NameDavid Weir , 3540
Birth Date27 Aug 1859
Birth PlaceCumbernauld, Dumbarton, Scotland
Death Date2 May 1940 Age: 80
Death PlaceShieldhill, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Burial PlacePolmont Old Kirk
OccupationCoal Miner, Justice Of The Peace
ReligionChurch Of Scotland
FatherWalter Weir , 3542 (~1831-1896)
MotherElizabeth Boyd , 3543 (1831-1911)
Spouses
Birth Date2 Nov 1863
Birth PlaceReddingmuir, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Death Date3 Dec 1943 Age: 80
Burial PlacePolmont Old Kirk
OccupationDomestic Servant
ReligionChurch Of Scotland
FatherAdam Gillespie , 3947 (1818-1869)
MotherAnn Galloway , 3948 (1822-1897)
Family ID1269
Marr Date24 Sep 1886
Marr PlaceShieldhill, Stirlingshire, Scotland
ChildrenWalter , 6254 (1887-1970)
 Ann Galloway , 6256 (1888-1956)
 Adam Gillespie , 6259 (1891-1965)
 David , 443 (1893-1988)
 Elizabeth Boyd , 6261 (1899-1983)
 Alex Galloway Gillespie , 6263 (1901-1956)
 Robert Boyd , 6264 (1903-1970)
Notes for David Weir
Birth Certificate- David Weir born 27 Aug 1859 at "Forsyth's Land", Cumbernauld. Father Walter Weir, weaver. Mother Elizabeth Weir ms Boyd

1891 census Polmont, Sheildhill
David Weir age 31 coal miner born Cumbernauld
Helen G. Weir age 27 born Polmont
Walter age 3
Annie age 2
Adam age 3 months

Obituary in Glasgow Herald 4 May 1940- died in his 81st year leaving a wife, 5sons and 2 daughters.

232David Weir J.P.
The death took place at his residence in Shieldhill on Thursday of Mr David Weir J.P. who had been for a long number of years prominently identified with public life in the county, and who had given long and valued service as a member of Stirling County Council.
A native of Cumbernauld, Mr Weir was a miner to trade and began work in the pits when he was a boy of only 9 years of age. Many years ago he went to Redding where he was employed in the Redding Pit until he retired in 1922. An active worker on behalf of the Mining Community he was for the long period of 21 years president of the Stirling Miners County Union and for an equally long time a member of the Scottish Miners Federation Committee. For 15 years, Mr Weir represented the Shieldhill electoral division on Stirling County Council. he was particularly interested in housing problems and as a convenor for several years of the county housing committee. He had the satisfaction of seeing several large and important building schemes carried through. He also accomplished much good work in connection with drainage schemes in the rural districts.
Mr Weir had the distinction of being one of Stirlingshire’s oldest Justice of the Peace, and was a member of the selection committee for justices for a number of years. He also served as a member of Stirling county licensing court. Keenly interested also in the co-operative movement, he was a former vice-chairman of Redding Co-operative Society.
Mr Weir who retired from active public work about 8 years ago, was a gentleman of quiet, but kindly disposition and was greatly respected by all who knew him. He was 80 years of age and is survived by Mrs Weir, 5 sons and 2 daughters.

Sons Of Industry.
Among The Miners.

233Mr. David Weir J.P., President, Stirlingshire Miner's County Union.

Highly Important Is The Position Held By Mr David Weir, J.P. The Subject Of Our Sketch This Week, Who Is President Of The Stirlingshire Miner's County Union. In This Powerful Body There Are About 8,000 Members, And It Is A High Tribute To Mr Weir's Ability And Excellent Qualities That He Should Be Elected To The President's Chair For The Fourth Year In Succession. This Fact Demonstrates In Striking Fashion That Mr Weir Enjoys In A Large Measure The Confidence Of His Fellow Unionists.

