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Alice Marie (Elsie) Maitland

Alice Marie (Elsie) Maitland

Female Abt 1880 - 1950  (~ 70 years)

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  • Name Alice Marie (Elsie) Maitland 
    Born Abt 1880  Ceylon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 26 Oct 1950  London, in her 72nd year Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I027134  Ancestorium
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2022 

    Father George Keith Maitland,   b. 11 Jan 1854, Edinburgh Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1896, ading, Berkshire, England. He was riding a pony and trap, and the pony was frightened by a car. The pony bolted and he was thrown and mortally injured. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Mother Christine Mary Theresa Macdonell, of Keppoch,   b. 14 May 1845, Invernessshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1932, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Hampshire (now Dorset), England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 1877 
    Family ID F18337  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family George Henry Kirby, Major,   b. Abt 1876, (Bapt 26 Oct 1876) Kensington, London. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1960, Harry Squires Memorial Hostel for the elderly, Taranaki Street, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Married 1900 
     1. Alfred Reginald Claude Kirby,   b. Abt 1901, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1963, Brompton Hospital Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years)
     2. Roddy Roderick George Maitland Kirby, Captain,   b. Abt 1911,   d. 22 Jun 1941  (Age ~ 30 years)
     3. Zara Valda Mari Kirby,   b. Abt 1903,   d. 6 Jul 1944, P.O.W. Camp, At Palembang, Sumatra, Indonesia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 41 years)
    Family ID F00143  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos

    Elsie and Angus Charles Maitland
    From "Maitland family photos"

    Angus is on the left and Elise is standing behind her mother Theresa but not sure who the two on the right are.
    "Maitland family photos"

  • Notes 
    • Alice Marie Maitland1
      F, #304521, b. circa 1880
      Last Edited=12 Dec 2011
      Alice Maitland
      Alice Marie Maitland was born circa 1880 at Sri LankaG.1 She is the daughter of George Keith Maitland and Christina Mary Theresa McDonnell.1 She married Major George Henry Kirby, son of Alfred Octavius Kirby and Alice Baxendale, in 1899 at Maitland Theresia Estate, Bogowantalawa, Sri LankaG.1
      Alice Marie Maitland also went by the nick-name of Elsie.1 From 1899, her married name became Kirby.1

      Children of Alice Marie Maitland and Major George Henry Kirby
      Alfred Reginald Claude Kirby+1 b. c 1901, d. 21 Jun 1963
      Zara Valda Mari Kirby1 b. c 1903, d. 6 Jul 1944
      Rodereick George Kirby1 b. c 1911, d. 22 Jun 1941

      [S3232] Justin Kirby, "re: Ramsay Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 9 August 2008. Hereinafter cited as "re: Ramsay Family."

      Alice Marie (Elsie) Maitland
      November 24, 2010
      Posted by juzzie (Justin Kirby)
      George Keith Maitland and Christina Mary Theresa McDonell
      November 24, 2010
      Posted by juzzie (Justin Kirby)
      Maitland Theresia Estate in Ceylon
      November 24, 2010

      Generations 1-3: Biographies,Obituaries, etc
      February 7, 2020 ~ Justin Kirby
      Alice Marie (Elsie) Maitland
      One of the treasures I was kindly sent via this blog is a photograph of his (her husband) wedding to my great grandmother Alice Marie “Elsie” Maitland (1880-1950), which you can see here. I have also received photographs of Elsie’s family that I have posted on this blog.
      She was 1 of 5 born in Ceylon. Both her two older brother’s served in WW1. Keith Andrew Ramsay was Killed in Action, and had been awarded the Military Cross. Her younger surviving siblings, Christina “Nina” Clair and Angus Charles Majoribanks both married. I am not sure if Nina had Children, but I have met at least one of Angus’ daughters, and a number of his grandchildren as well as some of their children. His son (Keith) was a monk (Father Domi.nic Maitland) at Downside, so I am guessing they will have an obituary for him.
      George Henry was the eldest of 4. His brother Edward Lloyd died when he was about 8 years old. His sister Marion Ellen never married and possibly lived with her long term partner Irene Thomson. She had been awarded an MBE, although its not clear what for.
      His younger sister Dorothy Gian Born married Capt. John Charles Francis Lister. They had at least one son, Charles Anthony Lister. His grandson (Stephen) if still living would be our closest living relative on the Kirby side.

