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Williamson's Show Rooms, Petley Place, Tain
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Williamson's Show Rooms, Petley Place, Tain

We think this picture dates to 1914-15. The sign says "Williamson's China Crystal & Stoneware Show Rooms". These were obviously part of this house in Petley Street. The picture also shows Mrs Margaret Williamson (nee Honeyman) with her grandson, Henry Cross Williamson, aged 5 or 6. Henry Williamson became a lorry driver at the HM Dockyard,in Invergordon and lived in Barbaraville.
Picture added on 07 February 2006
Would Joe Williamson who worked in Tain Motors until about 1966/7 before emigrating to Canada be the same family?
Added by Pat Swanson on 11 February 2006
Joe is in fact the son of Jospeh Williamson snr, Henrys brother.
Added by Margaret Davison on 09 May 2006
Petley Place, Tain was the house that I was born in, I worked in (TAIN MTRS)untill 1966.Also! you will notice that the Rain downpipes are made of (cast iron) and the joints were sealed with putty.
The Lady in the picture is Margaret Williamson, but! I question that the child is Henry Williamson, it is possible that the child is Joseph Williamson, who! was the oldest of the two brothers, and my father.
Added by Joseph (JOE)Williamson in Canada. on 17 May 2006
Margaret Honeyman married Joseph Williamson 3 June 1862 at Inverness. Joseph and Margaret operated a China Shop at Ardesier Inverness in 1881 and were operating the China Shop at #2 Petley Place Tain before 1891.
Added by George Peebles on 01 February 2007
the woman in the photo is my grandmother's grandmother-my name is James McDonald-Maryland U.S.A.
Added by JAMES MCDONALD on 19 May 2007
Hi, My name is Peter John Hall of Brisbane Queensland Australia. I was born a williamson son of Clifford Phillip Andrew Williamson who was a son of Joseph Williamson (my Grandfather & brother of Henry). Joseph settled & married Marie after migrating to Melbourne Australia we believe after the Boer War. Another Brother of Joseph was Andrew who we beleive also migrated to Australia after the Boer War & settled in Queenscliiff near Melbourne. Clifford Phillip Andrew father of The Down Under Clan had 6 Kids (4 Dec) myself & Brother Arthur remain + offsprings. Our Great Grand Parents were Joseph Williamson & Margaret Honeyman. We would LUV to here from u all. I am intouch with Chris from UK.
Added by Peter John Hall on 31 March 2014
Hi, My name is Joe Williamson, brother of Christopher, I live in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, the picture above is where I was born and brought up(Petley Place, in Tain).
The Joseph Williamson And Margaret Honeyman, who you talk of are of the same family, and to let you know I managed to have the (original painted pictures) of both these folks here in Canada.
If you would like to see these pictures, I can send these by (E) mail, after I have a talk with Chris,
in London U, K,
Added by Joseph (JOE) Williamson on 07 April 2014
Hi Peter, My great grandfather was James Williamson (1848-1898) brother to your Joseph Williamson (1844-1906). Their parents were John Williamson(1806-1859) and Elizabeth Jamieson. John and Elizabeth had at least 9 children. James was married twice, first to Hannah McDonald and they had a daughter Isabella born 1868. James married Cecilia Morrell(1860-1951) in 1877. Cecilia gave birth to eight children, five survived to adulthood; Cecilia b.1885, Elizabeth b. 1887, James b. 1889, Daniel b. 1892 and Josephine b. 1895. Cecilia Williamson emigrated to British Columbia Canada in 1922 along with her daughter Cecilia, and sons James and Daniel. Her daughters Elizabeth and Josephine remained in Scotland.

Added by George Peebles on 07 April 2014
Hi to you all from Sunny Queensland Australia. Thank you Cousin Joe & Cousin George for the info it makes me very happy to be able to communicate with our distant relatives far & wide. Joe, I have copies of Joseph Williamson & Marg Honeyman sent to me by Chris. I hope that we can cotact each other direct. Thank you to web page Tain.Through.Time
Regards to all from Peter & Arthur "The Down Under Clan".
