The Piggots

The following chronology of the Piggot side of the Family is provided ( in brackets ) with some context in term of historical events at the dates give in the wider world of Scotland and beyond.

The earliest recorded Piggots are as follows:

  • Great, great, great, great, great grandfather Alexander Piggot was born in 1704 at Kingoldrum near Forfar. He married in 1729 his wife – not named – was born in 1708. (Information provided by Brian Piggot, Toronto.)( 1707 – the Union of Scotland and England under one Parliament and Monarch. This situation to last until 2005 when the Scvottish Parliament was re – established. )

    An Alexander Piggot – a relative perhaps – is recorded in the ‘The Jacobites of Angus’ by David Dobson, a publication listing the Jacobites in the area and what happened to them. He was born in Kingoldrum in 1721 and was a workman at Bridgend. Perhaps working for a Mrs Lyons of Brigdend. He was a soldier in the 1745 Jacobite army and was made a prisoner in Inverness after Culloden and subsequently taken to London from where in 1747 he was transported to Jamaica in a ship called Carteret or the St George on 31 March 1747.
    Another Alexander Piggot is recorded (he maybe the same fellow) as being a servant of Mrs Lyon of Bridgend and a soldier of Ogilvy’s Regiment and a prisoner.
    ( 1745 – The last land battle in Scotland at Culloden Moor near Inverness say the end of the Stewart dynasty’s attempt to regain the British monarchy. )
  • Great, great, great, great grandfather John Piggot born 1733 in Kingoldrum married May Chalmers on 15th December 1757. His siblings were James, Patrick and William. (Information provided by Brian Piggot, Toronto.)( 1757 -Battle of Plassey: British victory of Bengal over the French in India. Beginning of the empire in the east. )
  • Great, great, great grandfather Thomas Piggot was born in 1767. He married Anne Anderson. His siblings were William, Janet and David. (Information provided by Brian Piggot, Toronto.)
  • Great Great Grandfather James Piggot was born on 26 December 1810 to Thomas and Anne and became a grain miller. His siblings were Jean, Margory, May, Betty, William and Anne.

    ( 1810 – Napoleon dominated nearly all of Europe. Belgium, vast territories of Germany, Holland, Italy, Westphalia and Spain had all been annexed. Napoleon’s “Grand Empire” also included Austria, Prussia, Russia, Sweden and Denmark.)

    James described as a “miller” living in Duntocher near Patrick , Glasgow, married Margaret Graham described as living in Hardgate, on 21st September 1838 at Old or West Kilpatrick. Guthrie Piggot recalls being told that Margaret smoked a pipe.

Could this photograph be of James and Margaret with Great Grandmother Annie Galbraith? Dog were always a feature of the male Piggots life down to Grandfather Tom.

(1837 – Queen Victoria comes to the Throne. )

  • Great Grandfather Tom Piggot
    This is a photograph of a photograph that adorned the wall of the Board Room at Wylie Bar & Ross Ltd’s Sunshine Biscuit Factory, Paisley Road, Glasgow. The factory was located in Paisley Road West next to or behind the Public Library. Great Grandfather was a director of the company. This photograph was provided by Guthrie Piggot – son of Tom Piggot eldest son of Gandfather Piggot.

    Born 1839 son of James Piggot and Margaret Piggot ( nee Graham )

    Thomas aged 23 married Annie Galbraith – aged 19 – on 13 June 1862 at the Free Church of Scotland at 7 West Bothell Street in Gorbals in Anderston District, Glasgow. Minister was Rev Robert Bremner. Both were living at 29 Melville Street Tradeston at the time of the wedding.
    Their respective parents signed the marriage certificate, as follows:

    James Piggot and Margaret Piggot (nee Graham). James described as “grain miller”.

    William Galbraith (hand loom weaver) and Ann Galbraith

    (nee Mc Murray ).

    Thomas Piggot was described as a “Baker Journeyman” and his new wife as a “Power loom weaver”. The certificate was witnessed by William Piggot and Agnes McMurray – presumably siblings.

