Wanless, Wanliss etc. in Scotland’s Newspapers
American Data from the Aberdeen Journal, 1748-1783 (ancestry.com)
Alexander Wanless, from Fife, guilty of theft from a bleachfield,
petitioned for and was granted banishment to America, at Perth 9.1758
The Edinburgh Advertiser, Edinburgh, Scotland (ancestry.com)
27 Aug 1811 Intelligence from Lloyds of London – “The Woodman, Wanless,
from Southampton to Newcastle, was taken off Dover on Monday night by a
French privateer, retaken by the Echo sloop of war, and arrived at
Ramsgate on Thursday.”
Source: 19th Century British Newspapers and The Times Digital Archive
Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh, Scotland), November 10, 1848
Married at Irvine, on the 7th instant, by the Rev. Andrew Brown, George
Wanless, Esq., merchant, Edinburgh, to Elizabeth, second daughter of
the late Wm. Gillies, Esq., banker there.
Glasgow Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), Saturday, December 29, 1866
Married at 28 West Morrison Street, Edinburgh, on the 27th inst, by the
Rev. Robert Keith Dick Home, Corstorphine, Mr. James Wanless, Glasgow,
to Elizabeth, fourth daughter of Mr Robert Anderson, late of Woodbine,
Glasgow Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), Wednesday, December 25, 1867
Birth at 35 Steven Street, New City Road, on the 22d instant, Mrs James Wanless, a daughter
Manchester Times (Manchester, England), Saturday, August 6, 1870
There was a railway accident on Tuesday night at Newmill near Cupar
Fife on the North British Railway. The train was a special one which
was run for the convenience of farm servants and others who had been
attending St. James’s market in Cupar. Further investigation proved
there was a bundle of yarn (which had fallen off a goods train) on the
tracks which caused the engine to jump the bridge to the road below,
and 2 carriages were wrecked. Among the passengers were a party of
ploughman from Longforgan who, having got a holiday, had visited the
market on pleasure. Of them, only one was injured – James Wanliss of
Mains of Huntley, Longforgan. He is about 30 and married. He was
seriously hurt in the back and breast and was advised to remain in
Glasgow Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), Monday, August 8 1870
Born at 22 St Vincent Crescent on the 6 inst, son of Mrs James Wanless.
Glasgow Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), Wednesday, August 24, 1870
Died at 22 St Vincent Crescent on the 23 inst, the infant son of James Wanless.
Glasgow Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), Monday, Sept 25, 1871
Born at 22 St Vincent Crescent on the 22 inst, son of Mrs James Wanless.
The Times, Tuesday, May 21, 1872; pg. 7
Mormon Conference in Glasgow – James Wanless, President of the Armadale branch
Liverpool Mercury etc (Liverpool, England), Wednesday, January 7, 1874
Married Dec 31 at the Baptist Chapel, Lower Abbey street, Dublin, by
the Rev. D.E. Evans, William Hunter, Blackburn, Lancashire, to Agnes
Wanless second daughter of John W. McDougald, Edinburgh
Glasgow Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), Wednesday, November 15, 1876
Scotch Bankrupts – from yesterday’s Edinburgh Gazette – applied for
Cessio Bonorum – John Wanliss, lately farmer at Mains of Cargill,
presently prisoner in the Prison at Perth
Aberdeen Weekly Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland), Tuesday, June 1, 1880
Arrived at Aberdeen May 31 – the Blanch, [captain] Wandless, from Saffa, with bones.
Aberdeen Weekly Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland), Saturday, June 5, 1880
J. Wandless on cricket team for Cotherstone in a match against Woodland.
Aberdeen Weekly Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland), Friday, July 29, 1881
Sailed, the Tom Henry, master Wandless, at Sunderland from Aberdeen, on the 26th
Aberdeen Weekly Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland), Wednesday, August 17, 1881
Creditors of John Wanliss, farmer, Mains of Cargill, Perthshire, will
receive a dividend at the writing chamgers of James C. Pinkerton,
Perth, 1st Oct
Aberdeen Weekly Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland), Monday, November 13, 1882
Wanliss was a forward on the football team of King’s College, in a game
at Annfield vs. Marischal College. Also mentioned in Aberdeen Weekly
Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland), Monday, February 12, 1883
Aberdeen Weekly Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland), Tuesday, January 16, 1883
S. Wanliss on the Aberdeen University football team as a forward.
Aberdeen Weekly Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland), Monday, January 29, 1883
Wanliss was a forward for the Second Fifteen University football team in a match at Stonehaven. during a snowstorm.
