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  • ID: I615
  • Name: William CLAPPERTON
  • Given Name: William
  • Surname: Clapperton
  • Suffix: Weaver and Chartist
  • Title: Weaver and Chartist
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1785 in Torwoodlee,Roxburghshire
  • Death: 26 FEB 1860 in Huddersfield,Galashiels of "apoplexy brought to a climax by excess of joy at the unexpected recovery of his cow"
  • Note:
    An extreme Chartist and keen politician respected for way he put forward ideas
    A founder of temperance movement in Galashiels & organised 1st cooperative store
    As the local patriarch of the weaving fraternity, William presented a plaid to the visiting Hungarian patriot Kossuth in 1856 [see footnote below].
    William had been a weaver for much of his life, then had taken up cows. William was also a breeder of bees.

    Border Advertiser Friday March 2nd 1860:
    "Sudden Death; - A startling instance of the uncertainty of life took place place on Sunday morning in the sudden death of Mr. William Clapperton, an old, well known and respected inhabitant. For a short time previous one of his cows, on which he set much value, had been unwell and nearly dead, and his rest had been disturbed by attending to the animal. During Saturday night he had got little rest, and on Sunday morning he rose at 5 o'clock and was very mach overjoyed to find his animal beginning to recover. He retired to rest after having had a cup of tea in his son's house adjoining, and about, 8 o'clock his son Alexander, happening to look into his bed noticed his features strangely altertered, and on springing into the bed and raising him up his head fell back and he immediately expired. The cause of death is believed to have been apoplexy, brought to a climax by excess of joy at the unexpected recovery of his cow. William was one, if not the chief originator and leader of the temperance movement In this town. He was also a keen politician and held extreme Chartist views, though be was always respected for the independent way in which he advocated his political creed. He was the individual selected by the working classes, on the occasion of Kossuth's visit to Galashiels, to present the illustrious Hungarian with a plaid of our own manufacture, which he did in a very appropriate speech. He followed the occupation- of a spinner during the greatter part of his life, but latterly had given up his attention almost exclusively to the keeping of a dairy. He maintained also a local celebrity as a breeder and of bees, no less than does his son for the knowledge he possesses of our British cage and wild birds. He was seventy five years of age and leaves an aged partner., two years older then himself to mourn his sudden bereavemen."
    The following appears under Deaths, in the Border Advertiser dated Friday March 2nd 1860.
    "Suddenly at Huddersfield, here, on the 26th ult., Mr. William Clapperton, Cowfeeder, aged 75."

    The National Wallace Monument took a long time to plan, and then from 1861-1869 to build. John McAdam (1806-1883) brother of the proprietor of the Hydepark Pottery, Glasgow, was a Glasgow businessman with an interest in political reform and revolution both at home and abroad. When the fundraising campaign for the National Wallace Monument in Stirling was in difficulty in the mid 1860s, McAdam stepped in to help. He wrote to some of the European liberators of his own time to obtain their endorsement for the National Wallace Monument. In 1868 he obtained letters from Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882) and Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872) of Italy, Louis Kossuth (1802-1894) "the Wallace of Hungary", Karl Blind (1826-1907) of Germany, and Louis Bland (1811-1882), the French Socialist. These men were the great patriots of the age, and the letters McAdam had solicited from them were, with English translations, set in a specially carved frame with thistles and other Scottish symbols, made from the Wallace Oak of Elderslie and provided by Captain Spiers on whose estate the tree grew. The framed letters were regarded as the first gift which would lay the foundation of a national museum collection at the Wallace Monument, and McAdam anticipated that the letters would be a great attraction to visitors. The letters were obtained in the year before the monument opened to the public, and large photographic prints of them were sold to raise funds for the building. [information from Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum]
  • Change Date: 29 MAY 2006 at 08:32:04

    Father: Alexander CLAPPERTON b: in Overshiels,Stow,Midlothian c: 23 JAN 1762 in Stow
    Mother: Christian MERCER c: 28 MAY 1762 in Melrose,Scotland

    Marriage 1 Marion ANDERSON b: 1783 in Stow
    • Married: 20 FEB 1811 in Edinburgh,married by Rev John Thompson
    • Note:
      Married by Rev John Thompson
      14 Feb Edinbugh St Cuthberts
      20 Feb Stow
    1. Has Children Christian CLAPPERTON b: 1815 in "Readhead",Stow or Galashiels: Selkirkshire
    2. Has Children Alexander CLAPPERTON b: ABT 1816 in Traquair (Peebles) Scotland
    3. Has Children Sophie CLAPPERTON b: 1821/1822 in Galashiels
    4. Has Children William CLAPPERTON b: 14 APR 1826 in Galashiels,Scotland

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