Mr Weir Was Born In Cumbernauld, And Attended The Village School There. His Education Was Not A Lengthy Process, For He Left His School Days Behind Him At The Age Of Nine And A Half Years, And Did Thus Early Sally Into The Struggle Of This Work-A-Day World. His First 'Job' Was A Somewhat Peculiar One. He Was Engaged As A Bogey Boy In A Mine Where The Workings Were Very Low. Three Or Four Men Worked In A Place And Each Had A Boy To Draw His Bogey Of Coal Out To The Place Where It Was Filled Into The Wagon. The Boys Were Harnessed To The Bogeys Like Ponies By Means Of A Leather Contrivance, And Going Down On Their Hands And Knees In The Low Working They Drew Out The Bogeys With Their Load Of 'Black Diamonds.' This Would Appear To Be Somewhat Strenuous Work For A Boy Of Nine Years Of Age.

As He Grew Older Mr Weir Was Of Course Promoted To Other Work, And He Stayed In Cumbernauld District Until He Was A Young Man. He Then Migrated To Shieldhill, A Village, Which To The Stranger, Seemed To Be Perched On A Mountain Top, And He Resides There Today Still, After A Period Of Over Thirty Years. He Worked For A Time With Carron Co., Holding The Brushing Contract In One Of Their Pits For Over Five Years, But Subsequently He Transferred To Messrs. Nimmo And Co., And He Is Still In The Employment Of That Firm.

Mr Weir Is A Keen Trade Unionist, And He Tells Us That As Far Back As He Can Remember, He Has Always Been Identified With The Movement. He Was Connected With The Forth And Clyde Valley Association Practically From The Time That Organization Came Into Being To The Time It Ceased To Exist. This Body Carried Out The Functions Now Attended To By The County Union, But Latterly The Membership Dwindled Away Until The Old Body Became Defunct. For Some Time Afterwards The Miners Had No Union, But In Due Course The County Union Was Formed And Has Flourished Ever Since.
Several Unsuccessful Attempts Had Been Made To Start A Miners Union In The Interval. It Is Worthy Of Note That Mr Weir Was One Of The Six Pioneers Who Met In The Oddfellows Hall About 13 Years Ago, And Formed The Union.
The Union Performs A Useful Function. It Has No Power Of Course As Regards Raising Wages, But It Keeps An Eagle Eye Open To See That Justice Is Done Its Members In All The Mines Throughout The County. Mr Weir Has Taken A Prominent Part In The Management Of The Union Since Its Inauguration, Acting As Vice President For Eight Years, And President For Four, With Much Acceptance.
Mr Weir Is Also Keenly Interested In Church Work, And Is An Elder In Shieldhill U.F. Church.

Drainage Schemes Inaugural Ceremonies

Two New Drainage Schemes Situated Respectively At Redding East End And Shieldhill Were Formally Inaugurated On Saturday Afternoon In The Presence Of A Representative Gathering Of County Councillors And Public Officials. The First Mentioned Scheme It Is Estimated Has Been Carried Through At A Cost Of £2000 While The Other Is Much Larger And Is Expected To Cost About £4300. The Opening Ceremony At Redding Was Performed By Mr John Louden, Convenor Of Polmont And Laurieston Special District Sub-Committee And A Similar Ceremony At Shieldhill Was Carried Through By County Councillor David Weir. On Wednesday Afternoon A New Drainage Scheme Was Also Inaugurated At Maddiston.



Co-Operative Society Meeting

The Quarterly Meeting Of The Redding Co-Operative Society, Was Held In The Society's Hall, Reddingmuirhead On Tuesday Evening Last. Mr Jas. Forrester J.P., Presided Over A Good Attendance Of Members And Was Supported On The Platform By Mr David Weir J.P., Vice-Chairman. Mr Forrester Was Declared Duly Elected Chairman For The Next Twelve Months. The Chairman Returned Thanks To The Members For The Confidence They Had Once More Placed In Him, And Assured Them He Would Endeavour To Do In The Future As He Had Done In The Past, Look After Their Best Interests.

