Bolton Genealogy


The following is the Obituary of Dr. Fergus Ferguson, J.P. former Mayor of Bolton, who died on the 22nd January, 1887.

Death Notice

Boltonians of every shade of politics and creed will learn with regret of the death, at the ripe age of 81, of Fergus Ferguson, Esq, J.P. the oldest medical practitioner of Bolton, which took place at his residence 55, Manchester Road on Wednesday.

The venerable form of the deceased gentleman, though somewhat bowed with age, might have been seen constantly in the streets of the town up to within a few days ago, and only on Saturday last, when the weather was almost Arctic in its severity, he braved the fierce wind, and ventured from his home. He returned materially affected by the extreme cold, and in the afternoon was seized with serious trembling and faintness. Dr. Mallett and Dr. Johnston were summoned, and were speedily in attendance. On Sunday morning he seemed better, but never thoroughly rallied, and died at five o'clock on Wednesday morning.

Birth & Marriage

The deceased gentleman was born on the 18th of October, 1805, and would consequently have attained his 82nd year next October. His father's name was James Ferguson, who married a Miss Elizabeth MacAuslane, and he was born in the parish of Houston and Killellan, in Renfrewshire. His parents came to Bolton when he was a child, and he received his education at the Bolton Grammar School, having for school fellows many who, like him, have left their mark upon the history of the town. He afterwards studied at Edinburgh, where he obtained the diploma of LRCS Edin., in 1830, and became LSA, Lond, in 1853.

The deceased was twice married, his first wife being Miss Ellen Stuart, a Blackburn lady, and by whom he leaves one daughter, the wife of Mr. Councillor Wood. His second wife was Miss Nuttall, daughter of Mr. Charles Nuttall, who was an Alderman of the Borough from 1838 to 1840. This lady died only in October last, and her death was a great blow to her husband, who felt his bereavement acutely.
Photo of Ellen FergusonEllen Ferguson (on the right), first wife of Dr. Fergus Ferguson. Photo kindly submitted by Luis Sebastian Stuart Pennington.

Municipal Career

Mr. Ferguson commenced his municipal career, which forms so large and important a part of his long active and useful life, on the 10th November 1856, when he was elected an Alderman in the Liberal interest for Exchange Ward. The Council at this time consisted of 44 Liberals and four Conservatives, all the Aldermen being Liberals. Early in his Town Council experience he commenced his endeavours for the amelioration of the sanitary condition of the town, the closing of cellar dwellings being one of the first measures advocated.

In November 1853 Ald. Ferguson succeeded Mr. James Lomax as chairman of the Sanitary Committee, and at a special meeting of the Council proposed "That it be an instruction from this Council to the Sanitary Committee to continue the closing of cellars as dwellings." He believed that overcrowded dwellings, an impure atmosphere, and all their injurious accompaniments, had a degrading and demoralising influence. Children brought up in cellars and in unhealthy localities were feeble in body, feeble in intellect, morally feeble, and gave rise to a degenerate progeny.

The Resolution was seconded by Ald. Heywood and carried. The work of closing the cellar dwellings was after this resolution constantly proceeded with. In 1860, when moving the confirmation of the proceedings of the Sanitary Committee, he dwelt on the sanitary condition of the town. Three-fourths of the cellar dwellings had then been dealt with. Nor did he confine his attention to that subject only. At a previous meeting of the council he had been successful in inducing that body to adopt a recommendation of the Sanitary Committee to obtain plans to restore the bed of the Croal to its original depth at a cost of £2,000.

The opening up of close courts and alleys, which he considered worse in point of producing disease than the cellars, was another favourite subject with the energetic alderman. Occasionally his zeal for the sanitary improvement of the town led him testily to resent what he considered to be the inactivity of the Town Council; and on the 10th July 1861, on the Council rejecting a recommendation that the Croal should be cleansed and paved, he exclaimed, "I beg, Mr. Mayor, to move another amendment, and that is that the Sanitary Committee hold no more meetings." In July, 1863, on the Town Council considering the question of thoroughly draining and paving the borough, Ald. Ferguson said that in carrying out the proposed works there would be a great reduction of deaths, and great prevention of sickness, and in proportion as they lessened mortality and prevented sickness just in the same ratio would they lower the poor rates.

In October, 1864, we find him stating that if the sewerage, paving, draining, and other works, and the parks and recreation grounds answered as they had done in other places, 4d. in the pound, the estimated cost in some of the places mentioned would be more than met in the improved health, lessened crime, and lengthened life of the population. Parks, recreation grounds, and like boons to the people of crowded towns had always in Ald. Ferguson an earnest supporter.

