Archibald Maltman MCINTYRE of ROSSETT

by Annette Edwards.


Archibald Malcolm was born on 26 October 1852 in the Gorbals district of Glasgow, he was the son of Daniel McIntyre a merchant, and Jane Maltman.

By 1875 his father had died and Archibald had moved down to Liverpool where he was employed as an engineer,

On 5 December 1875 at St Simons Church, Archibald married Charlotte Elizabeth Swinnerton, the daughter of William Swinnerton.

Charlotte was born in 1853 in Liverpool; her mother was Emma Jane Duke. William her father was a French polisher with his own business.

By 1871 Charlotte was working as a tailoress, and both her mother Emma and her grandmother were cane workers, possibly making baskets or furniture.

 In 1877 plans were being made for a water supply to Liverpool from Wales by damming the River Vyrnwy at Llanwyddyn. Various routes were proposed including one which would have meant a lake would have been built at Caergwrle.   It`s interesting that the articles in the newspapers state that  “if at any future time a tunnel were driven under the Mersey, and became available for a line of pipes, considerable advantages would be gained by the adoption of this route “ As it was, the first Mersey railway tunnel wasn`t opened until 1886.

In  July 1881 the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the Vyrnwy embankment of the new water works at Llanwyddyn, was performed by the Right Hon. the Earl of Powis, in the presence of nearly 200 guests, invited by the Mayor and Corporation of Liverpool, and a vast concourse of spectators.

The construction of the Vyrnwy dam started in 1881 and took 8 years, before the village of Llanwyddyn was lost forever.

Archibald was already working on this project as in the 1881 census he is in Llanwyddyn, living and employed as an engine fitter at “the works”. His wife Charlotte and children William 4 and Charlotte 2 who were both born in Liverpool are with him, she must have found life in mid Wales quite different to a big city. It must have been quite a challenge with the different accents of the Scots and the Welsh being used by the workers.

Eventually the parish church, two chapels, ten farmhouses, three inns, and 37 houses were gone but the Liverpool Corporation built a new village in the valley for the Llanwyddyn villagers before it was flooded. The buildings of the old village were knocked down after the people moved out, and the remains of the dead were taken from the churchyard and reburied next to the new church.

When the route was finally decided on from Lake Vyrnwy to Liverpool an aqueduct was built to bring water to the city from Wales. Because this passed through Malpas, the Corporation offered the town a connection to the aqueduct.  This was accepted in 1892 and the old waterworks gradually went out of use. The reservoir was part of the system for the Liverpool aqueduct and Malpas still has water supplied from Lake Vyrnwy. It wasn`t free, the villagers had to pay for the supply like everyone else, and in July 1919 Liverpool Corporation raised the rates by a huge 25 %.

By 1891 his work had probably finished, and Archibald could have been on his way back home to Liverpool, he was in an Oswestry lodging house and still an engine fitter, also there is another man from Fleetwood who has the same job. Meanwhile Charlotte and the children are at their home at 58 Phoebe Anne Street in Everton.

In 1897 a map of Malpas shows Reservoir House, and Archibald and his family are there in 1901, he was still employed by the Liverpool Water   Corporation   as a mechanical engineer and reservoir keeper. They have 2 more children Jane 19 and Archibald 13. William is a painter, and the girls are both working in the fashion trade, Charlotte is a dressmaker and ladies coat maker, Jane is a milliner and shop assistant.

They were still there 10 years later, Archibald is still in the same job, the only child left at home is William who is still painting.

The family had a dog named Robin, and they were also joined there by a monkey (who escaped from a local circus).  He turned up one day and after being fed him he stayed there as their ‘guest’ for the rest of his life.  They called him ‘Hoolie’ after his mischievous tendencies.  They were here until about 1919 and then moved after his retirement.

Archibald had built a house in Rossett for his retirement with Charlotte; it was called ‘Baldie’. He died there and was buried on 21 December 1926 aged 74.

After his death Charlotte continued to live at `Baldie` Cottage until she died there on 26 June 1933 and was buried with Archibald.

Also buried in the grave with his parents is William McIntyre, their son. He never married and died in Salop Road, Wrexham. He was buried on 27 February 1947.

`Baldie Cottage` was left to Archibald`s granddaughters, Ailsa and Doreen who rented it out.  When the tenants left Doreen and her husband lived there and after she died, it was sold and the new owners demolished it and built a large house on the plot.

James Duke 1841-1922 – great uncle to Archie jr.

                                     ARCHIBALD MALTMAN MCINTYRE 1887–1918

Their son Archibald is also remembered on the grave with an inscription.

Archibald Maltman McIntyre was born in Liverpool on 19 September 1887, he went to the grammar school at Malpas and after leaving served an apprenticeship as a fitter and turner in Liverpool.

On 21 May 1910, Archie sailed from Liverpool for Australia on board SS Everton Grange, described as an engine driver, age 22, he had been sponsored by his great uncle, James Duke who had a banana plantation in Tewantin, Queensland.

After arriving at Brisbane in July 1910, Archie`s first job was as a artificer for the Brisbane Water Board and later, grew bananas on the Duke property.  One tale  that was passed down the family is that whilst in Australia, one day he lost his cat but found it the next day inside a large snake, which still bore the shape of his cat as it had not digested it yet!  He shot the snake.

Archibald was living in Australia when WW1 broke out, he tried to join the army at the commencement of the War but was rejected due to his small stature.  However in 1917 he tried again and was accepted into the AIF (Australian Infantry Force).  

Archie enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in September 1917.  He was taken on as a Private with the 21st Reinforcements 25th Battalion. His parents were listed as living at Oat Hill, Malpas.

After training he embarked on the SS Canberra in November 1917 and arrived at Southampton at the end of January 1918.   On the 23 April, Archie sailed from Folkestone for Etaples in France where he joined his unit.

Archibald Maltman McIntyre was killed in action by machine gun fire when a bullet penetrated his stomach on 4 July 1918 near Villiers Bretonneux. He is buried at Crucifix Corner Cemetery, Villiers Bretonnaux, France.

Archibald Maltman McIntyre
Archibald’s Tree

Archie is named on the Roll of Honour, War Memorial in the grounds of St Oswald’s Parish Church, Malpas. He had lived in a town called Eumundi , near Brisbane.  Each of their 20 fallen had a tree planted in their memory on the main street, and every year the Anzac march stops next to his tree.  

Researched by Annette Edwards. August 2018.

Thanks to Angela Ellis for much of this information, and to “Adopt a Digger” for allowing me to use their research on Archie.

Wrexham Cemetery 14/06/2018
Wrexham Cemetery 14/06/2018

Gravestone photographs by Graham Lloyd.

Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery P-04271

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