From 1857, George McNay lived in North Street,
Bo’ness and worked in the Bo’ness Pottery as a
In 1859, he married Mary Saunders, the daughter of a
local shoemaker. The following entry is recorded in the
On the Eighteenth day of February 1859 at Bo’ness,
marriage after Banns, was solemnized between us
according to the Forms of the U.P. Church of Scotland.
His occupation in his marriage entry was Printer.
Their first child, Isabella Burnett McNay, was born in
their home in North Street in August 1859. On
Isabella’s birth certificate, George described himself as
a Potter (pot printer).
In 1861, they left Bo’ness and moved to Falkirk living in Cow Wynd. Their first son, John McNay, was born there on 8th August that
year. (In later years, John became manager of the Bridgeness Pottery and then the West Lothian Pottery). George’s occupation was
now a Stone & China Ware Merchant.
Their next child, Margaret Walker McNay, was born in August 1863. The family now lived in East Vennel, Alloa.
After East Vennel, the McNays moved to Mill Street, Alloa. Mary McNay was born there in August 1865 and Ann Saunders McNay in
By the time Elizabeth Walker McNay was born in July 1869, the family had moved to Greenfield Place, Alloa.
By 1871, they were back in Falkirk, living in Bank Street. William McNay was born in June that year.
In March 1873, Nora Jane Bell McNay was born in Bathfield Cottage, Vicars Lane, Falkirk.
Nine months later on 16th December, George McNay died at Bathfield Cottage following a short illness. He was 34.
From 1863 onwards, George’s occupation on his children’s birth certificates and on his own death certificate was China Merchant.
George died leaving an estate valued at £946 17s 3d. This sum included his half share in the firm of Charles & George McNay, China
Merchants, Falkirk which was worth £422 8s 5d.