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then returned to Scotland, determined to enter the church, and passed
through the Divinity terms at St. Mary's College, St. Andrews. His first
settlement was at Longformacus, a small parish in Berwickshire, in 1830.
In 1843 he was appointed assistant and successor to Rev. George Cun-
ningham, minister of Dunse, and in 1847 succeeded him in that charge,
where he remained till his death, which occurred April 15, 1862. His
widow still survives and lives in Edinburgh.

Rev. James Riddell 5 (1), third son of Henry 4 (1), of Little Govan,
was probably born in Glasgow, Scotland, April 18,1794; married Dor-
othy, daughter (and co-heiress) of John Foster, of Leicester Grange, and
had issue several children, of whom hereafter. He was of Balliol College,
Oxford, and was vicar of Hanbury, Staffordshire. He was for many years
latterly at Leamington. He died in May, 1878, deeply lamented. See

Robert Riddell 5 (1), fourth son of Henry 4 (1), of Little Govan, was
born May 29, 1797, presumably at Glasgow; married in 1834 to Susan,

* In the Advocates' Library, Edinburgh, Scotland, may be found the " Kiddell Note
Books," about one hundred and fifty in number. In No. 43 is " Notes Relative to
the Family of Carmichael," including several from the Morton Charter-chest, with
pen-and-ink sketches of seals of the Rydale and Riddell family. The " Prefatory
Observations" to the "Catalogue of the Riddell Papers" gives a short notice of
the Papers and Note Books; a list of the published works of the late John Riddell,
Esq., advocate; a letter introducing Mr. Riddell to Cardinal Gonsalvi, from the
Rt. Hon. George Canning ; a sketch, by Lord Liudsey, of the career and character of
the great genealogical scholar, with some remarks on it by the editor of the Edin-
burgh Courant; his epitaph and mementos of Faculty of Advocate and a portrait.


daughter of James Law, Es<j., of Elvington, in the county of Haddington,
and by her had issue Jive children, of whom hereafter. lie was educated
at Edinburgh for the profession of advocate, which he became in 1820.
He was appointed in L829 i<> the office of sheriff substitute of the county
of Haddington, which he retained till his death, April 18, 1862. He
possessed considerable professional acquirements, and made a most efficient
magistrate, and combined with these qualifications no ordinary degree of
literary attainments, especially in that department of law and research in
which his brother John was so famous. His brother once said of him,
"he was tarred with the same brush."

Christiana Riddell 5 (1), eldest daughter of Henry 4 (1), of Little
Govan, was born in 1784; was married to Archibald Douglas, of Glinfin-
nart, and was mother of that Col. John Douglas, C. B., who served in the
whole Crimean war, where he led the Eleventh Hussars and miraculously
escaped a desperate charge at Balaklava. She died in 1817.

Jane Riddell 5 (1), second daughter of Henry 4 (1), of Little Govan,
was born Sept. 26, 1790, and resides in Edinburgh.

Catharine Riddell 5 (1), third daughter of Henry 4 (1), of Little Govan,
was born in 1792 and died in 1869.


Eliza Riddell'' (1), only surviving daughter of Archibald- 5 (2), is now
living with her mother in Austria.

Henry Riddell 6 (3), eldest son of Henry 5 (2), was born Aug. 4, 1819,
and was educated for the profession of barrister-at-law, but was very del-
icate, and died at Wiseton, Northamptonshire, in 1850, aged 31 years, pre-
sumably unmarried.

John Riddell 6 (6), second son of Henry 5 (2), and eldest by second
wife, was born Feb. 18, 1836; now of Dean, near Geelong, Victoria; has
married, but his wife's name has not reached me. Xo issue.

William Riddell 6 (1), third son of Henry 5 (2), was born May 8, 1838;
married in 1877, Lizzie, third daughter of the late Robert Pringle, Esq.,
of Carriber, Linlithgowshire. He was of Singhia, Tirhoot, East Indies,
where he has been successful as a planter. He has taken a country house
called Oxendean, near Dunse, in Berwickshire, Scotland, where his late
father was minister. He does not believe the tradition of the New Jersey
Riddells, that their ancestor was descended from the Granton family, but
thinks he may have been a collateral kinsman.

James Ri'ddell 6 (2), fourth son of Henry"' (2), was born Dec. 28, 1840;
married in 1869, Harriet-Anne, daughter of William Stevens, Esq., of
Montreal, Canada, and has issue four children, of whom hereafter. He is
of Badulipar, Assam, East Indies, where he has made money as a planter.

Elizabeth Riddell 6 (2), only daughter of Henry 6 (2), was born in
1834 (presumably at Dunse), and resides in Edinburgh with her widowed
mother; unmarried.

