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persons who have, by service and conduct in the Indian Empire, merited the royal


Olive-Frances Riddell 25 (1), second daughter of John 24 (13), born
May 29, 1877.

Walter-Robert Riddell' 25 (14), son of John' 24 (13), born April 21,
1879 (as per books), " 1883 " as per his father's letter.


William Riddell 1 (1), a son of Andrew 15 (2), the powerful old baron
and father of the first Baronet of Riddell, became ancestor of the "Rid-
dells of Newhouse," and of the "Riddells of Muselee." The first prop-
erty was bestowed by his father; that of Muselee was chartered to him in
1018, and a descendant acquired Bewlie, and both properties continued as
a family possession. William married Bessie Ainsley and had issue, of

whom hereafter.


John Riddell 2 (1), a son of William 1 (1), succeeded to the property of
Muselee and Bewlie and became representative of this branch family. He
married first, Elizabeth Haliburton, and secondly, Grizel, daughter of Rev.
P. Schew ; by the latter he had two sons and three daughters.


William Riddell 3 (2), eldest son of John 2 (1) and Grizel, his wife, pre-
deceased his father when young.

Patrick Riddell 3 (1), second son of John 2 (1) and Grizel, his wife, suc-
ceeded as representative of this family to Muselee and Bewlie. He mar-
ried Maria, daughter of Thomas Elliott, ancestor of the Elliotts of Beech-
wood, and by her had issue two sons and three daughters.


John Riddell 4 (2), eldest son of Patrick 8 (1) and his wife Maria, suc-
ceeded to the property and headship of this family. He married in 1706
Margaret, daughter of Walter Riddell, Esq., of Lilliesleaf, by whom he had
eight sons and three daughters, of whom hereafter.


Patrick Riddell 5 (2), eldest son of John 4 (2), succeeded to the prop-
erty and representation of this family, and married in 1752 Margaret,
daughter of Charles Balfour, Esq., of Broadmeadows, and had issue six
sons and a daughter.

Walter Riddell 5 (1), second son of John 4 (2).

Andrew Riddell 5 (1), third son of John 4 (2).

William Riddell 5 (3), fourth son of John 4 (2), settled at Berwick-on-
Tweed. See " Riddells of Berwick."

Barbara Riddell 5 (1), eldest daughter of John 4 (2).

John Riddell 5 (3), fifth son of John 4 (2).

Alexander Riddell 5 (1), sixth son of John 4 (2).

James Riddell 5 (1), seventh son of John 4 (2).

Mary Riddell 5 (2), second daughter of John 4 (2).

Thomas Riddell 5 (1), eighth son of John 4 (2), settled at Berwick-on-
Tweed. See "Riddells of Berwick."



flfaj. Charles Biddell 6 (1), eldest son of Patrick 6 (2), succeeded to
the estates and representation of this family, and was a major of militia.
He was for many years chamberlain to the Duke of Buccleuch, at Branx-
holm; he died unmarried Dec. 11, 1849, aged 95 years, and was succeeded
by his In-other, of whom hereafter.

Walter Riddell" (2), second sun of Patrick 6 (2)> succeeded as repre-
sentative of this family in 1849, at the death of his brother before men-
tioned, lie married a Miss Summerville, and had issue two children, of
whom hereafter. He was employed as a writer at Jedburgh: DOW dead.


Mary Riddell 7 (1), a daughter of Walter (1), was heiress and became
representative of the family. She married George Hutton, Esq., son of
George-William Hutton, Esq., of Carlton-on-Trent, by Frances, daughter
of Bertram Mitford, Esq., of Mitford, in 1855. Mi-. Hutton was born in
1807, succeeded in 1835, and assuming the additional name of Riddell
became the representative of the family. His wife Mary died, and he mar-
ried secondly, Hannah-Elizabeth, widow of J. O. Lambert, Esq., and after
her death he married thirdly, in 1862, Janetta-Gonville Bromhead, Baroness,
ami has by the former, with other issue, a son, his successor. Mr. Ilutton-
Riddell is a magistrate for Notts, Carlton-on-Trent. His address was
Newark Notts, Windham Club.


Capt. George-William Hutton-Riddell 8 (1), eldest son of the late
George-William Hutton, Esq., who assumed the additional name of Rid-
dell when he married Mary Riddell, the heiress of Muselee, who died in
1871. He was born in 1836; succeeded his mother and assumed the name
of Riddell in 1852; married in 1877 Lady Evelyn-Mary, second daughter
of William, second Earl of Cravan. Mr. Riddell was educated at Rugby;
was late captain of the Sixteenth Lancers. Address, Muselee, Hawick,
X. B., Newport Lodge, Melton Mowbray.

Edward-3Iitford Hutton-Riddell 5 (1), second sou of the late George
Hutton, Esq., and Mary, his wife, who was the daughter of Walter Rid-
dell, Esq, of Jedburgh, was born in 1845; married in 1872 Annie-Sophia,
youngest daughter of Godfrey Tallents, Esq., of Newark Xotts, and has
issue a daughter. Mr. Riddell is a magistrate for Notts ; his address,
Carlton-on-Trent, Newark Notts, Windham Club, S. W.


William Riddell 1 (1), was the fourth son of John 4 (2) (see "Rid-
dells of Muselee ") and his wife Mary, daughter of Walter Riddell, Eso...

of Lilliesleaf. He married Mary, daughter of Mark , and had issue,

three sons, of whom hereafter. Mr. Riddell was a successful merchant at
Ber wick-on-T wee 1 .

Thomas Riddell 1 (1), was the eighth son of .John 4 (2), and his wife,
Mary Riddell (brother of the preceding). He married in February. 1766,
Mary, daughter of Joseph Crosby, Esq., and had issue Hx children, of


whom hereafter. Mr. Riddell was a prominent and wealthy merchant at
Berwick-on-Tweed. He died on Nov. 10, 1803.


John Riddell 2 (1), eldest son of William 1 (1), died young.
Mark Riddell" (1), second son of William 1 (1), died unmarried.
William Riddell 2 (2), third son of William 1 (1), married Anne Mark,
but died without issue.

Katherine Riddell 2 (1), eldest daughter of Thomas 1 (1), married in
February, 1803, to John Lowther, Esq., but died issueless.

Margaret Riddell 2 (1), second daughter of Thomas 1 (1), died when
young, unmarried.

John Riddell 2 (2), eldest son of Thomas 1 (1), died unmarried.

Capt. Joseph-Crosby Riddell 2 (1), second son of Thomas 1 (1), was
an officer in the army; died in 1833, unmarried.

George Riddell 2 (1), third son of Thomas 1 (1), died an infant.

Capt. George Riddell 2 (2), fourth son of Thomas 1 (1), married, Jan.
22, 1801, Elizabeth-Frances, daughter of Robert Edmerston, and had issue
eight children, of whom hereafter. He was an officer in the army ; died
in October, 1823.


Rev. Thomas Riddell 3 (2), eldest son of George 2 (2), was Fellow of
Trinity College, Cambridge, England, and Vicar of Masham. He died
Sept. 30,' 1855, unmarried.

Mary Riddell 3 (2), eldest daughter of George 2 (2), died unmarried.

Robert-Edmerstoil Riddell 3 (1), second son of George 2 (2), died young.

John-Alexander Riddell 3 (3), third son of George 2 (2), was a lieu-
tenant in the Royal Navy; died unmarried.

Elenor-Grace Riddeil 3 (1), second daughter of George 2 (2), died un-

Margaret-Crosby Riddell 3 (2), third daughter of George 2 (2), mar-
ried in 1855 to the Rev. J. A. Carter-Squire, and had one son; she died
Dec. 6, 1864.

AVilliam-EdmerstOn Riddell 3 (3), fourth son of George 2 (2), married
Sept. 17, 1872, Mary, youngest daughter of James Forster, Esq., of Ber-
wick, and had issue tv)0 sons ; died May 29, 1876.

