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Cornelius Pettet

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Cornelius Pettet (c1821-1853) of Edinburgh

Built a few steam engines. One survives at Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum, Victoria, Australia (2016)

c1821 Born at Corstorphine

1841 February 5th. Married at Edinburgh to Margaret Bell (1818– )

1841 Living at 6 Ingleston Street, Edinburgh: Cornelius Pettet (age c20), Engineer. With Margaret Pettet (age c20).[1]

1842 November 16th. Birth of son John Bennett Pettet (1842–1910). In 1866 he was married in Edinburgh to Alice Lawson and is shown as a commercial traveller.[2]

1845 Birth of son Walter Bell Pettet (1845–1918)

1849 Birth of daughter Isabella Murray Pettet (1849–1885)

1849 Listed as 'Pettet, Cornelius, engineer and mill-wright, Greenside lane, Edinburgh'.[3]

1850 Listed as 'Pettet, Cornelius, engineer and mill-wright, Greenside Lane - house 27 Greenside Row.'[4]

1851 Living at Greenside Row, Greenside, Edinburgh: Cornelius Pettet (age 30 born Corstorphine), Engineer Millwright Employing One Man and 2 Apprentices. With his wife Margaret Pettet (age 32 born Edinburgh) and their three children; John Pettet (age 9 born Edinburgh); Walter B. Pettet (age 5 born Edinburgh), and Isabella M. Pettet (age 2 born Edinburgh).[5]

1852 January 2nd. Birth of daughter Ann Maber Pettet (1852– )

1852 Listed as Cornelius Pettet, Greenside Lane, Millwright.[6]

1853 Died (date to be confirmed but his wife, presumably widowed, and his children are living with her mother in 1861 - see below)

1861 Living at St. Cuthbert's, Edinburgh: Isabella Bell (age 71 born Edinburgh). With her daughters Mary M. Bell (age 29 born Edinburgh), a Draper, and Margaret Pettet (age 42 born Edinburgh), a Draper. Also her grand-children; John Pettet (age 19 born Edinburgh); Walter Pettet (age 12 born Edinburgh); Anne Pettet (age 9 born Edinburgh); and Isabella Pettet (age 12 born Edinburgh).Also one boarder.[7]


  • Headstone in Corstorphine. '78) (erosion: set in old kirkyard dyke) From notes: John PETTET ---age 11 (27). Amilia PETTET died 17th January 1834 aged 10 years (?) months. John B. PETTET jr. died in consequence of coach accident on 26th June 1837 aged 26 years and on the day following, John PETTET aged 55 years. Ann MABER, wife of John Pettet died 17th September 1854 aged 73. Caroline WATERSTONE died 14th January 1892 aged 73.'[8] Note: The name 'Maber' was the middle name of Cornelius' daughter Amelia.
  • 1821 Mention of John Pettet, Saughton Hall, (Edinburgh).[9] Note: Saughton Hall was less than two miles from Corstorphine
  • 1826 June 15th. John's daughter Ann Pettet married Daniel Mackinlay
  • 1833 March 15th. John's daughter Caroline Pettet married John Boston Waterstone

From the above we can make the following assumptions (these need to be confirmed):

John Pettet (c1882-1837) and his wife Ann Maber (c1881-1854) and had children:

  • John B. Pettet, Junior (1811-1837)
  • Ann Pettet ( - ). Married Daniel Mackinley
  • Caroline Pettet (c1819-1892). Married John Boston Waterstone
  • Cornelius Pettet (c1821-1853)
  • Amelia Pettet (c1824-1834)

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1841 Census
  2. Caledonian Mercury - Monday 19 March 1866
  3. 1849/50 Post Office Directory of Edinburgh and Leith
  4. 1850/51 Post Office Directory of Edinburgh and Leith
  5. 1851 Census
  6. 1852 UK, Poll Books and Electoral Registers
  7. 1861 Census
  8. Corstorphine graveyard
  9. Memoirs of the Caledonian Horticultural Society. Volume Fourth