Rev. James Riddell 6 (3), eldest son of James 5 (1), was born June 8,
1823, and was educated at Shrewsbury school, where he was one of the
favorite pupils of Dr. Kennedy, and whence he was elected to a scholar-
ship at Balliol College, in November, 1841, the colleague in the election
being Dr. Matthew Arnold. He had obtained the highest honor at
Shrewsbury, which was the Sydney gold medal. He was only eighteen
when he went, at the head of thirty candidates from the best schools in


England, to a scholarship at Oxford. As an under-graduate he was be-
loved both by his seniors and contemporaries for gentleness of manner
and great amiability of disposition, and the heads of the college consid-
ered him one of the best and most promising scholars that Balliol ever
reared. Having obtained a first class in classics, he took his degree and
was made fellow of his college, taking holy orders. Shortly after, he
was appointed one of the teachers, and in this sphere he was much re-
spected by his pupils ; he was also made a public examiner, and in addi-
tion held other honorable appointments connected with the university,
including a seat at the Hebdomadal Council, the governing body. He
was also for one year a select preacher at St. Mary's, and in 1864 was ap-
pointed one of the Whitehall preachers, both positions being alike hon-
orable ; he was nominated to the latter by the Bishop of London. He
left Oxford at the beginning of a vacation in his usual health, — never
very robust, — and went to Sherburn, Dorcestershire, joined his family at
a temporary residence at Tunbridge Wells, whei*e his health, perhaps un-
favorably acted upon by intense application to study for so many years,
gave way, and alarming symptoms suddenly appeared, which ended in his
death on the 14th of September, 1866; his remains were interred at
Tunbridge Wells. His loss was greatly felt, not only among old Shrews-
bury and Balliol men, but throughout the university and at Leamington,
where he and his family had long resided. He enjoyed the reputation of
being one of the best, — some say the best, —Greek scholars of his day,
but it is a melancholy pleasure to his old friends to recall the fact of his
siugular goodness, innocence, and purity ; and his former pupils will ever
bear testimony to the loving industry and patience he brought to bear on
his college labors for nearly twenty years. His published translations of
Greek and Latin verses showed the high rank he took in such composi-
tions, and it is not a little singular that the last production of his pen
was a Latin translation of Watts' well-known hymn : —

" There is a land of pure delight,

Where saints immortal reign;
Infinite day excludes the night,

And pleasures banish pain;
There everlasting spring abides,

And never-withering flowers ;
Death,*like a narrow sea, divides

That heavenly land from ours."

The Rev. Canon Liddon says, "The salient features of his character,
— his courage, his purity, his tenderness, his delicate and far-reaching con-
scientiousness, — were sufficiently obvious to all who knew him; but to
show the relation of these virtues to his great intellectual life, and to
mark the finer shades which would have to be distinguished, is, I fear, be-
yond anything that I could at present, if ever, attempt." See the por-
trait in this book.

John Riddell 6 (7), second son of James 5 (1), was married in 1860 to
Jane Peppercorn, daughter of William Peppercorn, Esq., and is supposed
to have a family of children, but I have no records.

Charlotte-Dorothy Riddell 6 (1), eldest daughter of James 5 (1), I have
no particulars of; her name stands in the printed pedigree.

Aline Riddell 6 (l), second daughter of James 5 (1), was married in 1862
to the Rev. Edward-Trevelyan Smith, m. a., late scholar of St. John's Col-
lege, Cambridge, and now (1862) incumbent of St. Paul's Church, Warwick.


Henrietta Riddell" (1), third daughter of .lames 5 (1), I have no par-
ticulars of; her name stands in the family pedigree.

Henry-James Riddell" (4), eldest son of Robert 5 (1), was born July
8, 183S, and died in 1S47, aged nine years.

Robert Riddell" (2), second son of Robert 6 (1), was born March 23,
1840; was educated at Edinburgh, Scotland, and is now (1878) a civil
engineer at Lanowlee, Bombay, India.

William-Law Riddell 6 (2), third son of Robert 5 (1), was born Oct.
16, 1843; married in 1877 Mary-Ann Fra/.er, and is now (1878) of River-
side, Otago, New Zealand. One daughter.

Jane- Anne Riddell 6 (2), eldest daughter of Robert 5 (1), was born
Oct. 4, 1835; was married in 1860 to .lames Constable, Esq., of Cally,
Perthshire, and has four sons and six daughters.

Susan-Mary Riddell 1 '' (1), youngest daughter of Robert 5 ( 1 ), was born
Sept. '23, 1841, and resides in Edinburgh, Scotland.