Glasgow Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), Wednesday, February 7, 1883
Arrived Gravesend, Feb 6, the Miss Wandless, from Calais.
Aberdeen Weekly Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland), Friday, February 16, 1883
S.D. Wanliss an officer in the cricket club, Bajan class, at King’s College. [Probably David Sydney Wanliss.]
Aberdeen Weekly Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland), Monday, May 21, 1883
Wanliss on the King’s College, Aberdeen cricket team in match against Stonehaven, scoring 10.
Aberdeen Weekly Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland), Friday, June 1, 1883
D.S. Wanliss to represent Marischal College (Aberdeen University) in
the cricket game against Forfarshire. The June 4 paper reported that he
had been “run out” in the first inning.
There are more mentions of Wanliss in cricket and football at Aberdeen in 1883-1884.
Some articles have been omitted here if they were repeats of others.
I also skipped some of the military promotions and lots of dog racing
& other gambling/racing results because often just the surname was
given, which doesn’t tell us much. Some articles not present here are
filed in their respective trees.
parish school at Galashiels, taught by Mr. Fyshe and his two
assistants, Mr. Wanless and Mr. Murray…the examiners were very
pleased with the performance of the academy students.
Academy, the parochial school of Galashiels, taught by Mr. Fyshe and
his assistant Mr. Wanless…pupils passed exams, are a great credit to
– Letter to Councillor Russell, Calton Jail, Edinburgh, apparently a
dissenting minister incarcerated, sympathising with and decrying his
plight, signed among others by John Wanless.
|1843||2 Sep||Perth – Harvest news – Mr. Wanless of St. Magdalene’s has commenced harvesting.|
Bankrupts: Sequestration of William Wanless, grocer and dealer in
grocery and other goods, Market Stairs, North Bridge, Edinburgh –
Creditors meet in Dowell’s Rooms, 18 George St, Edinburgh on 26th May
and 18 June at 12 o’clock.
body of a Newcastle ship captain named Wandless, who had gone amissing
some time ago, was found on Saturday in the South Dock, and from the
fact that the throat had been cut, it is conjectured that he committed
a case of letter tampering against a postman at Galashiels, a reference
was made to Mary Wanless, cook for the Rev. Mr. Russell at The Manse,
– Annual Conference of the Latter-Day Saints or Mormons was held in the
City Hall Saloon. Local elders attending were…James Wanless,
president of the Armadale branch. The Glasgow conference, which
embraces the whole of Scotland, counts 767 members.
|1873||14 Oct||Coursing – Longhurst puppy stakes results, Morpeth, Northumberland – Mr. T. Wanliss’s Buckfoot|
|1874||27 July||Shocking Murder in Edinburgh….Shortly after midnight a young man named William Wanless, residing
in East Crosscauseway, saw the woman Ritchie , together with Robert
Crichton, and another man…
Small Debt Court: Margaret Muirhead, domestic servant, against her late
employer, James Wanless, claimed £12 as wages, board wages, and the
value of a chest with contents which she claimed the defendant had
illegally withheld from her. Apparently there had been a series of
petty disagreements between mistress and maid which resulted in the
latter leaving the house without due warning. At the time, she refused
to open the chest, which was said to contain some stolen articles,
saying that “she knew the law as well as her master”. A few days later
she called with a policeman and again declined to hand over the key,
boasting of her superior legal knowledge. His Lordship stated that it
was far from clear that under ordinary circumstances a master was
entitled to retain the goods of his servant, but in the present case,
when there were suspicions against the pursuer which she might have
dispelled by opening the chest, so he dismissed the case with expenses.
