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DUNCAN, Maud

b.1862-d.1908

1860s

Maud was born Mary Bridget in 1862 in the Westminster registration district to Thomas GANLEY, 1826-1877, and Mary, née MEANY, 1828-1896 – the seventh of ten children. Both Thomas, a tailor, and Mary came from Ireland. They married on 7 February 1847 in Westminster and had the following children:

  • William 1848 – 1851
  • Mary Ann 1851
  • Thomas 1853 – 1931
  • Elizabeth 1856
  • Bridget 1858 – 1859
  • Catherine 1859
  • Mary (Maud) Bridget 1862 – 1908
  • William George 1864
  • James John 1866 – 1895
  • Frederick Joseph 1870 – 1919 (known as Joseph Frederick at the time of his death)

1870s

On the 1871 census Mary (Maud) is with the family in London.

In 1877 Maud’s father Thomas died age 51, registered in Wandsworth.

1880s

I have been unable to locate her on the 1881 census despite extensive researching in England and Scotland. Ireland was not productive either. There is however a record for her mother and brothers William, James & Joseph living at 47 Gladstone Street.

1881 census – Mary GANLEY (widow) with children

Mary, or Maud as she became, married Peter Duncan from Edinburgh on 10 January 1885 at St Mary’s Catholic Chapel, Cadogan Street. Peter was also a tailor. It is not clear when the change of name took place or why. There were already two Mary’s in the family – her Mother and her older sister born 1851.

Maud and Peter had three children:

Annie Gertrude Royan Duncan born 1 November 1885 in Edinburgh. The name Royan being Peter’s mother’s maiden name. She was Agnes Royan – known as Annie!

Douglas Ganley Duncan born in the September quarter of 1887 in Wandsworth

Dorothy Duncan born on 3 January 1890 in Edinburgh, died 1897

1890s

On the 1891 census they are living in Edinburgh where Peter continues with his tailoring. They have with them his widowed mother Annie, his unmarried sister Isabella and two visitors.

On 6th June 1895, Mary’s brother James died of chronic alcoholism.

In 1896 Mary’s mother died age 67. Mary was present at the death as shown on the death certificate.

1900s

By 1901 they have relocated back to England living in Old Paradise Street, Pimlico – just Peter and Maud. Annie is in Scotland living with her grandmother and working as a Pawn Broker’s assistant. Douglas is visiting in Lambeth with the Darvill family. Sadly, young Dorothy had died as the result of a traffic accident in 1897.

I would imagine that Maud had been unwell for some time but first her husband Peter died in the September quarter of 1908. She is then admitted to Long Grove Asylum on 22 October of the same year and dies only three days later on the 25th.

Her death certificate gave the cause of death as acute haemorrhagic pancreatitis necrosis, chronic Bright’s disease, pulmonary tuberculosis, and general paralysis of the insane (GPI).


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