Lumsden family [Generals Sir Harry and Sir Peter], etc A disbound album of newspaper cuttings1880-1912.
The small quarto [9 x 7¼ ins] album has 18 sides of newspaper cuttings and approximately another 30 thin card leaves with numerous further cuttings unpasted scattered between them. The album has sound stiching and all edges are gilt but the boards and outer spine are lacking. It appears to have been kept by one of Sir Harry Lumsden’s children, possibly Miss Edith whose marriage to Major Edmonstone of the 4th Hussars is on the first page, but more probably his son, H. D. Lumsden’s whose wedding in Ottawa to Mary Frederica Waitney is reported on the next page. He was an engineer on the Canadian Pacific Railway. Other cuttings relate to: marriage of Hugh P Lumsden of Clova [a Private Chamberlain to Pope Pius X] to Mary Bellasis 1904; lengthy review of Sir Peter Lumsden’s Lumsden of the Guides [Banffshire Journal 1899]; marriage of Ernest Francis Lumsden, Balmedie, to Grace C M E Flower by the Bishop of Edinburgh; Sir Peter Lumsden’s spying disguisxed as a holy man; obituaries of Gen Sir Harry Lumsden; articles about Canadian railways; murder of Lt G H Lumsden, 13th Bengal Lancers 1880; Sir Peter Lumsden’s Indian services; Aberdeen and the Volunteers 1900. We have not checked every cutting but there is much material here about the well connected Lumsdens, Banffshire, the Indian Army. etc. There are also a few unidentified photographs, mainly house interiors but also a charming view of an elderly lady in a wheeled chair pulled by a pony. feb23/1
Provenance: The album came to us with a large archive of documents and photographs which had passed from Sir Peter Lunsden through a branch of the family descended from his brother, General Sir Harry Lumsden. Sir Peter & Lady Lumsden had no children. Other documents and photographs from this archive wil be found elsewhere on the website and a few remain to be listed.
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