamina Finlay/Kerr murder!
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 15 July 18 01:52 BST (UK) »
Found by chance looking for something else.  I was seeing a lot of my grandparents at the time and remember the detail of the murder if anyone is still interested.  Living in Canberra now.

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Re: Williamina Finlay/Kerr murder!
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 16 August 18 20:06 BST (UK) »
Hello Ian,

Guess you are a distant cousin as well haha, any info on the family and the incident would be great!! if you can email me

Regards

Gary
Hamilton, Lanarkshire - Devine, McGarry, Daisley, McGuire, Mullen, Sheridan, Ford
Blantyre, Lanarkshire - Gibson, Hamill, McInulty
Avondale, Strathaven - Mulligan, Dempsey
Glasgow - Sinclair, Allison, McFarlane
Renfrewshire - Allison
Perthshire - Sinclair, Roy, Donaldson
Edinburgh and Caithness Thurso - Sutherland
Edinburgh and Ayrshire - Sheridan