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Angus (Forfarshire) / Re: Skinner, Provost of Montrose
« on: Wednesday 20 September 17 15:12 BST (UK)  »
Hi Stuart and Monica

It is good to note there is some serious research into family of Hercules Skinner as to many folk have taken as Gospel page 6 of David Holman’s 1961 book “Sikander Sahib”

The Author conjectures "is any truth in Skinner's romantic story of how his parents met" as "there is no indication of his [Hercules] unit until 1777". Might James have told a few more Porkies regarding the suicide of his mother?? Hercules 1803 will suggests mother and two younger daughter were then alive

I believe Stuart that you are spot on about Hercules being child of Robert Skinner & Elizabeth Ogilvie – had he been born before 1750 he would not have been allowed to enroll as a cadet as 21 was the very outside age. The norn was 15 and that Robert’s parents were David Skinner Snr. Provost of Montrose (1733-1735) and Mary Ouchterlony - their son David Skinner Jnr. Provost of Montrose (1739-1741 &  1743-1745[6?]).

Hercules’ Brother Captain James Skinner’s probate took just on 13 years to be proved as cousin Ensign William Ann Skinner took will from Bengal via Jamaica to eldest brother David in Bordeaux but died in the meantime. James Skinner Baptism (One witness: James Ogilvie, Collector of His Majesty's Customs possibly? grandfather)

I trust the links to my Google Drive are correct



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