some KELLY MONK CAVAYE BRUEN EVANS HAMILTON TORRANCE FRIEDLANDER ancestry, and the kinsfolk of Alexander COWAN

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  • ID: I4139
  • Name: William John MENZIES
  • Given Name: William John
  • Surname: Menzies
  • Prefix: Sir
  • Suffix: W.S., J.P.
  • Title: W.S., J.P.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 14 OCT 1834
  • Death: 1905
  • Burial: Grange Cemetery,Edinburgh
  • Note:
    Founded The Scottish American Investment Company Limited in Edinburgh in March 1873. His brother Charles became Company Secretary.

    W J Menzies had visited the United States on several occasions during the 1860s and quickly grasped the wealth of investment opportunities there. Guided by John Stewart KENNEDY in New York, Menzies firm quickly became major funders in the opening up of North America by railroad and land investment.

    In May 1875 he bought Veitch's Hotel at 122 George Street, Edinburgh in partnership with the architect John Dick PEDDIE (qv), converting it into shops and offices to provide a steady income stream from rents. To achieve this they borrowed 12,000 from the Earl of Moray and 5,000 from the vendors, but after a very few years these bonds became a problem and after some re-mortgaging Peddie bought out Menzies's interest in 1884. Although several architectural practices took chambers in this building it is doubtful if it ever produced much of a net income after servicing the bonds.


    1881: of Canaan House, Grange Loan Edinburgh.
    Visiting his sister, Mrs James McFarlan, at Ruthwell Manse, in 1881 Census, leaving his youngest children at home in Canaan House:
    Dwelling: Canaan House Grange Loan Census Place: Edinburgh St Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Scotland
    Source: FHL Film 0224011 GRO Ref Volume 685-5 EnumDist 108 Page 11
    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MarrAgeSexBirthplace
    Francis A. MENZIES . . . 4 F Edinburgh, Scotland Rel: Daughter (Head)
    William Y. MENZIES . . . 2 M Edinburgh, Scotland Rel: Son (Brother)
    Patrick D. N. MENZIES 8m M N Berwick, Haddington, Scotland Rel:Son (Brother)
    Thomas B. S. MENZIES 8m M N Berwick, Haddington, Scotland Rel: Son (Brother)
    Isabella CAMPBELL . U 26 F Montrose, Forfar, Scotland Rel:Servant Occ:Governess
    Jessie PAY . . . . . . . .U 49 F Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland Rel: Servant Occ: Cook
    Mary DICKIE . . . . . . .U 28 F Stow, Edinburgh, Scotland Rel:Servant Occ: Nurse
    Helen BLACK . . . . . . U 22 F Lunden, Fife, Scotland Rel:Servant Occ:General Servant
    Christine MACKENZIE U 22 F Gairloch, Ross+Cr., Scot Rel:Servant Occ:Laundry Maid
    Janet R. PAY . . . . . . U 23 F Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland Rel:Servant Occ:General Servant
    Eliza BROWN . . . . . .U 16 F Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland Rel:Servant Occ:Genl Servant
    Susannah SIMONSON U 20 F Norway Rel:Servant Occ:Nurse


    Census 1881: Dwelling: Manse Census Place: Ruthwell, Dumfries, Scotland
    Source: FHL Film 0224051 GRO Ref Volume 846 EnumDist 3 Page 13
    Marr Age Sex Birthplace
    James MC FARLAN M 36 M Muirinish, Stirling, Scotland Rel:Head Occ: Minister Parish of Ruthwell
    Helen MC FARLAN M 39 F Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland Rel: Wife
    James C. MC FARLAN 8 M Ruthwell, Dumfries, Scotland Rel: Son Occ: Scholar
    Allan M. MC FARLAN 6 M Ruthwell, Dumfries, Scotland Rel: Son Occ: Scholar
    William J. M. MC FARLAN 6 M Ruthwell, Dumfries, Scotland Rel: Son Occ: Scholar
    Helen E. MC FARLAN 4 F Ruthwell, Dumfries, Scotland Rel: Daur
    Patrick F. MC FARLAN 3 M Ruthwell, Dumfries, Scotland Rel: Son
    Margaret GRIERSON U 27 F Troqueer, Kirkcudbright, Scotland Rel: Ser Occ: Cook Dom Ser
    Annie PATERSON U 21 F Lochmaben, Dumfries, Scotland Rel: Ser Occ: Housemaid Dom Ser
    Janet M. J. HENDERSON U 38 F South Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland Rel: Visitor Occ: Annuitant
    William J. MENZIES M 46 M Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland Rel: Visitor Occ: Writer to the Signet
    Annie P. MENZIES M 37 F Ireland Rel: Visitor
    Margaret H. MENZIES 8 F St Cuthbert, Edinburgh, Scotland Rel: Visitor Occ: Scholar
    Helen C. MENZIES 6 F St Cuthbert, Edinburgh, Scotland Rel: Visitor Occ: Scholar
  • Change Date: 3 SEP 2005 at 08:16:11



    Father: Allan MENZIES b: 1804
    Mother: Helen COWAN b: 8 AUG 1806

    Marriage 1 Helen ADIE b: 1824
    • Married: 12 JUL 1859
    Children
    1. Has Children Alan Lockhart MENZIES b: 2 APR 1861
    2. Has No Children Alexander MENZIES b: 21 JUN 1862
    3. Has No Children Marion MENZIES b: 1864
    4. Has Children James Adie MENZIES b: 1866

    Marriage 2 Ellen YOUNG b: 1842
    • Married: 28 JUL 1870
    Children
    1. Has Children Frederick William MENZIES b: 1871
    2. Has No Children Margaret Hilda MENZIES b: 1873 in Edinburgh,Scotland
    3. Has No Children Helen Cowan MENZIES b: 1874 in Edinburgh,Scotland
    4. Has Children Frances Alice MENZIES b: 1876 in Edinburgh,Scotland
    5. Has No Children William Young MENZIES b: 1878 in Edinburgh,Scotland

    Marriage 3 Annie Percival DROUGHT b: ABT 1844 in Ireland
    • Married: 1879
    Children
    1. Has No Children Patrick Drought North MENZIES b: 1880 in North Berwick,Scotland
    2. Has Children Thomas Berwick Stoney MENZIES b: 1880 in North Berwick,Scotland
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