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an attack of paralysis, in Edinburgh ; some weeks subsequently he was
so far recovered as to walk in his garden; but repeated attacks followed,
and alarming tokens of his end were soon visible. He gently passed away
among his friends and the clergy present, as if entering into a placid
slumber. He was buried in the ancient family cemetery, in Bowden Parish.
He had issue nine children ; he left a widow, one sou, and four daughters.

Walter Riddell 4 (2), second son of Thomas 8 (3) of Camieston, was
born in Edinburgh, Aug. 4, 1807; married in 1830 to Elizabeth-Riddell
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of the Tenth Regiment ; descended from the ancient Highland family of
MacLauchlan of Fassifern, an estate long since sold. After a long illness,
borne with great faith and patience, his admirable wife passed away in
1860, and he married secondly, in 1871, Mary, youngest daughter of Wil-
liam Carrie, Esq., of Linthill, formerly of the East India Company's ser-
vice, Madras. Mr. Riddell was educated by private tuition, and at the
High School at Edinburgh. At about the age of seventeen he went to
London to till a situation in an East India house, and was for many years
confidentially employed by that firm; and on retiring from business, lived
some years near London, eventually returning to Scotland in 1869, where
he afterward resided, — for a time near Melrose, and latterly at Cavers
Carre, to which property he succeeded in 1860, on the death of his uncle,
the Vice-Admiral Robert Riddell (who had assumed the additional name
of Carre), and at the request of his uncle took the additional name and
arms of Carre. He was a Justice of the Peace and Commissioner of Sup-
ply for the County of Roxburgh. In politics he was moderately Conserv-
ative, but he disliked the turmoil of political strife, and preferred the
quiet paths of literature.

His acquaintance with the history of the border families was extensive
and accurate, and he found great pleasure in imparting his knowledge
through the press, lectures, correspondence, and conversation. He was
an excellent lecturer, entering into his subject with much enthusiasm; and
his elocution was characterized by grace and animation. He delivered
several lectures on the history of the ancient families, and brought to light
many valuable facts that would otherwise have been irrecoverably lost.
His speeches were well prepared, and were so full of erudite and accurate
information, that they were listened to with deep interest, and the reports
were always read with pleasure. The mention of some old family by the
local newspapers, often called forth a note from his pen, giving out of his
abundant treasures valuable information.

He was a man of large heart, and the most genial sympathies ; and
nothing afforded him greater pleasure than to be doing good, in whatever
form the opportunity presented itself. His habit of mind was serious and
thoughtful, and he was strongly imbued with religious principles. He
also took a deep interest in benevolent and religious societies, acting as
secretary to local associations, advocating their cause on the platform, and
lending his methodical and business-like capacities to their financial man-
agement. He was a great favorite with those of humble rank; he was
fond of chatting with them on the road, and dropping into their cottages,
would inquire kindly after their welfare.

He died at his post. He passed away at his residence at Cavers Carre *
in December, 1874, his death being caused by a cold, which was followed
by a severe rheumatic attack, from which the remedies applied gave him
but little relief, and the poisoned blood found way to his head. He con-
tinued to grow worse, and became very incoherent in his speech, and

* The ancient house at Cavers Carre was built in 1532, as recorded on a stone, but
has nearly disappeared. There are no less than eight stones extant that were in
the old house, and when the new additions were made, were put into a court ; six
of these are nearly perfect, and two of them have inscribed the arms of Riddell
quartered with those of Carre, — two of the ancient Carres having intermarried
with the Riddells, — the oldest bearing date 1634. The early Carres were exten-
sive land proprietors ; but the acreage of Cavers Carre estate is now small, but has
not passed out of the family possession.