Henrv-James Riddell 7 (5), eldest sou of James 6 (2), was born Oct.
21, 1870* In India.

William-John Riddell' (3), second son of James 6 (2). was born May
19, 1872. In India.

Walter Riddell 7 (2), third son of James'' (2), was born (probably in
India) Oct. 29, 1874. A daughter was born Feb. 20, 1879.

Mary-Hepburn Riddell 7 (2), a daughter of William 6 (2), was born
(probably in New Zealand) in December, 1877.


Cant, Thomas Riddell 1 (1), was the fifth son of Walter- (10), the
fifth Baronet of Riddell (whose pedigree see.). He married Elizabeth,
daughter of Laughlan MacLauchlan, Esq., of an ancient Highland family,
and had issue several children, of whom hereafter. He was an officer in
the East India Company's naval service, and made successful voyages to
India and China. A journal of one of his voyages to East India is in
the British Museum, a copy of which the author of this work secured and
has deposited in the archives of the New England Historical Society, in
Boston, Mass. Captain Riddell made money by his adventures, and return-
ing to Scotland, purchased a property in Berwickshire called "Karnes,"
which he named " Beesborough," after the ship he commanded, and made
it his residence. There is a fine oil-painting of Mrs. Riddell and one of her
children, made when she was a young and very beautiful woman, and a
photographic copy is now in the author's possession. Captain Riddell
died in 1805, and was succeeded by his son.


Capt. Thomas Riddell" (2), eldest son of Thomas 1 (1), was styled
"the second of Beesborough." lie was an officer in the Fourteenth Regi-


ment of Foot, and died at Trinidad in September, 1802, "a man of
ability and soldierly deportment, universally respected."

Gen. Henry -James Riddell" (1), second son of Thomas 1 (1) and his
wife, Elizabeth MacLauchlan, was of Beesborough. He entered the navy
at an early age, but left this service for the army, and obtained his first
commission in 1798. His service extended through many years, and was
of a very important character. He served at the siege and capture of
Copenhagen, under Lord Cathcart, in 1807, and afterwards went to the
Peninsula, and was prominent at the crossing of the Bidassoa, with Lord
Lyndoch's Division, in 1813. He afterwards joined the army on the
eastern coast of Spain, and was present at several affairs — at Villa-Franca,
and before Barcelona during the blockade of that fortress, and finally
embarked for Genoa with the Italian Brigade under Count Latorer, and
was senior officer of the Quartermaster-general's department at the surren-
der of the Genoese territory, in 1814. During the Peace, General Riddell
was employed in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and was never on half-
pay. In 1847 he was appointed to the command of the forces in Scot-
land, and the governorship of Edinburgh Castle, which position he held
till 1852. His commissions bear date as follows: ensign, March, 1798;
lieutenant, April 19, 1798; captain, Dec. 28, 1809; major, Dec. 10, 1810;
lieutenant-colonel, June 4, 1813; colonel, July 22, 1830; major-general,
Nov. 23, 1841; lieutenant-general, Nov. 11, 1851; general, Sept. 26, 1857,
and colonel Sixteenth Foot, June 25, 1851. He died March 8, 1861, at
Oxendean, aged 79 years. He was never married. There was a very
good oil-portrait of the general, painted when he was a young soldier, a
copy of which is in the author's possession. He is represented in uniform
with sword, and must have been a splendid-looking man.*

Olive Riddell' 2 (1), a daughter of Thomas 1 (1), was a maiden-lady,
(as also four other daughters, whose names have not reached me), who
died March 22, 1862.


Thomas Riddell 1 (1) was third son of Walter 19 (9), the fourth Baro-
net of Riddell, and Mary, daughter of John Watt, of Rosehill. He was
born in 1690 A. D. ; married April 23, 1740, Margaret, daughter of Rev.
William Hunter, f minister of Lilliesleaf and Laird of Union Hall, which

* Gen. Hemy-James Riddell became involved in his financial relations, having
been security for his kinsman, Sir John B. Riddell, Bart., of Riddell, and was
obliged to sell "Beesborough" to make good his responsibilities, and to raise
means to provide for his several maiden-sisters ; some of these lived to be quite aged.

fThe Hunters were well descended, and the minister a singularly pious and good
man. This family is intimately connected with the Rid dells. Union Hall was ac-
quired by Dr. Hunter, the minister's son, who conveyed it to his son, Col. Edgar
Hunter, a very popular country gentleman, who was killed by a fall from his
horse iu the prime of life ; unmarried. At his death the succession fell to his
first cousin, William Riddell, of Camieston, — well known to some still living, —
whose father married Colonel Hunter's sister. The eldest daughter of the Rev.
William Hunter married the Rev. Adam Milne, minister and historian of Melrose ;
and his only child having died young, the Linthill property passed to Mr. Riddell


is a part of the present Linthill property, Mid lam Mill estate. Camie-
ston was acquired by the fourth baronet for this son Thomas, and bestowed
upon him when a young man. He died in 1750, and left issue four sons
and three daughters, of whom hereafter.


Walter Riddell 2 (1), eldest son of Thomas 1 (1), was born at Camie-
ston, Roxburghshire, Scotland, in 1742, and died young.

William Riddell 2 (1), second son of Thomas 1 (1), succeeded his father
at Camieston. He was born in 1746; married Jan. 13, 1776, to Elizabeth
Carre, daughter and heiress of John Carre, of Cavers, in Roxburghshire,
and had issue three sons and three daughters, of whom hereafter. Mr. Rid-
dell was educated in Edinburgh, and passed as Writer to the Signet, and
King's Writer for Scotland. He died Nov. 23, 1829. He acquired the
estate of Union Hall, otherwise Linthill, from the Hunters, but sold it in
1822 to a Mr. Currie.

Thomas Riddell" (2), third son of Thomas 1 (1), was born in 1748, and
died in 1756.

Robert Riddell" (1), fourth son of Thomas 1 (1), was born in 1750.
He was in the East India Company's naval service, and perished on board
the " Duchess of Athole," when that vessel was accidentally burned in
Madras Roads in 1793. This occurred during the absence of the captain,
and feeling his responsibility to be greater, — being in temporary com-
mand, — and being so devoted to duty (perhaps over-devotion) that he
could not be induced to abandon the vessel, and was the only person who
perished in the flames, — falling a noble sacrifice to duty.

Margaret Riddell 2 (1), eldest daughter of Thomas 1 (1), was born in

1744, and died in 1771, unmarried.

Elilior Riddell 2 (1), second daughter of Thomas 1 (1), was born in

1745, and died in 1815, unmarried.


Thomas Riddell 3 (3), eldest son of William- (1), was born Aug. 23,
1778 ; married in January, 1805, to Jane, daughter of William Ferrier,
of Somerford, and his wife, Lillias Wallace, heiress of the Wallaces of
Crown Hill, Ayrshire, and had issue^ye sons and four daughters, of whom
hereafter. He was entered as a Writer to the Signet, in the offices of his
father, but never followed his profession. He died April 26, 1826; his
widow died Jan. 11, 1833.

John Riddell 3 (1), second son of William- (1), was born in 1779, and
was a civilian in the East India Company's service, at Madras, and died
on his passage home in 1814 ; unmarried.

Adm'l Robert Riddell 3 (2), third son of William- (1), was born Feb.
27, 1782. He was a rear admiral in the Royal Navy; was a very efficient
and distinguished officer, and saw much service upon the high seas. He
was at Copenhagen, under Nelson, and at Algiers, under Pellew. He took
the additional name, and assumed the arms of Carre (or Kerr) on succeed-
as the son of the younger sister. But that gentleman soon sold it, and the late Mr.
Currie bought and entailed it. This estate is beautifully situated between the old
Riddell House and Cavers Carre, on the river Ale. The mansion-house of Union
Hall stood on the south side of the Ale, the property on the north side, where the
present house of Linthill stands, having been purchased afterwards, being called
Midlam Mill; the united properties were then called Linthill.


ing to the estate of Cavers Carre, on the death of his mother, who was
heiress of that family, in 1828. He entered the navy in 1796, joining the
"Albatross," commanded by Captain Scott, afterwards Admiral Sir George
Scott. Previous to his leaving the "Albatross" the crew mutinied, but
were put down by the conduct of Captain Scott and his officers, and they
afterwards assisted in the capture of privateers. He afterwards served in
the North Sea and Baltic stations, proceeding after those services were
over to the East Indies in Sir Alexander-Collingwood Dickson's ship, the
" Sceptre," seventy-four. After his return from India and further services
in the Baltic and North Seas, he got the command of the "Britomart" in
1812, and in that vessel he took part in the brilliant and successful battle
of Algiers. He was promoted to the rank of post-captain in 1819, and
finally to that of rear-admiral. He was the recipient of a medal with
bars for Copenhagen and Algiers. He died at his residence of Cavers
Carre in 1860. He had long been settled at Cavers, and his life in his
retirement was like his death, calm and peaceful. He was never married.
Succeeded by his nephew.

Jillie Ridclell 3 (1), eldest daughter of William 2 (1), was born in 1781,
and died in 1849; unmarried.