Park & Recreation Ground

In September, 1863 he proposed a motion in the Council Chamber authorising the Finance and General Purposes Committee to purchase the vacant land adjoining the Recreation Ground, presented by Ald. Heywood, provided the money could be borrowed under the Public Works Act. Councillor James Barlow seconded the resolution, which was supported, amongst others, by Ald.Heywood, who offered to give £500 towards a similar plot of land in Little Bolton. Ald. J R Wolfenden, the Mayor, opposed the motion, which was however, carried by a majority of 17 against 15. The Council in the following May approved of an application of Parliament for a bill to be called "The Bolton Improvements Act, 1864", one of its objects being to provide a public park. Subsequently Ald. Ferguson proposed in addition the purchase of two plots of land, one containing 18,046 and the other 16,026 square yards for the formation of recreation grounds. This motion was carried. Active steps were at this time being taken towards the formation and laying out of the park on Chorley New-road, and Ald. Ferguson was appointed a member of the First Park and Burial Board committee, Mr. James Barlow being its first Chairman.

At a meeting of the Council on Oct. 14 1864 it was stated that the estimated cost of forming, planting, and enclosing the park was £88,890.6s.4d. The park and Heywood recreation ground were formally opened by the Earl of Bradford, on the 24th May 1866, during the mayoralty of Ald. Stockdale. Mr. Ferguson opposed the opening of the park and refreshment pavilion on Sundays, expressing the hope that there would soon be a state of things when beershops of any kind and the sale of anything whatever on the Sunday would be entirely put a stop to. The resolution for the opening was, however, carried, whilst a member of the Town Council the Alderman also moved a resolution, which was adopted by the Council: "That it be an instruction to the Sanitary Committee to enforce the provisions of the law with respect to the consumption of smoke." Ald. Ferguson on the 9th November 1866, succeeded Ald. R Stockdale in the mayoralty, on the proposition of Ald. Heywood, seconded by Ald. P Skelton. The movement which led to the erection of the Town Hall found in Ald. Ferguson an active supporter.

Town Hall

On the Council discussing the question of a tower for the Town Hall, he said he should be very sorry if they erected a hall with a tower and left the other side of the square a nest of courts and alleys. In April 1867, some unpleasantness having arisen with regard to the laying of the cornerstone of the Town Hall, Ald. Ferguson (Mayor) placed on record in the Town Hall Committee Book his reason for declining to give a public entertainment on the occasion of laying the cornerstone of the Town Hall. It is because he regards the appointment of anyone to the duty whether in the Town Council or out of it without his consent, or concurrence, as a slight on the office which he holds. This office he hopes to give up with its honour unsullied and with its rights and privileges unimpaired by any act of his." Ald. J R Wolfenden, Chairman of the Committee, who had been selected for the honour of laying the stone, afterwards refused to lay it, and the architects were instructed to proceed with the erection of the building.

Streets Committee

In November 1867 he was succeeded by Ald. J Barlow. In November 1863 he was again elected an alderman of the borough and also chairman of the Streets Committee. The work of the Sanitary department of the Corporation about this time seems to have called for the censure of Ald. Ferguson, for In January 1869 he moved that his name be removed from the Sanitary Committee. The duties of that committee, he said, did not seem to be discharged by earnest men engaged in a great and important work. After discussion in which the members were unanimous in requesting him to forego his decision, he withdrew his motion. Ald. Ferguson in November 1869 was succeeded as Chairman of the Streets Committee by Mr. Jeremiah Marsden.

Lodging Houses

At subsequent meetings he deprecated the practice of the Watch Committee imposing fines for overcrowding of lodging-houses. It was a very objectionable proceeding, as such offences should be brought before the proper tribunal. In these remarks he was supported by the Mayor (Ald. Walmsley), who condemned the committee for "playing at magistrates." In October 1871 the Sanitary Committee reported to the Council that Dr. Ballard had been deputed by the Local Government Board to inquire into the sanitary state of the town, owing to the high infantile mortality. Ald. Ferguson suggested the formation of a joint committee of the sanitary streets, and Scavenging Committee to remedy defects. He strongly complained of the existence of nuisances such as the keeping of pigs, although the attention of Mr. Kay, inspector, had been frequently called to them. Several speakers defended Mr. Kay, whereupon Ald. Ferguson said it was the last time he would appear there; for apologies to be made for gross dereliction of duty left him only one course, to retire from the Council. Ald Skelton, Barlow and Rushton hoped he would reconsider his determination, a request which was complied with, for in November he supported a vote of thanks to the retiring Mayor (Ald. Walmsley) and was reappointed chairman of the Sanitary Committee.