100 KLDDELLS OF CAMIESTON, SCOTLAND.

finally was unconscious, and soon after breathed his last. Though advanced
in years and not robust, his frame was so vigorous that a life prolonged
for many years might have been exjjected. But be was prepared for the
change which came, alas! too soon; and amid his many engrossing pur-
suits, he was never neglectful of the great concerns of the future on which
he has entered. He was a good man in every sense of the word. He had
a cultured mind and a kindly heart, and was a genuine Christian. His
mortal remains were interred at Bowden, on Dec. 7, 1874. He left a
widow and one son, who succeeded to Cavers Carre.*

Hon. John-Carre Kiddell 4 (2), third son of Thomas 3 (3), was born
June 4, 1809; married in 1846, Marianna-Sibella, daughter of Justice
Stephens, of Melbourne, and had issue three sons and three daughters, of
whom hereafter. He emigrated to Australia many years ago, and became
a squatter, in which position he continued a long time. He subsequently
became interested, and successfully engaged in matters of polity, and was
a member of the Victorian Parliament, at Melbourne, Australia. Is said to
have been a fine-looking man. Deceased in 1880.

Cant. Thomas Riddell 4 (4), fourth son of Thomas 8 (3), was born in
Edinburgh (presumably), Oct. 6, 1810; married July 24, 1848, to Ann-
Ellen, daughter of Capt. John Beckett, of the Indian Army, and had issue
one son, of whom hereafter. He early became a soldier, and was in the
Bengal Infantry. He was in the Punjaub campaign in 1849, with the
Army of the Beserve, and in the Afghan campaign of 1842 ; received a
medal for Cabul. Died in India, May 23, 1854.

Robert Riddell 4 (3), fifth son of Thomas 3 (3), was born in the city of
Edinburgh (presumably), Dec. 22, 1813, and died at Bombay, India, May
29, 1839; unmarried. He was in the East India Company's service. A
promising young man.

Lillias-Wallace Riddell 4 (1), eldest daughter of Thomas 3 (3), was
born in 1812; was married in 1840 to Ross Watt, and now (1*73) resi-
dent in the colony of Victoria, and has issue.

Elizabeth-Carre Riddell 4 (2), second daughter of Thomas 3 (3), was
bom in 1816, and died, unmarried, in 1844.

Georgina-Vereker Riddell 4 (1), third daughter of Thomas 3 (3), was
born in 1818; was married in 1841 to Malcolm-McNeil Rind, of the Ben-
gal medical service, who died in 1863, leaving his widow and a numerous
family of children, f

Jane- Ann Riddell 4 (1), fourth daughter of Thomas 3 (3), was married

*The author of this work was for several years a constant correspondent
with Mr. Riddell-Carre, and much of the material incorporated into this depart-
ment of his book was forwarded by that gentleman. He was well acquainted with
the history and genealogy of all branches of the Eiddell family, and seemed proud
of the ancestry from which he descended. In reply to a letter in which the author
announced the death of his aged grandfather, Mr. Riddell-Carre said, — "I was sad
to learn of the death of your patriarchal grandfather, but you could not expect to
keep him always, and I trust he is now with the shining ones around the throne."
He was always ready to accede to my requests, and with irreat pains and at consid-
erable expense, procured me portraits of eminent members of the family in Eng-
land and Scotland, and views of their residences ; he also introduced me to gentle-
men of prominence, with whom my subsequent correspondence proved very interest-
ing and valuable. He always, in all his letters, manifested a deep interest in the
undertaking of the author to compile an exhaustive family history. See his portrait
in a group in this book ; also, view of Cavers Carre, his residence.

t A cousin of the mother of this family, Susan E. Ferrier, wrote the very
popular novels "Marriage," "Inheritance," and "Destiny."



RIDDELLS OF CAMIESTON, SCOTLAND. 101

in 1843 to Elijah Imprey, Surgeon in the Bombay Medical Establishment,
and died in 1859, leaving her husband and children. Dr. Imprev died in
1869.

FIFTH GENERATION.

Thomas-Carre Riddell 5 (5), eldest son of William 4 (2), was born
Feb. 5, 1844, and died at sea when on the way home (to Scotland) from
Calcutta, Dec. 14, 1846.

Walter-Ferrier Riddell 5 (3), second son of William 4 (2), was born
Aug. 15, 1845, and died, unmarried, at Demerara, Nov. 3, 1865. He was
ensign of the Second Battalion in the Sixteenth Regiment of Foot, in
the East India Company's service.

