The Campbells

William Adam's wife, Margaret Campbell, was the eldest of 13 children. She was born on 28th April, 1801. After Margaret, ten sons were born before finally, the two youngest, Janet and Elizabeth, appeared.

Two of her brothers,born on 23rd August, 1810, were twins. They were named William and Andrew. The middle names of my twin sons are, coincidentally, William and Andrew.

In February, 1838, the West of Scotland Funeral Society was instituted. This was a form of insurance to defray the cost of family funerals. All members of the immediate family had to be included on this list, otherwise they had "no claim for Funeral Money".


Margaret's father was James Campbell, who, like Margaret's husband, was a shawl weaver. On 29th October, 1799, at Low Paisley, he married Janet Gray.

On the back of a printed invitation to a funeral, dated 27th December,1838, the address 46 Broomlands Street, where William and Margaret would go to live, a "List of James Campbell's family" was written: