Thursday, 14 August 2014

Drooko!

“Drooko” was the trading name of Joseph Wright, Glasgow umbrella maker.


His parents, James Wright and Margaret Kelly Shearer were married
in Paisley on 29th August 1831.

Joseph was born between 1846 and 1849 in Airdrie, Lanarkshire.

He can be found living with his parents and siblings at 50 Stirling Street, Airdrie
although the 1851 Census states ‘New Monkland’

James Wright, Head, age 40, Hairdresser, born Paisley, Renfrewshire
Margaret Wright, Wife, age 37, born Paisley, Renfrewshire
John Wright, Son, age 15, born Paisley, Renfrewshire
Margaret Wright, Daughter, age 5, born Airdrie
William Wright, Son, age 3, born Airdrie
Joseph Wright, Son, age 2, born Airdrie


James Wright, Head, age 40, Hairdresser, born Paisley, Renfrewshire
Margaret Wright, Wife, age 37, born Paisley, Renfrewshire
John Wright, Son, age 15, born Paisley, Renfrewshire
Margaret Wright, Daughter, age 5, born Airdrie
William Wright, Son, age 3, born Airdrie
Joseph Wright, Son, age 2, born Airdrie

By 1861, the family which had expanded, had moved a few miles west
and were living at ‘Bank Buildings’ Coatbridge

James Wright, Head, age 50, Hairdresser, born Paisley, Renfrewshire
Margaret Wright, Wife, age 48, born Paisley, Renfrewshire
Margaret Wright, Daughter, age 15, born Airdrie
William Wright, Son, age 14, born Airdrie
Joseph Wright, Son, age 12, born Airdrie
James Wright, Son, age 9, born Airdrie
Catherine Wright, Daughter, age 7, born Airdrie

Joseph’s elder brother John had married and was living with his wife
Margaret at 54 Stirling Street, Airdrie.

10 years later, in 1871, Joseph was still living at home with his parents
At Main Street, Coatbridge – this may or may not have been ‘Bank Buildings’.

James Wright, Head, age 60, Hairdresser, born Paisley, Renfrewshire
Margaret Wright, Wife, age 58, born Paisley, Renfrewshire
Margaret Wright, Daughter, age 25, Shopwoman, born Airdrie
Joseph Wright, Son, age 22, Barber, born Airdrie
James Wright, Son, age 20, Shopman, born Airdrie
Catherine Wright, Daughter, age18, Shopwoman, born Airdrie

Joseph’s mother Margaret Shearer died at Academy Street, Coatbridge
on 1st May 1874, aged 63 years.

Academy Street, Coatbridge

The remaining family are Academy Street on the 1881 Census
as follows:

James Wright, Head, age 60, Portioner, born Paisley, Renfrewshire
Margaret Wright, Daughter, age 35, Draper, born Airdrie
Joseph Wright, Son, age 32, Umbrella Manufacturer, born Airdrie
James Wright, Son, age 30, Fancy Goods Merchant, born Airdrie

On 6th March 1884, Joseph aged 35 married Agnes Cowan aged 23,
of 6 Douglas Terrace, Hamilton, daughter of
Henry Cowan, Pawnbroker and Agnes Rowland Cowan nee Wilson

The 1886/87 Glasgow Post Office Directory lists:
“Wright, Joseph, Umbrella Manufacturer, 48 Argyle Arcade, Glasgow;
House: Aimer Villa, Albert Place, Coatbridge

Argyle Arcade

Joseph and his wife Agnes moved sometime between 1881 and 1891
to 77 Shields Road, Tradeston/Pollokshields, Glasgow,
perhaps to be closer to Joseph’s workplace and various shops
in the City Centre.

On the 1891 Census, they are listed as follows:
Joseph Wright, Head, age 42, Umbrella Maker, born Airdrie
Agnes Wright, Wife, age 30. born Coatbridge
James D. Wright, Son, age 3, born Coatbridge
Henry C. Wright, Son ,age 3, born Busby, Renfrewshire.

Business was apparently booming!

In the next few years, adverts were placed in publications as far afield
as New Zealand, and the one below appeared in the Otago Witness (1892).


Another full page advert appeared in
‘Portraits and Autographs, An Album for the People”
By William Thomas Stead (published 1891)


In February 1895, a poster designed by Frances and Margaret MacDonald was
commissioned. (Margaret being the future wife of Charles Rennie Macintosh).


Adverts were consistently placed in the Glasgow Post Office Directories.


By the time the 1901 Census was taken, Joseph’s family had grown
and they had moved from Shields Road to Sauchiehall Street :

Joseph Wright, Head, age 52, Umbrella Maker, born Airdrie
Agnes Wright, Wife, age 40. born Coatbridge
Henry C. Wright, Son age 13, born Busby, Renfrewshire
Gordon R. Wright, son, age 3, born East Kilbride, Lanarkshire
Oswald M. Wright, son, age 9 months, born East Kilbride, Lanarkshire
(Eldest son James D. Wright was not included)


Union Street, Glasgow

The 1911 Census states that Agnes had had 5 children – 4 still living but it is
unknown when the 5th child was born or died.

Now living at Rowancliff, Egidea Avenue, Eastwood, Renfrewshire
Joseph Wright, Head, age 62, Umbrella Maker, born Airdrie
Agnes Wright, Wife, age 50. born Coatbridge
Douglas James Wright, Son, age 25 Medical Student, born Coatbridge
Henry C. Wright, Son, age 23, Umbrella Manufacturer, born Busby, Renfrewshire
Gordon R. Wright, son, age 13, born Giffnock, Lanarkshire
Oswald M. Wright, son, age 10, born Giffnock, Lanarkshire
(Note that eldest son James, or now referred to as Douglas James
is back with the family)


Presumably son Henry carried on the Family Business after his father
Joseph died of heart failure on the 16th November 1915, aged 66
 in the covered passage leading from the Railway Station to the Pier
at Wemyss Bay, North Ayrshire.

In the Register of Corrected Entries, his cause of death is recorded as
‘Cardiac Debilitation accelerated by Diabetes’

The Notice of his death was published in the Glasgow Herald
in two subsequent issues, his home address given as
Rowancliffe, Giffnock.



Joseph was buried in Woodside Cemetery, Paisley,
on Friday 19th November 1915



Joseph’s eldest son James Douglas Wright, L.R.C.P. & S. (Edinburgh)
Registered with the Medical Recruiting Scheme in 1916.
He was 30 years of age at was engaged at the
Scottish National Red Cross Hospital, Bellahouston
Additional details:
Group A, Lieutenant, Royal Army Medical Corps, General Service.


Further research and with the kind assistance of Renfrewshire Council
confirms that a number of the family were interred in
Woodside Cemetery, Paisley,
Section/Compartment 15 Lair 593

Still born child, died 13th November 1888
at 6 Maxwell Terrace, Pollokshields
Still born child, died 30th November 1889
at 6 Maxwell Terrace, Pollokshields
Joseph Wright junior, died 5th March 1900 age 6
at 477 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
Joseph Wright senior, died 16th November 1915 age 66
at Wemyss Bay, residence Giffnock
Oswald Wright died 5th November 1917 age 17 at Rowancliffe, Giffnock
Dr. James Wright died 13th August 1929 age 44
At Royal Victoria Hospital Glasgow, residence Essex


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