Lieut. William-Carre Riddell 5 (3), third son of William 4 (2), was
born March 8, 1847, and succeeded his father as "younger of Camieston."
He is an officer in the One Hundred and Third Regiment Royal Bombay
(India) Fusileers.

Johll-Wilkie Riddell 5 (3), fourth son of William 4 (2), was born
March 1, 1861, and died when an infant.

Jaiie-LilliaS Riddell 5 (2), eldest daughter of William 4 (2), was bom
Feb. 24, 1839; died Jan. 10, 1846.

Margaret-Sophia Riddell 5 (2), second daughter of William 4 (2), was
born June 18, 1840; was married June 17, 1871, to Rev. James-Robert
Crystal, d.d„ minister of Cults, in Fifeshire.

Helen-Elizabeth Riddell 5 (1), third daughter of William 4 (2), was
born in 1841.

Georgina-Catherine Riddell 5 (2), fourth daughter of William 4 (2),
was born in 1851.

Frances-Annie Riddell 5 (2), fifth daughter of William 4 (2), was born
in 1863.



Capt. Thomas-Alexander Riddell 5 (6), only son of Walter 4 (2), was
born in 1831 ; married in 1865, Elizabeth, second daughter of Alfred T.
Fellows, Esq., of Beeston House, Nottingham, who was brother of Sir
Charles Fellows, who received the honor of knighthood for his archseo-
logical discoveries in Lycia, and for his success in removing the "Athenian
Marbles" to the British Museum. Captain Riddell was formerly in the
East India Company's service, but latterly captain and Instructor of
Musketry in the Ayrshire and Wigtonshire militia. He succeeded to
Cavers Carre, on the death of his father, in 1874. His father wrote the
author of this work, only a few weeks before his lamented death, "I
hope Cavers, so long in possession of my maternal ancestors, may pass to
my heirs unimpaired," little thinking that he would be called to relin-
quish so soon the property to which he referred. Like his father he
assumed the additional surname and arms of Carre, and is the representa-
tive of the Carres of Cavers. He has issue three children, of whom
hereafter.



Thomas-William Riddell 5 (7), eldest son of John 4 (2), was born in
1852, and is presumed to be in Australia.

John-Carre Riddell 5 (4), second son of John 4 (2), was born in 1857,
and died in 1858, — probably in Australia.

Walter-John-Carre Riddell 5 (4), third son of John 4 (2), was born in
1859, and is supposed to be in Australia.

Jane-Georgina-Vereker Riddell 5 (3), eldest daughter of John 4 (2),
was married in 1868 to Lieutenant Stanley, Royal Army.



102 RIDDELLS OF NEWHOUSE AND MINTO, SCOTLAND.

Margaret-Elizabeth Riddell 5 (3), second daughter of John 4 (2), born
in Australia. No other information.

Anne-Carre Riddell 5 (1), third daughter of John 4 (2), was (supposed)
born in Australia. No other information.



Lieut. William-Henry Riddell 5 (4), only son of Thomas 4 (4), is an
officer in the Sixteenth Regiment of Foot, British Army.

SIXTH GENERATION.

Ralph-€rerTace RiddelF' (1), a son of Thomas 5 (6), was born in 1868,
and was named in honor of some early ancestors of the Roxburgh family
of Riddell.

Elizabeth-Olive-Greva Riddell 6 (3), eldest daughter of Thomas 5 (6),
was born Dec. 9, 1869, and was named in honor of some very early female
members of the Riddell family.

Grizel-C-Jeva Riddell 6 (1), second daughter of Thomas 5 (6), was born
Oct. 6, 1871. Grizel is an old name in the family of Carre.



RIDDELLS OF, NEWHOUSE, SCOTLAND.

