10 Dec

William Greenless

Allanna Brough, Archive, People of the Picture House


Biography File: People of Campbeltown Picture House
Full NameWilliam Greenlees
Maiden name / other names
Birth dateOctober 12 1850Birth place: Campbeltown
Death dateNovember 1 1922Death place: Campbeltown
Father’s full nameJohn Greenlees
Mother’s full name
(maiden name in brackets)
Jean/Jane Mitchell8i9
Places of residence
  • 1861: Stewarton
  • 1871: Stewarton
  • 1881: Millknowe Street, Campbeltown
  • 1891: Campbeltown
  • 1901: Redcliff, Kilkerran Road, Campbeltown
  • 1911: Redcliff, Kilkerran Road, Campbeltown
  • 1902 – 1922: Redcliff, Kilkerran Road, Campbeltown
Occupation history
  • 1871: Bank Clerk
  • 1881: Distiller Distillery
  • 1886: Co-owner of Longrow Distillery
  • 1891: Distiller
  • 1901: Distiller
  • 1911: Distiller
Relationship with Picturehouse / Rex CinemaWilliam was an original shareholder of the Picture House. In 1912, he bought 100 shares.
Life story in a paragraph (summary of above)William’s early years were spent in Stewarton, where his Father had a Grocer Shop. When his Father retired, he lived in the villa “Craiglussa” at Machrihanish.

Longrow Distillery was founded in 1824 and was owned by John Beith &Co. From 1852 it was owned by Colvill, Beith & Co. In 1887, William Greenlees and his brother James Greenlees took over. The distillery closed in 1896. In 1897, William had a villa built on Kilkerran Road. “Redcliff” was designed by H. E. Clifford.

When he died, he left £500 to his Housekeeper, £300 to his house servant and £250 to his Nephew. He owned a half share in his brother James’s business “Bennet & Co” which he signed over to him on his death. The rest of his estate was divided between his siblings: John, James, Archibald, Jessie and Catherine.

Contact with family established (details)?
External source references (e.g. census, BMD, valuation rolls, probate index, wills, parish records etc.) include ref. numbers
  • Parish Registers GRO:507/
  • UK Census Collection
  • Scottish Valuation Rolls
  • Dunoon Sheriff Court Wills SC51/34/14
  • The Distilleries of Campbeltown by David Stirk
CPH archive or object collection referenceShares Ledger
Other notes
ResearcherABCreation Date: June 2017
William D’Arc December 10, 2017 William John Turpin December 10, 2017