In Regard To The Vice-Chairman He Was Sorry To Say That Mr Weir Had Decided At This Time To Retire From Office. Although Mr Weir Had Intended To Offer Himself For Another Term And Was Nominated, He Had Reviewed The Whole Position And Had Come To The Conclusion That He Would, For Health Reasons, Give Up Evening Work.
He (The Chairman) Always Felt Sorry To Part With A Colleague And Friend, And Now They Had To Part With Mr Weir.
Mr Weir Had Come To The Board When They Were Passing Through Great Difficulties, And His Cautious Advice And Loyal Support Had Been A Great Help To All Of Them, And He Asked That An Appreciation Of Mr Weir's Service Should Be Recorded In The Minutes, This Was Heartily Agreed To. Mr Weir, In A Few Well Chosen Remarks Thanked The Chairman And Members For Their Kind Consideration.

Honouring A Colleague.

At The Regular Meeting Of The Directors Of The Redding Co-Operative Society Held On Thursday Last, Mr James Forrester J.P., Chairman Of The Society, Who Presided Over A Full Attendance Of Members, Intimated That Mr David Weir, Vice-Chairman Had Decided To Retire At This Time. It Was With Mixed Feelings That He (The Chairman) Stood There That Night As Such Occasions Had Their Gladness And Their Sadness. He Was Glad, On The One Hand, To Pay Tribute To A Colleague Who Had Proved Himself Worthy Of It, And On The Other Hand He Felt Very Sorry To Part With Such A Faithful And Loyal Friend And Colleague As Mr Weir Had Been. It Was Nearly Five Years Since Mr Weir Had Come Into The Board, As The First Vice-Chairman Of The Society, And At A Time When They Were Passing Through Very Serious Difficulties, Both In Regard To Trade And Internal As Well As External Dissention, But By Careful Steering Of The Ship They Had Got Through The Troubled Waters. They Had Carried Through Many Changes In The Administration Of The Society's Business, And In That Work Mr Weir's Cautious And Wise Counsel Had Been A Great Source Of Help. He Was All For Advancement, But Progress By Moderation Was His Motto, And Now The Time Had Come When Mr Weir Thought That He Should Have A Little More Time To Himself.
When The Period Of Nomination Was Due, He (The Chairman) Had Discussed The Whole Matter With Mr Weir, Who Had Agreed To Continue For Another Year If The Members So Desired To Elect Him, But Later, After He Had Been Nominated, Mr Weir Had Come To Him And Said That He Had Carefully Reconsidered The Whole Matter And Had Definitely Come To The Conclusion That He Should Retire.

On Behalf Of His Colleagues He Had Pleasure In Asking Mr Weir To Accept A Gold-Mounted Umbrella, Suitably Inscribed, And Expressed The Hope That He Would Be Long Spared To Use It.

Tombstone Polmont Old Kirk- Erected By Helen Gillespie In Loving Memory Of Her Husband David Weir J.P. Died 2Nd May 1940 Aged 80 Years Also The Above Helen Gillespie Died 3Rd Dec 1943 Aged 80 Years. Also Their Son Alexander Gillespie Weir Died 10Th June 1956 Aged 56 Years.

Kirk Session Proclamation- 19 Sept 1886 David Weir Age 26, Polmont And Helen Gillespie Age 22, Polmont. Date Of Cert. 21 Sept

Marriage Certificate
1886 Sept 24 At East Sheildhill, Polmont David Weir, Coal Miner, Batchelor Age 26 Living E. Sheildhill, Polmont. Father Walter Weir, Railway Surfaceman. Mother Elizabeth Weir Ms Boyd. Married Ellen Gillespie, Domestic Servant, Spinster Age 22 Living Reddingmuir, Polmont. Father Adam Gillespie, Coal Miner Dec’d. Mother Ann Gillespie Ms Galloway. Signed Walter Weir And Christina Gillespie.

Notes for Helen (Spouse 1)
Birth Certificate Helen Gillespie born 2 Nov 1863 at Reddingmuir, Polmont. Father Adam Gillespie, coal miner. Mother Ann Galloway (Marr 10 Apr 1843 Polmont)

1871 census Polmont age 7.
1881 census Polmont age 17
1891 census Polmont age 27
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