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possible tuberculosis. Jock earned enough money to send sufficient funds home to
Glasgow for his sisters, Marion and Jenny, to join him in the Bay of Plenty region of
New Zealand.

Jock served in the New Zealand Army during World War II. During leave from
campaigns in North Africa and Italy, Jock retumed to his parent's home in Glasgow.
There he fell in love with Katherine McCrea Ogilvie. In 1945 the couple was married
in Glasgow. His bride traveled to New Zealand by herself as a war bride The couple


adopted two sons, John and Michael, in New Zealand and gave them the Arrol name.
In 1988 John and his wife, Elaine McVicor, had two sons. In 1988 Michael and his wife,
Janice Lyon, had four children. Jock died in 1967. In 1987 his widow, Kath, and their
children and grandchildren lived in Edgecumbe and Whakatane, New Zealand.

The fourth child of James Stobo and Agnes Arrol to emigrate to New Zealand was Robert
Carson Arrol. Robert was bom on 12 October 1919 in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland.
In 1939 he married in Glasgow to May Bryce Cameron Douglas, a pattern filer. During
World War II Robert was in the Royal Army Service Corps. He served in France and
was evacuated from Dieppe. He then served in North Africa where he again was
evacuated ahead of the advancing German Panzers from Tobruk. His brother, Jock,
arranged for Robert's transfer to the New Zealand Calvary in late 1942. He later served
with his brother, Jock, in Italy and participated in the battle to take the monastery at
Mount Cassino, Italy in the winter of 1943-1944. In 1944 his wife. May, died in Govan,

After the end of World War II in 1945, Robert emigrated to New Zealand. He married
Nova Mavis Jensen in Edgecumbe. Robert applied for a Returned Serviceman's farm'
and the couple worked long and hard on the 160 acre farm that they were awarded. The
farm was on poor land and they and their three children lived in a barely liveable
implement shed for a year. They were without power until their home was built. Through
a great deal of hard work the farm was developed into a successful enterprise. At one
time they had 120 cows in addition to pigs and sheep. Robert died in 1973. Robert and
Nova had six children In 1987 Nova, her children, and her many grandchildren lived in
the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand.

The fifth child of James Stobo Arrol to emigrate to New Zealand was John Stobo Arrol.
John was the first of seven children bom to the marriage of James Stobo Arrol to his
second wife, his cousin, Margaret Stobo.

John was bom in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland in July 1921. John was raised in Beith,
Ayrshire and in Glasgow. He served in the Royal Army Service Corps and the Royal
Electrical Mechanical Engineers in the British Army for seven years during World War
II. John was in both the Liverpool and London Blitzes and then served in Palestine in
the Middle East. While in Palestine John was awarded an Act of Courage commendation.
Following his military service in 1 948 he married Marie Matulionis in Bellshill, Scotland.
The couple had two children: John Mathew Arrol, bom March 1950 in West Old
Monkland; and Marie Arrol, born May 1952 in Bellshill.

In August of 1962 John and his family emigrated to New Zealand. John was married
to Andree Lois Low and they resided in Auckland in their retirement (1988). His son,
John Mathew Arrol, married in November 1952 to Alexandra Lynee Morrison in New
Zealand. John and Alexandra, along with their daughter, Jessica Margaret Arrol, bom in
March 1985 in Auckland, relocated to Singapore in April 1987 in order to establish an
anodizing plant in the Peoples Republic of China In 1990 John Mathew Arrol and his


family returned to Auckland, New Zealand. (8)

