Alice Halliday was born on 28 January 1861 in Catteral, Garstang, Lancashire, England to parents George Halliday and Mary Hodson14. At that time her father was a jobber at a cotton mill and her mother was a spinner. A jobber is a person that buys and sells, a middleman. She was baptised on 31 March 1861 in Garstang15.
In 1861, at 10 weeks old, she was living with her parents in Catteral, Caldervale, Garstang, Lancashire, England16.
When she was nine years old she was living in Glasgow with her father only a couple of streets away from the Clyde River1. At this time it was likely that her mother was already deceased. It must have been lonely for a young girl living as a lodger in a larger tenement building and being home schooled.. Her father was listed as a wine merchant. At that time, Glasgow was one of the wealthiest cities, but also was riddled with social problems and poverty.
In 1881, Alice was living as a boarder at 60 Brown Street and working as a warehouse girl16.
By the time she married William Ross in 1886, she was living on Regent Street in Glasgow, very near George Square and across the Clyde River and working as a birth inspector5. During that time, the square was surrounded by Georgian townhouses and was a mercantile centre and a public space. They were married at her place of residence by the banns of the Scottish Free Church. Glasgow was a city of contrasts with the rich living well and the poor living poor. So much so that if you walked down the street, you could tell who was rich as they were taller, up to 4″ taller by the time they were fourteen13.
William and Alice continued to live in Glasgow and Rutherglen throughout their married lives3,4. During this time they had eight children, three girls and five boys. One son, Halliday, died tragically within 2 weeks after he was born having a bout of meningitis8. Another son, James died at 17 from bronchial pneumonia9. The remaining three boys. Willie, George and Charles, all lived to be married and have children, and all worked in the shipping industry according to family information. Two of the three daughters, Annie11and Alice12never married. Annie worked as a cotton weaver and Alice as a teacher. Their third daughter Jessie, a dressmaker, married at 4410.
Alice outlived William by 10 years and died of cancer on 10 June 1942 at the age of 81 years6,7.
1Census. 1871. Scotland. Laureston, Glasgow. 644/10/96/16. http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk: accessed 2017.
2Census. 1891. Scotland. Glasgow. 644/3 24/6, p. 6.http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk: accessed 11 December 2017.
3Census. 1901. Scotland. Rutherglen. 654/15/15, p 15. http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk: accessed 2017.
4Census. 1911. Scotland. Rutherglen. 654/11/24, p. 24 http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk: accessed 23 October 2017.
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6Deaths (CR) Scotland. Rutherglen, Lanark. 10 June 1942. ROSS, Alice. 654/126. http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk:
7Monumental Inscriptions. Scotland. Rutherglen cemetary, Rutherglen. 03 Feb 1932. ROSS, Alice. https://billiongraves.com/grave/William-Ross/12868728: accessed 10 December 2017.
8Deaths (CR) Scotland. Rutherglen, Lanark. 23 August 1900. ROSS, Halliday. 654/269. http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk: accessed 2017.
9Deaths (CR) Scotland. Rutherglen, Lanark. 9 July 1901. ROSS, James. 654/442. http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk: accessed 2017.
10Marriages (CR) Scotland. Rutherglen, Lanark. 24 February 1937. PATTIE, Robert and Ross, Jessie. 654/54. http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk: accessed 2018.
11Deaths (CR) Scotland. Rutherglen, Lanark. 6 December 1964. ROSS, Annie. 654/200. http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk: accessed 2018.
12Deaths (CR) Scotland. Rutherglen, Lanark. 7 May 1950. ROSS, Alice. 654/136. http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk: accessed 2018.
14Births (CR) England. Catteral, Garstang, Lancaster. 28 January 1861. HALLIDAY, Alice. No. 403.
15Baptisms (PR) England. Garstang, Lancashire. 31 March 1861. HOLLIDAY, Alice. No. 1859. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99G9-F2QS?i=949&cat=623039: accessed March 2019.
16Census. 1861. England. Catteral, Caldervale, Garstang, Lancashire. http://www.ancestry.ca: accessed March 2019.
17Census. 1881. Scotland. Barony, Calton, Glasgow. 644/16/6, p 6. http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk: accessed December 2018.