Elizabeth Riddell was born on 18 October 1863 in the village of East Kilbride, Scotland. She was the fifth child of John and Martha (Muir) Riddell. She lived with her family in East Kilbride until sometime before 1881. At that time she was living in the home of John Cullen in New Monkland, who was a farmer of about 100 acres of land. She was general servant in the home and likely helped Mrs. Cullen with her three small children.
On 19 January Elizabeth married Robert Forsyth at 19 London Road in the Camlachie district of Glasgow. They married according to the forms of the Congregationalists. Elizabeth worked as a servant at the 19 London Road address. The couple had eight children during the course of their marriage.
They lived in various parts of Glasgow, including St David, Blythswood, and Gorbals. Elizabeth died on 13 April 1926 at her home one 47 Clarence Street of rheumatoid arthritis, chronic bronchitis and cardiac failure. She was 62 years old at the time of her death. Her husband lived another 14 years.
1871 Scotland Census, 02/04/1871 Riddell, John (Census 1871 643/00 001/00 016)
1871 Scotland Census, Parish: East Kilbride; ED: 1; Page: 16; Line: 5; Roll: CSSCT1871_122
1881 Scotland Census, 03/04/1881 Riddle, Elizabeth (Census 1881 651/02 011/00 026)
1891 Scotland Census, Parish: Glasgow Camlachie; ED: 45; Page: 20; Line: 17; Roll: CSSCT1891_245
1901 Scotland Census, Parish: Glasgow St David; ED: 16; Page: 37; Line: 13; Roll: CSSCT1901_291
1911 Scotland Census, 02/04/1911 Forsyth, Robert (Census 1911 644/10 019/00 017)
Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950, 1863 Riddell, Elizabeth
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1863 Riddle, Elizabeth (Statutory Births 643/00 0124)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1883 Forsyth, Robert - Riddle, Elizabeth (Statutory Marriages 644/02 0065)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1926 Forsyth, Elizabeth (Statutory Deaths 644/17 0219)