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Name: Thomas Reid
Birth: 25 MAY 1831 Govan, Glasgow Father: Alexander Reid Mother:Mary Veitch
Christening:
Occupation: Dyer and merchant
Married: Elizabeth White Thomas 16 NOV 1858 Cadder Parish
Children Born Died
Alexander Robert Reid 20 JUL 1860 10 JUN 1892 Tallahassee, Florida
Charles Thomas Reid 3 NOV 1861 Glasgow 14 NOV 1927 Seacraig, Nairn, Scotand
Isabella Reid 20 FEB 1863 22 OCT 1892
Mary Elizabeth Reid 8 JUL 1864 29 JUL 1926
Thomas William Reid 11 OCT 1866 APR 1904
William John Reid 22 JUN 1868 Govan, Glasgow 14 JUL 1926 Hawthornden, Midlothian, Scotand
Alice Jane Reid 19 NOV 1869 Govan, Glasgow 3 JAN 1935 Woodlea, Moniaive, Dumfriesshire
Elizabeth Reid 24 SEP 1872 Ibrox Hill 1 OCT 1940 Bexwell Rectory, Norfolk
Margaret Jeffrey Reid 25 JUL 1876
Death: 5 JUL 1900 Kilmardinny House, Bearsden
Burial: 9 JUL 1900 Craigton Cemetery, Glasgow (F.627-8-9)
Remarks: Thomas Reid went to school at the High School of Glasgow. He was something of a scholar as at age 10 in Fourth Class he won second prize for mathematics and a prize for Latin.

He lived at Hillock House, Govan at time of his marriage.

In 1880 he bought Kilmardinny House and estate at Bearsden, northwest of Glasgow.

In the 1881 census, he describes his occupation as a 'Yarn Dyer & East. India. Merchant & J. P. Employing 247 Males & 98 Females'. He had 7 servants living at Kilmardinny House as follows:
Mary Aitken, the Governess, aged 24 from Garelochhead, Dumartonshire.
Agnes McLean, the Cook, aged 37 from Appin, Argyleshire
Georgina McPherson, a Nurse, aged 34 from Aforthy, Aberdeenshire
Georgina Grant, a Housemaid, aged 36 from Fort Augustus, Invernessshire
Margaret Grant, a Housemaid, aged 28 from Elgin, Morayshire
Emma McKern, a Dairymaid, aged 23 from Ireland
Ann Duffy, a Laundrymaid, aged 21 from Ireland

In the 1891 census he described his occupation as a 'Dyer and East India Merchant'. In ten years all the servants had changed:
Anne Scrimgeour, Cook, 40
Isabella Harper, Sewing maid, 37
Mary Brown, Laundress, 37
Christina Duncan, Housemaid, 29
Elizabeth Young, Dairy Maid, 23
Elsie Adie, Housemaid, 25
Elizabeth Adam, Kitchenmaid, 20

He was chairman of the British Linen Bank, a director of the dyers, United Turkey Red and a colleague of Alfred Nobel.

From 1893 to 1900 he was chairman of Nobel's Explosives.

When he died in 1900 the Kilmardinny estate, which extended to 117 acres and included a lake of 8 acres, was sold for £25000.
The probate came to £186,180.

Below is the Obituary from the Glasgow Herald 6th July 1900

DEATH OF MR THOMAS REID OF KILMARDINNY

We regret to announce the death of Mr Thomas Reid of Alex Reid & Sons, turkey red and fancy dyers, which took place yesterday at his residence, Kilmardinny. Mr Reid, who was in his 70th year, has been long known as one of our most enterprising and successful citizens. While resident at Ibrox House, now about 20 years ago, he took an active interst in the affairs of the burgh of Govan, and for some time he filled the position of chief magistrate. He was a shrewd, able, and energetic man of business, and was largely interested in a number of the principal commercial and industrial undertakings connected with the city. He was chairman of Nobel's Dynamite Trust Company, Nobel's Explosives Company, the London and Glasgow Engineering Company, and the Glasgow Cotton Spinning Company, and he was also a director of the Indo-China Steam Navigation Company, the Birmingham Metal and Munitions Company, and the Steel Company of Scotland. He was a Justice of the Peace for the county of the city of Glasgow and for the county of Dumbarton.

Thomas Reid - Kilmardinny

Thomas Reid - photo at Glencrosh

Kilmardinny house, Bearsden nr Glasgow
Horse and carriage outside Kilmardinny.

Daughters of Thomas Reid - Clockwise from top Mary Bessie, Madge,Alice Jane, Bella, Elizabeth about 1885) - (written on back of photo at Glencrosh)

Painting of Kilmardinny

Painting of Kilmardinny

Biography of Thomas Reid
Marriage entry of Thomas Reid and Elizabeth Thomas in 1858 at Cadder
Thomas Reid 1871 census record at Govan
Reid family grave at Craigton cemetery in Glasgow
Thomas Reid trust
Probate of Thomas Reid - £186,180