Elizabeth-Frances Riddell 3 (1), youngest daughter of George 2 (2),
was a maiden lady, resident at Berwick-on-Tweed; died Oct. 8, 1873.


Walter-James Riddell 4 (2), eldest sou of William 3 (3), was born July
25, 1873.

William-Edmerston Riddell 4 (4), second son of William 3 (3), was born
Dec. 20, 1874.

* In 1293 there was a Phillipus de Rydall, merchant of Berwick, who was trad-
ing within the kingdom of England. Another de Ridell was a burgess at Ber-
wick-on-Tweed, in the middle of the fourteenth century. Thomas de Ridell was
at Berwick in 1615 ; he was senior burgess ..." die Sabb 12° mens Jan. A. D. mill
trescent quinquag Oct.°." The testator names among his legatees his " nepos,"
Alexander de Riclell. together with William, son, and Agnes, daughter, of the said
Alexander. Among his bequests he gives " Ave pounds to the building of the stone
bridge of Tweed, at Rokisburgh," and "a donation to the abbott and convent of
Kelkow" (Kelso).



Walter RiddelT (1), first of Glen-Riddell, was son of William 18 (9),
styled "of Friarshaw," and grandson of Sir Walter, second Baronet
of Riddell, and his wife, Jane Rigg. He married Catherine, daughter of
Sir Robert Laurie, Bart., and having purchased Gilmerston, otherwise
Snade, he named it Glen-Riddell,* and made it his residence. His mar-
riage was in the year 1694; he had issue two (perhaps more) sons, of whom


Robert Riddell 2 (1), eldest son of Walter 1 (1), was his successor to
Glen-Riddell. He married Jean, daughter of Alexander Ferguson, of
Craigdorroch, and had issue a numerous family of sons and <laughters (one
authority says three sons and seven daughters), of whom hereafter. Mr.
Riddell's marriage was in 1731; he died in 1771; his widow died in 1792,
aged 82 years. Her^pwwtmother was Annie, daughter of Sir Robert Lau-
rie, Baronet of Maxwelton. Was this the "Annie Laurie" who was the
subject of song? The same person.

John Riddell' (1), second son of Walter 1 (1), of Glen-Riddell, mar-
ried Helen, daughter of Sir Michael Balfour, Baronet of Denmilne, and
became ancestor of the Riddells of Grange. For genealogy of his de-
scendants, see article under that head.

Walter Riddell 2 (2), a son of Walter 1 (1), of Glen-Riddell, was born
at the family residence there (parish of Glencairne), between 1705 and
1720, as proved by the parochial records. The Registrar-General of Scot-
land, at Edinburgh, says, however, that "the margin of the leaf has been
worn off, and it is impossible to decide whether Walter or William was the
name of the child." My reasons for heading this paragraph " Walter" may
be found in a note attending the genealogy of the Riddells of Glasslough,
Ireland, which see. Walter evidently became ancestor of that branch,
having left Scotland in consequence of a quarrel with his family.


Annie Riddell 8 (1), eldest daughter of Robert 2 (1), of Glen-Riddell,
was married to Walter Riddell, Esq., of Newhouse, who was a son of
Rev. Simon Riddell, who had married a Miss Riddell of Newhouse, the
heiress (presumed) of that place, and a descendant of the Riddells of
Riddell in the same parish. Rev. Simon Riddell's origin is not known,
but he was probably descended from the Roxburghshire stock. Walter
acquired Glen-Riddell, in right of his wife, and enjoyed it many years

♦Glen-Riddell, formerly called Gilmerston, and latterly Snade, is near the river
Cairne, in the parish of Glencairne, Dumfrieshire, Scotland. It was purchased by
the society for the propagation of Christian knowledge in Edinburgh. It had pre-
viously been purchased by the representative of a branch of the family of Riddell,
of Riddell, in Roxburghshire, namely, Walter Riddell, Esq., who gave the place
the name of Glen-Riddell: this seems to have been a custom with the Riddell fam-
ily, namely, to give their name to their possessions, — a custom carried into Ireland
and the United States. I do not know the date of the purchase of this place by
Mr. Riddell. The ancient mansion has been dismantled, and the present house is
only a ruin of the original residence; the walls are very thick, and part of the cot-
tage is vaulted. Two families in humble circumstances now dwell there, and their
cows occupy other parts of the building. The Riddells owned it in 1704.


before being followed by his son. By this marriage there were several
children, of whom hereafter.

