The Family History of Katherine Anne Sandison

Peter Williamson[1, 2]
Male 1814 - 1858


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  • Birth  7 Nov 1814  Burraland, Northmavine, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  General Merchant, Draper and Grocer Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1851 Census  159 Commercial Street, Lerwick, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  25 Mar 1858  Commercial Street, Lerwick, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Suicide after murdering his wife and three of his children 
    Person ID  I10706  Sandison/Roscoe Tree
    Last Modified  22 Jan 2014 

    Father  William Williamson,   b. 1786, Northmavine, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1849, Moorfield, Northmavine, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Barbara Smith,   b. 1781, Hamar, Northmavine, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1855 
    Married  7 Sep 1806  Northmavine, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F3448  Group Sheet

    Family  Agnes SANDISON,   b. Oct 1817, Udhouse, Delting, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1858, Fox Lane, Lerwick, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  22 Apr 1841  Nesting, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • On 25 Mar 1858, Peter murdered his wife, Agnes, their children John, Agnes, and Peter, and committed suicide by slitting his own throat. His son, William, recovered from wounds inflicted by his father.
    Children 
     1. William WILLIAMSON,   b. 31 Jul 1842, Lerwick, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1863, Udhouse, Delting, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. John Stout WILLIAMSON,   b. 17 Feb 1844, Lerwick, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1858, Fox Lane, Lerwick, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Agnes Jane WILLIAMSON,   b. 27 Nov 1846, Lerwick, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1858, Fox Lane, Lerwick, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Gilbert WILLIAMSON,   b. 6 Oct 1848, Lerwick, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1872
     5. Barbara WILLIAMSON,   b. Dec 1851, Lerwick, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1852, Lerwick, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Peter James Scott WILLIAMSON,   b. 14 Sep 1853, Lerwick, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1858, Fox Lane, Lerwick, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  17 Jun 2020 
    Family ID  F3447  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Shetland’s only mass murder occurred in 1858 in Lerwick. Peter Williamson had a shop on Commercial Street, but lived above a different shop at the foot of Fox Lane. On March 25th he murdered his wife and three of his children. One child was injured but survived and another was visiting a neighbour at the time. After the horrendous crime nobody would occupy the house, and it later became a custom house.
      www.shetland-museum.org.uk/explore/murder_casebook.htm

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Alexander Sandison (Sandy).

    2. [S3] North Isles Family History, Tony Gott, (www.bayanne.info/Shetland).




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