    ( 1862 – The second battle of Bull Run was fought in July 1862. The Confederate army defeated the Union Army decisively.)

    In the 1871 Census they are living at 64 Gloucester Street in Govan, Glasgow. Thomas is a “Baker Journeyman” and Ann is described as a “Bakers Wife”. The family includes Margaret – aka as Maggie Henderson – aged 8 , James ( 6 ), Ann (4) William (2 ) and Thomas (1).

    In the 1891 census, Thomas is described as foreman of bakery works living in the St George’s District of Edinburgh in a 6 apartment house – i.e. 6 rooms with windows. Family listed as Thomas aged 51, and Jesse ( aka Annie ) aged 48 and Thomas ( Grandfather Thomas aged16) described as “apprentice baker”, Nellie and Willie both described as “scholars” being still at school. Also living in the house Maggie Henderson described as “grand daughter”. Uncle Arnie in September 2005 remembered Jesse, Lizzie, Ann, James and Willie as the siblings of Thomas.
    ( 1891 Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera )

    Presumably James – see below – was married and out of the parental home. Thomas was a great walker and took part in the Victorian sport of ‘pedestrianism’ according to Guthrie Piggot. This involved a purse being put up for the fastest walk between two cities. Other family stories recall Thomas was a middle weigh amateur boxing Champion of Scotland and was sports editor of the Glasgow Herald. Guthrie recalls his father Tom describing his grandfather Tom being a ‘stern member of the Presbyterian church’. He worked for a large biscuit maker because he had a good understanding – highly valued at the time – of the very new way of mass biscuit production. One of the sons of the owner put one of the factory girls in the family way. The owner paid her off. This offended Thomas and he felt he could no longer work for the company. He left and with Wylie’s capital, Barr’s legal knowledge and Ross’s selling skills founded the Sunshine Bakery in Paisley Road Glasgow.

  • Thomas died on 25th October 1914 at 21 Clifford Road, Glasgow aged 75.
    Death described as caused by “ Paralysis – Repeated shocks” (presumably strokes) over the period of a year. Death registered on 26th October by his son Thomas Piggot living at
    7 Park Road, Govan.
    ( Great Britain declares war of Germany to commence WW1 )

  • James Piggot, Thomas’s brother and the son of Thomas and Ann Galbraith died aged 53 on 22 July 1917 at Newington Terrace, Broughty Ferry near Dundee. The cause of death was a a ‘cardiac failure’ presumably brought on by his tumour of the larynx. ( Information provided by Brian Piggot) He was married to Agnes Anderson.The group shown below  we believe are  James, Agnes and their family. Their names were Christina, Annie and Agnes. The family stayed in India for some time – presumably James had a job there – before returning to Broughty Ferry. We see Anne in pith helmet  in this picture taken from the book she wrote ‘Pen Pictures from India’ published in 1928.  It would appear that Anne took her religion very seriously to the extent that she went back to India, to Orissa State – to work in a Church of Christ Mission which included an orphanage at Daltonganji.

Her grandfather James Anderson was a well known evangelist in the Slamanan district of West Lothian.
The photograph below is of James and his wife on there 50th wedding anniversary. An image found recently by Brian Piggot.

For more on James Anderson his autobiography and philosophy see web site

  • Great Grandmother Piggot
  • The Piggot Family ( c 1920 )
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    Grandfather Tom Piggot. Here he is en famillie. Don’t they all look totally up tight. Just look at the back row of Leslie, Margory and Tom Jnr. Not to mention Jessie on the left. Tom senior’s body language says it all.
  • The tension /anxiety in the family shows in this photograph wouldn’t you say? Leslie had a stutter as a young man and overcame it without the assistance of his father. He was a good swimmer and athlete and followed his father into the bakery business ( The Sunshine Bakery ) as did Tom Jnr before him.

