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Details about Compiler! : William Cross FSA ( Scot )
William has recently taken early retirement after 28 years working in London in the Civil Service. The family home is
now in Newport, South Wales. William enjoys a variety of hobbies and interests including walking, genealogy, theatre and
freemasonry. He is the Editor of the Renfrewshire Family History Society Journal and has written a number of articles for
family history magazines and published several booklets.
William is available to give talks to local and to FHSs on Scottish Family History, on Accidents and Disasters in Scotland,
and on his own family tree.
Other titles available from the compiler :
Family History Series :
Henry Bell Cross : Ploughman, Harbourmaster and Poet 1992
Cost £2.00 plus postage £0.50p UK, £0.75p Overseas.
Paisley's Electoral Roll for 1847 £4.00 plus postage £0.50p
UK, £0.75p Overseas ( VERY SMALL NUMBER LEFT )
A Ramble Around the Gravestones in Woodside Cemetery, Paisley 1865 ( AVAILABLE ON E-mail/ CD/ FLOPPY DISC £5.00 postage
£0.50p UK, £1.50 Overseas)
Freeholders of Lanarkshire £3.00 plus £0.50p postage UK, £1.50 Overseas. Also on CD/ Floppy
Accidents & Disasters in Scotland Series :
Hurried Into Eternity ISBN 0 9528575 0 2 Out of print
CD/ Floppy /Phtotostat availabe if whole series purchased
Forgot and Gone ISBN 0 9528575 1 0 Out of print
CD/ Floppy/ Photostat available if whole series purchased
The Mystic Bridge ISBN 0 9528575 2 9 £4.50 + 0.50p postage
That Dark Inn ISBN 0 9528575 3 7 £4.50 +
The Awful Shadow ISBN 0 9528575 4 5 £4.50 +
An Obscure Grave ISBN 0 9528575 5 3 £4.50 +
A Handful of Dust ISBN 09528575 6 1 £5.00 +
POSTAGE £1.50 Overseas per book.
Other details on any of these publications please contact the compiler by e-mail at
Correspondence to 58, Sutton Road, Newport, Gwent, South Wales NP19 7JF.
Above : Burnt out Troop Train : Gretna 1915 - over 200 soldiers killed and many injured... featured in Handful of Dust. To
be published 1 August 2005
Orders for A Handful of Dust
The pre-print orders for new booklet have now ended. The new book A Handful of Dust ( comprising 60 pages ) with over
20 events is £5.00.plus £0.50p postage UK - Overseas
postage add £2.00.
Currently another title " Cross Country " ( a story of one Renfrewshire family over the last 200 years ) is
available at £5.00 plus 0.75p postage UK or £2.00 postage Overseas.
BUY BOTH BOOKS FOR £10.00 ( UK Only ) Overseas £11.00.
This book has some memorable characters, stories and legends.
This new book is 96 pages long.
The Map below features my beloved Renfrewshire.
Accidents and Disasters in Scotland in the 19th & 20th Centuries
Greetings and thanks for visiting this Web Site
William Cross : Site Compiler
Hello. This website is in tribute to those who have perished in Accidents and Disasters in Scotland in the last two centuries.
In the period from 1995 to 2000 I wrote 6 books all about these events covering the period from 1800 to 1915. The books all
featured lists of those who died in well over 500 different Accidents. An Obscure Grave, see alongside, was the last book
LATEST : 2005 marks the publication of the 7th book " A Handful of Dust " which covers the period 1915-1930.
The book is now available. Cost is £5.00. plus £0.75p postage UK £1.50 Overseas.
CHECK OUT MY OTHER SITE ABOUT MY KINSMAN ROBERT CROSS BOTANICAL EXPLORER
See some family groups and individuals.
Gretna Disaster 22 May 1915
Burnt out train - Over 200 soldiers killed
Event is featured in A Handful of Dust with names of all
The Mystic Bridge : 3rd Accident booklet. A very small number
of copies left.
Latest Book by William Cross
DEATH IN A LODGING HOUSE will
be available from 19 November
DEATH IN A LODGING HOUSE LINK
An Obscure Grave ISBN 0 9528575 5 3
Available at £4.50 plus 50p postage UK( £1.50 Overseas)
Picture below - : A View of the Clyde and Erskine Golfcourse from Freeland of Erskine.
This picure appears on the front cover of " Cross Country "
the latest publication I have produced.
The picture evokes a huge memory. It was taken by the late John Keir Cross, of Carluke, when we were out exploring our
beloved Renfrewshire sometime in the 1980s. My late father John Cross was also in the squad that day, visiting the old Ferrymaster's
house at Erskine Ferry crossing point.
In the distance, across the River is Bowling, and its oil refinery and you can just see the spire point of the memorial
to Henry Bell the steam pioneer, famous for putting the very first steamship "Comet" on the Clyde, the first in
Europe in 1812.
Henry Bell 1767-1830 is linked to the Cross family. A great mystery story hangs there, worthy of a book sometime.
Freeland of Erskine is one of the houses in the Blantyre Estate. The old Coachman's House and Erskine Stables are also
in the vicinity. Several members of the Cross and related Wilson families worked by Lord Blantyre. Full details of this are
in " Cross Country".
Order your copy of " Cross Country " NOW.
Erskine Church and Churchyard are a short distance too from this spot - where many of the Cross family and related families
of Wilson, Bryce, Cowie, Braid, Matheson, Gibb, Robertson, Carrick, Hamilton and others sleep the great sleep. Contact me
for further details about Erskine Church and its Auld Kirkyaird.
Other sites to visit in Erskine include the monument to the Lords Blantyre, on the road from Bishopton to Erskine Church,
Old Inns, one of the old stage coach changing points and Laigh Hatton - where the founders of the Cross family in Renfrewshire,
James Cross ( 1765-1846 ) and Jean Bryce ( 1766-1847 ) lived out their last days. Some buildings from their early times survive,
the old schoolhouse, several other Inns, farm steadings - and houses built by Henry Wilson - grandson of the family's
founders from the early 20th century.
Please contact me if your family have links ( past or present ) with Renfrewshire.