10 Dec

James Smith

Archive, Helen Mowatt, Norman Mowatt, People of the Picture House

James Smith was born in Glasgow in 1867, son of a Master Baker. He worked for several years as a clerk then as head clerk of the Central Hotel in Glasgow. From 1905 he was proprietor, manager, and later managing director of the Ugadale Arms Hotel in Machrihanish. He was one of the founding directors of the Picture House and had a large shareholding. He was a believer in provision of entertainment and excursions as methods of attracting tourist business to the area and to his hotel.

Biography File: People of Campbeltown Picture House
Full NameJames Smith
Birth date2nd July 1867Birth place: Glasgow
Death dateunknownDeath place: unknown
Father’s full nameRobert Smith (Baker in Glasgow, Hotelier Bute Arms Hotel, Rothesay, Bute)
Mother’s full name
(maiden name in brackets)
Agnes Hendrie Smith (Morrison) – married 11th September 1866 Glasgow
Spouse(s)

 

  • (1) unknown
  • (1) Robina Kelly Fraser – 7th October 1909, Windsor Hotel, Glasgow
Children
  • Second Lieutenant Bertie Smith 1/8th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (WW1)
Places of residence

 

  • Duke Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow
  • Central Hotel, Glasgow
  • Ugadale Arms Hotel, Machrihanish
Occupation history

 

  • Clerk – Central Hotel, Glasgow
  • Head Clerk – Central Hotel, Glasgow
  • Proprietor/Manager/Managing Director – Ugadale Hotel, Machrihanish
Relationship with Picture House / Rex CinemaOne of the founding four directors and a shareholder of the Picture House
Life story in a paragraph (summary of above)

 

 

 

James Smith was born in Glasgow in 1867, son of a Master Baker. He worked for several years as a clerk then as head clerk of the Central Hotel in Glasgow. From 1905 he was proprietor, manager, and later managing director of the Ugadale Arms Hotel in Machrihanish. He was one of the founding directors of the Picture House and had a large shareholding. He was a believer in provision of entertainment and excursions as methods of attracting tourist business to the area and to his hotel.
Contact with family established (details)?No
External source references (e.g. census, BMD, valuation rolls, probate index, wills, parish records etc.) include ref. numbers

 

  • Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950
  • Marriage Certificate Smith/Fraser – shows James Smith as a widower
  • 1891 census
  • 1901 census
  • 1911 census
  • Valuation Rolls Campbeltown 1905 – 1920
  • Newspaper ads for the hotel (note: We can find no mention of James Smith in adverts for the hotel after 1940 and there is an advert for 1950 which names a different manager).
  • Shareholders certificates book and ledger
  • The Wee Pictures by Norman Newton
  • Reference to the Articles of Association for the Picture House p 4
  • Paragraph referring to James Smith p 6
  • Bertie Smith sources are newspaper reports of wounds and gassing in WW1. Campbeltown Courier August 26th 1916 names James Smith, Ugadale Arms Hotel as his father and Robert Smith of the Bute Arms Hotel Rothesay as his grandfather.
CPH archive or object collection referenceShareholders Ledger. Share Certificates book.
Other notes

 

The last newspaper ad for the Ugadale Arms showing James Smith as Managing Director is 1940 – the trail stops there so far !

Searching for James Smith’s first wife, his death, and details for son Bertie is very difficult with the surname Smith .

ResearcherNorman and Helen MowattCreation Date: 25th May 2017
James McInnes December 10, 2017 John Norman Mactaggart December 10, 2017