Duke of York
From James C. Miller, Ph.D
second-generation half-Scot in the U.S. My grandparents, James
Bain Henderson & Ann Clement Jack Beattie Henderson emigrated
from Paisley to New Jersey and were married there in 1911. Two
of Annís uncles, James Beattie and George Thompson Beattie,
helped induct the Duke of York into the Masons at Glamis in
1936. I thought that you might enjoy seeing the news photos.
In the cropped close up, George has a slight mark on his
forehead and James is sitting just in front of him, next to the
I guess this Masons ceremony
occurred only six months before the Duke became the King in
1936. Reportedly, George Thompson Beattie (1860-1947),
called Uncle Geo (pronounced Joe), played golf regularly
with the Duke. Uncle Geo had moved from Dundee to
Carnoustie by 1923 and they played golf in that area. Uncle
Geo was very kind and he and my grandmother, Ann, got along
well. In 1926, Ann took her two young children, who were my
mother and my uncle, to visit Uncle Geo in Carnoustie.
Hendersons and the Beatties connected when my
grandmother, Ann Clement Jack Beattie, married my
grandfather, James Bain Henderson in 1911 in New Jersey.
They emigrated (separately) from Paisley. Ann was the
daughter of John Baird Beattie (1865-1938) and Ann
Clement Jack (1862-1938; I just noticed that he died the
day after she did!). In turn, John Baird Beattie was
the son of David Charles Beattie (1816-1870) and Mary
Baird (1830- ).