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Armed Forces / Re: 1st Kings Dragoon Guards pre-Crimea
« on: Wednesday 02 September 20 21:05 BST (UK)  »
Thank you MaxD and thank you ShaunJ.  It seems like Lionel would have had a small window of opportunity to romance the lady in question and get  her with child!  But the fact the lady named her wee baby girl after him, going so far as to give her a man's name (or at least a very unusual name for a Caithness child!) suggests she was very fond of this soldier!  She married a few years later, but the wee girl seemed to lodge with her mother's relations, and then went in to service.

I don't see any other candidates for the the father.  There was a Lionel Curtis born about 1820 but he didnt seem to have ever enlisted.

Armed Forces / Re: 1st Kings Dragoon Guards pre-Crimea
« on: Monday 31 August 20 18:10 BST (UK)  »
Presumably this is the Curtis who married Emma Curtis in 1857?  Doesn't exclude him from fathering a child in Scotland earlier though!  I do find detachments of the KDG in Edinburgh but not until August 1854 in preparation for the Crimea but this is too late?


Hi MaxD,

Thank you, yes that's the fellow I am trying to pin down :) . Wow! Aug 1854 is certainly possible.  The resultant child was born between 1853 and 1855...I don't have anything more accurate than that as she doesn't seem to appear in any old parish record baptisms/births or statutory births for that matter.   The name she went by literally mirrored her father's: Lionel Curtis.  She married David Budge in 1875 in Caithness.  I found a newspaper article lastnight that mentions her and that her parents married before she was born, but she seemed to believe that her father died in the Crimea.  She didn't remain with her mother and seems to have "lodged" with a relative, and then went in to service before getting wed herself.  This Lionel who wed Emma Curtis obviously survived the Crimea so either there is another Lionel, or the daughter was wrong in her beliefs.

Is there anyway that I can find more about who of the KDG was in Edinb. in 1854, MaxD?

Thanks again, really appreciate your help :)

Armed Forces / Re: 1st Kings Dragoon Guards pre-Crimea
« on: Sunday 30 August 20 21:45 BST (UK)  »
I canít help with 1853/3 but you have missed out the The Battle of Lucknow in 1858 in the Indian Mutiny.

Thank you Jebber  :)

Armed Forces / Re: 1st Kings Dragoon Guards pre-Crimea
« on: Sunday 30 August 20 21:44 BST (UK)  »
Jan 52 Newbridge
Dec 52 Dublin
Dec 53 Newbridge

As reported in Stations of the British Army published in newspapers of the time.

Doesn't necessarily exclude the possibility that elements of the regiment were elsewhere.  In March 1853 a squadron of 1st KDG were in Blackburn keeping the peace during an election.

Thanks for this MaxD.  I am on the hunt for Lionel Curtis who fathered a child in Scotland about 1853-1855, we know he was a soldier.  And his name is not that common, but there was one such Lionel serving in the Kings dragoons between 1849 and 1861.  But if I can't place him to Edinburgh that I guess he's not our man.

Armed Forces / 1st Kings Dragoon Guards pre-Crimea
« on: Sunday 30 August 20 19:57 BST (UK)  »
Good evening,

I am trying to ascertain where the 1st Kings Dragoon Guards might have been billeted in the early-1850s.

1815                   Waterloo
1851                 Dublin
1852 ???
1853 ???
1854/1855   Crimean War
1855                   Sebastapol
1857 - 1860   Second Chinese War

Does anyone know how I could ascertain this information?  I am wondering if they could have been stationed in Edinburgh at some point

Thank you,


Scotland / Re: glendinning
« on: Wednesday 27 March 19 17:36 GMT (UK)  »
I am a bit late to the party. But I am researching the same line...specifically Ebenezer Hay McMillan. I wondered, for those of you related, do you know if there is any Gypsy ancestry? Just trying to explain the dark skin and thick black hair trait which I think is traditionally associated with Gypsies and not the Scottish/Highland Traveller groups...?

US Lookup Requests / Re: William McGhee, Scotland to ????
« on: Thursday 07 September 17 18:59 BST (UK)  »
Kept looking through familysearch, and found him! Thanks so much for the tip shellyesq

US Lookup Requests / Re: William McGhee, Scotland to ????
« on: Wednesday 06 September 17 20:10 BST (UK)  »
Hi Shellyesq, thank you, yes thats his birth record. Have had a look at familysearch, and wow! Where did all those collections come from! Last time I was on that page was years ago and I am sure they just had birth and marriage records, they have been busy! Have gone through all the William MacGhees with spelling variants, but not come up with anything...only potential is a Scotland-born William Magee immigrating in to  Quebec City, in 1913. Occupation Blockbuilder (which apparently can be Ship/Boat related) intending to become a "Hammerboy" ... no age given, but Our William at this time would be age 45 .... so surely he would be a Hammerman as opposed to a boy. Hmmm.

Canada / Re: McGhee AWOL from Scotland to Canada
« on: Wednesday 06 September 17 10:18 BST (UK)  »
I am so sorry I didnt reply. I dont recall seeing your posts at the time. Thank you, and apologies again :-[

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