Biography of Peter Coutts
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Coutts, Peter, the long established jeweler at No. 75 Church street, Hoosick Falls, has been a resident of the village twenty two years. He ,was born in Dundee, Scotland, in 1838. His father was John Coutts, an engineer. Six years in the large jewelry establishment of Whytock & Sons of Dundee sufficed to make him master of his trade, after which he met with some adventure in his travels, which were extensive. He went to London in 1856, then to India in 1857, but his business arrangements there were upset by the great Sepoy rebellion, and he became an English soldier, enlisting in the Seventh Dragoon Guards. After the mutiny was over he went to work again in his old place in Calcutta, and in 1866 returned to London. In 1867 he went back to Scotland, where he was married. While he was serving in the army he worked more or less at his trade, being the only watchmaker in the brigade who had his tools with him. In 1870 he came to America, remaining two years in New York, thence to Troy where he worked for Mr. Timpane, L. Champany, and Thomas Goldsmith; in 1874 he settled in Hoosick Falls. Mr. Coutts carries a handsome stock of staple goods in his line and gives his personal attention to repairs. He was married in Dundee in 1868 to Elizabeth Gardyne of that place, and has two children: Edwin and Vesta.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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