He remarked that the master should not have detained her belongings but
instead have laid a criminal charge against her as the right course of
|1876||25 Oct||Perth Bankruptcy Court: John Wanliss, farmer, Cargill, was examined
yesterday at Perth. He had failed to appear on 2 former occations and
was apprehended last week. On Saturday, when part of the examination
took place, he was committed to prison for refusing to reveal the name
of the person who was keeping £50 for him, with which he said he
intended to go to America. Yesterday he gave a more explicit statement
and delivered the £50. The bankrupt’s liabilities are £2807 and the
assets £2503, leaving a deficiency of £504.
|1878||24 Jul||Ad: Houdans (pure), several pairs cocks and hens, 3-1/2 months.Robert Wanless, Maxwell Street, Morningside|
Burgh Court yesterday: John Wanless, drover, 8 Maxwell St, Morningside,
was fined 21s. for having, on the 5th at the Edinburgh cattle market,
cruelly stabbed 8 or 10 stirks or bullocks on the hips with a
sharp-pointed piece of iron fixed to the end of an ash stick.
Police Court – John Bertram and Robert Wanless, the 2 men who were
apprehended in connection with a disturbance at Causewayside on Tuesday
evening, were brought to court. Bertram was charged with presenting a
pistol at the head of a cabman and threatening to “do for” him, and
also with assaulting Constable M’Caffery by striking him with a leather
bag containing shot and knocking him down. Bertram denied having a
pistol but pleaded guilty to the assault. He was fined 7s 6d. with the
alternative of 5 days imprisonment. Wanless was charged with assaulting
M’Caffery and with having attempted to rescue Bertram from his custody.
He pled guilty and was ordered to pay a fine of 5s. or go to jail for 3
petition has been presented to the Sheriff of the Lothians &
Peebles, at Edinburgh, by Mrs. Mary Jane Elizabeth Wanlass Smith or
Nixon, widow of the late Joseph Nixon, Railway Clerk, 8 Shandon Place,
Edinburgh, executrix dative qua and relict of the said deceased Joseph
Nixon, praying that Caution to be found by her in the Confirmation be
restricted to £100. Objections must be lodged with the Commissary Clerk
within 10 days.
|1885||14 Sep||Ad: Ferrets, splendid lot to dispose of, capital workers, for 5s each.A. Wanless, Duke Street, Alnwick, Northumberland
[this ad was repeated several times in 2-3 years]
|1885||21 Dec||A Warwickshire Story: The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant
“Surely the talk about Bishops is very foolish” – Spectator“Told with much power” – Athenaeum
“A remarkable as well as an able book” – Morning Post
“Deeply touching and spirit-stirring” – Scotsman
” ‘A bitter cry of outcast London’ re-echoed in a Warwickshire village” – Manchester Guardian
“A book well worth reading” – Weekly Dispatch
“The author has no ordinary skill in giving his work the magic touch of intense living realism” – Glasgow Herald
Manchester: Johnd Dale & Abel Heywood & Son/
London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co; and all booksellers
City Police Court yesterday: John Wanless, George M’Cluskey, John
Murray, Robert Imrie, and Charles Jenkinson were each fined £1, with
the alternative of 5 days imprisonment, for having, in the Prince of
Wales hotel, West Register street, on Sunday July 26th, obtained each a
pint of beer by falsely representing that they had come from Gorebridge.
Phyllis Wanless O’Gowan will be glad to receive and forward socks and
flannel shirts for the soldiers of the 2nd Scottish Rifles
(Cameronians) in South Africa from any kind friends or those who have
relatives in the regiment. Address to Mrs. R. Wanless O’Gowan, 5 Upper
Fitzwilliam St, Dublin.
|1901||26 Jan||A fatal accident at Davy Pit, Glenbuck, Muirkirk, befell William Wilson, miner, resident of Wanlass Place, Muirkirk.|
At Young’s Rooms, Nethergate, Dundee on the 26th, by Rev. Alexander
Alexander, William Wanless, fish salesman, to Mary, only daughter of
Mrs. M’Leod, 7 Victoria St, Dundee
Wedding: Wanless-Dick – At Leith on 18th Aug 1854, by Rev. Wm.
