William Gilbert
Sex: male
Birth: 8 April 1797
Baptism: 16 April 1797
Death: 1 January 1871
Father: John Gilbert
Mother: Isabel Fairly
Spouse/Partner: Margaret Veitch (1798-1879)
Marriage: c1822

Early LifeEdit

William Gilbert was born on 8 April 1797 in Dunsyre, Lanark, Scotland, to John Gilbert and Isabel Fairly. He was the second of eight children, with older sister Marion and younger siblings Ann, James, Isabel, Thomas, Elizabeth, and Margaret.

Marriage and FamilyEdit

William Gilbert married Margaret Veitch, also of Lanarkshire. Their first child, John, was born in 1823 in Liberton, Midlothian, Scotland. Their remaining six children, Ann Jones, William, James, Jean, Isabella, and Margaret, were also born in Midlothian, though not all in the same parish. William and Margaret also raised their granddaughter Margaret, daughter of Ann Jones Gilbert and an unknown Mr. Barclay.

Residences and CareerEdit

As of the 1841 UK census, William and his wife were agricultural laborers in Liberton Dams, Libberton Parish, Midlothian. By the 1851 census, the family had moved to Edinburgh, St. Cuthberts Parish.  William worked as a gardener on the grounds of Grange House, seat of the Dick Lauder family.  The family lived at the neighboring Grange House Lodge. William served at Grange House the rest of his life and was an overseer at the time of his death. 


Name Birth Death
Children of William Gilbert and Margaret Veitch

John Gilbert 1823
Liberton, Midlothian, Scotland

Anne Jones Gilbert 16 October 1825
Edmonstone, Newton, Midlothian, Scotland
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

William Gilbert

James Gilbert

Jean Gilbert

Isabella Gilbert

Margaret Gilbert