JOHN MCWILLIAMS parents are presently unknown.
According to his son Thomas' death certificate, John was a 'Cotton Weaver'.
Thomas' death certificate also gives his father's name as 'Williams' - but
this is probably an error.
Family legend has it that the McWilliams came from Ireland, descended from
an Irish princess who fled from her family with her lover. The accuracy of
this account has yet to be confirmed...
MARY MATHERS was born in County Armagh, Ireland, about 1778.
Daughter of JOSEPH MATHER, Gardener, and MARY HODGE. (Ref. her death
certificate, GROS Ref. 1855, 627, 21)
Mary is in Culloch Burn, Cambuslang on the 1841 census, under her maiden
name. Her occupation is Cotton Winder.
John is believed to have died in Cambuslang in 1832. There is a mortcloth record
for 'John McWilliam', died of cholera, dated 7th September 1832.
Mary appears to have remarried at some point, to William Allan, a Cotton Weaver.
The OPR index has an entry for William Allan and Mary Mather in Cambuslang on
the 27th of September 1834. (OPR Ref. 627/2, FR356) It is unlikely that
there were any children from this marriage.
William Allan died before 1855. He may have died before 1841 - he is not
with Mary on the 1841 census.
Mary died a pauper in lodgings at Bushyhill, Cambuslang, on the 13th of April
1855. Her death certificate gives her maiden name as MATHER, and her previously
married name as MCWILLIAM. She was buried in Cambuslang Churchyard.