The Proctors
- William & Andrew

There were two brothers, born a decade apart, the older in Dundee or perhaps Lundie, from where both their parents came, the younger in Coupar Angus. And each in his way would go on, albeit largely un-recognised, to play a pivotal role in the development of football in Brazil. 

They were the Proctors, their father a flax-factory overseer, the first Andrew, born in 1864, and already in 1881 a Yarn-Stretcher, the second, William, whose birth was in 1874, training as an engineer-fitter cum electrician.

And a some point in the very early 1890s at least one of the brothers found work at the textile factory being newly-built in Bangu outside Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Indeed, we know he or they travelled out with an elder sister, Margaret, herself a jute-weaver, because soon after arrival she died, aged just thirty, to be buried in 1892 in Rio's British Cemetery.

It seems that Andrew Proctor at least remained in and around Rio for the next next decade, there meeting his future wife. She was Mary Cameron, born in Glasgow but whose family, her father a Power-Loom Tenter, so also a textile worker, had moved to Brazil soon after her birth in 1873. Her mother was to die in Petropolis in 1877, her father in 1893 in Minas Gerais and she by the wedding day in 1898 was living in Rio, Andrew in Niteroi and recorded as a clerk.

It was a marriage ceremony that was witnessed by William French, a fellow Bangu-employee and David Proctor, Andrew's elder brother. It suggests an on-going family relationship with the Bangu concern that might have brought David, perhaps briefly, but also younger brother, William. He was certainly there and present by December 1903 when a meeting took place where Andrew Proctor again suggested, this time successfully, the formation of a works team. Foundation formally took place in April 1904 under the name of Bangu Atletico Clube. President was non-other than William French, Vice-President, Tommy Donohoe, Secretary and Treasurer, Andrew Proctor and Captain of Football, John Stark with the first game just a week later between Secretary and Captain's teams.

Andrew and Mary Proctor were to spend most of the rest of their lives in Brazil. They would have five children, at least three born in Rio, the first in 1900. Indeed, both would die in the country Andrew in Rio itself in 1945 at the age of eighty-one and Mary in the cooler hill-town near-by of Novo Friburgo in 1961, aged eighty-eight. And in the meantime the passing of William, having never married, had been in 1923 in Bangu itself at the age of just forty-nine. Andrew and Mary would be buried in the same British Cemetery in Gamboa in Rio, joining his sister. The burial place of William is unknown.

Birth Locator:

1864 - Lundie, by Dundee, Scotland (Andrew)

1874 - Coupar Angus, Scotland (William)

 

Residence Locations:

1871 - Brewery, Coupar Angus, Scotland

1881 - 19, Arklay St., Dundee (David, Andrew, William)

1891 - 18, Airlie Place, Dundee (William)

1891/2 - To Brazil (Andrew)

1898 - travessa Carneiro 2, Rio de Janeiro (Andrew)

1923 - Bangu, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (William)

1945 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Andrew)

 

Death Locator:

1923 - Bangu, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (William)

1945 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Andrew)

 

Grave Locator:

British Cemetery, Gamboa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Andrew)

 

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