|Full Name||William McQuat||.|
|Married||15.9.||1893||to||Agnes Murray||at||Muiravonside, Stirlingshire||Certificate|
|Died||2.1.||1942||at||Dryfesdale, Lockerbie||Coronary Embolism (probable)||Certificate|
William McQuat was born on 15th April 1867 near Straiton, Ayrshire, and was still living there in 1881. In 1891 he was a locomotive stoker and lived with his parents at Clawfin Farm, 2 miles NE of Dalmellington in Ayrshire. He was probably employed by the Glasgow & South Western Railway (G&SWR), though there were a number of rail-served mines nearby which would also have employed locomotive crews.
In 1893, William was married to Agnes Murray at Muiravonside, Stirling,. By 1901 he was a locomotive engine driver, and lived with his wife Agnes and two young children in the left-hand first-floor flat at 6 Carnwood Street in Greenock. If he was still employed by the G&SWR, he could have been based at Princes Pier depot, or there may have been another depot in East Greenock nearer to his home.
During the 1914-18 war, if William remained in railway service with the G&SWR, he is likely to have worn a badge similar to that shown below.
William's last driving turn before retirement (in April 1932 if he retired at 65) was driving a Wemyss Bay to Glasgow train with ex-Caledonian 4-6-2T, LMS number 15354. Members of his family travelled on the train, including his young grandson William.
William and Agnes moved in the early 1820s to a bungalow at 4 Galt Street in Greenock, where they were still living when Agnes died in 1937. On the night of 21/22nd May 1941 the house was destroyed in enemy bombing, and William moved to Dryfesdale, Lockerbie, where he died in a motor car on 2nd January 1942, aged 74.
Sources: Census 1881, 1891, 1901; IGI; GRO marriage index, son's birth record, death record; family memories.
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