William Wilson Arroll

William Wilson Arroll was bom 18 April 1920 at Townhead, Biggar, Scotland. William
was the son of Mabel Duncan Arroll. He became a butcher at 12 years of age "Bill"
was in the British Army during World War II. He was in the catering corp and later in
the Gumiery Corp. He served in North Africa and Italy. Bill attended Biggar School
with, and lived in close proximity to, Christina Forest Adam whom he married on 31
March 1947. Bill played the drums in the Biggar Pipe Band that he and his mates
founded. In the early 1950's the poor economic conditions drove the family to emigrate.
Bill was only obtaining about three days of work a week as a butcher. After seriously
considering immigrating to Canada, the family immigrated to Australia. Bill's adopted
daughter, Helen Arroll, was bom on 19 July 1943 in Biggar and immigrated to Australia
with her parents. The family left Southhampton in England on 7 Feb 1952 on the SS
Mooltan. They arrived at Hamilton Wharf in Brisbane on 20 March 1952. Bill continued
his career as a butcher, first butchering meat for the ships docking at Brisbane. He was
a butcher until 1976 when he entered public service working on security matters in the
office of John Belke Peterson, the former premier of Queensland. Bill died on 27 Jan
1982 of a heart attack at Brisbane Royal Hospital. He had suffered a heart attack while
on the council bus on the way home from work. His widow, Christine, and his daughter,
Helen, were living in Caloundra, Queensland in 1991. Helen married on 20 December
1962 to George Henry Schulz in Brisbane, Queensland. Helen and George had four
children: 1) Jo-Anne Joy; 2) Paul George; 3) Rhondda Ruth; and 4) David Mark (9)

David Johnston Arrol family

David Johnston Arrol was bom in Februar>' 1947 in Paisley, Scotland. David was the
fourth generation in the family to call Paisley his home. He was the son of George Arrol
and Matilda Lavelle of Paisley. His father, George, was a chemical works processman
in Paisley His grandfather, George Arrol, bom in December 1890, was a bread vanman
in Paisley. His great-grandfather, George Arrol, was a railway surfaceman in Paisley.

David was married in Paisley circa 1971 to Mary Beech. Their first child, David Arrol,
was bom in April 1972 in Paisley In 1974 David and his family immigrated to
Australia. In 1987 the family resided in Adelaide, South Australia. They had a daughter,
Jo-Ann, who was bom about 1977 in Adelaide. David Johnston Arrol died 8 January
1992 in Adelaide. (TO)






Only a handful of Arrols and Arrolls have lived in Africa. Of those few, none have
settled on the continent on a permanent basis. As opposed to the Arrols and Arrolls who
have emigrated to Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia, the Arrols and
Arrolls who have traveled to Africa have stayed for only a short time, most to return to
their homes in Scotland or England. They have lived in a number of different countries
on the African Continent. For the most part, the Arrols or Arrolls who have traveled to
Africa have gone for the adventure and for short term employment. Several Arrols and
Arrolls have served in various African countries while in military service. These include
William Arrol, bom in 1861 in Glasgow, who served in South Africa during the Boer
War; Issac Jock' Walker Arrol, bom in 1906 in Glasgow, who served in the North
African Libyan campaign; John Arroll, bom in Glasgow in 1912, who served in East
Africa; George Arrol, bom in Paisley in 1915, and his brother, David Johnston Arrol,
bom in Paisley in 1919, who both participated in the invasion of North Africa; Robert
Carson Arrol, bom in 1919 in Glasgow, who served in North Africa and escaped from
Tobmk; Andrew Arrol, bom in 1920 in Belfast, who served in North Africa; Colin John
Arroll, bom in 1 92 1 in Auckland, New Zealand, who served in Egypt; and Gordon Arrol,
bom in 1925 in Detroit, Michigan, who was in the ports of Cape of Good Hope, South
Africa, Daker, Senegal, and Bizerte, Tunisia during World War II. John Milligan Arrol,
who was bom in Glasgow in 1918, was killed in action in 1943 in North Africa during
WW II and was buried there in a British military cemetery.