Elizabeth Riddell 3 (1), second daughter of Robert 2 (1), of Glen-Rid-
dell, was married to Mr. John Wood (Esq.), of Largo, governor of the Isle
of Man from 1761 to 1775 A. D.

Catherine Riddell 3 (1), third daughter of Robert- (1), of Glen-Rid-
dell, was the wife of Maule, Esq.


Robert Riddell 4 (2), eldest son of Walter 3 (3), and his wife, An-
nie Riddell, of Glen-Riddell and Newhouse, succeeded to his mother's
property ; married a Miss Kennedy, but had no issue. Mr. Riddell dis-
tinguished himself as an antiquary and author. He published several
small works; among them, "A Desertation on Ancient Modes of Fortify-
cations in Scotland"; another on "The Petrified Fortifications of Scot-
land." He was a member of the Philosophical Society of Manchester,
and Fellow of the Antiquarian Societies of Edinburgh and London.
He was a patron of Robert Burns, the poet, and is frequently mentioned
by him in his poems; he was present at the celebrated convivial celebra-
tion connected with the conquest of the "Whistle," as the following lines
by the great bard imply : —

"Three joyous good fellows, with hearts clear of flaw,
Craigdorroch, so famous for wit, worth, and law,
And trusty Glen-Riddell, so skilled in old coius,
And gallant Sir Robert, deep read in old wines." *

There are several other poems in which Mr. Riddell is alluded to during
his lifetime, one of which was evidently sent to him with a returned news-
paper, and is addressed to " Captain Riddell, of Glen-Riddell." It reads

as follows : —

" My goosequill too rude is to tell all your goodness,
Bestowed on your servant, the poet.
Would to God I had one like the beam of the sun,
And then" all the world, sir, should know it."

Mr. Riddell was in sympathy with those in the more lowly walks of
life, and employed means to inform them by establishing a circulating
library, which was owned by a society formed by his own tenants and
farming neighbors. " Burns was treasurer, librarian, and censor." Mr.
Riddell died April 21, 1794, and the representation of this family devolved
upon the descendants of John, the second son of Walter, the first of Glen-

* The parties mentioned in the poem entitled "The Whistle," were Robert Rid-
dell, the antiquary; Furguson, of Craigdorroch, — "a line that struggled for free-
dom under Bruce," — and Sir Robert Laurie, an admiral of the Royal Navy, all three
gentlemen being connected in the ties of kinship. The lines of the poem were
founded upon the challenge of a Dane, who brought the "whistle" to Scotland.
The Scandinavian challenged various parties in his wine orgies, promising the whis-
tle to the one who could outdrink him, and Sir Walter Laurie, the ancestor of the
admiral, met and saw the Dane under the table, "blowing upon the whistle his
requiem still." Having thus secured the trophy, Laurie and his brother-in-law,
Walter Riddell, of Glen-Riddell, encountered one another in a bacchanalian contest,
when the latter was victor, but his son-in-law, Robert Riddell, the "trusty Glen-
Riddell " of the song, lost it to his friend Furguson, whose libations on the occa-
sion were very wonderful, and whose representative now possesses the little ebony
whistle which Walter Riddell-Carre, Esq., late of Cavers, had seen and blown upon,
but not in a bacchanalian encounter.


