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was plain ann now annielaurie

was plain ann now annielaurie Report 19 Oct 2013 08:40

Apparently the India Office records will be online soon - I assume BMD's. Perhaps we can find Diane under a different name, or a sibling or her father - well, anything!


Traciey Report 17 Oct 2013 10:09

I have a medal card I downloaded for Robert MacLeod/McLeods a while back there are a few on it and it interests me for one reason in that I can't find any other records for these men which I would assume they were destroyed during ww2 by fire/water damage. Diane you are right men did transfer from different regiments as I found with my own family members. I can send the medal index card in pdf if anyone wants to view it, many of you might already have seen it at national archives, just send me a direct message or leave a post here.


Diane Report 12 Oct 2013 11:44

So, apologies if I'm rehashing:

If Robert was commissioned into the 8th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders in 1914-1915 when it was formed in 1914 at Fort George, that is consistent with the need to send Diane to the care of relations.

It does not tell us where or if he was serving prior to then, but it is reasonable to assume it was as an NCO.

From the slim pickings on the web it seems Robert had a good war, with at least one further promotion, and maybe an MC, but all promotions were temporary.

So whatever his origins Diane would probably only remember her father as an officer, and would quite naturally have given that as his profession.

Lots more to do but at least I'm beginning to have some confidence that Robert existed.


Diane Report 11 Oct 2013 22:54

I was really confused by the fact I grew up believing Robert MacLeod was in the Black Watch, my father then said he was in the Gordon Highlanders and more recently the Seaforth Highlanders. I was just playing around on the net and found a page on the Scottish in WW1, it pulls on those regiments together which was reassuring., but then at the bottom the page it said: this page is dedicated to men like Robert MacLeod who was commissioned into the 8th Seaforth Highlanders......
off to dig a little more


Cynthia Report 7 Oct 2013 19:59

Good heaven's! So you are related to our lovely Evelyn then? That's incredible!

You don't have any further info to add do you - or family reminiscences - or documents - or.....well, anything........?? :-)

That is quite astounding. Welcome aboard. :-D


Diane Report 7 Oct 2013 18:54

Ah well, I am named after the lady herself, not that spooky really! I,ve been been watching this for some time.

I was born some years after my grandmother died, so never had the pleasure of meeting her.


Cynthia Report 6 Oct 2013 21:30

Hello Diane and welcome to the thread. :-)

Yes, I think those records have been looked at but many thanks for your suggestion.

It was very strange that my last post on here ended with 'c'mon Diane...give us a break...please' and then, blow me down, Diane posts!! Thought I was seeing things for a minute. :-D :-D



Diane Report 6 Oct 2013 19:51

Has anyone tried the Angus McLeod archive? There are records of MacLeods living at Calbost in Stornoway. Ishbels, Murdos, Donalds but no Robert and no Diane, but then again some unnamed infants.


Cynthia Report 4 Sep 2013 20:46

Thanks everyone......... :-)

There are so many possible scenarios to this story......what ifs.......etc. :-(

C'mon Diane.......give us a break......please.......... :-|

Kathy near the

Kathy near the Report 4 Sep 2013 16:19

Had a look at Kitty's ( Catherine ) death certificate today .

Her father was Kenneth Macleod ( market gardener ) and mother was Anne Macleod ms Macleod



wisechild Report 4 Sep 2013 07:14

Gave myself a thumping headache yesterday afternoon trying to check all possible scenarios.
The similarities between Diane & Kitty are so strong.
I wondered if Diane´s mother had died & her father re married & had more children.
One thing seems certain. Either he wasn´t called Robert, or he wasn´t an officer.....
or both.!!

was plain ann now annielaurie

was plain ann now annielaurie Report 3 Sep 2013 18:45

I've been through the 1911 census for 1 Bn Seaforth Highlanders in India. Have made a list of the officers - no Macleod. There are various men with the surname Macleod in the lower ranks, though, but none named Robert.

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 3 Sep 2013 16:24

(quite a few bits n' pieces on google, below looks useful)

Chris :)

Name: MACLEOD, Catherine
Mother's name: Not available before 1966
Station : Agra
Country: Indian Subcontinent
Year: 1914
Page: 217
Record source: GRO Army Birth Indices (1881 to 1965)


wisechild Report 3 Sep 2013 12:58

Interesting obit for Kitty Macleod at obituaries2.
Seems that her father was with the Seaforth Highlanders, she was born near Simla & had a sister Mairi. Her father isn´t named in the obit, but another poster speculates that he could have been called Kenneth.


Cynthia Report 3 Sep 2013 08:59 sorry not to have replied to your last message.....I simply hadn't seen it till now :-(

You have been really good in looking through all the census for us and I am really, really grateful. Thank you so much. <3

So, where WAS DLM? Sheeeeeeesh.....will we ever know???

I've brought this thread up again because I have had a pm from a member who gives me the following information:

There is someone on another site who is looking for info about someone called Kitty Macleod who was born in India in 1914 to a father who was in the army in India.

The poster says that Kitty was from Lewis, but don´t know whether her family were from there or she just lived there. It says she was a famous folk singer.
Could Kitty be a version of Catherine?

Just wondering if Diane could have been sent to Aunt Catherine because her parents had gone back to India & didn´t want to take her with them?

Now, would any of you kind sleuths like to give this a go to see if there is a possible connection here........????

I live in hope. :-D

Kathy near the

Kathy near the Report 20 Aug 2013 12:45

Sorry not to have replied earlier but have been really busy with research .

I have looked at all families every surname where the mother is Catherine and there are children called Donald and Isabel /Isabella and the only family I found was the McKenzie household I posted about earlier .

Can only think that D ( or what ever her name was ) was not on Stornoway at the census time .



Cynthia Report 17 Aug 2013 20:51

Thanks Sally, I'll have a quick looksee... :-)


Sally Report 17 Aug 2013 20:40

dizzy has s post on general chat about lost hospitals it might be of interest

sally w <3


Cynthia Report 16 Aug 2013 08:37

wisechild, I wouldn't want to disturb her Majesty's holidays now would I? ;-)

Kathy, thank you so much. Okay everyone, where do we go from here?

DLM surely MUST have been on the 1911 somewhere????

Kind folk have looked for a combination of households with a mother Kate, a daughter Ishbel and a son Donald - but no luck so far.

Kathy, what would you advise? It's a bit much to ask you to go through the whole census but how can we tie those three names plus Stornoway together? Is it possible to look at the 1911 census for boarding-type schools in Stornoway? Mind you, what name would you look for........????? :-S :-)

Kathy near the

Kathy near the Report 16 Aug 2013 00:34

Just a reminder I can look at scottish census free

Just tell me what you want