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The Bradley's from Inishowen Co. Donegal

Family of Denis Bradley (1878 - 1919)

Denis Bradley

Denis 1861 (aged 17 years)

Denis was born at Glebe, Donegal, Ireland on the 21 February 1878.

He followed his brothers Daniel and William into the shoe and boot making trade and like them sailed from Derry to Glasgow, Scotland where he set in business in the area of Cambuslang.

Agnes & Denis Bradley (approx. 1910)

Denis married Mary Agnes O'Sullivan at the Catholic Cathedral of Cork on 18 July 1905. They moved to Glasgow, Scotland, where Denis worked as a boot and shoemaker.

Pat, Gertie, Jack, Mamie and Denis

Denis and Mary Agnes had six children:

Ann Marie Gertrude (Gertie), 1907;
Mary Agnes (Mamie), 1909;
John Joseph, 1911;
Patrick George, (Pat), 1913;
Denis Lawrence, 1915;
John Francis (Jack), 1917.

Denis died on the 16 March 1919 of severe burns of arms, neck, face, shock and septic fever following a fire in his shop.

Obituory of Denis Bradley, 21st. March 1919

Cambuslang Pilot

FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 1919



We deeply regret to record to death of Mr Denis Bradley, boot and shoemaker, which took place under sad and tragic circumstances. While employed in the workroom of his shop at Station Place, Main Street, early in the afternoon of Friday last, Mr Bradley met with a serious burning accident. He was in the act of dissolving, in a bottle, a composition of carbon and rubber, which is extensively used for repair work in the boot trade, and having, first of all, heated the bottle, which was corked, he shook it, with the result that it exploded in his hands.

Some of the liquid fell upon a coal stove near which Mr Bradley was standing, and a sheet of liquid flame shot upwards, setting fire to his clothing, which included a rubber collar. Assistance was promptly rendered by William Bell, George Johnson, John Peacock, and others, but before the flame could be extinguished Mr Bradley had been severely burned about the face, neck, hands and arms.

The fire spread to the shop property, but was mastered before the arrival of the Fire Brigade, which promptly put in an appearance in response to an urgent summons.

Assisted into the shop of Mr Robert Semple, fishmonger (next door), Mr Bradley had his injuries dressed by Mr John Scott, M.P.S., Hillside Terrace, and was afterwards able to walk to his home at 129 Main Street, where he was medically attended by Dr Hugh McKay.

The Injuries proved to be much more serious than was first realised, and at half-past eleven on Sunday forenoon, Mr Bradley succumbed to their effect.

Mr Bradley leaves a widow and five young children, to whom he was affectionately attached, and in their sad and sudden bereavement the family have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.

A native of Co. Donegal, Ireland, Mr Bradley, who was in his fortieth year, came to Cambuslang about a quarter of century ago, and set up in business on a modest scale as a boot and shoe repairer. After securing a connection in the Newton district, he transferred to the more populous western end of the parish, where by dint of steady perseverance and tireless industry he won public confidence and built up a flourishing and lucrative business. His work brought him into close contact with all classes of the community, and, although he did not take part in public affaires, no trader in the district was more widely known. Gentle and kindly in disposition, and thoroughly upright and straightforward in all his dealings he was highly respected by all who knew him, and it is universally felt that his death is a distinct loss to the community.

The funeral took place from St. Bride's Church to St. Peter's Cemetery, Dalbeth, on Wednesday afternoon, and was largely attended. The Merchants' Association, of which Mr Bradley was an esteemed member, sent a beautiful wreath, and was represented at the obsequies by several well known traders.


1920 approx. - Denis Bradley's Gravestone - St Peter's Cemetery, Tollcross, Glasgow.

The gravestone has the inscription:-

"In Loving Memory Of
Denis Bradley
Who Died 16 March 1919 As The
Result Of An Accident
Aged 41 Years
Beloved Husband Of
Agnes O'Sullivan"

1925 approx. Agnes Bradley outside the shop

Agnes stayed on in Cambuslaing and continued to run the shoe & boot business and raise the five children. Agnes died of multiple sclerosis on 28 March 1940.

Gertie Bradley

1952 - Peter & Gertie Curran with daughters Moreen & Denise

Gertie Bradley (11 Nov 1907 - Sep 1985) married Peter Curran on 3 July 1934 and had two daughters: Moreen and Denise.

Moreen married Arthur Mone and they have six children: Arthur, Pauline, Peter, Johnny, Judith and Denis.

Arthur married Anne Makenzie and they have two children: Elizabeth and Jennifer.
Pauline married David Smith and they have three children: Michael William, Rachel Anne and Paul Douglas.
Peter married Amanda (Mandy) Brown and they have four children: Catherine, Joanne, John and Rhianon.
Johnny married Anne McAlister and they have two children: Giara and Charles.
Judith married Martin Miller and they have three children: Sarah, Rebecca and Ruth Emma.
Denis married Mairi O'Neill and they have one child: Maria.

Denise married John Gray (now deceased) and had four children: Michael; Julie married Eamon McCarron; Chris; and Nicholas.

Denise later married Daniel Bradley, grandson of Daniel Bradley.

Mamie Bradley

1940 - Bill & Mamie Cronin

Mamie (22 Sep 1909 - 1994) married Bill Cronin on the 26 December 1940 and had two children: Paddy and Frances.

Paddy married Ruth and they have two daughters.

Frances is married and has two children, and is now living in South Africa.

John Joseph

John Joseph (4 Jul 1911 - 29 Jun 1912) died in infancy.

Pat Bradley

Brother Pat Bradley

Pat (29th. May 1913 - 25th. May 1996), also known as George, he became a Marist Brother and took his vows on 31 July 1934.

Pat died on 25 May 1996.

Denis Bradley

Father Denis Bradley (1953)

Denis (10th. Aug 1915 - 17th. Feb 1982) became a priest. He was ordained at St. Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow, Scotland, on 29 June 1953. His ordination was an occasion of a major family reunion.

Denis died on 17th. February 1982.

Ordination of Father Denis - St. Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow, Scotland, 29 June 1953

Jack Bradley

Greta & Jack with children Paul, Peter & Gay (1949)

Jack (1 Oct 1917 - 1 Jun 1967) married (Greta) Marguerita Mary Maguire (20 Jul 1920 - 7 Oct 1998). They were married at St. Charles R. C. Church in Maryhill, Glasgow on 30 August 1943, and had six children: Peter, Paul, Gabrielle, Angela (who died in infancy), John and Quintin.

Jack died in 1967 and Greta in 1998. Both are buried in Branksome Cemetery, Poole, Dorset, England.

Peter married Angela Gorman.

Paul is single and lives in Essex.

(Gay) Gabrielle married Phillip Hall and they have two daughters: Katherine and Antonia.

Angela (15th. Sep 1950 - Apr 1951) died in infancy.

John is single and lives in Dorset.

Quintin is single and lives in Yorkshire.