Riddell, who are the nearest mule heirs if the male line of Glen-Riddell
terminated with the first Robert in 1771, as Walter Riddell-Carre says.
Mr. Riddell's death seems to have taken place at a residence of the Glen-
Riddell family, called " Friars' Carse," in DunsCore parish, also in Dumfrie-
shire, a property acquired by his grandfather, who died there in 1771.*

Burns was a frequent visitor at the homes of the Riddell family at Glen-
Riddel 1 and Friars' Carse, and seems to have been intimate with them from
the time Robert Riddell succeeded. The following verses were composed
for the anniversary of the wedding-day of Captain Riddell of Glen-Riddell,
and set to the air of "A Musical Gentleman" : —

" The day returns, my bosom burns,

The blissful day we twa did meet ;
Though winter wild in tempest toiled,

Ne'er summer's sun was hall" sae sweet.
Then a' the pride that loads the tide,

And crosses o'er the sultry line,
Than kingly robes, than crows and globes,

Heaven gave me more, — it gave thee mine.

While day and night can bring delight ,

Or nature aught of pleasure give,
"While joys above my mind cau move,

For thee, and thee alone, I live !
When that grim foe of life below

Comes in between to make us part,
The iron hand that breaks our band,

It breaks my bliss, it breaks my heart."

The poet Burns seems to have deeply lamented the death of his friend,
and to have greatly missed his company and entertainment after his de-
parture. He commemorates the virtues of his early friend and patron in
the following lines : —

"No more, ye warblers of the wood, — no more!
Nor pour your descant, grating on my soul;
Thou young-eyed Spring, gay in thy verdant store,
More welcome were to me grim Winter's wildest roar.

* Friars' Carse, in Nithsdale, Dumfrieshire, Scotland, was once a cell dependent
upon the rich abbey of Melrose, which at the Reformation was granted by the
Commendator to the Laird of Elliesland, a cadet of the Kirkpatricks of Closeburn.
It passed to the Maxwells of Tinwald, and from them to the Borncleugh family,
also cadets of the Lords of Maxwell. From these last owners it went into posses-
sion of the Riddells of Glen-Riddell. The old refectory, or dining-room, had walls
eight feet thick, and the chimney was twelve feet wide. This ancient building hav-
ing become ruinous by lapse of time, was pulled down about a hundred years ago
by Robert Riddell, to give place to the present house known as Friars' Carse, now
owned by Thomas Nelson, Esq. Near the house is a loch, which was the fish-pond
of the friary, in the middle of which is a very curious island, artificial in construc-
tion, fouuded upon large piles and planks of oak, where the monks are supposed to
have lodged their valuables when the English made an inroad into the Strathnith.
(See plate in this work.) The estate was purchased latterly by the well-known Dr.
Crichton, a very rich man and great benefactor to his country, and after the Crich-
ton purchase, the poem entitled "The Whistle," was found there in the poet's own
handwriting. The poet traced the lines "Riddell, much-lamented man," with a dia-
mond on a window of Friars' Carse the first time he visited it after the death of
his friend, the Laird of Carse ; the lines read thus : —

"To Riddell, much-lamented man.
This ivied cot was dear;
Reader, dost value matchless worth ?
This ivied cot revere."






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How can ye charm, ye flowers, with all your dyes ?

Ye blaw upon the soil that wraps ray friend ;

How can I to the tuneful strain attend?
The stream Hows round the untimely tomb where Riddell lies.

Yes, pour, ye warblers, pour the notes of woe !

And soothe the virtues weeping o'er the bier;

The man of worth who has not left his peer,
Is in his narrow house forever darkly low.

The spring again with joy shall others greet,

Me memory of my loss will only meet."

Capt. Walter Riddell 4 (4), second son of Walter 3 (3), of Glen-
Riddell and Newhouse, and his wife Annie Riddell, who was heiress of
her father, Robert Riddell, the second Laird of Glen-Riddell, became
possessed by purchase of " Woodley Park,"* near Dumfries. He married
Maria Woodley,f a lady of poetical gifts and accomplishments, who wrote

