James Lowrie was born in about January 1844 in Lantonford, Northumberland, England. His parents were William and Susan Lowrie. He worked as the Station Master at Leamside Railway Station. for several decades until his retirement in 1909.
In 1851 and 1861 the England Census shows he was living in Northumberland.
The Census of 1881 shows that he was living on Pit House Lane, Leamside, and working as a Railway Station Master.
In 1891 and 1901 he is working as a Railway Station Master.
After his retirement in 1909 he and his daughter Edith left West Rainton and moved to Liverpool, where they settled in West Derby with his daughter Susan (Lowrie) Fairs, son-in-law John Thomas Fairs and grandson Geoffrey Fairs (1911 Census).
He passed away in December 1917 in West Derby, Liverpool. His death was registered during Q1, 1918. He was buried in Allerton Cemetery, Woolton Road, Allerton, Liverpool, L19 5NF, England.
With the increased demand for coal to power the industrialisation of Britain the wooden waggonways used for transporting coal were replaced by the locomotives and iron railways. The Leamside Line was the former Main Line through Ferryhill, Leamside, Fencehouses, Penshaw and Washington to Pelaw. The companies using the line were the Durham Junction Railway and the Newcastle and Darlington Junction Railway. In 1854 the North Eastern Railway was formed and in the 1881 census James Lowrie was listed as the Station Master of Leamside Station.
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Street address: Sherbro Whetchedge Rd Grassendale Liverpool
Marital Status: Widowed
Occupation: Retired Railway Station Master
Registration district: West Derby
Registration District Number: 455
Sub-registration district: Wavertree
ED, institution, or vessel: 30
John Thomas Fairs 37
Susan Fairs 37
Geoffrey Fairs 2
James Lowrie 67
Edith Lowrie 27
Source: Ref_14 England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837-1915: Dec 1917; Registration district: West Derby; Volume: 8b; Page: 718 Ancestry Record 7579 #18323345
Source: Find A Grave memorial Find A Grave: Memorial # 175258284 Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 28 November 2018), memorial page for James Lowrie (unknown–1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 175258284, citing Allerton Cemetery, Allerton, Metropolitan Borough of Liverpool, Merseyside, England ; Maintained by Cyndi (contributor 47314338) .