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Brentford Councillors - Archibald Sim Montgomrey


Janet McNamara has researched details of the men who served as Brentford Local Board Members and Councillors, see intro page for more details of early local government structure.

Archibald Sim Montgomrey

Mr Montgomrey was an early Councillor in Brentford, and also a Middlesex County Councillor and a Justice of the Peace.

His name is on the foundation stone of the Cottage Hospital (1901) now in the wall near the entrance of the Health Centre opposite the station and he laid the foundation stone of the Boatman’s Institute (1904). He was a JP at the time of both these events.

He was the third generation of timber merchants and his father (James) was also a Councillor and Justice of the Peace.

In the 1851 census the family were living in the High Street with his father, James (39) described as Justice of the Peace and Timber Merchant. His mother, Henrietta was 32. The children were Ellen (8), Archibald (7), Gertrude (5), Agnes (4) and Kenneth Ronald (1). All the children are described as ‘Scholar at home’ and they had a Governess (26) resident as well as a Nurse, a nursemaid, a housemaid, a cook and a foot boy or boot boy.

By 1861 the family were living in Hillingdon. Archibald was 17 and described as ‘Leiut in Militia’ and by 1871 he was married (June quarter 1870 London City 1c 57).


The census for 1871 shows him and his wife, Olivia (21) born St Martin, London at Admonbury (?) House in Heston. They had a visitor, a housekeeper and a cook.

In 1881 Archibald and Olivia were living at 89, Bedford Square, Brighton with a nurse in residence and Olivia died on April 11th 1882. She was buried in Park Road cemetery Isleworth on the left side of the southern path beyond the chapel. Her address on the grave stone is shown as Busch House and this is Archibald’s address in the 1891 census. He is shown aged 47 as a Magistrate and Timber Merchant and had a valet, a housekeeper and a housemaid resident.

His father died in 1883 and the graves are next to one another in Park Road Cemetery.

By the time of the 1901 census Archibald had moved back to 76 and/or 77, High Street (76 being the address of the timber yard).

He had 2 nephews living with him – Carey M WEST (30) timber merchant born Mortlake and Ronald C WEST (26) Horticulturalist born Chiswick and also a visitor George Cochrane (41) a poultry breeder also a housekeeper and a domestic servant.

By 1901 Mr Montgomrey had retired from the Middlesex County Council.

He died on April 12th 1922. His address was given as Sirsa House, Cheltenham and he died at Hilperton Rectory, Trowbridge, Wilts.

Probate was granted to Rev Percival Carey WEST clerk (see 1901 census entry). Effects were £2,512. 18s.

The funeral service was at St Paul’s Church and he was buried with his wife and next to his father in Park Road cemetery in Isleworth.

See obituary and report from the Middlesex Independent April 1922.

Other material

Janet has also provided photos of his gravestone, a photo from his time of serving as a councillor in 1900, account of his death and funeral service and an example of his signature. To be added as time permits.

More details of the Montgomrey family.


Page published September 2011