Matthew Orr Gibson

RankCivilian Matthew Orr Gibson
Military Service



31 August 1866, Anderston, Glasgow

Death7th May 1915
Circumstances of Death

Drowned in the sinking of RMS Lusitania

RMS Lusitania in 1907

RMS Lusitania in 1907


In 1915 Gibson arrived in New York on 4 February aboard RMS Adriatic on one of his regular visits and planned to return to the UK on 1 May on SS Cameronia. Unfortunately for him the British government requisitioned the Cameronia a few hours before she was due to sail and her passengers were transferred to RMS Lusitania which delayed that ship’s departure by 2 ½ hours. Gibson was travelling first class and was given cabin B2 on the promenade deck.

At 2:10pm on the 7 May off the Old Head of Kinsale, the German submarine U-20 successfully fired one torpedo at the Lusitania as she passed unknowingly across the submarine’s bows. The Lusitania sank eighteen minutes later with the loss of 1192 lives. 768 persons survived – Matthew Orr Gibson was not among them.


MemorialLost on RMS Lusitania

A memorial service for Matthew O Gibson was held in Hillhead Baptist Church on Saturday 15th May. It was conducted by the minister of the church and that of Lansdowne United Free Church.

CWGC Information



Thomas B Gibson (c1832-1897) and Jane R Orr (c1838-1929)

Father's Occupation

Manufacturer of cotton fabrics


Jessie (1859-1920), Lizzie (1861-1945), Jane (1863-), Isabella (1864-), Evelyn (1868-1925), Charles (1869-1931), Josephine (1871-), Thomas (1873-), Ada (c1875-), Arthur (c1877-1956), Harrison (c1878-)

Matthew O Gibson (centre back row) with his parents and siblings c1880 by permission of Alan Gibson

Matthew O Gibson (centre back row) with his parents and siblings c1880 by permission of Alan Gibson




Not known


Textile Manufacturer. Matthew and his brother Charles traded as Gibson Brothers & Co., curtain manufacturers and embroiderers of St Mirrin’s Mills, Cogan Street, Pollokshaws. The firm, under the name of Gibson Brothers (Glasgow) Limited, went into voluntary liquidation in 1929.

1871 Census

3 Florentine Place, Hillhead Street, Govan

1881 Census

3 Florentine Place, Hillhead Street, Govan

1891 Census

Florentine Gardens,Govan

1901 Census

Not found. (Widowed mother living at 26 Cecil Street, Partick)

1911 Census

Not found

Home Address

1915 – 26 Sardinia Terrace, Hillhead

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Epsilon Lair 528
Other Information

Between 1905 and 1915 Gibson crossed the Atlantic at least 6 times. He seems to have been making regular business trips of about 4 months every second year from 1905. He tended to cross to New York in either January or February and return in the early summer. He continued this pattern in 1915 even though the UK was at war.

Gibson’s will was dated 18 June 1909. He left an estate of £7707 4s 10d

Acknowledgements and Sources

Much of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to Alan Gibson, Ancestry (, Findmypast (,

Family Search –

The Long, Long Trail –

The Lusitania Resource –

Scotlands People –

The Scottish War Memorials Project –



Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

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