Monday, November 10, 2014 Elizabeth Muir Brodie (1874-1910)

Elizabeth Muir Brodie was born on 29 November 1874 at Causeystanes, Blantyre, in Lanark county to William and Henrietta (Cassels) Brodie. She was their first child and born about two months after William and Henrietta's marriage.

Causeystanes, Blantyre, in 1905; image courtesy of The Blantyre Project

Causeystanes are also called cobblestones so the theory about how the area got its name could be that the junction of Broom Park Road and Main Street, where Causeystanes was located, was paved with cobblestones. An 1860 map indicated there was a toll booth located in the area, responsible for collecting tolls from non-local travelers. Toll booths usually meant heavy traffic often requiring cobblestones.

By 1881 her coal miner father had moved the family to 20 Park Street in Dixon's Rows, a housing complex operated by William Dixon, Ltd., William Brodie's employer. Ten years later William's family was living in a 2-room house in the same complex.

Elizabeth married James Lively on 31 December 1891 in Stonefield, according to the forms of the Evangelical Union Church. Her sister, Mary Brodie, and James Moore, the future husband of Elizabeth's sister, Martha, were witnesses. James Lively was a coal miner and also lived in Dixon's Rows.

Elizabeth and James' first child, daughter Henrietta Cassels Lively, was born on 12 April 1892, in Blantyre four months after her parents were married. Their second child and first son, James Lively, followed the next year. He was born on 21 November 1893. Sadly, he died just three months later on 26 February 1894 of inflammation of the larynx and congestion of the lungs. He had been ill for five days previous to his death. Two years later Elizabeth and James had a second son, who they also named James. He was born on 12 August 1896. Another son followed on 24 March 1899 and he was named William after Elizabeth's father, William Brodie.

Tragedy struck the young family on 24 June 1906 when Elizabeth's husband, James Lively, was killed in a lorry accident on Glasgow Road, Blantyre. Four years later, Elizabeth was also dead at the age of 35 years. She died on 14 June 1910 of pulmonary phthisis from which she had suffered for 5 months. She died at her sister, Martha (Brodie) Moore's home at 8 School Lane on the same day as her nephew, James Moore. Elizabeth Muir (Brodie) Lively was listed as a pauper on the registration of her death.

James and Elizabeth Muir (Brodie) Lively's two sons -- James and William Lively -- were just 13 and 11 years old at the time of their mother's death. They went to live with their maternal grandfather and step-grandmother, William and Mary (Campbell) Brodie.

1881 Scotland Census, 03/04/1881 Brodie, William (Census 1881 624/00 008/00 005)
1881 Scotland Census, Parish: Blantyre; ED: 8; Page: 5; Line: 14; Roll: CSSCT1881_202
1891 Scotland Census, 05/04/1891 Brodie, William (Census 1891 624/00 005/00 033)
1891 Scotland Census, Parish: Blantyre; ED 5; Page: 33; Line: 25; Roll: CSSCT1891_223
1901 Scotland Census, 31/03/1901 Lively, Elizabeth (Census 1901 624/00 005/01 005)
1901 Scotland Census, Parish: Blantyre; ED 5; Page: 5; Line: 5; Roll:CSSCT1901_246
"Causeystanes in 1905," The Blantyre Project, accessed 1 November 2014
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1874 Brady, Elizabeth (Statutory Births 624/00 0204)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1892 Lively, James - Brodie, Elizabeth M (Statutory Marriages 624/00 0010)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1910 Lively, Elizabeth (Statutory Deaths 624/00 0134)

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