Isaac Willis (1862-1943)
"My grandfather, Isaac
Willis, from Silloth, Cumbria, was born in
1862. He worked on the building of
the Forth Bridge during the 1880s, when he was in his twenties.
He returned to Silloth towards the completion of the Bridge. I
would dearly love to find out when he was working
on the bridge and what he did there.
We believe he was a crane driver How
long he stayed there.
In 1942 his son (my father) was
the police inspector in the Marine Police at Port Edgar.
My mother and I joined him to live in North Terrace.
Grandad Isaac also came to live with us but he
was a man of few words and did not speak of his days working
on the Bridge. He died in South Queensferry in 1943 and is buried
in Dalmeny Cemetery."
wonder if there are any records of workers, or their pay sheets
which could list names. I realise that there would be several
contractors on the construction.
the book, 'The Briggers'
which interests me very much. There is one
small photograph of a man sitting on a crane, nameless of course,
but who resembles my father when he would be in his twenties, but
that is a far as we can go.
appreciate your help in finding workers' records or similar, though
I don't expect miracles. Thank you."
Doreen Clegg: January 29,