Stevenson, Robert Wanless to Margaret Dick. Resident at “Mountquhanie”,
29 Montpelier, Edinburgh.
to Debtors & Creditors: Mrs. Wanliss, Restaurateur, Dundee Arms,
High Street, Dundee, having retired from business, all persons having
claims against her are requested to lodge same by 24th Oct and all
persons indebted to her are requested to make payment within the like
period. By James Urquhart & Walker, 10 Reform St, Dundee.
At her daughter’s house (Mrs. Muirhead, 19 Fowler terrace), on the
28th, Isabella, widow of Charles Wilson, mason, and eldest daughter of
the late William Wanless, parish schoolmaster of Longformacus, in her
licensing courts held to consider applications for certificates from
Whitsunday 1905 to Whitsunday 1906. An application was made by Mrs.
Mary Wanliss, Dundee, a new tenant, for the Cross Keys Hotel,
Milnathort, Kinross-shire, and a license was granted.
|1906||3 Feb||All-England Pigeon ShootPlough Hotel, Alnwick
Thomas Wanless, Proprietor
Police Court – Two brokers, Mrs. Margaret Wanless and William Mullan,
were each fined £5, in default 30 days imprisonment, for purchasing
from young lads brass and copper in a less quantity than prescribed by
the Prevention of Crimes act.
T.D. Wanliss raised a question at the meeting of the Royal Scottish
Geographical Society, objecting to the use of “England” where “Britain”
is meant. [A number of other letters were received in the same vein. On
17th Nov, he is referred to as “late member of the Australian
Prince of Wales Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment) – Supernumerary
Major C. Wanliss is restored to the Establishment, vice D.G.
sale – Darnick, near Melrose – 2 storied dwelling houses and cottage i
the village of Darnick belonging to the late Thomas Nichol, tenanted by
William Simpson, Richard Wanless, Mrs M’Telfer, etc. Total rental: £33.
Fen-duty nominal. Upset price: £300
|1912||14 Aug||Arrived at Granton August 12th, the Brentwood, s. 731, Wanless, from London, ballast.Sailed August 14th, the Brentwood, s. 731, Wanless, for London, coal.|
Police Court yesterday – Jane Wanless, dealer, Hinshaw Street, Glasgow,
was fined £5 or 30 days imprisonment for having on the 4th in her
premises at 74 Main Street, Maryhill, Glasgow, resetted 40 lb. of
sterotype metal which was stolen from a printer’s establishment in
|1914||12 Dec||Wounded – Scottish Regiments, Gordon Highlanders – J. Wanless, 1355|
|1914||23 Dec||Wounded – Scottish Regiments, the Black Watch – J. Wanliss, 2613|
|1915||25 Mar||Death – killed – S. Wanless, 11857, Kings Own Scottish Borderers, Expeditionary Force, reported 7th March|
– Private James Robertson, ‘A’ Company, 7th Royal Scots, age 17, son of
William Robertson, Meadow Cottage, Carronshore, near Falkirk. He was
one of the soldier victims in a train disaster near Gretna. His uncle,
Lieutenant Wanless of the Black Watch, was recently killed. [details
|1915||27 Feb||Death – previously reported wounded, now reported killed – J. Wanless, Gordons, 9747, Scottish regiments, reported 13 Jan|
|1915||25 Mar||Killed – Kings Own Scottish Borderers – Wanless, S., 11857|
|1915||29 Oct||Wounded – Coldstream Guards, 3rd Battalion, C. Wanlass, 13379, reported 19th Oct|
|1915||3 June||Wounded – James Hill Wanless, Sto. 1st Class, Nelson Battalion, reported 29 May, Royal Naval Division|
|1915||3 May||Wounded – J.W. Wanless, A.B., Royal Naval Division, in the Dardanelles 25th-30th April|
– at South Leith parish church on the 28th, Q.M. Sgt. Richard Wanless,
B.E.F., eldest son of Richard Wanless, 8 Hermitage Terrace, to
Elizabeth Liddle (Liz) Cockburn, eldest surviving daughter of the late
William Cockburn, N.B.R. and of Mrs. Cockburn, 25 Halmyre Street, Leith
King invested Major-General R. Wanless with the insignia of the
Companion of the Orders for Most Honourable Order of the Bath, at
|1916||13 Mar||Wounded Soldiers Arrive in Perth at the V.A.D. Hospital – Dvr. J. Wandless, 57164, R.F.A., 37th How. Batty., 8th Brig.|
Wanless Dickson, M.B. Toronto University, M.C.P. & S. Ontario,
M.R.C.S. Eng., L.R.C.P. Lond., was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal
College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.
