John Ritchie

Painter

John Ritchie was a house-painter and decorator in Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire. He was born around 1865 in Dalbeattie, S.W. Scotland where his father was a grocer and spirit merchant. By 1881, John Ritchie was working as a plumber's clerk in the town. 1 By the time of his marriage in 1893 he was described as a foreman painter residing in Greenock. 2 By 1901, Ritchie and his young family had moved to Kilmacolm. His son joined him in business in the mid-1920s when they changed to 'John Ritchie & Son', and were still trading as such in 1937. 3

Notes:

1: Census information, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 22 August 2012].

2: Census and marriage information, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk [accessed 14 August 2012].

3: Post Office Telephone Service Directory, vol. 5, Scotland 1920–37, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 22 August 2012].