About Andrew Knowles & Son

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Our Rich History

Andrew Knowles; master painter and decorator – founder of Andrew Knowles & Son, was born in Bank Buildings, Lasswade in 1850 and died at Burn Place (above the shop) in November 1924.
He married Helen Falconer and they lived at 5 Union Park, Bonnyrigg where his three children were born – William, Elizabeth and Charlotte. Andrew Knowles decided to start his own business on the birth of his third child, Charlotte, born on 27th July 1888.

Charlotte was sent to her grandmother in Union Park and William and Elizabeth lived with their father. Andrew married again, to Grace Millicent Hutton of border birth, and he had 3 more children; Christina, Hutton and Millie. His wife died in childbirth and Elizabeth, of his first marriage, was left to look after her father, Chrissie and Hutton until their father’s death in 1924. Millie, the baby, had been taken to be brought up by Stenhouses, who also lived in Bank Buildings, Lasswade.

The business at this time was passed to William and Hutton. In later years Hutton withdrew from the business and William ran the business until his death in 1949. It was then passed to his sons Andrew and William. Andrew died suddenly after an operation in 1957 at the age of 51. This left William to carry on the business alone. He had a son, Robert, who also served his time as a painter and decorator and was taken into partnership with his father in 1968. William died in 1970 and the business passed to Robert who ran the business until 1998, when his son William was made a partner. They ran the business together until Robert retired in 2015. Williams wife Ruth then came in as a partner and now run the business together in its present form.