for gallantry – 5454, Lance Corporal (A.Q.M.S.) R. Wanless, D. Gds. –
For continuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has consistently done
good work throughout and has at all times set a splendid example to his
Harold Boyd Wanless, D.S.O., Australians, killed in action, is the only
son of Mr. Newton Wanless, Melbourne, and grand-nephew of Mrs. Bell,
Tedlanet, Perth. Capt. Wanless, who was born in 1891, was mentioned in
dispatches and received the D.S.O. for services in the present war.
|1917||31 Aug||Death – killed in action in the Black Watch – R.A. Wanless, Auchterarder, 290837|
|1918||31 Oct||Rank and file Scottish losses – killed from the Royal Scots – Wanless, J. (Longniddry), 44312|
|1919||24 Jan||Death attributed to enemy action reported during the month ending June 20, 1917 – A.Wanless, steward, Glasgow||or “A. Steward Wanless” ?|
|1919||28 Aug||Cumberland Lawn Tennis tournament, Carlisle, Cumberland – F. Ritson beat A.M. Wandless|
– St. Ninian’s parish church, Aberdeen, 2nd June, Alexander Wanless to
Sophie, 2nd daughter of John Young, R.N.R., 10 Forest Rd, Aberdeen
|1920||14 Aug||Perth – Auction of valuable antique furniture from, among other sources, the Misses Wanliss in Perth.|
– Mrs. Mary Ann Wanliss, late of the Cross Keys Hotel, aged 79, at
Westerloan, Milnathort on the 9th. Burial in Orwell churchyard.
Commonwealth Labour Conference – Mr. W. Wanless of South Africa says
immigrants must have employment guaranteed on arrival or possess £100
when they enter the country.
Duke & Duchess of York again visited the Wembley Exhibition
yesterday. During their tour of the South African Pavilion. Mr. William
Wanless, a Scotsman, who represents Durban, told the Duchess that he
had known her from infancy. He recalled an incident which occurred when
he was playing cricket with her father. The Duchess said she did not
recall the incident, but was charmed to hear Mr. Wanless speaking Scots.
don’t know which Wm Wanless was in Durban politics. In 1925, the
Duchess of York was Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, daughter of the 14th Earl of
Strathmore & Kinghorne, who later became the mother of Queen
Elizabeth II. She was born in 1900.
|1925||11 Mar||Death – at 4 Marshall Place, Perth, of Jessie Moon Wanliss in her 92nd year, on the 9th. Burial in Abernethy Churchyard.|
northwesterly gale blowing 46 mpg on the English channel at Dover. A
gale tragedy resulted in the death of Joseph William Wanless (45),
Council lamp repairer, at Clousden Hill, Northumberland. Wanless was
cycling along the highway and as he was rounding a corner, a severe
gust of wind forced him into collision with the side of a motor bus. He
was carried some distance and eventually crushed to death by the heavy
bus against a stone wall.
|born abt 1880 – I’m not sure who this is|
|1925||7 Oct||Death – Agnes Wanless, widow of Thomas Wanless, at 15 Cathcart Place, Edinburgh on the 6th|
– at a nursing home in Edinburgh, on the 23rd, Jessie Wanless wife of
William Wilson Braid, 20 Esslemont rd, Edinburgh. Liberton Cemetery.
