10 Dec

William McKersie

Allanna Brough, Archive, People of the Picture House

(photograph provided by Tom McCall)

Biography File: People of Campbeltown Picture House
Full NameWilliam Mitchell McKersie
Maiden name / other names
Birth dateAbout 1844Birth place: Campbeltown
Death date1916Death place: Campbeltown
Father’s full nameWilliam McKersie
Mother’s full name
(maiden name in brackets)
Jane/Jean Mitchell
Spouse(s)Marion McCall, married 1881 Ayr. (see other notes)
  • Marion McKersie (see other notes)
  • William McKersie
  • Jean McKersie (see other notes)
  • John Anthony (Jack) McKersie (see other notes)
  • Victoria McKersie
Places of residence
  • 1861: Corstorphine, Edinburgh: Pupil Boarder
  • 1881: Kirk Street, Campbeltown
  • 1891: Craigard, Askomil, Campbeltown
  • 1901: Craigard, Askomil, Campbeltown
Occupation history
  • 1881: Distiller
  • 1891: Distiller
  • 1901: Distiller
Relationship with Picturehouse / Rex CinemaWilliam Mckersie was one of the original shareholders. He bought 50 shares in 1912.
Life story in a paragraph (summary of above)William Mitchell McKersie was born into a Distillery family.

His Father, also William, was a partner in Lochside Distillery, Longrow, Campbeltown before becoming the owner of  Albyn Distillery, situated on The Roading, Campbeltown. The Albyn Distillery passed to his sons, William and John.

In 1867, William and his brother John bought another distillery, Lochruan located at Princess Street, Campbeltown which they rebuilt.

William and John, whilst running two distilleries together, seem to have been quite competitive. William had the architect H E Clifford design his villa “Craigard” at Low Askomil. John then employed the same architect and gave him the order that he build him a house like his brother’s, only better. This was the villa “Auchinlee” on High Askomil.

Contact with family established (details)?
External source references (e.g. census, BMD, valuation rolls, probate index, wills, parish records etc.) include ref. numbers
  • UK Census Collection
  • Statutory Registers: Marriage GRO: 578/147
  • The Campbeltown Book published by Kintyre Civic Society
  • The Distilleries of Campbeltown by David Stirk
  • Imperial War Museum archives
  • The London Gazette archives
CPH archive or object collection referenceShareholders Ledger
Other notesWilliam’s son, Jack, served with Princess Louise’s Regiment of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

Two of his daughters, Marion and Jean operated a motorised field kitchen on the Italian Front.

William’s wife, Marion, was awarded the MBE for her services to the British Red Cross.

ResearcherABCreation Date: June 2017
William John Turpin December 10, 2017 William Walker December 10, 2017