William Riddell 1 (1), third son of Andrew 15 (2), of Haining (see Rid-
dells of Haining in the main line of Riddells of Roxburghshire), received
for his inheritance a property called " Newhouse," an old residence in
the parish of Lilliesleaf, near Riddell House, and this family has since
been known by that designation. William also got a charter of Muselee
and Mewlie in 1618, and became ancestor of the two branches of the
old Roxburghshire tree, denominated " Riddells of Newhouse " (which
subsequently merged into the family of Glen-Riddell, as will afterwards
appear), and "Riddells of Muselee." •

SECOND GENERATION.
Rev. Simon Riddell' 2 (1), who is believed to have been descended
from some branch of the old border family, married Miss Riddell, the
heiress of Newhouse, and became, in right of his wife, the head of this
family. He was a minister of considerable distinction. In 1715 he
marched to Stirling with a portion of his parishioners in defence of His
Majesty and the Protestant interests, and in 1740 he was one of fifteen
ministers against deposing eight seceders, of whom were Ralph and Eben-
ezer Erskine. Had issue one son, who became ancestor of Riddells of
Glen-Riddell.

THIRD GENERATION.

Walter Riddell" (1), a son of Simon- (1), married the heiress of
Glen-Riddell, and became head of that family.



RIDDELLS OF MINTO, SCOTLAND.

Walter Riddell 1 (1), second son of Walter 3 (1), of Newhouse, who is
described as "writer in Edinburgh," acquired the barony of Minto* from

♦Minto is in Roxburghshire. The baron; formerly belonged to the Earls of
Lennox; afterwards the property of Sir Thomas Stewart, of Garlies. The Riddells



RIDDELLS OF MINTO, SCOTLAND. 103

Walter Scott, of Harwood, in the year 1676, and obtained a charter under
the Great Seal, dated June 23d of that year, under the terms of which the
property, after his own life interest, was entailed upon his son and his
second and younger daughters in succession, omitting his eldest daughter.
Mr. Riddell retained Minto but a short time, and June 7, 1683, made a
disposition of it in favor of his son-in-law, Thomas Rutherford, a brother
of John Rutherford, of Edgerston, from whom it passed in the following
year into other hands. (Disposition by Thomas Rutherford in favor of Mr.
Richardson, dated July 22, 1684). But the alienation of the property
by Walter Riddell was disputed by his children as heirs of entail, and
legal proceedings were taken by the purchaser to enforce his rights. Ulti-
mately, however, in the year 1687, on the purchase of the property by the
Earl Ferras, all the surviving children (four daughters) joined in the con-
veyance of it to him.

Walter Riddell was twice married. The name of his first wife does
not appear. His second wife was Isabel Riddell, but of what family I do
not know. He had issue six children, of whom hereafter. Mr. Riddell
died before January, 1685.

SECOND GENERATION.

James Riddell 2 (1), only son of Walter 1 (1), survived his father,' but
was dead in the year 1687, or his name would have appeared in the alien-
ation that year.

Jean Riddell 2 (1), eldest daughter of Walter 1 (1), was married to
Sir Robert Laurie, the first Baronet of Maxwelton, and had by him three
sons and four daughters. Jean was the second wife of Sir Robert; and
one of her daughters was "Annie Laurie," celebrated in Scottish song.
She was famed for her beauty ; and Mr. Douglas, of Fingland, whom she had
captivated, composed in her honor the well-known verses f which are still

were owners between the Stewarts and Elliotts. Lord Minto informs me, that Minto
House, his present residence, was rebuilt in 1814, but stands on the same site as
the former one, which was the residence of the Riddells, and was supposed to be
very ancient. Lord Minto kindly furnished the author a photo'-view of the south and
west fronts of his magnificent and beautifully situated seat. Minto Craigs, mentioned
by Sir Walter Scott, consist of a romantic assemblage of cliffs, which rise above
the vale of the Tiviot, in the immediate vicinity of Minto House. A small plat-
form on a projecting craig, commanding a beautiful prospect, is termed " Barnhills
Bed." The character from whence the name was derived is said to have been a
robber or outlaw. There are remains of a strong tower beneath the rocks, where
the outlaw is supposed to have dwelt. On the summit of the craigs is the ruin of
another tower, in a picturesque situation. Among the houses cast down by the
Earl of Hartford in 1545, were the towers of Barnhills and Minto Craigs, with
Minto town and place.

t " Annie Laurie.

