ARBUTHNOTT Family Tree
with links to British India
?? ARBUTHNOTT married ??, children:
David R Arbuthnott (Born at Arbuthnott House 13 April 1820. Baptized 5 May 1820. Died 27 July 1901. Tax collector of Bellary, India, magistrate at Bellary and political agent, late of the Madras Civil Service and Sevillian).
The Hon William Arbuthnott, JP. Born 18 October 1821. Dspl 13 December 1902. Buried Dean 2k, Edinburgh. Served in the East India Military Service 1841-50; entered military service of the EIC at Madras 1841; invalided 1847; Captain of the Forfar and Kincardine militia artillery 1855; Lt-Colonel. Deputy Lieutenant for Kincardineshire. He had an illegitimate daughter by Jane Burness who married in Fetteresso, 10 March 1850, Peter Rae, agricultural labourer.
The Hon Charles James Donald R Arbuthnott. Born Scotland 21 March 1823. Died 26 January 1903. Major, Bengal Light Infantry. Living in Chiswick 1901. Married first, 1852, (Caster) Caroline (born London 1822/23; died Richmond, Surrey 25 September 1890), widow of E_____ Paul
David R ARBUTHNOTT (Born at Arbuthnott House 13 April 1820. Baptized 5 May 1820. Died 27 July 1901. Tax collector of Bellary, India, magistrate at Bellary and political agent, late of the Madras Civil Service and Sevillian). He had illegitimate children by (almost certainly different) Indian women as follows:
Robert Arbuthnott. Later adopted the middle name Brotherton. Born 15 November 1842. Baptized 5 May 1848. Died Cuddapah 30 November 1881.
James Arbuthnott. Born 3 June 1845. Baptized 5 April 1848. Educ Madras Univ (BA). Headmaster of Chiteldroog & Hassan School, Mysore. Retired 1900. James entered into a relationship, c.1882, with (Mary) Annabel ("Ella") Arbuthnott (i.e. his half-niece, qv above). They moved district 1890/1.
Henry Arbuthnott of Black Town, Madras. Born 30 August 1846. Bap 5 May 1848. Died Nagpur 10 September 1913. Assistant engineer / Supervisor, public works dept.. Married first in Baptist church, New town, Madras 3 May 1872 Florence Elwina / Elvina Ray (sister of Georgiana Wilhelmina Ray, qv above, died 6 December 1876 we think because she had not recovered from Florence's birth), daughter of William Ray.
A still-born child. Born 3 May 1848.
Margaret Frances Arbuthnott. Born Hindustan, India 5 March 1850. Died Holmwood, Paignton, Devonshire unmarried 11 January 1917; buried 15 January 1917.
John Pelly Arbuthnott. Born 1 April 1851. Died unmarried 8 Colville Terrace, London 19 May 1878.
Lindsay George Arbuthnott. Born Madras 14 January 1853. Died 31 May 1927. Deputy Inspector General of Police, Madras, 1902-1908. Married first, 3 October 1907, Gertrude Forbes Nash (died 9 January 1924), daughter of Clifford E.F. Nash, MA, Barrister-at-Law of Cheltenham.
Louisa Curzon Arbuthnott. Born Madras, India 1854 (33/227). Died unmarried Paignton, Devon 11 January 1919.
David Arbuthnott. Born Madras 20 March 1856. Died unmarried Cumbrum, Kurnool District, India 6 September 1878. Lt, 67th Foot Regiment.
Eliza Clementina Mary Arbuthnott. Born Madras, India 1858. Died unmarried 8 February 1940.
Donald Stuart Arbuthnott, CE. Born Kirkden, Angus 23 December 1860. Dvu Bay View, Mount Paignton 29 September 1918. Married at Partick, Glasgow, 2 February 1892, Anne ("Annie") Elizabeth Brand (died 23 October 1944), fourth daughter of James Brand of Glasgow.
The Hon William ARBUTHNOTT, JP. Born 18 October 1821. Dspl 13 December 1902. Buried Dean 2k, Edinburgh. Served in the East India Military Service 1841-50; entered military service of the EIC at Madras 1841; invalided 1847; Captain of the Forfar and Kincardine militia artillery 1855; Lt-Colonel. Deputy Lieutenant for Kincardineshire. He had an illegitimate daughter by Jane BURNESS who married in Fetteresso, 10 March 1850, Peter Rae, agricultural labourer:
Agness Arbuthnott. Born Fetteresso or Stonehaven 13 March 1947. Agricultural labourer. Married in Dunnottar, 22 December 1865, Andrew Sinclair of Stonehaven (born c.1845), ploughman, son of David Sinclair, agricultural labourer, and Elizabeth née Caird.
