Robert James Dalziell was born on 3 August 1880 in Drumgooland, County Down, Ireland, to John and Annie (Bell) Dalziell.
By the time Robert was 21 years old he had moved to Scotland and was working as a railway carter. He boarded with the widow Catherine Watson and her children at 5 McGhie Street in Hamilton. Six years later he married Mary Adams Riddell by declaration in Glasgow. He lived Airdrie and was an electric car motorman.
By the time the 1911 census was enumerated, Robert and Mary had two daughters and were living at Old Farm on Quarry Street in Coatbridge. Robert worked as a general carrier carter. In 1915 the family was living in Old Monkland Parish in housing owned by Robert's father-in-law, Oswald Dykes Riddell. They were at the same address five years later. Three sons were born between 1913 and 1920.
In 1926 Robert and Mary's daughters immigrated to Canada. They went to their maternal grandmother's home at 2762 St. Catherine Street in Montreal. A year later, Robert, Mary, and their three sons also immigrated to Canada. The family boarded the Canadian Pacific Railways' RMS Metagama in Glasgow on 29 April 1927 and arrived in Quebec City on 8 May. They traveled to Montreal by train.
Canadian voter lists indicated Robert and Mary Adams (Riddell) Dalziell lived at 164 Hillside Avenue in Westmount, Quebec in 1945, 1949, and 1957. Westmount is now an affluent, on-island suburb of Montreal. Mary was not listed on the 1962 voter list with her husband; therefore, I assume she died between 1957 and 1962. In 1962 Robert and his daughter, Annie, lived in Apartment 3 at 4508 St. Catherine Street, West, in Westmount. Robert does not appear on any voter list after 1962; my assumption is he died after that date.
1901 Scotland Census, 31/03/1901 Dalziel, Robert Jas (Census 1901 647/00 004/00 030)
1901 Scotland Census, Parish: Hamilton; ED: 4; Page: 30; Line: 24; Roll: CSSCT1901_337
1911 Scotland Census, 02/04/1911 Dalziell, Robert James (Census 1911 652/02 018/00 015)
1915 Scotland Valuation Rolls, 1915 Riddell, Oswald D (Valuation Rolls VR 107 / 308 / 177
1920 Scotland Valuation Rolls, 1920 Riddell, Oswald D (Valuation Rolls VR 107 / 348 / 201)
Canada, Passenger Lists, 1865-1935, Robert Dalziell, 1927
Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980, 1945 Dalzell, Robert James
Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980, 1949 Dalzell, Robert James
Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980, 1957 Dalzell, Robert James
Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980, 1962 Dalzell, Robert James
Ireland, Civil Registrations Birth Index, 1864-1958, 1880 Dalziell, Robert James
Ireland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1620-1911, 1880 Dalziell, Robert James
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1907 Dalziell, Robert James - Riddell, Mary Adams (Statutory Marriages 644/10 0910)
UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960, Robert Dalziel, 1927