The Story of John Ross of Drumdelgy


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The Story of John Ross of Drumdelgy by Fay Sicker from Australia.

Like so many others, I am currently exploring my Scottish Heritage and have uncovered some interesting information about my 3xG grandfather, John Ross (1792-). John was born close to Tain at Drumdelgy, a small township near Glastullich, in the Parish of Logie Easter. I am doing this in the hope that someone might recognise his story (and/or that of his descendants) and, if so, get in touch!

John was the son of Thomas Ross, born on 16 Dec 1792. He was a labourer when he enlisted in the 79th Foot Regiment on 4 Mar 1809, when he was supposedly 18 years of age. In reality, he was probably only 16. His service record says he spent two years in Portugal and the South of France, then three years in the Netherlands and France and was present at the Battles of the Pyrenees, Neville, the Nive, Toulouse and Waterloo. His conduct and character were described by his superiors as being “a good soldier, seldom in hospital”.

He was discharged on 12 Aug 1831 at the age of 40 (38 years, in reality). He received the Waterloo Medal but had probably died before the Military General Service Medal (MGSM) was issued on 1 June 1847.

On the 29th of July 1832, he married my 3xG grandmother, Elizabeth (Elspet) Morrison in the Parish of Tain. The couple stayed at Pitmaduthy, close to the old family home, where they had their first child, Thomas Ross (1833-1904) who was born on 4 May 1833.
He was my 2xG grandfather. John and Elizabeth had at least two other children, Elizabeth Ross (1835-), born 13 Jan 1835, and John Ross (1837-) born 30 Jun 1837. I do not know what happened to either John (Jnr) or Elizabeth. I am hoping you do!

As for Thomas (my 2xG grandfather), he worked as a grain miller and married Margaret Gill in Old Machar, Aberdeen, on 26 Dec 1857. They had six children, Thomas Ross (1836-), James Ross (1859-1937), Margaret H G Ross (1863-1945), John Ross (1869-), Robert Morrison Ross (1872-1939) and Charles Duguid Ross (1877-1945). Robert Morrison Ross was my Great-Grandfather. I know that James Ross (1859-1937) married Annie McKinnie in Drumoak, Aberdeenshire on 2 Apr 1871 and they had issue. And Charles D Ross married Hannah Gray Johnston in Edinburgh on 2 Mar 1905, but from what I can tell, they didn’t have any children. Don’t know what happened to the others.

My Great Grandfather, Robert Morrison Ross (1872-1939) married Annie Brodie Henderson Gunn (1867-1959) in the Windsor Hotel in Glasgow on 11 Oct 1899. Annie was a descendant of John (Badbea) Gunn (1787-1876) who is mentioned on the Badbea Memorial near Berridale in Caithness. Robert and Annie went on to have five children, one of whom was my grandmother.

Do any of these names ring a bell? If so, please get in touch!