  • Tom Piggot
    Born 11 May 1874 at 64 Gloucester Street, Glasgow. Birth registered on 28th May 1874, by Great Grandfather Thomas Piggot.
    ( In 1874 Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace.)

    A previous infant christened Thomas born in 1870 had died of scarlet fever in 1873. Tom married Jesse Leslie in Parish of Cathcart on 13th July 1900 while living at 157 St Andrew’s Road, Glasgow. Thomas Piggot snr. described on Marriage Certificate as a “ Biscuit Manufacturer”. Certificate witnessed by Arnot Leslie and Grace Leslie.

    In 1901 Census they are living at 11 Kirkwood Street Glasgow. In a three apartment house i.e. with three rooms having windows. Thomas described as a foreman baker.
    This image of Tom Jessie and Tom Jnr and Kathie was provided by Janice Sinclair.


    ( 1901 – Queen Victoria dies having reigned for 64 years. )

  • Some other images of Grandfather Piggot in more recent times – courtesy of Janice Sinclair.

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  • Grandmother Jessie Piggot
    Pictured with Jim Piggot after at the end of the WW2.
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    Jesse Piggot’s parents were John Leslie and Catherine Matthews. John and Catherine were married in Brechin near Forfar on 28 June 1871. John was 25 and his bride 23 years old. William Leslie witnessed the marriage certificate.

    John was born in Gorbals, Glasgow, on 15 May 1846.
    John Leslie was described in the marriage certificate as a “printer compositor”. He went on to work for the Glasgow Herald. He was said to have become a sports editor. John Leslie by 1900 had died. His last address was
    960 Pollockshaws Road, Glasgow. John is described as a “newspaper manager”.
    John Leslie’s parents were Arnot and Grace ( nee Combs ) Leslie. Catherine’s parents were George and Jesse ( nee Rattray ) Matthews.

    Grace Leslie – a Great aunt – lived in Rutherglen. Remaining a spinster until her death in the early 1960’s. There was a suggestion of a “drink problem” which was said to be a feature of the Leslie branch. Great Uncle Arnot was referred to by his namesake Uncle Arnie Piggot as having a problem in this respect.

    Jessie Rattray Leslie PiggotGrandmother

    Born 28 March 1876 in Glasgow. Jesse, aged 24,married Thomas Piggot on
    13th July 1900. She was living at 960 Pollockshaws Road, Glasgow and is described in their Marriage Certificate as a “clerk”.

    Jessie died on
    17 March 1949. Cause of death recorded as a “cerebral neoplasm” or brain tumour.
    ( In 1949 the novel ‘1984’  by George Orwell  published for the first time. Apartheid came into effect in South Africa. )

    Jessie’s parents were John Leslie and Catherine Matthews.
    John Leslie, born on
    15 May 1846.
    John Leslie, aged 25, and Catherine Matthews, aged 23, were married in Brechin on 28th June in 1871. John is describe on their marriage Certificate as a “printer compositor” and Catherine is describes as a “baker’s shop woman”. Catherine lived at
    58 High Street, Brechin. John at 48 Bedford Street, Laurieston, Govan.

    Jessie’s Grandparents were Arnot Leslie and Grace Combs.
    Arnot in 1871 described as a “Tailor (Master)”. Arnot and Grace had a son Arnot, born on
    10th May 1840 in the Parish of Gorbals, Glasgow.

    Her other grandparents George Matthews and Jesse Rattray. George described in 1871 as a “handloom weaver”.

  • Thomas Piggot ( Junior )
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    Tom was the eldest son – Kathie was the eldest child I think – and he took up a career in the baking industry, finally leaving the family firm to work with Cadbury’s pre WW2 and in his late twenties or early thirties. There seems to have been some friction between him and his father. This is a photgraph – provided by his son Guthrie Piggot – of Tom in late middle age as a senior manager in Cadburys.
  • Kathie Piggot
    Kathie married Jimmy Jameson and had a son Kenny Jameson.
  • Marjory Piggot
  • Marjory married a dairy farmer John Cuthbertson. Prior to her marriage she worked at the Glasgow Herald where he Uncle John Leslie was on the staff.
    Aunt Marjory in her late fifties with her grand daughter. Aunt was a heavy smoker and our memories of her are with a cigarette never far a way even in later life.

