McCAUL, Gilbert John

1834 - 1922

Born at Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland on 31 July 1834, son of Malcolm McCaul and his wife Isabella née Alston. In 1860 he emigrated to Australia where he founded his company in Melbourne dealing in the export of flour, dried fruit, agriculture products, etc to the United Kingdom. He married in Victoria, Australia, Margaret Adam née Watson and where she died, leaving three daughters, Elizabeth, Isabella and Margaret [Turner q.v.], all born in Victoria, Australia. In 1868 he founded his company in London under the name of Gilbert J. McCaul, London and became a merchant and married secondly at Lewisham, London in 1877, Jessie née Cooper. In 1881, a 46 year old Australia merchant living at 16 Church Terrace, Lee, London with 31 year old Jessie and daughters Elizabeth 21, Isabella 19 and Margaret Watson [Turner q.v.] 17, plus his new son 2 year old Gilbert Cooper McCaul, and they kept four servants. In 1891, living at 76 Marina, Hastings, Sussex and ten years later renting a house at 9 Fortfield Terrace, Sidmouth, Devon. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1887-1890 from Greggandarrock, Chislehurst, Kent but does not seem to have exhibited. His wife Jessie died at Hastings in 1914, aged 65 and Gilbert, who retired from Gilbert McCaul and Company in 1904, died at Bromley, Kent in 1922, aged 87.