Arthur MacDonald Smith was born on 21 October 1887 at his parents home at 66 Stirling Street in Airdrie, Scotland. His parents were James Smith, who owned a foundry business in Airdrie, and Eleanor Nevin. Arthur lived with his parents at that address through the 1911 census. At that time Arthur worked as an electrical engineer, likely for his father. He had three older brothers, who were mechanical engineers.
Arthur married Janet Cowie Riddell on 26 June 1914 at the Masonic Hall on Bank Street in Coatbridge. He was still working as an electrical engineer and lived on Victoria Place in Airdrie.
It is not known if Arthur and Janet had children.
Arthur died on 16 August 1965 at the Coathill Hospital in Coatbridge of myocardial infarction, arteriosclerosis, and broncho pneumonia. He was retired at the time of his death and lived with his wife, Janet, at 14 Bellsdyke Road in Airdrie. His widow died four years later.
1891 Scotland Census, Parish: Airdrie; ED: 17; Page: 17; Line: 7; Roll: CSSCT1891_313
1901 Scotland Census, Parish: New Monkland; ED: 15; Page: 24; Line: 13; Roll: CSSCT1901_342
1911 Scotland Census, 02/04/1911 Smith, Arthur McD (Census 1911 651/00 014/00 012)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1887 Smith, Arthur MacDonal (Statutory Births 651/01 0918
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1914 Smith, Arthur McDonald - Riddell, Janet Cowie (Statutory Marriages 652/02/0132)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, Extract of an entry from the Register of Deaths in Scotland, 1965, Smith, Arthur MacDonald