Robert ARBUTHNOTT, later adopted the middle name Brotherton. Born 15 November 1842. Baptized 5 May 1848. Died Cuddapah 30 November 1881. Civil engineer. Overseer and later Supervisor of the Public Works Department (DPW). Later involved in famine relief work. Married in Madras 31 October 1866 (N/2 47/419) Georgiana Wilhelmina RAY (born 5 September 1848 [per Madras Almanac 1849, p.464]; died 1 November 1884 "widow"), second daughter of William Ray (born 1803/4; died 11 February 1852). William Ray is variously described as manager, clerk, or writer in the Town Major's Office, Black Town, Madras. That means that he probably ran or oversaw the administrative/clerical side of the Town Major's office [A]. The Town Major was a military post overseeing the unattached list of NCOs (called conductors and sub-conductors in Indian army parlance) who worked in areas such as the commissariat, bazaar supply and army stud. Anyhow, he married first, as a bachelor, on 18 October 1833 at Black Town Chapel (C of E), Madras, Matilda Taylor, a widow (N/2/15, f. 267). She died Madras 25 August 1838. The index entry for it (N/2/19, f. 40) gives her name as 'Matilda Elvina Ray', and the 'Elvina' of course pops up again with Ray's daughter by his second marriage, Florence Elvina. William & Matilda had a dau Matilda Elvena Ray, died Madras 16 January 1839. William married secondly as a widower, on 29 July 1840, at Black Town Chapel, Madras, Charlotte Fitzgerald (born 1824/5; died 26 July 1852), a spinster (N/2/20, f. 37). The witnesses at the wedding were C. Berlie, M. Berlie, and R.P. Dalgairns. Interestingly, C. Berlie was an auditor in the Military Auditor General's Office in Madras. One 'John Berry' worked in the same office in this era. William & Charlotte had three daughters, the third being Florence Elvena [sic] Ray.
Children of Robert & Georgiana:
Gladson William Ray Arbuthnot. Born 25 August 1867. Bap Blacktown church, Madras 9 October 1867. Died 7 December 1867.
(Mary) Annabel ("Ella") Arbuthnott. Born 31 December 1868. Entered into a relationship, c.1882, with her half-uncle James Arbuthnott, qv below, and had issue.
Clementina Ray ("Clarence") Arbuthnott. Born Madras 7 April 1871 (N/2/52, f. 71, Eurasian). Died Kotagiri 15 March 1941 - the joint headstone 'Errected (sic) by their sorrowing children' which survives intact describes them as Mark Flo (stonemason's error for Fk.?) and Clementina Elizabeth Arbuthnott.
Jane Ann Grace Arbuthnott. Born Madras 1 March 1874. Died Ootacamund 20 January 1895 (death entry identifies her as Eurasian). Buried in the Roman Catholic Cemetery (info comes from a volume of inscriptions on Christian graves in the Nilgiris as does that re Joseph).
Florence May Arbuthnott. Born Madras 7 May 1876. Baptised at Black Town Emmanuel Church, Madras, 23 August 1876 (N/2/57/202). Died young (from poisoning?).
(Constance) Daisy Arbuthnott. Born 26 December 1877. Baptized 2 January 1878. One source suggests she was a twin (which she wasn't) who committed suicide in her 20s (which we doubt). Another says she married Ken Stubbs.
Violet ("Etta") Elaine Arbuthnott. Born Madras 11 January 1880.
Millicent (later Maud) Arbuthnott. Claimed to be born Madras 17 July 1888 (adult conditional baptism N/2/111/41, no "Maud") to Robert and Alice Arbuthnot of Cuddapah.
Clementina Ray ("Clarence") ARBUTHNOTT. Born Madras 7 April 1871 (N/2/52, f. 71, Eurasian). Died Kotagiri 15 March 1941.- the joint headstone (which survives intact), for "Clarence" and Mark Frank D'VAZ, 'Errected (sic) by their sorrowing children', describes them as:
Mark Flo (stonemason's error for Fk.?) and
Clementina Elizabeth Arbuthnott.
(Denise advises that she (Clarence) was a staunch protestant all her life and that there was no headstone in 1944. She had children by (marriage cert not found) Mark Frank d'Vaz (born on a plantation near Ooty, India 18 April 1867, died Kotagiri, India 1 May 1936, buried in the cemetery of St Mary's RC Church at Kotagiri, Dennis and Denise both think he was born Mark Florence D'VAZ), a Eurasian who changed his name to Mark Frank Arbuthnott between 1911 & 1923; RMA's marriage certificate shows his father as "Mark Arbuthnott". Mark was a clerk in Ootacamund at least until the birth of Bernie in 1911, when the family was still using the name d'Vaz and appears to have had no coffee plantation - or at least not one providing a steady income and a place of abode. This encourages us to think that it was not Robert Brotherton Arbuthnott who left property to Clementina and her sisters, but his brother James. The estates do not appear in the planting directories until the early 1930s. The family name change may have been tied to the inheritance but is more likely to have been done simply to try to escape the stigma of being Eurasian; with D'Vaz for a surname there would have been no doubt that one was Eurasian but such an assumption could not be made with Arbuthnott. He was running a small coffee estate, Kambatti, next to Araingay in 1937 (per Planting Directory, S India 1937).
