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James Prentice of Hutchestown, Scotland

James Prentice of Hutchestown, Lanark, Scotland
Spring 2000 and Revised: 19 Mar 2000

Update of 19 Mar 2000: James' parents have been identified. For more about them, see our article about John Prentice and Margaret Duncan of Hutchestown.

We are helping Allison Prentice Gardner in tracing her James Prentice who m. Jessie Seaton on 9 Oct 1848. The IGI indicates James was b. c. Jan 1820. Children:

  • John Prentice, b. 30 Dec 1848, Gorbals (per GRO).
  • James Prentice, b. 4 Aug 1850, Gorbals (per GRO).
  • Margaret Prentice, b. 22 Dec 1852, Gorbals (per GRO).
  • Agnes Prentice, b. 5 Dec. 1854.
  • Thomas Prentice, b. 5 Dec 1856 in Hutchesontown. Allison has Thomas' birth certificate specifically identifying Thomas's father as James Prentice, Gutta Percha Merchant (see Fn. 1) and his mother as Jessie Prentice, maiden name Seaton. She also has a copy of the Thomas' marriage record identifying James and Jessie as his parents.

    He married Allison Steel who was a Highlander. She was b. 20 Feb 1857 at Anderston, Glasgow (per IGI and census) Her parents were George Steel and Elizabeth Fullerton. George was an Engineer Pattern Maker. At the time of Allison's marriage, she was described as a Spinster (unmarried) and Seamstress, living at 10 McIntyre St., Glasgow. Children:

    • Thomas Prentice, b. 1 Feb 1888 on Clyde Ferry St., Glasgow. He was a G.P.O. Linesman. He also resided at Jimmson St. Govanhill and owned a small eletrical shop. Thomas died in 1950 and is buried in Eastwood cemetry, Glasgow.

      He married, first, Wilhelmina McKinlay, on 10 Aug 1920. She d. in 1937. Children:

      • (son) Prentice.
      • (son) Prentice.

      Thomas married, second, Helen Morrison after 1935. She was from the Fife area. Children:

      • Alice Prentice.
      • Helen Prentice, b. 26 Feb 1926.
      • Thomas Prentice, b. 21 Jun 1928.
      • Robert Prentice, b. 23 Dec 1931.
      • Janetta Prentice, b. 14 Feb 1933.
      • Isabella Prentice, b. Feb 1935.
      • James Prentice, b. 21 Jul 1937.
      • David Prentice, b. 9 May 1940.
      • John Prentice, b. 10 May 1942.

    • Maud Prentice. She was a patient for a time at a mental institution in Edinburgh.
  • Jessie Seaton Prentice, b. 17 May 1859.
  • Jane/Jeanie Torrence Prentice, b. 1865.

If you have any information about the folks mentioned in this article, please contact us at dewald@prenticenet.com.


Fn. 1: By email of 4 Mar 2000, Bruce Shanks, a Member of the Pharmaceutical Society of NZ, advises that almost 50 years ago as a young pharmacy apprentice in NZ selling "Gutta percha" in crayon like sticks for people who couldn't afford dentistry, they rubbed it on the cavity and sort of puttied up the hole.

He directs attention to "Martindale, " an authority Pharmaceutically, page 1716 of the 28th Edition, provides the following explanation:

Gutta Percha ( United States Pharmacopoeia, and British Pharmaceutical Codex 1949) Alternative names Gutt.Perch; Gummi Plasticum .... gutta means "drop" guttae plural = "drops"

The coagulated, dried, purified latex of trees of the genera Palaquium gutta ( Sapotaceae) It occurs in lumps or blocks with a slight characteristic odour and is of a brown or greyish-brown or greyish-white colour externally and reddish-yellow or reddish-grey internally with a laminated or fibrous appearance; it is flexible, but only slightly elastic. Practically insoluble in water; partly soluble in carbon disulphide and turpentine oil; almost entirely soluble in Chloroform.

Gutta percha has been used in various dressings. In dentistry, gutta percha has been used as a filling material and as the basis of compounds for taking dental impressions.

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