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Group photograph - 'War in South Africa - 1900'
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Group photograph - 'War in South Africa - 1900'

A monochrome group photograph showing nine of the 12 members of ‘B’ Company, 1st Sutherland Highlanders Volunteers., who volunteered for Active Service, - those absent being Lieut R.G. Campbell, and Privates William Macleod, and William Mackay.’

Back left to right:- Pte. Alexander. Matheson; Pte. Alexander. Murray; L.Cpl. Alex Gunn; Pte. Colin. Morrison; Pte. John Gunn (family member of donor)

Front left to right: - Pte. James Aitken; Pte. Alexander MacBeath; Sgt David Logan; Pte. William Ross
Picture added on 29 November 2015 at 11:38
Comments:
I am interested to know if anyone knows if Alexander MacBeath is the one who was married to Christian (Christie) Gunn
Added by Jasmin McBeth on 13 January 2018
Hello,
I am wondering if Private Alexander Matheson (back row end left) is my distant relation (2nd cousin 3x removed) Alexander David James Matheson (born 11/8/1879 Clashnagrave, Dornoch).
Like James Robert Aitken he is not in the 1901 UK Census.
James was not due to being on active service in that year in South Africa.
Alexander David James Matheson married Elizabeth Fraser MacBeath (born 1881 in Edinburgh but her father Thomas, a watchmaker, was born in Dornoch) on the 25/4/1902 in Dornoch and around five years later they and their three children emigrated to western Canada (it seems initially British Columbia then Vancouver).
Elizabeth Fraser MacBeath had an older brother called Alexander Mathison MacBeath.
In the 1881 Census she, her parents and siblings are in Edinburgh (where her mother Elizabeth Lowrie was born) at 1 Spences Place.
In the 1891 Census they are at Bonar, Creich (except for Alexander).
In the 1901 Census they are at Fleuchary, Dornoch (except for Alexander).
Alexander Mathison MacBeath was born in Newington, Midlothian, on the 15th January 1878 and died during the Boer War on the 2nd of August 1900.
So far I have not found the exact cause of his death. The date is after the Battle of Diamond Hill (11th-12th June 1900) and before the Battle of Bergendal
(21st-27th August 1900). Maybe due to guerrilla attacks by the Boer.
In the 1891 Census Alexander (Mathison) MacBeath was working as a servant (aged 13) at Alladale Cottage, Kincardine, Ross-shire for George Ross, a Game Keeper.
(I think "Alladale Cottage" is the same as Alladale Lodge, built in 1877.)
If that Alexander Matheson is one and the same as my distant relation, his would be (since Alexander Mathison MacBeath was killed in 1900) brother-in-law is in the same photo.
It would be likely that by 1900 the MacBeaths had moved to Fleuchary. As to whether Alexander David James Matheson was engaged to Elizabeth Fraser MacBeath prior to going to South Africa or after returning I have not found out.
Alexander David James Matheson would later serve in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WWI and luckily survive, he died on the 21st November 1967 in Vancouver, outliving his wife Elizabeth by two years.
Regarding Jasmin's comment, I have not found a record for an Alexander MacBeath/McBeath marrying anyone called Christian (Christie) Gunn between the years 1895-1900.
Added by MASIS PANOS on 20 January 2018
Hello,
I think Private Alexander Matheson (back row end left) is my distant relation (2nd cousin 3x removed Alexander David James Matheson born 11/8/1879 Clashnagrave, Dornoch).
Like James Robert Aitken he is not in the 1901 UK Census.
James was not, due to being on active service in that year in South Africa.

Alexander David James Matheson married Elizabeth Fraser MacBeath (born 1881 in Edinburgh but her father Thomas, a watchmaker, was born in Dornoch) on the 25/4/1902 in Dornoch and around five years later they and their three children emigrated to western Canada (it seems initially British Columbia then Vancouver).
Elizabeth Fraser MacBeath had an older brother called Alexander Mathison MacBeath.
In the 1881 Census she, her parents and siblings are in Edinburgh (where her mother Elizabeth Lowrie was born) at 1 Spences Place.
In the 1891 Census they are at Bonar, Creich (except for Alexander).
In the 1901 Census they are at Fleuchary, Dornoch (except for Alexander).

Alexander Mathison MacBeath was born in Newington, Midlothian, on the 15th January 1878 and died during the Boer War on the 2nd of August 1900.
So far I have not found the exact cause of his death. The date is after the Battle of Diamond Hill (11th-12th June 1900) and before the Battle of Bergendal
(21st-27th August 1900). Maybe due to guerrilla attacks by the Boer.
In the 1891 Census Alexander (Mathison) MacBeath was working as a servant (aged 13) at Alladale Cottage, Kincardine, Ross-shire for George Ross, a Game Keeper.
(I think "Alladale Cottage" is the same as Alladale Lodge, built in 1877.)
If that Alexander Matheson is one and the same as my distant relation, his would be (since Alexander Mathison MacBeath was killed in 1900) brother-in-law is in the same photo.
It would be likely that by 1900 the MacBeaths had moved to Fleuchary. As to whether Alexander David James Matheson was engaged to Elizabeth Fraser MacBeath prior to going to South Africa or after returning I have not found out.
Alexander David James Matheson would later serve in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WWI and luckily survive, he died on the 21st November 1967 in Vancouver, outliving his wife Elizabeth by two years.

Regarding Jasmin's comment, I have not found a record for an Alexander MacBeath marrying anyone called Christian (Christie) Gunn between the years 1895-1900.
Added by MASIS PANOS on 08 February 2018
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