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George Dempster
George Dempster

Carte de visite. George Soper Dempster of Skibo 1804-1868.
Picture added on 24 April 2008
This is probably William Soper Dempster. George Dempster was laird of Skibo until his death in 1818. His half brother John Hamilton Dempster, who had the neighbouring estate of Pulrossie died soon after him. John's illegitimate daughter, Harriet Dempster inherited both estates. Harriet married Mr William Soper, of the East India Company's Service. Mr Soper assumed the name of Dempster, and undertook the management of his wife's estate.

Many thanks for the probably identification and additional information - Administrator

Added by Eleanor Garty on 06 August 2014
William Soper Dempster died 1830.
His will was proved 24th December 1830.
This picture is dated 1855.
Kind regards,

Many thanks for your comment - I should image that the date of 1855 is correct as the image is referred to as a 'carte de visite' and they were patented in 1854. I would be very interested if anyone has any other ideas as to who the man in the photograph may be - Administrator.

Added by Julie Weiz. on 08 September 2014
Regarding John Hamilton Dempster.
George Dempster's half brother, John Hamilton Dempster died Oct 23rd 1800, when his Ship the "Earl Talbot" encountered a Typhoon in the South China Seas.
Kind regards,

Many thanks for the additional information - Administrator

Added by Julie Weiz. on 10 September 2014
Thank you for a wonderful site.
If this " Carte de Visite" is of George Soper Dempster as stated, then he was the son and heir of William Soper and Harriet Dempster He was born 1804 and would have been aged 51 years in 1855.
Harriet was the illegitimate daughter of Capt John Hamilton Dempster and Olivia Mariamne Devenish. John Hamilton Dempster being the half brother of George Dempster(1732-1818)

William Soper was granted by the King in 1803 to add the name Dempster. After Harriet's father died she inherited Skibo.
George Soper Dempster the son of William and Harriet, inherited Skibo.In 1827 he married Joanna Hamilton Dundas. His niece Charlotte Louisa Hawkins Dempster wrote the book " Manners of my Time" published 1920 where she mentions Skibo Castle, dated her uncle selling Skibo and adds the letters she wrote to her Uncle George Soper Dempster. When George's sister Charlotte died in Dec 1841 he adopted her children. Charlotte, the third daughter of William Soper Dempster and Harriet Dempster married James Whitshed Hawkins of Dunnichen House in 1830.
James Whitshed Hawkins died July 1841.
The Census 1851 shows George with his nieces at Skibo Castle.1861 Census in Edinbugh " Landed proprietor of Skibo Castle"

This site has the portraits presented by James Whitshed Hawkins of George Dempster (1732-1818)
Julie Weizenegger.

Added by Julie Weizenegger on 27 January 2016
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