Andrew Hinshaw

                  ┌── John Hinshaw
                  │    1808-1874 
Andrew Hinshaw ───┤
B: c1845          │
D: 1860           │
                  └── Anne Shaw
Andrew Hinshaw     [ID 14393] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born about 1845.1  

About 1859 two samplers were made by either Andrew or his brother John Kay (or perhaps one made by each of them)2 - see the sampler images below.  

Andrew Hinshaw died Jan 18 1860, Hillend Reservoir, Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland; buried Shotts Churchyard, Lanarkshire, Scotland.1,2  

Andrew and his brother John Kay were both drowned in a local pond/loch, Hillend Reservoir in Monkland.1,2  On January 18, 1860, at approximately 4 p.m., on their way home from school, the two boys took a shortcut across the frozen Hillend Reservoir [referred to as a loch in contemporary writings].  They crossed it safely, but Kay returned.  Their father, John Hinshaw, recounted the reason for this decision in a letter to a family friend:2

Kay saw a spot suitable for sliding and jumped onto the ice.
The "Coatbridge, Bathgate, and Wishaw Advertiser" reported:2
Some of their [the brothers] playmates observing their perilous position, raised hue and cry, which attracted the attention of some Airdrie Gentleman ... curling on the reservoir at the time of the accident.
The death certificate made clear that John Kay fell through the ice first, whereupon his brother, Andrew, jumped in to save him.  The coroner wrote: "Drowned [illegible] - trying to reach his brother who had fallen in first."  In a terrible irony, their father's written account of that afternoon suggested that Andrew could have escaped the icy water were it not for his brother: "Andrew struggled strenously to get out ... but Kay holding on had overpowered him."2  

Of the rescue attempts, accounts varied.  The "CoatBridge Advertiser" praised the Airdrie Gentlemen's 'heroic exertions at the risk to their own lives', yet the boys' father made no mention of them in a letter written just nine days later.  Instead, he criticised nearby railway workers for not 'going so quick or as near [the ice] as they might.'2  

But both John Hinshaw and the local newspaper attributed the removal of Kay's body from the loch to his teacher:2

John Hinshaw: 'attracted by movement ... he got a long piece of wood and slithered across the ice ... seeing the school bag on Kay's back still floating in the waters succeeded in getting Kay's body.'  

The "C, B, and W Advertiser": 'The teacher of the boys (Mr. Alexander Jeffrey), hearing of the catastrophe ... was successful by the aid of his stick in pulling the younger boy free.'

Andrew's body, perhaps without the aid of his school bag as a float, had already sunk to the bottom of the loch; it would be two hours before it was retrieved.2  

John Hinshaw's own account of the tragedy, as he wrote to the Rev. John Kay, mentioned that the alarm was made at Cross Riggs Farm by "a boy ... yelling those fateful words: Andrew and Kay are in the loch".2  

The boys' sister Janet later wrote a verse, "My Beloved Brothers":2

Nay death triumphs over the young and beautiful
His frosty breath it sears them in their bloom
The soul takes fright and flies it quick away
And leaves its cast of lament for the tomb
Ah Andrew, my darling old Brother
Together in Childhood we played
Mingling our little griefs and joys together
And now, oh now, in the grave thoust laid

(photo)Photo: "Boy with hoop" sampler, c1859, by either Andrew Hinshaw or John Kay Hinshaw 2

(photo)Photo: "Boy with dogs" sampler, c1859, by either Andrew Hinshaw or John Kay Hinshaw 2


  1. Contribution from Pete Giblin ().
  2. Pete Giblin's () "The Hinshaw Story":

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