Francis Riddell was born on 10 September 1906 at his parents home, Gretrude Cottage, on 7 Scott Street in Hamilton. His parents were Francis and Janet (Kerr) Riddell and he was their seventh child. His father was confectioner's agent at the time of his birth. When the 1911 census was enumerated, the family remained at Gertrude Cottage.
Francis married Henrietta Geddes McGregor Buchanan on 27 June 1936 at the Royal Hotel in Hamilton according to the forms of the Church of Scotland. Francis was 29 years old, lived at 15 Scott Street and worked as a wholesale confectioner. It is not known if the couple had children.
He died on 26 February 2000 at Auchlochan House in Lesmahagow of broncho-pneumonia, bladder carcinoma, and prostatic carcinoma. He was 93 years old at the time of his death and had retired from the confection business. His wife died in 2002.
1911 Scotland Census, 02/04/1911 Riddell, Francis (Census 1911 647/00 014/00 014)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1906 Riddell, Francis (Statutory Births 647/00 1293)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1936 Riddell, Frank - Buchanan, Henrietta Gedde (Statutory Marriages 647/00 0193)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, Extract of an entry from the Register of Deaths in Scotland 6513031 CE