Further information gleaned from the records about the Lawton family of Edinburgh, Scotland c.1890-1907
Edwin Watson Lawton, Wholesale Rag Merchant b.circa 1842/1843 England died 21/06/1890 at 16 Lilyhill Terrace, Parson's Green, Edinburgh. He was the son of John Lawton, Cloth Dresser (Woollen Mill) and Anna Lawton (nee Watson) I believe Edwin was probably born in the Morley/Batley area of West Yorkshire.
His widow, Sarah Lawton (nee Barron)b.Morley, W.Yorks 1844 died 22/11/1907 at 5 Duddingston Crescent, Portobello, Edinburgh.
Sarah & her children are recorded in the 1891 Scottish Census at the same house, 16 Lilyhill Terrace, in the Parish of Canongate (not Canongate proper as I indicated in my earlier posting), Edinburgh. The children were :
1. Fred aged 23, Manager for Woollen Merchant 2. Lilly, aged 18, living on private means 3. Leonard Arthur, aged 16, Mechanical Engineering Apprentice 4. Herbert, aged 9, Scholar 5. Winnie, aged 7, Scholar
My own records show :
Lilly Lawton as marrying ? Currer Winnie Lawton as marrying ? Lowden Herbert Lawton as marrying ? Birnie Leonard Lawton as marrying twice I have no record of Fred's marriage etc
All the children were born in England and so it appears as if the family moved to Edinburgh, probably from Yorkshire, in the mid to late 1880's.
Edwin was involved in the rag trade in Edinburgh probably the business run by his wife's family,the Barrons, who had set up a wholesale rag merchant business in Edinburgh in the 1850's collecting rags and cloth as "shoddy" to be shipped down for recycling and re-processing as new cloth in the family Mills in Morley, West Yorkshire. I have recently been told that the Barron rag depot was at one time in the early 1900's in the Dumbiedykes area of central Edinburgh, close to Holyrood Park.
Anyone with information on Lilly Lawton or any of her siblings or their possible descendants please feel free to get in touch with me.