  • John Leslie Piggot
  • Jim Piggot
    Jim was born on 18th March 1913 in the Ibrox area of Glasgow. He attended Bellahouston Academy. When he left school he served his time as an apprentice joiner becoming and Master Tradesman. As a young man he had a keen interest in motor bikes was well as sailing and he often accompanied his father on his motor launch Torsa. In 1938 he joined the Corp of Military Police as a Territorial and in 1939 he was called up and ended up in North Africa. He quickly rose through the ranks and after holding every non commissioned rank ending up as a Regimental Sargent Major Class1. Jim described it as “the rank next to God”. He turned down a commission on more than one occasion.In 1941 he married Flo Laird while on leave from North Africa. In 1943 he was awarded the British Empire Medal and was twice mentioned in dispatches. In a letter from the Assistant Provost Marshall of 111 Provost Company written in Naples in 1945 he writes, ‘His ( Jim’s ) faultless turn out, his grasp of all and every situation, his command of men and his capacity to deal with officers of all ranks in difficult circumstances have been the admiration of all and his sobriety and honesty are beyond question.’ Text provided by Janice Sinclair.
  • Jim1939.jpg
    This photograph taken of Jim in 1938? On the Torsa cruise perhaps? ( see Cruise of the Torsa Log )
    Jim’s BEM was awarded in acknowledgement of good soldiering but in particular for Jim’s role in joining up the 1st Army and the 8th Army in North Africa. Sent out to find the 8th Army, Jim’s unit got lost! – Arnie recalls – only to ‘find’ the 8th Army advanced units and ‘lead’ them to the rendezvous with the 1st Army.
  • In June 2010 we were able to trace Jim’s citation for his BEM.

  • Arnot Piggot
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    Uncle Arnie ( Jock ) and Aunt Mon ( Monica ) on their wedding day.
    All the brothers seemed to be keen on motorcycles in their younger days.
  • ArnieonBike.jpgHere’s Arnie on a pretty racey looking machine belonging to Jim .
    Arnie’s war was spent in the military police like Jim.

  • Arnie and Jim were in France in 1940 at the fall of France.

    They were in the same unit of the Military Police and were present at the evacuation of troops form Cherbourg. Arnie had a hand in the destruction of military vehicles – all brand new – having just arrived from Britain for the use of the 52 Highland Division. This division were all captured as they had formed the rearguard to the evacuation.
    The last ship out had Jim and Arnie on it. When the troops discovered that their officers on board had stowed away their wine cellar they were incensed. As a result the ship lay off
    Southampton for several hours as the troops had a party with the offending wine.
    In the weeks before D Day in 1944, 52nd Division were isolated pre invasion on Fulham Football stadium. Some soldiers broke through gates using grass rolling equipment and went ‘on the town’ with the French Francs they had been issued with – they were rounded up by Arnie and his colleagues.

  • Arnie went ashore on D+3 with the 52nd Division at Aramanche. The division went in land via Bayou as Caen had not yet fallen.

  • Arnie was in the Quartermaster section and described the ‘power’ that this gave him over officers and men alike. Being in charge of supplies was being a unique advantage in war time. Like Jim he never took opportunities to be commissioned. This experience of supply and logistics stood him – he believed – in good stead in his post war managerial career.

In the meantime on the home front Leslie was keeping the Sunshine Bakery going and fire watching at night.

One thought on “The Piggots

  1. Hello,
    Could you get me a copy ,somehow, of the Piggot family photo circa 1920 I have got one of the Cuthbertson famiy (8) circa 1920 too, which I have had framed.
    Cheers ,

    PS Congratulations to my namesake for his efforts at the Games. Did he get a medal?

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