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James Whitton

James Whitton

Male 1851 - 1925  (74 years)

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  • Name James Whitton 
    Born 14 Sep 1851  Methven, Perth Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 Oct 1925  Bellahouston House, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I290  Whitton
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2019 

    Father Peter Whitton,   b. 22 Feb 1822, Alyth Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1896, The Gardens, Methven Castle, ref 380-36 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Helen Moncur Isles,   b. 16 May 1819, Alyth c 5-6 Coupar Angus Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1896, The Garden, Methven Castle Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 9 Jun 1849  Methven or 11th June Coupar Angus Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F248  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Agnes Boyd,   b. 8 Jun 1847, Earlston, Berwick Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1932, 9 Moray Place, Pollockshields Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 1876  St Giles Edinburgh Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Peter Isles Whitton,   b. 23 Nov 1877, Coltness, Wishaw, Cambusnethan, Lanark 628-850 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1915, Dardenells, Turkey, Buried in Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)  [natural]
     2. Mary Elizabeth Whitton,   b. 1880, Cambusnethan, Lanark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1943, 9 Moray Place, Pollock, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F247  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • at 1861 census at Methven reference 380-00007-000007
      in 1881 at Garden Lodge, Cambusnethan, Lanark
      a Head Gardener with family
      at 1891 census at Gamis ref 289-03-007
      at 1901 census at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, Superintendant of Public Parks
      responsible for a number of parks in Scotland including one in Dunfermline
      also present was a Mary Purves aged 41 a widow b Earlston an Annuitant
      informant at brother William's death in 1901 address given as Bellahouston Park, Glasgow.
      at 1911 census at Pollockshields, Glasgow ref 644/18-027/00-001

      An extract from an Orienteering web page states

      Ruchill Park History:

      Acquired in 1892. 52 acres in area.

      The artificial mound, topped by the flagpole,
      was formed from 24,000 cart loads of material.
      It is known locally as "Ben Whitton" after
      Mr.James Whitton who was then Head of

      3 play areas. Extensive views of Campsie Fells and
      Ben Lomond.
      Location details:
      Ruchill - Glasgow G20
      Bounded by Bilsland Dv.(B808),
      Murano St. & Benview St.
      Grid Ref. NS 579 681

      extract from whos who in Glasgow 1909

      The Superintendent of the Public Parks of Glasgow is a native of Perthshire. He was born at Methven Castle, where for fifty years his father was head gardener. After receiving a sound training in "the oldest profession on earth," and acting for some years as foreman at Glamis Castle, he spent eleven years as head gardener with Mr. Houldsworth at Coltness, in the parish of Cambusnethan. Thence he returned as head gardener to Glamis till, in 1893, he was appointed to his present position.

      Mr. Whitton has under his charge at present no fewer than 1,230 acres of open spaces and to this have recently been added the grounds at Thornliebank and the great estate of Ardgoil (14,650 acres) on Loch Long, which have been presented to the city by Mr. Cameron Corbett, M.P. These pleasure spaces include fifteen public parks, sixteen minor open spaces, and six ancient burying grounds. The parks, with their areas and dates of acquisition, are as follows: - Glasgow Green, 136 acres, 1662-1792; Kelvingrove, 66 acres, 1852-4; lands of Clayslaps, Overnewton, and Kelvinbank (now part of Kelvingrove), 9 acres, 1881; Queen's Park, 90 acres, 1857; Camphill (now part of same), 58 acres, 1894; Alexandra Park, 74 acres, 1869; lands of Kennyhill (now part of same), 40 acres, 1891; Cathkin Braes, 49 acres, 1886; Botanic Gardens, 21½ acres, 1891; banks of Kelvin (now part of same), 18½ acres, 1892-96; Maxwell Park, 21 acres, 1891; Springburn Park, 56 acres, 1892; Maryhill, 5½ acres, 1892; Ruchill, 53 acres, 1892; Govanhill Grounds, 4 acres, 1894; Bunhouse Grounds, 6½ acres, 1895; Bellahouston, 178 acres, 1895; Tollcross, 84 acres, 1897; Richmond Park, 44 acres, 1898.

      Among these grounds Mr. Whitton has had the task of laying out Maryhill, Springburn, Ruchill, Camphill, Richmond, and Tollcross Parks. He has also had the onerous duty of restoring Glasgow Green and Kelvingrove Park to artistic conditions after the railway excavations, and of returning the grounds of Kelvingrove into their original order after their complete dishevelment for the Exhibition of 1901. During the same year the Botanic Gardens were put under his management. Of late years, partly under compulsion of the untoward conditions of outside gardening in an atmosphere like that of Glasgow, Mr. Whitton has largely developed the display of gardening under glass. The earliest adventure in this direction, the large block of propagating houses at Camphill, has not only proved extremely popular and instructive - as many as seven thousand visitors frequently pass through the houses in a day - but also profitable as a means of raising plants for the open air. This was followed by the winter garden of the People's Palace on Glasgow Green, opened by Lord Rosebery in 1898. The glass houses in Tollcross Park came next; and they were followed by the splendid gift, by Messrs. Reid of Hydepark Locomotive Works, of the winter garden in Springburn Park. Besides these must now be counted the oldest of all, the fine Kibble Palace and conservatories in the Botanic Gardens.

      To manage all this, Mr. Whitton has a staff of 285 men, and on occasion these have more than enough to do. During the International Exhibition, for example, the department had the heavy strain of installing and keeping up the horticultural embellishment of Kelvingrove; and when distinguished visitors are entertained by the Corporation, the special displays for the occasion are sometimes on a sumptuous scale. These labours, however, seldom fail to secure the gardener's best reward - the admiration of the guests entertained. When Her Majesty, Queen Alexandra, saw the splendours of floral decoration within the City Chambers in May. 1893, she expressed the feelings of many a humble visitor in the exclamation, "How beautiful! how marvellously beautiful!"

      Left £6849 at death