      MacDonnell of Keppoch Ancestors – Historical Revisionism Revisited
      August 3, 2009

      As mentioned in my recent Patrick MacDonald, “Father of the Church of Scotland”? post, I’m back on the genealogy trail, in part prompted by a comment left here Graham Evan MacDonell, Principal Researcher at The Great Glen Genealogical Research Centre. He’d responded to my Macdonald/Macdonell of Keppoch Chiefs – Historical Revisionism? post from November last year.

      Ironically, my enthusiasm for research into my family history had been severely dampened by a somewhat dismissive previous response from the Clan Donald Historian Norman H. MacDonald, which had been kindly forwarded to me by Rob McDonald Parker, Chamberlain to the High Council of Clan Donald. Timing wasn’t great either as I was in middle of moving from London to Brighton.

      Since then I’ve been having a fascinating email exchange with Graham, and with his permission I’ll try and cover some of what we have been discussing. In the meantime, I’ll try and summarise what I’ve been writing about that captured his attention, but firstly I need to clarify that I’m not trying to establish any claim to the Keppoch Chiefship. I have two older brothers and they both have male offspring. So if the oldest wants to follow this up he’s more than welcome to do so. Alternatively, he could always try and settle this the old fashioned way, although I’d recommend he enlist a little help from our nephew Sam who seems to be cut from the same Tartan as his Keppoch ancestors (see My nephew saves his unit after bullet in head post).

      Seriously, I’m simply interested because I’d always believed that my great great great grandfather Angus MacDonnell (died 1855) was a former Keppoch Chief, as was his grandfather Angus ‘ban’ MacDonell of Inch, the natural son of the Keppoch Chief that died at Culloden. Believe me when I say I have no romantic Braveheart-like delusions here having had to endure an education in the Highlands. It’s just that I’d seen a number of sources confirming their Chiefship, including online resources like Stirnet through to the likes of Debretts, and Burkes. There was also The MacDonells of Keppoch and Gargavach book by my great great great aunt Josephine M. MacDonell.

      For my parents generation inclusion in Debretts/Burkes would be enough, so I was more than a bit surprised to find out that my ancestors weren’t recognized as being former Keppoch Chiefs on the Clan Donald website (sadly no longer online). This struck me as some kind of historical revisionism particularly as I had found an extract on the Clan Fraser Web site about Captain Ranald M’Donald, of Keppoch (c1732-1788) apparently styling himself “Son of Keppoch” when gazetted a lieutenant on January 14, 1757. The site suggested that this was a clear indication that Ranald felt his older “natural” brother, Angus Ban, in exile, was the rightful chieftain and not he. Ranald was the oldest legitimate son of Alexander Macdonald of Keppoch and succeeded his father following Culloden, but was still a minor. The extract also mentioned that when Ranald was promoted to captain, his older half-brother, Angus Ban, formally wrote out a resignation of the chieftainship in order that Ranald could start the process to reclaim the Keppoch lands.

      I mentioned this resignation letter to the Clan Historian Norman H. MacDonald via the Clan Chamberlain and was told in no uncertain terms that it was a fantasy put about by my great great great aunt Josephine (mentioned above). To top this somewhat inappropriate response he also seemed to suggest that reference to my great great grandfather Angus and his family as ‘of Keppoch’ was self-styling on their behalf after having installed themselves as tenants at Keppoch House, which was by then owned by the MacIntosh family.

      So for me there are two issues here:

      1.) Were my ancestors Angus ‘ban’ Macdonell of Inch and my great great great grandather Angus MacDonnell considered to be Keppoch Chiefs by their clan?
      2.) If not, then what was their status?
      These issues raise some other related questions as far as how does one prove former Chiefship and/or status in the clan one way or the other, including:

      - Does being referred to as ‘of Keppoch’ mean you’re a Chief if male, or is it just a term that shows that someone has high status within the Clan?
      - Do Clan Chiefs need to be sworn in, and if so what’s the process and how is this recorded?
      - Is family/oral history (’sloinneadh’?) credible source or is documented evidence required?
      - What constitutes Chiefship, and is it a matter for the Clan to decide, or a legal entity like the Court of Lyon?
      I think this is where Pandora’s box starts to get opened and how there maybe a link between my questions about the Chiefship of my MacDonnell of Keppoch ancestors and the “for aught yet seen” ruling by the Court of Lyon in 2005 on the Keppoch Chiefship of Ranald Alasdair MacDonell.

