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Braidwood History

This part of the Braidwood family is from Liverpool, UK

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Braidwood History

If John Braidwood was the son of John Braidwood and Jean Miller I haven't written about John Braidwood's parentage because the identity of his parents has not been confirmed yet. We can only be sure that John Braidwood came from Scotland where he was born c1817.

John probably arrived in Liverpool in the 1840s. Two of his grandchildren, Jim and Frank Salthouse, remembered being told that the family originally had a butcher's shop in Paisley, but when John Braidwood arrived in Liverpool it seems that he worked as a labourer. His own father, also John Braidwood, was an iron moulder, so he may have lived close to his brothers / uncles / cousins at first for support whilst he worked to set up his own business. 



Janet Braidwood is at the centre of this picture. By this time she is Janet Salthouse, married to William Salthouse who is sitting to the left of her. Her children are Lucy Salthouse (standing, left), their son, also William Salthouse, known as 'Our Wil' (sitting, right), Janet Braidwood, the youngest daughter, and Jim (James Thomas) Salthouse, the youngest son, standing at the back. They are all sitting on what appears to be a home made garden swing.

If this picture was taken in about 1910, then Janet Braidwood/Salthouse would have been about 58 years old.



Braidwood Family Notes

We don't know if any of the Braidwoods mentioned here are related to us, but the history is interesting, anyway. (All subject to being properly researched but if you are interested there are enough clues here to find the information through a search engine).

Fire Service

Almost exactly 200 years ago John Braidwood was a famous fireman, I think he worked in Glasgow and he pioneered the modern techniques for getting the water directly to the seat of the fire to extinguish the flames.

At 11.30 a.m. on Thursday, 6th July 2000, HRH The Queen attended a reception for representatives of the Fire Service in Scotland to mark the bicentenary of the birth of their founder, James Braidwood, at Bute House, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.1

Schools for the deaf

Thomas Braidwood set up a school for deaf children in Edinburgh in 1760. The school was known as Braidwood's Academy and one of its famous pupils was John Goodricke (1764-1786) who was profoundly deaf but who later became a famous astronomer and a Fellow of the Royal Society.2,3 Another famous pupil was Walter Geikie (1795-1837), an artist, who later set up the deaf church with Matthew Burns.

A school for deaf children exists in Birmingham and is called the Braidwood School.


James Braidwood was a new and second-hand bookseller in Edinburgh4. In 1834 he is recorded at 5 Hanover Square; from 1836-1878 he is recorded at 26 George Street. There are Braidwood Catalogues for 1838 and 1852-59 in the National Library of Scotland, and Part 1 of J. Braidwood’s Cheap-Book Catalogue for January 1843, and Part 2 for December 1843 in the Chambers Papers in the National Library of Scotland.


Source notes

1    http://www.nds.coi.gov.uk/coi/coipress.nsf

2    http://www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/DeafStudiesTeaching/dhcwww/chapter3.htm

3    http://www.waa.av.org/More_Good.htm

4    Edin Dir; Pigot 1837; National Library of Scotland MS Dep 341/637; http://www.nls.uk/catalogues/resources/sbti/braidwood_browning.html 



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