||7 Nov 1814
||Burraland, Northmavine, Shetland
||General Merchant, Draper and Grocer
||159 Commercial Street, Lerwick, Shetland
||25 Mar 1858
||Commercial Street, Lerwick, Shetland
|Cause: Suicide after murdering his wife and three of his children |
||22 Jan 2014 |
||William Williamson, b. 1786, Northmavine, Shetland , d. 1 Jul 1849, Moorfield, Northmavine, Shetland |
||Barbara Smith, b. 1781, Hamar, Northmavine, Shetland , d. Bef 1855 |
||7 Sep 1806
||Agnes SANDISON, b. Oct 1817, Udhouse, Delting, Shetland , d. 25 Mar 1858, Fox Lane, Lerwick, Shetland |
||22 Apr 1841
- 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.
| ||1. William WILLIAMSON, b. 31 Jul 1842, Lerwick, Shetland , d. 30 Aug 1863, Udhouse, Delting, Shetland |
| ||2. John Stout WILLIAMSON, b. 17 Feb 1844, Lerwick, Shetland , d. 25 Mar 1858, Fox Lane, Lerwick, Shetland |
| ||3. Agnes Jane WILLIAMSON, b. 27 Nov 1846, Lerwick, Shetland , d. 25 Mar 1858, Fox Lane, Lerwick, Shetland |
| ||4. Gilbert WILLIAMSON, b. 6 Oct 1848, Lerwick, Shetland , d. Aft 1872|
| ||5. Barbara WILLIAMSON, b. Dec 1851, Lerwick, Shetland , d. 29 Sep 1852, Lerwick, Shetland |
| ||6. Peter James Scott WILLIAMSON, b. 14 Sep 1853, Lerwick, Shetland , d. 25 Mar 1858, Fox Lane, Lerwick, Shetland |
||17 Jun 2020 |
- 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.
- [S2] Alexander Sandison (Sandy).
- [S3] North Isles Family History, Tony Gott, (www.bayanne.info/Shetland).