– at Windsor House, Edinburgh, on the 25th, John Wanless to Margaret
Ramage, younger daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. Thomas P. Ramage,
– at Isla House, Bridge of Earn, on 13 Nov, in his 89th year, John
Wanliss, fifth son of the late John Wanliss, farmer, Jamesfield,
– 11 Church St, Alloa, on the 24th, James Finlayson, late goods agent,
L.M.S. Balway, Alloa), aged 73, beloved husband of Mary Ann Wanless.
|1928||14 Mar||Sir William James Wanless knighted on 5th Mar|
|1928||6 Nov||Durban, South Africa – Mr. Wanless, general secretary of the Labour party|
|1928||9 June||Ernest Wanless, waiter, Royal Hotel, Galashiels|
|1928||5 Jul||Running Races: 100 yards (under 15)1. J Hassan, Holy Cross;
2. R. Wanless, Tyncastle, Edinburgh. 5/7/1928.
|1929||26 Feb||Death – John Wanliss Bell, aged 58, at Dalroch, Strathbraun on 23rd Feb. Burial in Kinfauns Churchyard.|
– Winton. – At Deaconess Hospital, Edinburgh, on the 16th October 1932,
Janet Wanless Allan, dearly beloved wife of Daniel Winton, Malleny
Mills, Balerno. Funeral from the house to Currie Churchyard, 19th
woman, later identified as Nettie Wanless (29), 14 Edina Place, was
found lying unconscious on the Radical Road, King’s Park, Edinburgh,
yesterday afternoon. She was taken to the Royal Infirmary, where she
|Antoinette d/o John Stewart Wanless|
– Crawford. – At 28 Forrest Road, Edinburgh. on 21st. March, Horace
Wanless Crawford, M.A..eldest son of the late John Dawson Crawford.
|1936||1 May||Swimming – Honour Certificates for School Pupils.Leith AcademySecondary — Ann Elizabeth Wanless.|
the annual meeting of the Berwick-on-Tweed Conservative & Unionist
Association, Mr. L. Wanless proposed a resolution to institute some
form of compulsory military service in this country. The Army is
getting insufficient recruits and many got were physically unfit. Men
should be trained for a period of, say, 12 months. Regular training
& discipline, he is sure, would improve the physical condition of
the young men of the country. Later, he withdrew his motion, saying
that all present seemed to be more or less in favour, but to advocate
compulsory service would be a bad thing from an electioneering point of
|1938||5 Jul||Broughton Secondary School.The Principal prizewinners were: Dux.
George Wanless; proxime accessit.
|3 Mar||1939||RacesStar of Love — E. Wanless.
Coffee Cup —- J. Wanless.
|Are these the jockeys or the owners?|
R.W. Wanless, president of the Falkirk Rotary Club, spoke of the
relation between Rotary and the Scout movement, quoting the Chief Scout
Lord Baden-Powell, who had described the Scout movement as the “Junior
|1944||24 June||Faculty of Arts.Alexander Darling Scholarship to Mary Wanless Young|
– At hospital, Adelaide, S. Australia, on 23rd August 1947, to Don and
Betty Simmons (nee Wanless, 21 March Road, Edinburgh.4 ) a son ( Bruce
Adelaide, South Australia.on 8th Sept. 1949, to Don and Betty Simmons,
( nee Wanless, 21 March Road, Edinburgh, 4) a daughter (Jennifer
|1949||1 Jul||Degrees Conferred :B.L.- Alexander M. Wanless, Dundee.|
– The fishing trawler Margaret Paton is six days overdue and was last
heard from 8 days ago, when they were fishing in the Coral Bank area of
the North Sea. An RAF bomber searched a very large of ocean at first
light yesterday and will be resumed today. The Leith Trawlermen’s
Association decided to delay normal sailing until Monday of next week
if there is no news today (about a dozen trawlers in the Granton fleet
go out from Leith). The 13-man crew of the Margaret Paton includes
Henry Wanless (age 34), 6 Wilkie Place, Leith, second fisherman.
|Henry s/o Peter Wanless & Elizabeth Strachan|
– Masterton. – At 82 Stevenson Avenue, Edinburgh,11. (the home of her
niece, Miss Niven).on 16th January 1950. Helen Thorburn Niven. beloved
wife of the late Andrew Masterton, Tailor and Clothier, Windygates and
Leven, Fife. and sister of Mrs C.T. Wanless. 21 March Road, Edinburgh.
4. Service Warriston Crematorium