Family Overviews


The Scott line commences with William Scott whose son Thomas Scott, was a master mason of Bothwell, Lanarkshire Scotland.  Thomas was born in 1739.  Thomas' son John was also a master mason.  This John Scott and his wife Sarah Lochhead had a large family in Bothwell, and according to oral family history, their third daughter, Janet Scott, most likely while working as a servant, had an upstairs-downstairs affair with a William Houldsworth.  A possible William Houldsworth and his family have been included but this still needs confirmation.  James Scott the result of this affair took money but not the name of his father.  James worked all his career in the Coltness Iron Works, established by the Houldsworths.  James married Ann McMillan and after her death married her younger sister Marion McMillan.  The McMillans were the daughters of a Blacksmith who also worked at the Coltness Iron Works.  The Coltness connection does not end here as Robert Scott the first son of James and Marion McMillan also commenced his distinguished steel career in the Coltness iron works.  Robert Scott went on to become the Managing Director of the Atlas Steel Foundary and Engineering Company, Ltd., at Armadale.  Robert's youngest son William Scott took an interest in the sea becoming a master mariner. He met Margaret Baxendell on board the "New Australia".  They married in 1953 and migrated to Sydney, Australia with their family of three girls in 1970.  In 1980 William Scott again took to the sea skippering a boat around the Torres Strait for five years.



Henry Houldsworth was born in Nottingham in 1774 the son of Henry Houldsworth and Ann Hooton. He left Nottingham for the Manchester Cotton Mills and then to Glasgow and founded a family that for nearly ninety years increased and prospered. Towards the end of 18th century cotton spinning had begun to take its place among Scotland's major industries.

Henry expanded the cotton business, and by 1831 was the second largest cotton spinner in Glasgow. This business he afterwards moved to Cheapside Street, Anderston, where he carried it on in partnership with his two sons, William and John, under the firm of Henry Houldsworth & Sons.  The Houldsworths saw that iron was to be the mainstay of Glasgow, and accordingly the Anderston Foundry and Machine Works was started also in Cheapside Street. This fired his interest in the iron industry. In 1836 he bought the Coltness Estate near Wishaw in Lanarkshire and set up the Coltness Iron Works in 1839. 

The success of Coltness led to Henry Houldsworth founding the Dalmellington Iron Company at Dunaskin in 1848. The tremendous energy of the Houldsworth family and the technological change of the 19th century  transformed the once pastoral south west of Scotland into a booming industrial heart of an Empire. 



The McMillan family originated in Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland from the 1600's.  Thomas McMillan a tinsmith married Margaret Bell in Ayr and moved to Lanark in 1801. Their second son Thomas became a Blacksmith at the Coltness Iron Works in Cambusnethan and married Margaret Dickson in 1834.  Their eldest and third daughters, Ann and Marion married James Scott of Bothwell, Lanarkshire.



The Watson family originated in Lesmahagow in Lanarkshire from at least about 1750.  The second William Watson born in 1807 was an estate manager. His son, the third William Watson born in 1831 became a property owner and spirit merchant.  His estate contained significant wealth.  This William married twice and the two families went their separate ways. The sons from the first family went to Australia in 1879 and 1886.  The first daughter of the second family, Janet Lindsay (Jenny) Watson married Robert Scott in 1911.  Their youngest son William Watson Scott a descendant of the second family migrated to Sydney, Australia with his family in 1970 almost a hundred years after the first Watsons.


Further detail on this interesting family is detailed in the Watson Family story.



The Baxendell family have been traced back to the 1550s although then called Backstondeine.   They have consistently lived in Lancashire.  Around the 1750 the Josiah Baxendell was a master cabinet maker in Liverpool. This trade was also followed by his son Joseph.  It took a number of generations before the Baxendells moved into corn milling in the 1840s with Robert Baxendell and his uncle.  This career was then followed by successive generations of Walter, Eustace and again by Robert Baxendell who became a director of David Baxter and Sons, of Cheadle Heath. In 1925 Robert Baxendell married Evelyn Crook.  Their daughter Margaret Baxendell married William Watson Scott in 1953 and together with their three daughters migrated to Sydney, Australia in 1970.



The Crook family were cotton manufacturers from Bolton Lancashire.  As far back as 1780 Joshua Crook was a cotton spinner as were the successive generations of Joshua and George Harris Crook.  George married Annie Bradshaw in 1895 and their only daughter Evelyn Crook married Robert Baxendell in 1925.  The Crook family made a key civic, industrial and social contribution to the history of Bolton and this is reflected in the fact there is still a street with the family name in the town.