Elizabeth Riddell 3 (1), second daughter of William 2 (1), was born in
1785, and died in 1846; unmarried.

Margaret Riddell 3 (1), third daughter of William 2 (1), was born in
1787, and died in 1843 ; unmarried.


Gen. William Riddell 4 (2), eldest son of Thomas 3 (3), was born in
St. George's Square, Edinburgh, Dec. 12, 1805, and succeeded his father
at Camieston. He married April 9, 1837, to Margaret, daughter of Capt.
John Wilkie, of the Bengal Army, and niece of Sir David Wilkie, of the
Royal Army. He went out as a cadet in the Honourable East India
Company's military service, in the month of April, 1823 ; and shortly
afterwards joined as ensign the Second Battalion of the Thirtieth Native
Infantry. In that regiment (subsequently numbered the sixtieth on the
formation of the double battalions into single regiments), he continued to
serve from junior ensign to lieutenant-colonel, and eventually succeeded
to the command, which he held till his transfer, by selection, to the Thir-
tieth Regiment of European Infantry, in 1856, which latter corps he com-
manded throughout the eventful years of 1856-8, of the Indian Mutiny,
till its transfer to the British service as the One Hundred and Seventh of
the line. Besides holding several appointments in both civil and political
employ, General Riddell was present at the siege of Bhurtpore, in 1825-6,
at the forcing of the Khybur Pass, battles of Jagdulluch, Tezeen, and
other actions, leading to the relief of the Jellabad garrison and the re-occu-
pation of Cabul, in 1842, by the Army of the Indies under Maj.-Gen. Sir
George Pollock, in whose staff he served as aide-de-camp, as well as field-
marshal throughout the campaign in Afghanistan, also as assistant adju-
tant-general to the Army of Reserve, under Sir Dudley Hill, during the
Punjaub campaign of 1849, and, lastly, throughout the military campaign
of 1857-8, in command of the Third Regiment of Bengal Europeans, as
well as of several flying columns composed of artillery, cavalry, and
infantry, sent out from Agra to co-operate with the Central India Field
Force, under Sir Hugh Ross, and with the troops under the immediate com-
mand of Lord Clyde. He was present with his regiment in the severa


actions fought with the rebels in the vicinity of Agra, and in the Eutawa
district toward Culpee, and on the Chumbal, and was in command of the
fort and garrison of Agra, in which was the only remaining magazine in
the upper provinces for some months, till after the fall of Delhi and the
arrival of a permanent brigadier.

General Riddell received the decoration of Companion of the Most
Noble, the Order of the Bath, and three medals, with one bar for Bhurt-
pore, Afghanistan, Cabal, 1842, and the military campaign, and his services
were twice acknowledged in the government official Gazettes. He retired
from the army as full colonel, with rank of major-general, in December,
1861, after a continued service of upwards of thirty-eight years. He has
been heard to remark on the pleasure it gave an old soldier to know
when he came home to his native land that his services in the cause of his
queen and country had been appreciated when abroad. Gen. Sir Hope
Grant and Sir William Gomm, late field-marshal, were all in turn con-
temporaries and companions in arms in those trying and mutinous times.
The medals received for his services were hung by the General, with a
kind of military pride, upon his breast, and worn on all great occasions
in connection with the volunteer meetings held at Melrose, throughout
the period of his residence at the "Anchorage."

While he had reaped many honors in the far-off fields of war, of which
he might truly be proud, he valued still more, perhaps, those distinc-
tions for which he was frequently complimented by the acting govern-
ment generals of the army forces, when they were inspecting the Border
Battalion Volunteers, and by others, for his having been a general of the
army, and yet simultaneously a full private in the ranks of the Third
Roxburgh Rifle Volunteer Corps.

He took an active and prominent part in the meetings of the Border
Rifle Associations, and in the social gatherings which frequently followed.
He was an active and honorary member of the council of the Border
Rifle Association; also, a Commissioner of Supply, and Justice of the
Peace. In the most of the public events of the town of Melrose, the
General, after his retirement from the army, and during his residence at
the "Anchorage," took a leading part, along with the principals of the
local authority. He was a director of the Exchange Company ; took a
deep interest in the visit of the queen at Melrose in 1867.

He was an active and esteemed member of the Border County Associa-
tion; and at the Scott Centenary, in 1871, was a managing committee, and
presided at the evening gathering at the Exchange. In politics he was
a staunch Conservative, although his principles and opinions were never
allowed to interfere with, or influence his dealings with those who held
Liberal, or even Radical, views. He took a deep interest in the Episcopa-
lian church in his neighborhood, of which he was an active supporter.
About two months before his death, which occurred June 22, 1875, he had

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