Those Arrols and Arrolls who have gone to Africa include the following individuals or

John Arrol of Helensburgh. Dumbartonshire. Scotland

John Arroll was bom 13 December 1857 on East Clyde Street in Helensburgh. He was
the second child of five children of John Arroll and Jane Howat. John emigrated to
South Africa before 1882. He was married in Capetown, South Africa on 2 March 1882
to Janet Innis Milliken Janet was bom 29 December 1856 in New Houses,
Cumbemauld, Dumbartonshire. It is not known if Janet emigrated with John or at a
different time The couple had a daughter, Mary Mays Arroll, who was bom in 1883 in
South Africa. Shortly after their daughter's birth the family traveled to Australia. Their
second child, Jane Howat Arroll, was bom in 1885 in Melbourne, Australia. The family
is discussed further in Chapter IX, "The Arrols and Arrolls in Australia and New
Zealand" under the caption, "John Arroll and Jane Howat Family" (See page 1 16). (1)


William Philips Arrol of Alloa. Clackmannanshire. Scotland

William Philips Arrol was bom 1 3 December 1 877 at Millgrove House in Alloa. William
was the third of seven children of Archibald Tower Arrol and Helen King Philips.
Archibald was the joint owner of the Arrol Brewery and was also the Provost of Alloa
in the late 1800's William traveled to South Africa and was employed in the mining
industry in that countrj'. He married in Durban, South Africa to Lilias Robb Charmichael
of Alloa. The couple returned to the United Kingdom, believed to be England, in the
1916-17 period. The couple had two children. (.2)

Yvonne Arroll of Burnley. England

Yvonne Arroll was bom 25 March 1955 in Burnley, Lancashire, England. Yvonne was
the daughter of George Arroll and Renee Packer. Her father, George, was originally from
Camlachie, Glasgow However, he relocated after he married to Burnley. Yvonne
traveled to Rhodesia, Africa in 1975 and was employed at the Bata Shoe Company in
Givelo, Rhodesia. Yvoime retumed to London after spending about a year in Rhodesia
and a short period in South Africa. (3)

Martine Eunice Arrol of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Scotland

Martine Eunice Arrol was bom 10 October 1956 in Glasgow. She was the daughter of
James Arrol and Eunice Jane Clements Elrick of Glasgow. Martine attended school and
university- in Glasgow and Edinburgh and became a chartered accountant. Martine went
to Africa as an employee of Coopers and Lybrand in Malawi and Zambia. She later
retumed and worked as the head accountant for a firm in Edinburgh. In early 1988 she
married Paul Ferguson in Edinburgh, The couple left Edinburgh immediately following
their wedding and relocated to Lusaka, Zambia, Central Africa where they made their
home. (4)

Simon James Arrol of Coombe Dingle. Bristol. England

Simon James Arrol was bom 18 June 1950 in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England Simon
attended school at Oundle and graduated from the University of Manchester Institute of
Science and Technology as a civil engineer. After a few years helping to build the
National Theatre in London, he joined the Dutch dredging company of Bos Kalis
Westminster He was employed with this firm for ten years, including four years in
Nigeria, Africa. In 1990 Simon James Arrol and his wife, Zara Hamzavi-Rad, and
daughter, Alexandra Shahrzad Hamzavi Arrol, resided in Coombe Dingle, Bristol,
England. (5)

Margaret Mary Parker Arrol of Nvasaland

Margaret Mary Parker was bom in Nyasaland, Africa. She was the daughter of Colin
Parker and Veronica Czyzska. Her father, Colin Parker, was in the British Colonial


Forces and was stationed in Nyasaland when Meg' was bom. She married Andrew Clive
Auchincloss Arrol in 1970 in Old Bursledon, Hampshire, England. In 1988 the family
resided in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. (6)


Only one Arrol is known to have gone to Brazil and little is known about this individual,

John Hodpart Arrol of Paisley. Renfrewshire. Scotland

John Hodgart Arrol was bom 5 October 1844 in Paisley. He was a pattern maker and
living in Glasgow when he married Mary Brodie of Bridgeton, Glasgow. When he
married Mary he was a widower, but the name of his first wife is not known. The couple
had six children, all bom in Glasgow between 1872 and 1883. In 1879 John was a
railway contractor. John died from yellow fever on 4 April 1883 in Brazil, South
America. John was employed by the firm of Sir William Arrol Ltd. This company was
active in building bridges in Brazil and it is likely that he was on assignment for the
company in that country when he died. (7)


Although several Arrols served in Germany during World War II, only a few of Arrols
have made their home there.