Medical Officer for Health

In Dec, 1872 the General Purposes Committee, having resolved that it was not expedient that the Corporation should accept aid proposed to be contributed by Government towards the payment of the salaries of medical officers of health and inspectors of nuisances, and that the medical officer should not be required to devote the whole of his time to the duties of the office, Ald. Ferguson moved an amendment to the proceedings, arguing in favour of the medical officer devoting the whole of his attention to the duties of his office. After considerable discussion, the amendment was withdrawn, and the proceedings were confirmed. In January 1873 Ald. Ferguson renewed his project of the appointment of a Medical Officer of Health for the Borough at a salary of £200 per annum. The resolution approving of the appointment was carried by a majority of 25 against 5. In November 1873 Ald. Ferguson seconded the nomination of Ald. J Marsden as Mayor. This was the last year to which the deceased gentleman sat in the Council.

Justice of the Peace

The deceased was placed upon the Commission of the Peace for the Borough on September 16, 1869. His magisterial decisions have always been characterised by strict and impartial justice, and prosecutor or prisoner have never had occasion to complain of either undue severity to the accused on the one hand, nor a sentimental leaning to the side of the prisoner on the other.

Philanthropic Movements

In all matters affecting the moral and physical well-being of the masses, Dr. Ferguson was an active supporter. Philanthropic movements, too, found him a staunch friend, and his purse strings were always loosened by appeals for the distressed poor, or the relief of suffering caused by the various catastrophes and accidents incidental to a manufacturing town. This temperance cause, the advocacy of public baths, and education movements were substantially by him befriended. His labours in the cause of advanced sanitation were not confined to the town council alone. In November 1863 he delivered a lecture in connection with the Holy Trinity Working Men's Institute on "Sanitary Reform and its Results." The last 30 years have witnessed a vast improvement on the miserable condition of things described by Mr. Ferguson at that time, and Ald. Taylor, with his committee, as well as Dr. Sergeant and his staff, merit credit for the changes for the better effected in the immediate past and present. The deceased regarded with unfavourable eye the extension of the gasworks near the park, believing that thereby the design of the corporation in providing for the enjoyment, health and recreation of the inhabitants would be largely frustrated.

On the announcement of Dr. and Mrs. Chadwick's philanthropic charities at a meeting in the Borough Magistrates room on January 2nd 1868 Ald. Ferguson said that one of the most important movements they could undertake was to get a better class of houses for the working classes, and to make them understand the importance of having better homes. The deceased was one of the gentlemen who, at the wish of Dr. Chadwick, were appointed trustees of the scheme, and he acted in the capacity with untiring devotion up to his demise. Mr. Ferguson was appointed certifying surgeon under the Factory acts for the district of Great Bolton in July, 1861. He held the office through good and evil report, ever fearlessly upholding his own judgment until the end of 1880. His struggles in the cause of mill operatives led him occasionally to advance very original ideas and propound theories which did not always meet with the corroboration of officials.

In Dec 1874 a conference was held at the Swan Hotel of factory inspectors, certifying surgeons and operatives delegates, on the passing of the half-timers. Objection was taken to Mr. Ferguson's plan of weighing children to ascertain their fitness for work, Mr. Baker and Mr. Cole, inspectors, speaking of the idea as fallacious. In July of the following year, the doctor gave evidence before the Factory Acts Commission as to his experience of factory children. His testimony was regarded as most remarkable and articles on it appeared in the Lancet, Times, Sanitary Record and other papers. This was succeeded in September by an article in a contemporary by the deceased on "the degeneracy of the factory population."

At a dinner in connection with the Lancashire/Cheshire branch of the Medical Association held in Bolton on October 13th 1881, when the deceased presided, it was stated the Dr. Ferguson, Dr. sergeant and other local sanitary reformers had reduced the death rate so that there was now a saving in the borough of 1,000 lives annually as compared with the number of deaths 20 years before.

National Policy

On the subject of national policy Mr. Ferguson displayed clear-sighted judgment and a fearless advocacy of the principles he espoused. As long ago as 1857 when the subject of British rule in India was exciting much interest, a remarkable meeting was held in the temperance hall, when a Mr. B(?) of Manchester advanced the theory that the people of India were worse off under British rule than under their own native princes. This was challenged by the Rev. Robert Best in an argumentative speech of 20 minutes duration. He was frequently interrupted and for a time uproar was threatened, but before sitting down he proposed a resolution rejoicing in the better system which had marked the last 30 years rule in India, and the undoubted benefits which India had gathered from British sway.