" Maxwelton braes are bonnie

Where early fa's the dew,
And it's there that Annie Laurie

Gie'd me her promise true —
Gie'd me her promise true,

Which ne'er forgot will be;
And for bonnie Annie Laurie

I '11 lay me downe and dee.

" Her brow is like the snaw-drift;
Her throat is like the swan ;
Her face it is the fairest
That e'er the sun shone on —



104 BIDDALLS OF ULSTER, IRELAND.

so popular. She was not, however, won by his poetry, but became the
wife of Mr. Furguson, of Craigdorroch. See " Riddells of Glen-Riddell,"
in this work. The reason why Jean was excluded from the entail of Minto,
was, no doubt, on account of her being already married to Sir Robert.

Susanna Riddell 2 (1), second daughter of Walter 1 (1), was the wife
of Thomas Rutherford, of Tiviotdale.

Grizell Riddell" (1), third daughter of Walter 1 (1), died before 1687.

Elizabeth Riddell' 2 (1), fourth daughter of Walter 1 (1), became the
Avife of James Dallas, younger of St. Martin's.

Agnes Riddell 2 (1), fifth daughter of Walter 1 (1), was under age and
unmarried in January, 1687.



RIDDALLS OF ULSTER, IRELAND.

[Baronial Branch.]

Sir James Riddall 1 (1), was a son of Walter 19 (9), fourth Baronet of
Riddell, and a brother of Thomas Riddell, the first of the Camieston
branch of the border family. This family had intermarried with the Mor-
risons, who were obliged to leave Scotland and settle in Ulster, from
their strict adherence to the royal cause after the battle of Worcester.
He was knighted. Was this the Sir James Riddall (this family had
changed the spelling to Riddall, as well as some members of the Camie-
ston branch) who was buried in St. Mary's Church, Dublin, in 1831 ? The
subject of this notice died issueless.

Hans Riddall 1 (1), second son of Walter 19 (9), fourth Baronet of Rid-
dell, was Comptroller of Customs in Derry, Ireland ; married, but died
without issue. The name Hans was derived from the family of Hamilton,
that settled in Ulster, and who were also connected by marriage with the
Riddalls and Morrisons.

John Riddall 1 (1), third son of Walter 19 (9), fourth Baronet of Rid-
dell, removed to Ulster, Ireland, with his brother, before mentioned ; mar-
ried, but had no children.

Gen. William Riddall 1 (1), fourth son of Walter 19 (9), fourth Baronet
of Riddell, was a Knight of Hanover. He was a major-general in the
army, in the Eighteenth and Sixty-second Regiments. He died in 1851,
issueless.

That e'er the sun shone on —

And dark blue is her ee ;
And for bonnie Annie Laurie

I '11 lay me down and dee.

" Like dew on the gowan lying

Is the fa' o' fairy feet;
And like the winds in summer sighing,

Her voice is low and sweet —
Her voice is low and sweet —

And she 's a' the world to me ;
And for bonnie Annie Laurie

I'll lay me down and dee."



BIDDELLS OF LILLIESLEAF, SCOTLAND. 105



RIDDELLS OF BERMUDA, WEST INDIES.

William Riddell 1 (1) was the fourth son of Walter 19 (9), fourth Baro-
net of Riddell (see the main line), and his wife, Miss Watt, who was a
daughter of this baronet's stepmother. William emigrated to the West
Indies when young, and settled in Bermuda, as a merchant-adventurer.
He married and had issue. One of his descendants wrote a medical thesis,
which showed a desire to benefit humanity. This branch soon became ex-
tinct, and has now no representative. Mr. Riddell-Carre, late of Cavers,
had promised me full information respecting this branch of the old family,
but, alas! he died; and my very respected and reliable correspondent was
lost to me. I think this branch reached only three generations.



RIDDELLS OF LILLIESLEAF, SCOTLAND.

William Riddell 1 (1), supposed to be descended from the Riddells
of Riddell, in the parish of Lilliesleaf, married Margaret Hervey, resided
in Lilliesleaf, and had issue five children, of whom hereafter. He was a
carpenter by trade. I have made an effort to find where this family was
broken off the old family-tree ; was assisted in my work by the late Wal-
ter Riddell-Carre, of Cavers, Scotland, who had no doubt of the relation-
ship, but could find no sufficient proof to assume the connection.

