Facts and Events
WILLIAM BLACK was born at 12:30 PM on 16 Oct 1868 at Partick, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He was born to Matthew Black a Dock Laborer and Margaret Hagerty, in the Partick district of Glasgow Scotland. Partick is on the north bank of the Clyde just west of the center of Glasgow. His parents lived at 166 Castlebank Street when he was born and had lived at least since their marriage. Both of his parents came over from Ireland sometime before they were married. The Irish potato famine occurred from 1845 to 1852 when his parents were children, so it is possible they emigrated from Ireland to escape it. William's mother Margaret was 23 when he was born and had been married for four years.S2 He was the oldest surviving child in his family. His parents lost two sons before him. There were eight children in all, five boys and three girls.
He married Agnes Cunningham, daughter of Charles Cunningham and Mary Milroy, on 18 Oct 1894 at Partick, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, at the age of 26. William and Agnes lived in Glasgow their entire lives, raising a family of eight children, 6 boys and two girls.
Various records list William's occupation as a "Saw Doctor". A Saw Doctor made, repaired, maintained and sharpened a wide range of cutting tools and saw blades and also maintained and aligned mechanical parts of a range of production machines. This is still a living occupation today. William's father was a dock laborer when Glasgow was becoming a key center for the building of iron ships at the time in history when iron ships were beginning to replace wooden ones. William would spend his entire life in those same shipyards so his father most likely introduced him to the industry. Shipbuilding became a major industry on the Clyde, building many famous ships including the Cunard liners RMS Lusitania and RMS Aquitania. William may very well have worked on those ships. By the end of the 19th century the city was known as the "Second City of the Empire" and was producing most of the ships and locomotives in the world.
William died of Cardiovascular degeneration, Cerebral Thrombosis at 8:45 PM on 16 May 1958 at Partick, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, at age 89. William died a year to the day after his wife Agnes. He lived at 31 Thornwood Road, still living in Partick, Glasgow. Son William signed the death certificate.S6 He lived a few blocks away at the time on 64 Laurel street. Dr J. Wright certified both William's and Agnes' death.