Jock Black - 1929
|Jock: Before emigrating, lived on the
family farm of Tiretigan, on the Kilberry Estate in Argyll, with his
mother and six sisters (more).
Sarah: Jock’s youngest sister (more).
Siege of Mafeking: Mafeking was the capital of British Bechuanaland, S. Africa. The British garrison, under Robert Baden-Powell, was besieged for 7 months in the Second Boer War; the garrison was relieved on 17th May, 1900. Robert Baden-Powell was the founder of the Boy Scouts in 1908. He was later ennobled as Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell.
Sarah and Susy: Two of Jock's sisters (more).
General Wachope[Wauchope]: Another of the Commanding Officers in the Boer War. I don't know where he was buried, but I expect he fell during the unsuccessful attack by the British on the Boer positions by the Modder River.
Lergnahension: (I'm not sure of the spelling). Lergnahension was the place near Kilberry where their Parish Church was, and where Granny and family probably worshipped, and where the old psalm tunes were sung.
Jock (John): Writer of letter. Was a member of the Kilberry Pipe Band (and renowned as one of their best pipers). Never married. He and Lachie were the first people to grow tobacco in S. Rhodesia. He also farmed other crops, and, with a partner, ran a gold mine. (It is alleged that when Jock died the partner diddled him out of his gold mine fortune!)
Barbara: Trained Nurse. Served in both world wars in Q.As. (Queen Alexandras Imperial Mlilitary Nursing Service); twice mentioned in despatches in W.W.I., and decorated with A.R.R.C. (Associate of the Royal Red Cross) in Second World War. Unmarried.
Susy: She married Dr. George Jubb, a Glasgow graduate, who practised first in Hartlepool and then in London, as a G.P. He was also a qualified Barrister. After he finished his medical studies, he thought he would like to go to work in India. Someone told him that in India it was a good thing to be a Judge, so he returned to university and qualified in law. However, before he got as far as India, he met Susy, and that was that; they never went to India. One daughter, Maureen, now dead.
Sarah: The youngest, and a bit of a tear-away. It is alleged that on the night of the annual Kilberry Ball (at Kilberry Castle), if Sarah was lost, one looked behind the rhododendron bushes, usually successfully. She was engaged to an Argyll man who emigrated to USA or Canada, so after a bit Sarah set sail, but when she got there she changed her mind and sailed back. She then married The Rev. David Baird, a United Free Church Minister. (The U.F. church amalgamated with our Established Church of Scotland in 1929.). 4 children.
Runic: Built for White Star Line in 1889 as a
livestock carrier, serving the Liverpool to New York route. Sold in 1895
West India & Pacific Steamship Co. and renamed Tampican. In 1899 she was transferred to the Leyland Line.
In 1912, sold to Moss & Co., and immediately sold again to the South Pacific Whaling Co and renamed Imo.
It was then used as a whale oil tanker. In 1917, she collided with the French munitions ship Mont Blanc, in Halifax.
20 minutes later the Mont Blanc exploded and leveled the town of Richmond. 1,635 were killed and 8,000 were injured.
The Mont Blanc was completely destroyed, but the Imo somehow survived with minimal damage. In 1918 the Imo was renamed
Guvernoren. In 1920 she ran aground at the Falkland Islands in a heavy fog and was a complete loss.
[Runic information from the The
History of the White Star Line and the International Mercantile Marine