Added by Peter John Hall on 09 April 2014
Hi. I am the current owner of the house in the picture. I can tell you from the records that came with the house that Joseph Williamson Snr. Purchased the house on the 4th June 1888 from a merchant in Tain by the name of George Stewart for £100. Bargain.
Added by Alastair Ansbro on 21 March 2015
Hi from "The Down Under Clan". Research has been on going on our Grand father Joseph & his Brother Andrew both who migrated to Aust. Joseph & Marie had 5 Kids -Joseph William Claude 1892/93 -Ronald 1893/93 -Mary Louise 1895/1937 -Clifford Phillip Andrew 1898/1966 -Margaret 1905/1990. Joseph died 1932 @ Brighton & buried with Mary @ St Kilda Vic.
Andrew Williamson 1870-28/6/1934 & wife Charlotte Elizabeth Linn 1870-14/11/1934, they married 1910 no kids. Andrew died @ Ballarat Vic & Charlotte died @ Queenscliff Vic, both buried together @ Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula South West of Melbourne. Note: All grave sites have been respectfully visited by my wife & self Dec 2014.
Added by Peter J. (Williamson) Hall on 11 April 2015
George Stewart was the brother in law of Joseph Williamson
Anonymous comment added on 21 February 2016
Hi, My great grandfather was James Williamson (1848-1898) the brother of Joseph Williamson (1844-1906) who had the shop at Petley Place, Tain. James Williamson and Cecilia Morrell had my grandmother Elizabeth Williamson (1887- 1955).
James and Joseph Williamson also had a brother William Williamson (1841-1925). William Williamson married Jessie Jamieson and they had a son John Williamson (1864-1931),my great grandfather, who married Ann Winter and they had a son John Williamson (1885-1958) my grandfather.
Elizabeth Williamson (1887-1955) married John Williamson (1885-1958 ) at Dundee in 1906. So one of the brothers James is my great grandfather and his brother William is my 2 x great grandfather.
John Williamson (1885-1958) and Elizabeth Williamson (1887-1955) settled at Rothesay on the Isle of Bute and they had 10 children. One of these children was my mother Elizabeth Jamieson Williamson (1920-2012).
Elizabeth Jamieson Williamson married George Aaron Nelson Burden at Rothesay in 1942. George was from Kent, England and was stationed on the Isle of Bute for a while during WW2. They settled at Woolwich, London where I was born in 1952.
Added by Liz Carty on 12 February 2018
Hi Elizabeth Carty..Please advise if & where in UK or USA you reside as I am again Growing my tree..
My tree is.. Williamson Down Under Clan.
Regards: Peter J.(Williamson)Hall
Added by Peter J. Hall on 21 February 2018
This is so intetesting. My dad was Peter McAlister Whiteford Williamson. Born in 1924 at Rothesay. I am in touch with the family in Canada and England.
Added by John Williamson on 20 March 2018
Liz lives in England. My dad Peter visited cousins in Australia years ago. I grew up in Vancouver, Canada.
Added by Johnwilliamsonsd@gmailcom on 10 September 2018
Hello Peter and John, I have only just got the notification of a reply. I would have answered sooner otherwise. I know John as he is my first cousin. I live in Essex in England and have been researching my family tree on Ancestry. Nice to be in touch. Maybe we can help one another with information
Added by Liz Carty on 13 September 2018
My great great grandfather was Stephen Byers 1867, parents Alexander Byers, mother Jessie Marshall, Stephen Married Johanna Williamson 1867, Johanna is not the mother of my great grandmother Jessie Byers yet, I’m related to both Stephen and his wife Johanna. Any ideas ?
Added by Warren Smith on 29 August 2019
Joseph Williamson would have been my great, great grandad. I only discovered this recently. If any of you have photographs i'd love to see them.
Added by Scott Manson on 15 February 2021
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