SECOND GENERATION.

John Riddell 2 (1), eldest son of William 1 (1), was born in the parish
of Lilliesleaf, Roxburghshire ; married Betsey Turnbull, and had issue
three children, of whom hereafter. He was a carpenter by trade.

Thomas Riddell 2 (1), second son of William 1 (1), was born in the
parish of Lilliesleaf ; married Rachel Stirling, and had issue six children,
of whom hereafter, and died in 1843. He was a thatcher by trade.

Walter Riddell 2 (1), third son of William 1 (1), was born in the par-
ish of Lilliesleaf ; married Betsey Young, and died in 1843, leaving three
children, of whom hereafter.

Mary Riddell 2 (1), eldest daughter of William 1 (1), was born in the
parish of Lilliesleaf; was married to Thomas Cochran, a merchant in
Glasgow.

Margaret Riddell 2 (1), second daughter of William 1 (1), was born in
the parish of Lilliesleaf, and was married to James Walker, a tailor of that

place.

THIRD GENERATION.

William Riddell 3 (2), only son of John' 2 (1), was born in the parish
of Lilliesleaf; married Gothes Thompson, and had issue seven children,
of whom hereafter.

Mary Riddell 3 (2), only daughter of John' 2 (1), was born in the parish
of Lilliesleaf, and had an infant the same day on which her father died
in 1843.

William Riddell 3 (3), eldest son of Thomas' 2 (1), was born in the
parish of Lilliesleaf; married Agnes Deans, and had issue five children,
of whom hereafter.



106 Ii WD ELLS OF LILLIESLEAF, SCOTLAND.

William Riddell 3 (4), eldest son of Walter 2 (1), was born in the par-
ish of Lilliesleaf ; married April 23, 1872, to Maggie Lambert; emigrated
to Philadelphia, United States, and is now residing in that city ; has two
children, of whom hereafter. He sailed from Scotland in the steamship
"Iowa," Captain Overstone.

Walter Riddell 3 (2), second son of Walter- (1), was born in the par-
ish of Lilliesleaf, and came to the United States in the steamship "Aus-
tralia," Captain Hederwick, in 1873; now in Philadelphia.

FOURTH GENERATION.

Jane Riddell 4 (1), eldest daughter of William 3 (2), was born in the
parish of Lilliesleaf, and married James Hogg.
John Riddell 4 (2). ]
Andrew Riddell 4 (1). |

George g^ldell 4 (1). I Children ot - William 3 (2), of Lilliesleaf.

Walter Riddell 4 (3). f KJy

Betsey Riddell 4 (1). |

Ellen Riddell 4 (1). J



Thomas Riddell 4 (2), eldest son of William 3 (3), was born in the
parish of Lilliesleaf, and is now in America; carpenter.

James Riddell 4 (1), second son of William 3 (3), was born in the
parish of Lilliesleaf; is a carpenter by trade.

Walter Riddell 4 (4), third son of William 3 (3), was born in the par-
ish of Lilliesleaf; has a family in Scotland; a baker.



Walter Riddell 4 (5), eldest son of William 3 (4), was born in Phila-
delphia, Penn., in 1873.

James-Bambert Riddell 4 (2), second son of William 3 (4), was born

in Philadelphia, Penn., in June, 1875.



ANOTHER FAMILY.



Thomas Riddell 1 (1), a son of Isabella Riddell, was born in the parish
of Lilliesleaf, Scotland, in 1815 (father's name unknown); emigrated to
the United States in 1820, and settled in Lawrence, Mass., where he was
employed in the mills as a dressei-, until the late war. He married April
15, 1856, to Sarah S. Henderson, a woman of Scotch descent, and had
issue three sons, of whom hereafter. Mr. Riddell was drowned (lost over-
board) from a steamer between Fall River and New York, on the night
of Dec. 27, 1862. His widow is in trade with her brother in Lawrence,
and her sons are with their mother.



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