Amid interruptions and protests from the Rev. W H Davison and others, Mr Ferguson (then alderman) ascended the platform and seconded the motion. He was perfectly persuaded from a careful and extensive reading of everything connected with India that with all our faults we had done great good to India, and that British rule had on the whole been a great blessing. He believed British rule compared with any government India had had within the limits of authentic history, had been mild and tolerant, merciful and just. To this vigorous defence of the crown and government, Mr. J H Roper submitted an amendment to the effect that the long maladministration of the affairs in India had largely contributed to the causes which produced the fearful outbreak amongst its inhabitants, and called upon the British Parliament to subject the government of India to a thorough reform. Mr Thomas Grimshaw, in seconding the amendment, "as an Englishmen felt ashamed o f his cruel, torturing country." The amendment was carried by a large majority, many persons voting for both it and the resolution, and the latter part of the meeting was characterised by extraordinary confusion.

Viewed in the the light of later proceedings in regard to our Indian empire, the record of this strange gathering is certainly curiously interesting. A few days later the Rev. R Best, delivered a lecture on India from his point of view, and in moving a vote of thanks, Ald. Ferguson hoped they would live to see the day when all legislation in India would be based on Christian principles. The aged physician goes to his grave with his aspirations on this head more nearly realised. At a great meeting in the temperance hall in support of Mr Gladstone's Resolutions on the Irish church held April 23rd 1868, Ald. Ferguson proposed the following Resolution, which was carried "that this meeting earnestly desiring the peace and contentment of all her Majesty's subjects in Ireland as well as in England heartily approves of Mr. Gladstone's proposition for the disestablishment of the Irish church and pledges itself to support it."

Temperance Principles

We have indicated that the deceased was a consistent and ardent supporter of thorough temperance principles. In April 1862 he presided at a meeting in the temperance hall when Mr. S Pope, QC gave a lecture in advocacy of the Permission Bill. Two years later, at the annual Brewster Session, Ald. Ferguson presented a memorial against the granting of licences adopted at a previous temperance meeting. He maintained that if it was wrong to get drunk it must be wrong to have houses open for the express purpose of making people drunk. Again at a meeting on February 11th 1865 for the inauguration of a temperance society, he said he was persuaded, whilst not undervaluing the bestowal of charitable bequests, that he was the best friend of the working man who tried to enable him to help himself and to inculcate and encourage the principle of self-reliance. The Sunday closing of public houses was another phase of the temperance question in which Dr. Ferguson displaced practical interest by presiding at a meeting in 1867 in favour of that object. He thought the sanctity of the Sabbath, securing the working man one day's rest out of seven was to him more important than to any other class of people.

The same sentiments were expressed at a subsequent meeting in 1868. During 1867 he presided at a meeting at which it was resolved to take steps to reclaim the "unfortunate women" of the town, with what result we have no record, but the fact is an indication that the "social evil" was one on which the deceased felt strongly. His fame as a temperance advocate spread abroad and in the summer of 1867 he was appointed chairman of a meeting held in St George's Hall, Bradford in connection with the 31st conference of the British Temperance League. Consistent with his views on the subject of alcoholic stimulants, the deceased was also an opponent of the excessive use of tobacco, believing that a person who began to smoke under the age of manhood would never grow to be a strong healthy man but would be stunted in bodily growth, stunted in physical vigour, and in intellect.

In January 1872 Ald. Ferguson announced with satisfaction that he had been a teetotaller more than 35 years. On February 12th 1879 he was present at an oration at the Temperance Hall by Mr. J B Gough. On March 11 1882 addressing the last of a series of week's meetings held in celebration of the jubilee of the temperance cause in Bolton, Dr. Ferguson mentioned that he was the oldest practitioner in the town, having had nearly 63 years of it as apprentice, student and practitioner.
photo of Arthur Stuart Pennington

Arthur Stuart Pennington. Photo kindly submitted by Luis Sebastian Stuart Pennington.

When he commenced his career he had to provide for the widow and six children of a brother (see image right) who died at the early age of 42. For a long time he did his visiting afoot, walking about twenty miles a day. He had been a teetotaller for nearly 50 years. This was practically his last public utterance on a subject he had so near at heart.

Educational Establishments

Dealing with Dr. Ferguson's labours in the cause of education, we may state that when in 1846 the idea of the establishment of an athenaeum for Bolton was seriously mooted, he at once promised a subscription of £25. Difficulties arose on the question of a day school, and ultimately the church institute sprang out of the athenaeum movement. In the year 1860 the movement for the erection of the mechanics institute in Mawdsley Street took definite shape, and Ald. Ferguson was appointed a member of the committee. Nine years later in that building, in seconding a motion for the establishment of a branch of the National Education League he said he had aided in establishing denominational schools in connection with the Wesleyan Methodists at Fletcher street and Bridge street, but had been driven by reflection and facts entirely from the idea of denominationalism.

