James Kendall

Plumber

James Edward Kendall (c. 1845–1922) was a North Berwick plumber. He was born on the Isle of Wight, where his father William was a coastguard. By 1861, William was chief boatswain to Dunbar Coastguard Station (East Lothian) and James was an apprentice plumber and gasfitter in the local area. James spent some of the early 1870s in London and by 1881 was employed as a plumber in North Berwick, where he lived with his wife and five children. His sons, James Junior and Frederick, later followed him into the trade, and his daughter Elizabeth was also employed, appearing as 'book-keeper (plumber's)' in the 1901 Census. 1

James stood unsuccessfully for election to North Berwick town council in 1885, before joining it unopposed in 1891. Around the same time, he appears to have taken over his parents' lease at the Canty Bay Inn in the town, which they had run for over a decade. 2

Notes:

1: Census information, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 19 June 2012].

2: Scotsman, 4 November 1885, p. 10; 30 October 1891, p. 7; 13 October 1892, p. 1; census information, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 19 June 2012].