      Let’s start with what constitutes Chiefship because I can’t help being reminded by a comment once made to me by Ian Macpherson McCulloch, author of Sons of the Mountains, who said he believed that “the collective sense/honour of the clannadh”, or for that matter, the Gaelic ideal of chieftainship, both hold more merit in determining the true “warrior chieftain” of any Highland host pre-Culloden. He explained that as far as he understood it the actual word for chieftain in the Erse has a much deeper richer connotation of chieftain and all that it entails than the simple Sassenach concept of being landed gentry with some property. A chieftain as far as he was concerned, was “the father of his people, a protector of the broken men and lord high justice and executioner”.

      The reason for mentioning all this is that Ranald Alasdair MacDonell was ruled by the Court of Lyon in 2005 to be the 14th Chief of Keppoch. I’m not sure what implications the ruling has for the likes of my ancestor and former Keppoch Chief Alexander Macdonald/MacDonnell of Keppoch who was previously either the 16th/17th Keppoch Chief. I’m pretty sure that those Clansman that not only followed him into battle at Culloden, but in most cases died alongside him, would have been certain of his Chiefship and wouldn’t have taken kindly to lawyers in Edinburgh stating otherwise!

      The Court of Lyon also ruled that the sloinneadh is valid to determine Clan succession. Correct me if I’m wrong, but a sloinneadh is the traditional Gaelic genealogy of the male family line, passed down orally from generation to generation. In Ranald Alasdair MacDonell’s case the sloinneadh presented as evidence to Court of Lyon also included a handwritten note by a Mrs. Ann MacDonell. This puts a whole new perspective on Norman H. MacDonald’s comments about my great great great aunt Josephine being a fantasist, and in comparison to the evidence presented to the Court of Lyon her The MacDonells of Keppoch and Gargavach book sounds scholarly to me!

      The point I’m really making is what evidence is required to prove my ancestors’ Chiefship given the evidence accepted by the Court of Lyon as far as Ranald Alasdair MacDonell’s Chiefship. That said I’m also intrigued as to why Ranald Alasdair MacDonell sought a judgment from lawyers in Edinburgh rather than let the matter be one for the Clan to determine … all very Robert “if you don’t succeed at first, try try again” Bruce I’m sure, but hardly what you’d call Braveheart!

      Anyway, I can’t help wondering how how I go about proving the Chiefship of Angus Ban. Call me an amateur, but post-Culloden I’d hazard a guess that Angus Ban and his surviving clansmen would have been far more concerned with keeping a head on their shoulders. So if there was any ceremony I doubt there would have been enough of them for it to have warranted more than a nod any unlikely to have required any documentation.

      My guess that if, as my great great great aunt Josephine suggested, that ‘Big Angus’ was believed to be head of the Clan by his younger half-brother Ranald, then the majority of Keppoch kinsmen, gentlemen and even gillies would probably have acknowledged it as well.

      However, my chances of proving this one way or another though are a different matter. It might be easier to show documented evidence that my great great great grandfather Angus MacDonnell was consider to be a Keppoch Chief by the clan at the time. Even then it would probably take the skills of a genealogist/historian like Graham at the The Great Glen Genealogical Research Centre to show this, and that’s if he has the inclination to so.

      It’s getting late and this post is now turning into a Proustian epic without even detailing my evidence with regard to my Keppoch ancestors. I’ll try and add some more specific posts soon, but suffice to say I think as far as a professional genealogist/historian like Graham is concerned my evidence would probably be considered anecdotal at best … although similar evidence seems to have been enough for the Court of Lyon to make their 2005 ruling on Ranald Alasdair MacDonell’s Keppoch Chiefship!