Sophia Elizabeth Peters of Hildesheim. Germany

Sophia Elizabeth Peters was from Hildesheim, Germany. Sophia married William
Auchincloss Arrol in 1905 in Kelvin, Glasgow. William was the son of Archibald
Theodore Arrol, the merchant and brewer who had purchased the Alloa Brewery.
William met Sophia while traveling in Germany on business. Following William's death,
Sophia Elizabeth Arrol retumed to Germany where she died in 1920. (8)

Lt. Colonel Lawrence Gordon Arrol of Windsor. Ontario. Canada, and Detroit. Michigan

As part of his military service, Lt. Colonel Lawrence Gordon Arrol, who was bom in
Windsor, Ontario, Canada in 1 946, was stationed in West Berlin for the three year period,
1984-86. During this time his family, including his wife Jacqueline Lee, and their two
sons, Lawrence Gordon Joseph Arrol, bom in 1972 in Manassas, Virginia, and Matthew
Robert Joseph Arrol, bom in 1977 in Detroit, Michigan, lived in West Berlin. Their son,
Lawrence Arrol, was a member of the European Championship Swimming Team during
this period, competing in swimming meets throughout Europe. In 1991 Lt. Colonel
Lawrence Arrol and his family resided in Virginia near Washington DC. (9)


Mark Steven Arrol of Burnley and Bradford. England

Mark Steven Arrol was bom 1 July 1970 in Burnley, England. His parents were John
Richard Arrol and Barbara Jill Batty. In 1990 Mark Steven was a student teacher in
Germany in the Mozelle District near the Rhine Mark attended the University of
Manchester where he majored in German and history. (10)


Only one Arroll family has made their home in India on a permanent basis. Richard
ArroII was married twice in India. There was a son bom in each marriage and both sons
were bom in India. In addition, James Arrol of Glasgow was employed in India and had
a son bom in Calcutta. Both the Robert Arroll family and the James Arrol family are
outlined below.

James Arrol family of Glasgow. Scotland and Alameda, Califomia

James Arrol was bom 19 July 1927 in St. Rollox, Glasgow, Scotland. Jim married
Margaret Campbell of Greenock, Scotland in 1955. He was a marine engineer and lived
and worked in a number of countries. Jim and Margaret went to Calcutta, India in 1955
where Jim was employed in the shipping industry. Their son, Keith Arrol, was bom 16
April 1957 m Calcutta. The family lived in Calcutta for seven years. Subsequently they
lived in Weymouth, England; in Victoria, Vancouver Island, Canada; Japan; and Holland.
In 1988 Jim and Margaret resided in Alameda, Califomia. Their son, Keith, who is a
commercial airline pilot, his wife, Nancy Grey, and their daughter, Jessica, resided in
Southem Califomia in 1991. Keith piloted C-141 military transport airplanes to the Far
East during the Vietnam era and to Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. (11)

Richard Hubbard Arroll of Glasgow and Bombay. India

Richard Hubbard Arroll was bom 19 October 1905 in Glasgow, Scotland. He was the
son of Archibald Arroll and Margaret Kingbom. Archibald was bom in Helensburgh,
Dumbartonshire, Scotland. Margaret was from Edinburgh, Scotland. Richard emigrated
to Bombay, India as a result of the depression in Glasgow during the period between the
two world wars. Richard was the head accountant for such firms as the Standard
Literature Company, J. Walter Thompson, Shaw Wallace & Co., Sandoz, and
Isbrandtson., Inc., in Calcutta, Karachi and Bombay.