Jane Ann Grace ARBUTHNOTT. Born Madras 1 March 1874. Died Ootacamund 20 January 1895 (death entry identifies her as Eurasian). Buried in the Roman Catholic Cemetery (info comes from a volume of inscriptions on Christian graves in the Nilgiris as does that re Joseph). Married, probably in the late 1880s, Charles D'LIMA (also spelled De Lima), born Madura 25 January 1856, died of pneumonia 23 November 1908; buried at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Ootacamund; classified on his burial certificate as a 'Eurasian' (N/2/104, f. 265), son of Edward d'Lima and Bridget. Charles was head surveyor of the Madras survey.
Herbert D'Lima. Born 1889/90. Died of fever 19 May 1895 aged 5; buried 19 May (N/2/78, f.307).
Joseph Vyvian Arbuthnott D'Lima. Born 17 June 1891. Died Ootacamund 12 September 1893. Buried Roman Catholic Cemetery.
[Possibly] Grace D'Lima. Married Mr _____ Cocker, children: Max Cocker, Bertie Cocker, Caroline Cocker (committed suicide), June Cocker married ? Clough and had 5 children.
(Charles D'Lima married a second time to Anne Snaize and had four further children.)
Millicent (later Maud) ARBUTHNOTT.
Claimed to be born Madras 17 July 1888 (adult conditional baptism N/2/111/41, no
"Maud") to Robert and Alice Arbuthnot of Cuddapah. She was left a coffee estate
in Khotagiri, Nilgiris probably 'by her uncle James' (therefore post 1910),
which was sold 1936-37. But it seems she was unclear who she was. At her
wedding (N/2/124, 39) her age has changed. She is now 27 on 3 July 1918, which
would give a birth year of 1890/91, has acquired Maud as an extra forename and
an extra 't' for her surname. We think she was much older, possibly a late
posthumous child of Robert Brotherton Arbuthnott who died November 1881.
Assuming she was born in mid-1882, she would have been 43 or so when she gave
birth to her second child in 1925. Another possibility is that she was the
illegitimate daughter of the widow Georgiana Wilhelmina, and hence was born a
bit later, in 1883 or 1884. Georgiana cannot have found it easy trying to bring
up six girls by herself. Acquiring a male protector would have been almost
essential for her. Perhaps that's why she died in Pondicherry. She went there to
have her last baby discreetly and she died not long after its birth. Or, a third
possibility, she was actually the illegitimate daughter of one of her older
'sisters'. Mary Annabel and Clementina Ray were both old enough to have given
birth to her in 1883 or 1888. It is speculation, but there are inconsistencies
in the evidence that Millicent produced on two separate occasions and these are
consistent with her not knowing the full story of her origins. The evidence for
her six sisters being the known daughters of RB and GW is so strong that we have
to assume that it was Millicent who got it wrong about 'Robert and Alice' being
her parents. If she was born in mysterious circumstances and was brought up by a
charity, then she is unlikely to have been told the full truth of her parentage.
She was certainly brought up (by James and Ella) as being the youngest sister.
Millicent died Calcutta 22 December 1944. She worked for the Post & Telegraph Service c.1917. Married in St Andrew's Church, Madras 3 July 1918 George HARPIN (born Bannock 2 March 1885), son of William Harpin. He was a sergeant in the British Army, later joined the British Police and later went to a tea estate. George worked in Mussulipatum c.1933. George and Millicent died and were buried in India.
Phyllis Harpin. Born Jubbulpore, India 18 June 1922. Died in a car accident in 3 December 1974 in Dahran, Saudi Arabia, where she had gone to visit her nephew. Buried in the graveyard in ARAMCO in Dahran, Saudi Arabia. She had a private school in Pakistan. Married first, 1939, Shaukat Omari, a Syrian (dsp). She married second in Karachi, Pakistan 9 January 1956 George Talia (born 19??; died Beirut 21 December 1965), a Lebanese christian from Beirut, who was a millionaire and had an off-licence and was in the construction business among other things.
Marjorie Patricia Harpin. Born Poona 28 June 1925. Died Karachi, Pakistan 26 October 2005. Buried Army graveyard, Mahmoodabad. Married first 1939 (Mohammad) Rashid Omari (dvu 19??), a Syrian, son of Mohammad Sadi al-Omari and Laila.
?? ARBUTHNOTT married ??, children:
Robert Mark Arbuthnott
Robert Mark ARBUTHNOTT (b 27 Aug 1888, India, d 19 Jan 1980) married Jessie Louise CROPP (b abt 1897), children:
Allan Russel Mark Arbuthnott (b 22 Feb 1927, Ootacamund)
Dennis Robert Arbuthnott (b 16 April 1931, Ooty)
Terence William Ray Arbuthnott (b Aug 1935, d 2 May 1936, buried in Protestant European cemetery, Kotagiri)
Maureen Lynette Arbuthnott, school teacher (b 18 Sept 1939)
Allan Russel Mark Arbuthnott (b 22 Feb 1927, Ootacamund) on 28 March 1953 married Violet Irene BAKER-POWELL (b 18 Jan 1929), children:
Denise Priscilla Louise Arbuthnott (b 4 Sept 1954)
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