Technical education found in the deceased a warm advocate. Speaking at the first annual meeting of the Sunnyside Institute on January 30 1869, he dwelt on the importance of technical teaching, and in a similar direction were the tenor of his remarks at the closing of the Mechanics Institution Exhibition on April 17th 1869. At a meeting of the Education League in 1873 the deceased recalled the fact that he was one of the promoters of the first independent school in Bolton - the defunct British School. Mr. Ferguson took part in the proceedings at the laying of the cornerstone of the Chadwick Museum by the Mayor (the late Ald. Greenhalgh) on June 27 1878.

Poor Relief

Enough has been already advanced to indicate the disposition of the deceased, but we may note that at the annual meeting of the Benevolent Society, when he moved the adoption of the report in 1854 he said the amount of joy and gladness that the society brought to the homes of those suffering from poverty and disease was quite incalculable. In November of 1862 he was a member of a deputation to the Board of Guardians in company with Mr. J K Cross and Mr. G Knowles, from the relief committee of the Poor Protection society, to confer with the board on the then existing distress and urge the guardians to grant increased relief during the crisis. The guardians intimated that their scale was being gradually raised and after a long discussion it was decided to call together the sectional relief boards to consider the question. This resulted in the granting of relief tickets to the distressed by which tradesmen were empowered to supply goods at the cost of the board. In 1867 Dr. Ferguson presided at a meeting at which it was decided to vest the Blind Institution in trustees for the public benefit of Bolton and neighbourhood, under the designation of the Bolton schools and workshops for the blind, which are now performing such a useful work. The cornerstone of the children's hospital in connection with the new infirmary, towards the endowment of which the late Dr.Chadwick left £5,000, was laid by the deceased in August 1879. The trowel was presented by Ald. Joseph Musgrave, JP, chairman of the Building Committee. As an outside matter of trade interest, it is noteworthy that the inauguration of the Co-operative stores, Bridge street in November 1868 again brought out Dr. Ferguson, who said he believed the extension of the co-operative principle was destined to work a complete revolution in the condition of the industrious artisan. He believed it would be the means of raising them in their social and moral positions. He wished the association every success.

His interest in the artisan classes was further demonstrated in a speech delivered as chairman at the celebration of the majority of Mr George Harwood, MA, when he said he would be happy to see everything like strikes and intimidation, pickets, etc give place to a reasonable settlement of all questions of difference between masters and men, and he was sure that would be more rapidly brought about if there were greater intercourse between employers and employed.

Religious Opinion

In religious opinion, though no bigot, deceased was an ardent Wesleyan and in that cause he had expended much time, labour and generosity. When the cornerstone of Wesley Chapel Bradshawgate was laid in November 1849 Dr. Ferguson was appointed one of the trustees. He had been one of the principal promoters of the scheme for the erection of the chapel and it was solely owing to his instrumentality that the room underneath the chapel was used as a school, it being known for years as the "doctor's room". Eighteen years afterwards on June 26th 1867 he and two friends contributed a thousand guineas towards the extension of Wesley circuit, a scheme of which he was the chief promoter, and which culminated in the erection of Victoria Chapel and schools, the total cost being £14,000. He was leader of the society at Wesley Chapel and also one of the trustees of Bridge street Chapel and attended Wesley Chapel alternately with Trinity church, and for the last few weeks he had also worshipped at Bridge street Chapel.

The remains of the deceased will be interred on Saturday next in the family vault in Tonge cemetery, which contains the remains of his first wife and four of his grandchildren. The flag at the town hall is at half mast in memory of the deceased. Tributes from fellow Councillors Borough Magistrates Lieut Col Hesketh, C Heaton, T H Rushton and J Smethurst paid tribute to Dr. Ferguson, saying that for devoted attention to his duty, and a conspicuous desire to deal impartially with every case that came before him Dr. Ferguson had no superior. It is not merely as a magistrate we can allude to him, as he was both very benevolent and kind-hearted, and his action in early life in assuming the case of the orphan children of his brother was an example of the disposition which he carried out through life. It is said that "the evil that men do lives after them, but the good is oft interred with their bones." As far as our late friend is concerned I do not think this will prove the case. He was a great sanitary reformer and a man who effected much good in his native town, and his memory will long remain with us.



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