Richard was married twice. He married first to Dolores Maria Lisboa in 1944. Delores
was a Portuguese Goan. Richard left the employment of Shaw-Wallace & Co. because
they objected to his marriage. The couple had a son, Graham Arroll, who was bom in
1944 in Bombay. The son was raised by his mother in London, England. Graham
married in 1972 to Margaret Evans and in 1988 resided in Arizona City, Arizona. They
had two daughters, Amy Caroline Arroll and Megan Ann Arroll, both bom in Atlanta,


Following the death of Dolores, Richard remarried to Rita Josephine De Souza. They had
a son, Walter Michael, bom circa 1968 in Bombay, India. Richard died in 1988. In
1990 Walter Michael Arroll and Rita resided in Bombay. (12)


Several Arrols served in Palestine and the Middle East during their military service. No
Arrol made their home in Israel on a permanent basis. George Michael Arrol of London
did live in Israel for a period of time while employed in that country.

George Michael Arrol of London. England

George Michael Arrol was bom on 26 November 1944 in North London, England.
George was an architect and traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East. He
took a position in Israel and worked and resided in Israel during the Six Day War in 1967
between Israel and Egypt. In 1991 George Arrol resided in London, England. (13)


Several Arrols, as part of their military service, served in Singapore In addition, Janice
Margaret Arrol and her husband, Paul Andrew McKeany, a Regimental Sergeant Major
in the New Zealand Army, resided in Singapore for a tour of duty in the military
commencing in early 1989. (14) Another Arrol, John Mathew Arrol, and his family, also
resided in Singapore. This was part of an employment contract.

John Mathew Arrol of West Old Monkland. Scotland and Auckland. New Zealand

John Mathew Arrol was bom 26 March 1950 in West Old Monkland, Scotland. He was
the son of John Stobo Arrol and Marie Matuilionis. John Stobo was from Glasgow and
Marie was from Bellshill, Scotland. In 1962 John and his two children, John Mathew
Arrol and Marie Arrol, emigrated to New Zealand. John Mathew married in 1952 to
Alexandra Lynne Morrison in Papakura, New Zealand. John was employed in aluminum
anodizing since 1969. In April 1987 John accepted a position with Diversey Metals of
Canada. His assignment including consulting and assisting in establishing an anodizing
plant in the Peoples Republic of China. In 1988 John Mathew, Alexandra Lynne, and
their daughter, Jessica Margaret Arrol, resided in an apartment complex in Singapore with
all of the amenities. In 1990 John Mathew Arrol and his family retumed to New
Zealand. (15)



William Arrol was bom in a cottage in the small village of Bridge of Weir, Houston,
Scotland on the 13th of February 1839. He was one of nine children bom to Thomas
Arrol and Agnes Hodgart. His great-grandfather, Charlie Arrol, was from the Highlands
of Stirlingshire near Loch Lomond. Charlie had joined in the rebellion under 'Bonnie
Prince Charlie' and following the final collapse of the rebellion after the battle of
Culloden he left the Highlands and traveled to Renfrewshire. He worked as a collier in
the Quarrelton Pits near where the Johnstone railway station was located.

William's father, Thomas, worked in Coats Thread Manufacturing Company. The cotton
spinning industry, in which Thomas was employed along with so much of the population
of the west of Scotland including many other Arrols, was going through a difficult time.
Machinery improvement precipitated callous wholesale dismissals and strikes and riots
were a common occurrence.

