(Note: This is a rough draft or research log provided courtesy of Rosemary Kerr.  I assume it was compiled by Adam Welsh.  It is marked Appx A.)


Lawrence Dinwiddie of Germiston (Provost of Glasgow 1742/43) a merchant in Glasgow had wide commercial interests trading with Virginia, Canada and the West Indies and a Bank. He also founded the Delftfield Pottery, Glasgow in l748, of which his brother Robert Dinwiddie (Lieut Governor of Virginia) was a partner.

William Dinwiddie


William Dinwiddie born 1757, was the youngest of Lawrence Dinwiddie's 21 children.

May 1772

William Dinviddie established himself as a merchant in Manchester engaged in 'the Scotch trade'. With his father's trading empire behind him he was well placed to prosper, See entry below on James Dinwiddie. William was unlucky and lost two fortunes one in Manchester and another in London.


William Dinwiddie in Edinburgh, married Anne (b.1757), daughter of the Rev. Gilbert Hamilton D.D.

May 1789

William Dinwiddie laid the foundation of his new house in Manchester. This house was HENDHAM or ENDHAM, HALL, Harpurhey, a 'substantial edifice' demolished in 1883. The house and estate were subsequently sold to Jonathan Andrew, who held adjacent land. In May 1845 he sold the estate of 30 acres to the Corporation of Manchester. It became known as Queens Park. William and Anne Dinwiddie in May 1789 had 4 children. The son Lawrence was born in 1788.


William Dinwiddie 'demised' a property at Cross Street, at the corner of John Dalton Street, Manchester.

11 Jan 1798

Lawrence Dinwiddie entered Manchester Grammer School. His sisters were named Margaret Hamilton Dinwiddie, Elizabeth and Ann.


William Dinwiddie is described as a 'cotton and twist dealer'.

James Dinwiddie


James Dinwiddie conducted business as a fustian manufacturer at Tib Lane, Manchester. By 1794 he was located at 4 Redcross Street, Manchester.


James Dinwiddie lived in King Street, Manchester.


James Dinwiddie was established at Hampson Mill, 1 1/2 miles south of Bury. In the portrait. (miniature?) he is described as 'of Hampson Mill'. Calico printer and manufacturer.


James Dinwiddie, living at Pool, Wharfedale Yorks, presented in July a 1607 bible to his friend Daniel Grant, then aged 80.


James Dinwiddie adds another inscription to the bible honouring Grant's 85 birthday.


The bible records that James Dinwiddie died of apoplexy at Pool on 25 may.


Rev. E.W. Whittenbury Kaye, Newchurch Rectory, Culcheth, Nr. Warrington (a great great grandson of Mr. James Dinwiddie) has the bible and James' portrait. (Note: these have disappeared)


James R. Anderson writes from Glasgow in City News (21232) asking for information about William Dinwiddie's house. He may have been a descendant.

Dinwiddie Companies


Gilbert and James Dinwiddie, established at Tib Lane as fustian manufacturers. Gilbert Dinwiddie was an elder brother of William Dinwiddie; who died at Chester on 6th September 1773. James Dinwiddie's relationship is not established, but he may have been another brother.


William Dinwiddie & Co., fustian manufacturers are in King Street, Manchester.


Dinwiddie, Kennedy and Dinwiddie are at Tib Lane, Manchester. These Dinwiddies are presumably William and James. The Kennedy must be a relative as William's mother was a Kennedy of Auchtyfardle.

Other Dinwiddies


Alexander (aged 21) and his brother James (aged 19) Dinwiddie moved from Penpont, Dumfries to Manchester to join the family concern and "uncle James".


David Dinwiddie (aged 16) joined his brothers in Manchester.


James Dinwiddie returned to Dumfries. Alexander Dinwiddie remained, perhaps in partnership with Robert Fergusson in Manchester and Mr. Anderson in Stony Stratford. Fergusson was Alexander's brother-in-law.


David Dinwiddie having already once run away from Manchester was offered a second chance 'to push his fortune' and joined Anderson in Stony Stratford. He then moved to Robert Fergusson in Manchester, and then to Runcorn on Fergusson's account. He again ran away, this time joining the East India Company as an artillery man. By the Spring of 1840 he was in Madras.


Thomas David Dinwiddie, (son of David Dinwiddie, by now a Captain in the Madras Heavy Artillery) on leave from India and en route to Scotland, visited Manchester 'to meet his English relatives'. He stayed with John Fergusson (the son of Robert Fergusson) at Bowdon, 9 miles from Manchester. Together they visited a cousin Robert Dinwiddie at Hartford in Cheshire.

June 1882

Thomas David Dinwiddie arrived in Dumfries, welcomed by Mrs. James Dinwiddie (Aunt Anne). He visited his father's old home at Penpont and the Dinwiddie graves there. These had been refurbished before 1856 by the brothers Alexander Dinwiddie of Manchester, James Dinwiddie, of Dumfries, and John Dinwiddie of Woodhead, near Penpont.

The following members of the Penpont Dinwiddies also went to Manchester:

Janet Dinwiddie--unmarried.

Margaret Dinwiddie=John Hannay.

Marion Dinwiddie=Robert Fergusson.

Ann Dinwiddie=_____ Latimer.

Robert Dinwiddie for a short period.

Mrs. Susan Dinwiddie (Houston) widowed mother of the above spent a year with Janet D.