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Sir Charles Ross at Eton
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Sir Charles Ross at Eton

Photograph of Sir Charles Ross of Balnagown at Eton in the late 1880s. Sir Charles was born in 1872 and attended Eton and Cambridge. He was a keen sportsman and while at Eton designed and patented his first rifle. At Cambridge he had the distinction of being the first married rowing blue, having married against his mother's wishes shortly after his twenty-first birthday.
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Sir Charles Ross
my name is ronald McMillan and I live in invergordon. I was born in what is now called 'The Old Post Office' in Kildary.
My father was 'Engineer in Charge' to Sir Charles Ross of Balnagown.
I amin the process of writing a book about Sir Charles which will be titled ' the Last Outlaw ' and will detail the life and times of Sir Charles.
I am researching material for this book and I would appreciate any photagraphs of the achievements of the owner, Sir Charles ross, or any material I can use in the writing of my book.
Added by Ronald McMillan on 25 April 2006
I am the great grand niece of Lady Patricia Ross. I am currently reading her memoir which has many stories about her life with Charles. She left her fortune to my grandmother, Gladys Crutchfield.
Added by Gladys Schneider on 16 July 2007
Iam still seeking information about my family connections. My father was born in Nhill, Victoria on the 21st. of October, 1900. His name was, Colin Frances Ross, his birth records where distroyed in a fire some time in the early 1900's. His mother was born Rebecca Corker, His father was Captain Charles Ross. Any infomation Re: Ross Family connections would be greatly received. Peace, Love and Harmony to all. Dawn
Added by Dawn E Gutteridge on 29 August 2007
Does anyone know if Lady Patricia Ross who died in about 1947 in London is buried there and is so where? I have been researching much about her connection with Louisville, Kentucky.
Added by Nettie Oliver on 28 March 2009
Have you looked into Sir Charles’ life and times in Pass-a-Grille, florida? Frank Hurley wrote a book about the history of Pass-a-Grille Beach, which is part of St. Petersburg. He has a short chapter about the escapades of Sir Charles. I believe I sent the memoir my great aunt wrote to the Tain Museum. She divorced him because he had an affair on the high seas on his way to Africa for a safari. It was in the tabloids. She divorced him in Mexico, the Bahamas and the US. The Louisville historical society has a lot about Patricia Ross. Her sister, Edith Ellison was my great grandmother. Edith was an opera singer who lived in Paris and sang in Milan at La Scala. Lady Ross left her fortune to my grandmother Gladys. Gladys visited Balnagowan as a young lady and tells stories of the ponies grabbing her fur coat and chewing on it like a goat.

I am not sure if she is buried in London but her sister Edith is buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky

Added by Gladys Schneider on 30 March 2009
My great grandfather was born Charles Frederick Lockhart in 1874, in Scotland and was a seaman, I am wondering about him and whether he has any connection to this man. Also I believe he had 2 families, one in Ireland which I am descended from and another in England.
Added by Beatrice on 22 March 2013
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