At best it was a pitifully ill-paid trade. William was nonetheless fortunate to obtain a job
at the young age of ten, working for half-a-crown a week as a thread boy, or "piecer",
in a cotton mill in Johnstone. At about the age of twelve he was employed in the
tuming-shop of the Coats Cotton Thread Manufacturing Company making bobbins. At
age fourteen he was apprenticed to a blacksmith in Paisley. At the end of his
apprenticeship he found employment as a joumeyman blacksmith in a shipyard on the
Clyde. After a short period he left to seek employment as a mechanic. He went to
England and worked in Manchester for a few months before returning to Scotland. In
1858, at age nineteen, he was working at Ker's factory in Paisley earning 22 shillings a

In addition to his employment, he was a member of the 3rd Paisley Company of
"Renfrewshire Rifles" from about 1860 to 1864. After a brief period of employment in
Blackwood & Gordon's Shipyard on the Clyde at Port Glasgow he obtained a position
as foreman at Laidlaw's Engineering Works in the east end of Glasgow. He was now
making 2 pounds a week.

On the 1 5th of July in 1864 he married his first wife, Elizabeth Pattison, a daughter of
Daniel Pattison, a mechanic at Coat's mill in Paisley. While employed at Laidlaw's he
built his first bridge. This was the original viaduct over the streets of Greenock for the
Greenock and Ayrshire Railway. In 1866, while still a foreman at Laidlaw's, he was in
charge of building the West Pier at Brighton, England.

Newspapers of the day make frequent mention of Laidlaw's. They were forever litigating
with Glasgow Corporation over the damage their heavy boilers did to the road surface
while being transported down city streets. These boilers were Arrol's department and


after seven years with the firm he not only set himself up - against the best advice - as
a boilermaker, but also persuaded a fellow-employee to sink a lifetime's savings into the

The year was 1868 when the associates formed the partnership with a total investment
of 168 fxjunds. The partners called their company the Dalmamock Iron Works and
established themselves as btoilermakers and girdermakers on the London Road in
Glasgow. William took his entire life savings of 84 pounds and invested in into the
venture. Business was difficult to come by and his partner soon wanted out. William
obtained a loan m order to buy his partner out and to take a chance on his own. From
this small beginnmg the firm was to grow steadily until it became, in time, the largest
structural steelworks in the United Kingdom.

Some of his early projects were the making of the railway bridges from Edinburgh to
Balemo over the Water of Leith in 1871. In 1872 he moved his workshops from the
London Road in Glasgow and erected a new facility on Baltic Street in Bridgetown,
Glasgow. In 1875 he obtained one of his first sizeable contracts for the construction of
a railway bridge over the Clyde, near Bothwell, for the North British Railway. The
Bridge was 120 feet above the river. Not only did William complete it successfully but
he was also mnovative by elimmating the scaffolding which was previously an essential
part of bridge building. It was at this site that he put into practice his idea of building
the bridge on land and then rolling it out over the water. Formerly bridges were rivetted
piece to piece in their place. In 1875 he obtained the contract to build the first of the
two great Caledonian bridges over the Clyde at the Broomielaw in Glasgow. For this
project he devised a new mechanical driller that saved immense labor. Another of his
inventions was a hydraulic riveter that did a far superior job than the prior hand method.
Shortly thereafter his growing firm built the South Esk railway bridge in Montrose which
enhanced his reputation This resulted in contracts to build bridges overseas - especially
in Brazil.

In December 1879 a train was crossing the railway bridge over the waters of the Firth of
Tay at Dundee during a terrible storm. The storm was of unparalleled severity, even for
Scotland. The train, which had steamed out of Waverley Station in Edinburgh, was
destined for Dundee. It never arrived. As it crossed over the Tay, the bridge collapsed
and 90 people perished in the disaster Public confidence in bridge-building was
destroyed. As a measure of William's rapidly increasing stature as a structural engineer,
he gained the contract to build a bridge over the Tay to replace the destroyed structure.

Shortly thereafter William won the contract to build a railway bridge over the Firth of
Forth. This waterway was a great barrier between the important commercial centers of
Aberdeen, Perth, Dundee, and the towns and coal fields of Fife and Edinburgh, the
capital. There had been preliminary work going on toward building a bridge by the

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