* The following extract was forwarded to me by the Rev. C. C. Culpeper, rector
of Christ's Church, Nichola Town, St. Christopher Island, and should settle the
question as to the maiden-name of the wife of Walter Riddell, of Woodley Park,
Dumfrieshire : "1790. Walter Riddell, of the Island of Antigua, Gentleman, and
Marin Woodley, of the Parish of Christ's Church, Nichola Town, Spinster, were
married by licence, the 16th day of September, 1790, by me, Joseph Barnes." Wit-
nessed as a correct extract from the register of Christ's Church, Nichola Town,
by Horatio W. A. Douglas, schoolmaster. — Author.

f Burns having been a frequent and welcome guest at the house of Mrs. Riddell,
of Woodley Park, is said, on one occasion, when under the influence of wine he had
taken at her table, and the alluring charms of his fair hostess' conversation and
manner, to have so far forgot himself as to attempt to kiss her, — an indignity,
however, which she punished by the withdrawal of her friendship. During the con-
tinuance of this coldness, which lasted nearly two years, he weakly gave way to
his wrath and wouuded pride in two or three lampoons and other satirical effu-
sions, which were not to his credit; but ultimately a kindlier feeling possessed
him, under the influence of which he composed a song and sent it to Mrs. Riddell
as a kind of peace-offering. To her honor, be it said, she replied to his song in a
similar strain of poetic license, which she did to soothe his ruffled feelings, and
help to heal the breach that kept them separated ; and having the magnanimity to
forgive his insult, they ultimately became thoroughly reconciled. He, at another
time, took offence because she seemed to pay more attention to some officers in the
company than to the poet, who had a supreme contempt for "epauletted puppies"
as he delighted to call them; and while under the influence of this offence he sat-
irized Mrs. Riddell in the following " stinging epitaph " : —

"Here lies now a prey to insulting neglect,

Where once was a Butterfly gay in life's bloom ;
Want only of wisdom denied her respect,
Want only of goodness denied her esteem."

He also gave vent to his feelings in the following "Monody on Mrs. Riddell,
Famed for Her Caprice " : —

" How cold is that bosom which folly once fir'd!

How pale is that cheek where the rouge lately glistened !
How silent that voice which the echoes oft tired.
How dull is that ear that to flattery so listened !

If sorrow and anguish await,

From friendship and dearest affection removed,
How doubly severe, Maria, thy fate !

Thou diest unwept, and thou livedst unloved.

Loves, graces, and virtues, I call not on you,

So shy, grave, and distant, ye shed not a tear;
But come, all ye offspring of Folly so true,

And flowers let us cull for Maria's cold bier.


a biographical sketch of the poet Burns, which I have seen in an edition
of his poems, in which she has warmly eulogized him. I do not know
whether there were children in this familv.*

Sophia Riddell 4 (1), youngest daughter of Walter 3 (3), of Glen-
Riddell, died unmarried in 1797.

Alexander Riddell 4 (1), presumed to be a son of Walter 3 (3), of
Glen-Riddell, died at Hampton Court, in 1804; he was styled "Esquire,
of Glen-Riddell."


Jollll Riddell 1 (1), second son of Walter 1 (1), the first Laird of Glen-
Riddell, became possessed of a property called "Grange," in Fifeshire.
He married Helen, daughter of Sir Michael Balfour, a baronet, and had
issue, of whom more hereafter. It has been supposed that the represen-
tation of Glen-Riddell and Newhouse rightfully devolved upon the male
descendants of this John, and the relationship has been so stated in the pub-
lished pedigrees of the family; but a claimant has been found in Ireland,
who assumes, with many very well-founded evidences, to be descended
from the Glen-Riddells through a nearer branch, springingj'rom a son who
became alienated from his relatives in consequence of a religious or po-
litical disagreement, and went to Ireland, where he was unknown to the
younger generations of Glen-Riddell.


Walter Riddell' 2 (1), eldest son of John 1 (1), was styled "of Grange,"
in Fifeshire, and died sine prole in 1762.

Michael Riddell' (1), second son of John 1 (1), was of Grange, in
Fifeshire, and was married three times ; first to Miss Margaret, daughter
of Henry Balfour (probably a kinswoman), by whom he had issue one son ;

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