Thank you for your response! My great grandfather
is the one that married Isabella Lees (who was the
daughter of John Lees who founded the John Lees & Co
Ltd boot factory in 1874 in Maybole.) William
McKellar went on to run the boot factory with
Isabella's brother John Lees after the senior John
William McKellar and Isabella had 9 children (we
have a copy of the family photograph (above) with
who is who.) One
of the 9 children was my grandfather John McKellar
who went on to run the factory after William passed.
William and Isabel Lees McKellar family photo
above was taken around 1900 or 1901. I have based
that on the family photo and ages of the children
from the 1901 census. Family that are in the photo
starting in the back row (left to right) are: Sarah
McKellar (1884-?); Colin McKellar (1885-1904);
Elizabeth McKellar (1883-1913); middle row (left to
right) are Jeanie McKellar (1887? - ?); William
McKellar (1852-1924); Mary McKellar 1886-?);
Isabella McKellar (1860-1950); and front row (left
to right) William Thomson McKellar (1897-?); Isabel
Lees McKellar (1896-?); John Lees McKellar
(1894-1967); Jenny McKellar (1891-?)
I found information about the
on the website about three years ago. At that
time my mother was still alive and I was able to
share it with her as she had some interesting
memories of growing up in Maybole.
I am hoping you might be able to tell my why we also
have tricycle medal for W. McKellar that is very
similar to the one Alex Gemmell has and if is
possible to figure out what date ours is from (I
can't believe he actually won this race twice!)
and Isabella McKellar orignally resided in Maybole
at 3 and 4 Barns Terrace. Later (and I'm still
working on when they moved) they resided at Kincraig
(photo on the left of Kincraig taken when I was
visiting Maybole in 1987) which is I believe is at
Culzean Road and Cargill Road.
William McKellar was born in 1852 and was the son of
Colin and Sarah McKellar. I believe his mother,
Sarah McKellar along with her son William, daughter
Mary, and grandson Colin Thomson moved to Maybole
from Kirfieldbank sometime between 1871 and 1881
(according to the 1871 and 1881 census.) The 1881
census had the the four of them living at Redbrae in
Maybole and William's occupation at that time was
listed as "currier."
William McKellar between 1881 and early 1883 married
Isabel Lees (daughter of John Lees.) The 1881 census
lists that Isabel, at age 20, was living in Maybole
on Back Road. Her father John Lees' occupation was
listed as "Tea Merchant" even though I believe at
that time the shoe factory had been started? (I am
have not seen the census report yet for 1891 to see
what the occupation for John Lees and William
McKellar was at that point.) William McKellar was
also Provost of Maybole from 1905-1912. The photo is
hanging in the Maybole council chamber.
William McKellar and Isabel Lees had the following
Elizabeth Watson McKellar 1883-1913
Sarah (Sadie) Thomson McKellar 1884 - ?
Colin McKellar 1885-1904
Jeanie McKellar 1887-1899
Mary McKellar 1888 - ?
Jenny Cunningham McKellar 1981 -
John Lees McKellar (my grandfather who went on to
run John Lees Ltd. Factory) 1994 - 1967
Isabella Lees McKellar 1986 -
William Thomson McKellar 1897 - ?
My mother (Elizabeth Watson McKellar Anders) had
memories of her family (John McKellar - son of
William and Isabella who went on to run the John
Lees Ltd. Shoe Factory.) living in the Carrick House
and visiting her grandmother (Isabella McKellar) who
lived at Kincraig at that time. I believe William
McKellar passed away in 1924.
I would like to know more about the Tricycle Medal
and why there are two!.
My sisters (Fiona Price and Jeannette Anders) and
I are very excited about finding the connections to
Maybole and the cycling medal!
January of 2012 we received the
following addition to our story...
Photo of W.T.
McKellar and family members
Delcombe in the 50's. From right
to left, looking at the photo -
my mother Marcia, grandpa, my
sisters Ann and Pam and me,
grandma (we are not sure of her
name as she was always referred
to as Maybole granny) and my
father John (Iain) Lockhart.
Contributed by Mike Lockhart.
" Presented to W. T. Mckellar by
the officers of "E" Company 6th
Battalion Ayr Home Guard 1940-
read with interest Ms. Novzen's post on
the McKellar family and the tricycle
medal. W.T. McKellar, youngest son of
the tricyclist, who is shown in the
picture in the front row, was my
grandfather and, when I knew him in the
50's until his death in the 60's, lived
in Delcombe on the Culzean Road. I think
I remember in the 50's being taken to
Kincraig or a house nearby to meet a
formidable "great aunt".
Grandpa lost a leg in
WW1 and the other was permanently stiff.
He told us that he had lost it in "the
last cavalry charge of the war". We
think he was in Nottingham at some time
but moved back to Maybole after the war
and worked for John Lees. He drove to
work every day in a specially adapted
car - unusual for those days!
In the second world
war he was in the Home Guard and I have
a tankard inscribed " Presented to W. T.
Mckellar by the officers of "E" Company
6th Battalion Ayr Home Guard 1940- 1944"
On the photograph
that he is named as "father of Midge".
In fact he had three daughters - Marcia
(my mother), Isobelle and Midge. I
attach a copy of a photograph (shown
above) taken at Delcombe in the 50's.
From right to left, looking at the photo
- my mother Marcia, grandpa, my sisters
Ann and Pam and me, grandma (we are not
sure of her name as she was always
referred to as Maybole granny) and my
father John (Iain) Lockhart.
I think my aunt
Isobelle kept in touch with second
cousins in Canada and I think we have
second cousins in Argentina. One of my
cousins still lives near Maybole."