Dugald McKechnie

Born 26.3 1886 8pm at 19 Belleville Street, Greenock Certificate
Full Name Dugald McKechnie  
Father Nicol McKechnie Mother Agnes McKechnie (m.s. McKechnie)
Christened 27.4. 1886 at Gaelic Parish of Greenock. Archibald McDonald, minister.
Married 6.11. 1917 to Margaret Peden at 8 Belville Street, Greenock Certificate
Children 1920 Nicol  
  1922 Jean  
  1925 John  
  1928 Agnes  
Died 20.10. 1966 at Greenock   Certificate

Young Dugie posed in a studio with an uncle, probably Dugald or William, in about 1891. Dugie with his wife Margaret, probably photographed around the time of their wedding in 1917. Dugie worked as a chauffeur in his later years with the 'Co-'perative'. He is pictured at the Mearns St. workshop in about 1945. In the background is foreman Davie and a mechanic.

Dugald McKechnie was born at 19 Belleville Street, Greenock in 1886, one of the three youngest in a family of nine. In 1891 they were at 51 Belville St, then they moved to 26 Bruce Street where they were still living at the time of Dugie's marriage. Dugie was educated at Highlanders Academy, in Dempster Street near the corner of Murdeson Street. By the age of 12 he had an after-school job delivering milk from Pennyfern Farm, above the Inverkip Road on the Western outskirts of Greenock. In his late 20s, he played football for the "Port Butchers F.C", who won the Oxo Cup in the 1913-1914 season. During the 1914-18 war, he was a driver in the A.S.C. (M2-167870), and was at Rouen on 24th April 1916.

In 1917, Dugie was married to Margaret Peden, and by 1920 they were living at 21 Holmscroft Street, Greenock. In about 1928 they moved to 57, Wallace Street in the new Cowdenknowes housing development, where they stayed until his death in 1966.

Enjoying the view while on holiday at Trewern in about 1952. On the beach at Inverkip, about 1955. With grandson Ian on the esplanade, about 1957.

For many years, Dugie worked as a driver for the Co-'perative (as it was known locally) in Greenock, latterly as chauffeur for the managing director. His job required access to the Greenock harbours. He received safety awards for his driving from the "National Safety First Association" from 1931 to 1950. In later years he had a part-time job as a 'Lollypop man' school crossing warden.

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Updated 27-11-09