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Name: Charles Oatts

Burial Number: 1614

Gender: Male

Occupation: Publisher; stationer; printer; lithographer, draughtsman and engraver

Distinction: Scottish Publisher.

Born: 12/9/1845

Died: 22/05/1935

Buried: 25/05/1935


Charles was born in Glasgow, the son of John and Margaret nee Murray. His father was a stationer and Charles followed him into the business. Charles’ grandfather William Murray was a tobacco manufacturer. Charles grew up in Glasgow and even after his marriage, returned to Glasgow to run a publishing business. He married Mary Ann Myers on 25th August 1875 at the Parish Church in Charlwood in Surrey. The couple had three children, two of which survived into adulthood. Ella Mary was born in 1880 and Francis John in 1891. The family home was in Bothwell, Lanarkshire and later in Helensburgh. By 1888, Charles was a partner in Oatts and Runciman, publishers, stationers, printers, lithographers, draughtsmen and engravers. His partner was Louis Runciman. The firm had offices in Mitchell Lane, Glasgow and Buchanan Street plus a office in Nicholas Lane, London EC. Unfortunately, the pair were declared bankrupt in 1892. The following year, Charles was back in business trading as Charles Oatts and Co in Buchanan Street, Glasgow. By 1901, Charles had retired and the family moved south to Wallington in Surrey. Charles and Mary Ann had moved to Worthing by 1921, living at “Boswell” 49 Richmond Road. Mary Ann died here in 1927. Charles moved firstly to 66 Richmond Road and then to 42 Grand Avenue, Worthing. The year before he died, Charles moved into The Myrtles Nursing Home in Farncombe Road, Worthing. He died here on 22nd May 1935 at the age of 90. Probate was granted on 22nd July to Ella Mary Willock (Wife of Frederick George Willock) and Francis John Oatts, works manager. Effects £1022 0s 10d.

See obituary below.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: NWS Row: 8 Plot: 9

Exact Location (what3words): dart.lost.bucket

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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Mary wife of Charles Oatts died 13th April 1927 in her 78th year. Charles Oatts May 22 1935 in his 90th year. "Passed from death into life"

Further Information


Name: Charles Oatts

Gender: Male

Born: 12/9/1845

Town: Glasgow

County: Lanarkshire

Country: Scotland


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 25/8/1875

Spouse First Name: Mary

Spouse Second Name: Ann

Spouse Last Name: Myers

Town of Marriage: Charlwood

County of Marriage: Surrey

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 22/05/1935

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: The Myrtles

Address line 3: Farncombe Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Worthing Gazette 29th May 1935

“Former Publisher”

Death of Mr Charles Oatts

The death occurred in a local nursing home on Wednesday of Mr Charles Oatts of Richmond Road, Worthing, formerly of Helensburgh and Glasgow. Mr Oatts who was in his 90th year, was head of a well known publishing house in Glasgow until he retired some 15 years ago. One of the original members of the Glasgow Philharmonic Society, he always took the keenest interest in the musical world. He was also interested in the Volunteer movement in his younger days and was a crack shot, winning many trophies. Since coming to reside in Worthing, he had actively identified himself both with the Congregational Church and with the new Presbyterian Church in Heene Road. He was also connected with and audited for the British and Foreign Bible Society, a representative of which was present at the funeral at Heene Cemetery on Saturday afternoon, the service being conducted at the Presbyterian Church by the Rev. W McLeod Girdwood. The Presbyterian Church was represented by Mr Fox, Mr Oatts having been actively connected with this branch of the church in Wallington and Scotland for over 40 years. Members of the family present at the funeral were Capt. F J Oatts (MC) son, Mrs Frederick G Willock (daughter) and Mrs George Myers (sister-in-law).  Many beautiful floral tributes were sent including wreaths from: Capt Oatts MC (son); Brigadier F G Willock CBE. DSO. (son-in-law); Mrs F G Willock (daughter); Mr & Mrs Henry Myers and Miss Myers (brother and sister-in-law and niece); Mrs George Myers (sister-in-law); Miss Cave and Miss Price; Mr Wade and family; Miss Coward; Miss Griffin; Miss Craven and the Misses Aldridge.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £1022 0 s 10 d

Current value of effects: £59553.00

Census Information


Finnairt Bank, Dunoon, Argyll.

William Murray aged 72, tobacco and pipe manufacturer employing 100 people. Mary aged 68. Marianne aged 33, daughter. Mary MacNab aged 3, grand daughter. Elna Murray aged 10, gran daughter. Charles Oates (sic) aged 5, grandson.


2 Northure Place, Rottenrow Street, Glasgow.

John aged 63, stationer. Margaret aged 47. Charles aged 15. Thomas aged 14. William aged 12. John L aged 10. Plus 1 servant.


No trace but Charles was living in Glasgow in 1870.


Dunglas House, Douglas Gardens, Bothwell, Lanark.

Charles aged 35, stationer. Mary Ann aged 30. Ella Mary aged 5 months. Plus 1 servant.


3 Prince Albert Terrace, Helensburgh, Argyll.

Charles aged 45, lithographer, printer. Mary Ann aged 40. Francis John aged 1 month. Plus 2 servants.


Dalmore, Brambledown Road, Wallington, Surrey.

Charles aged 55, stationer. Mary Ann aged 50. Ella M aged 20.


1 Brambledown Road, Wallington, Surrey

Charles aged 65, retired stationer. Mary Ann aged 60. Plus 1 servant.


“Boswell” Richmond Road, Worthing, Sussex


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