Macmorland – Fourth generation

Earl Alexander MACMORLAND

Born 20 Sep 1914, Vernon, British Columbia., married 26 Oct 1939, in Sardis, British Columbia., Wilhelmina Marilyn CAMPBELL, born 27 Sep 1910, Belleville, Ontario., died 11 Oct 1995, Delta, British Columbia. [9] Earl died 10 Apr 1994, Vancouver, British Columbia. [10]


i      Douglas Charles MACMORLAND born 26 Mar 1942, Vancouver, British Columbia., married Diane Beverly SEMENIUK.

ii     Gary Alexander MACMORLAND born 23 Jan 1945, Vancouver, British Columbia.,[11] married 23 Jan 1945, in Vancouver, British Columbia., Cheryl Elizabeth REYNOLDS.

iii    Margaret Joyce MACMORLAND born 7 Sep 1946, Vancouver, British Columbia.,[12] married 26 Oct 1965, in Vancouver, British Columbia., Gary Robert WILLIAMS.

iv    Diana Evelyn MACMORLAND born 7 Sep 1946, Vancouver, British Columbia.,[13] married 3 Sep 1981, in Vancouver, British Columbia., Kyosuke DOMAI.

Quintin Bone

Married but his wife’s name is not known.

Quintin Bone was a Live Stock Officer with the Ministry of Agriculture. He lived with his wife in Weymouth and died on 26-11-1970. Their only child, a daughter, worked as a comptometer operator in Johannesburg, South Africa. (JGMW p. 134).


i      A daughter.

David Bone

Married Mary.

David Bone whom Anna and I (JGMW) visited at Park Place Farm and Aston Farm (contiguous farms near Henley-on-Thames). He and his wife Mary moved to Hurlstone Farm, Waterrow, Wiveliscombe in Somerset. Their daughter Marilyn is very artistic. (JGMW p. 134).


i      Marilyn Bone.

Quintin Macmorland

Quintin carried on the farm of High Craighead. He married Winifred Bone. He had three children: Helen Mary who married William Andrew McLean Webster from Bathgate, West Lothian on 20-7-1977. The Websters have a baby called Deborah Anne. Quintin’s other children are Grant who is now the farmer at High Craighead and Sheena Margaret. (Their father Quintin and mother Winnifred are living at Ardmillar two miles south of Girvan). (JGMW pp. 135, 136).


i      Helen Mary.

ii     Grant Macmorlan married Marion Thom.

Grant is now the farmer at High Craighead for his father, Quintin who with his mother Winnifred is now living at Ardmillar, 2 miles south of Girvan. (JGMW p. 135).

Marion Thom came from Goosehill Farm, Kirkmichael. (JGMW p. 135).

iii    Sheena Margaret Macmorland.

Mary Wyllie MacMorland born 26 May 1927, Occupation: Farmer’s wife., married 10 Sep 1952, Hamish Murdoch, born 1 Jan 1926, (son of James Murdoch and Nancy Macmorland) Occupation:  Sheep farmer., died 15 Sep 1994, Ayr hospital of cancer of the bowel., buried: 20 Sep 1994, Straiton Cemetry.

Mary Jane (?Wyllie?) Macmorland

born 26-5-1927 married Hamish Murdoch of Knockdon, Straiton, Ayrshire on 10-9-1952 (second cousins).  (JGMW p. 136).


From JGMW’s Saga page 181 and 2: Hamish Murdoch was born on 1-1-1926. Hamish, his wife Mary and their son James have carried on the farm of Knockdon since Hamish’s parents retired. Hamish and Mary had two children: Alison Jane born on 26-5-1955 and James born on 26-1-1958.

(RWPMW writes

Hamish died on 15 September 1994 of cancer of the bowel. He was buried in Straiton Cemetery on September 20. Joy and I travelled up from Abingdon to attend the funeral – note added by RWPMW.)

Until we were in our late teens Hamish and I had a very close friendship. He was really like an elder brother to me and with Knockdon represented a degree of stability in my life as we moved house every few years in the decade from 1935 and my school friends came and went. When my parents lived in Whithorn, Edinburgh and then Glasgow and Troon many of our holidays were spent at Knockdon and shorter visits also took place especially from Whithorn. Mother and her sister Nancy were very close being the only two daughters of the large Macmorland family. I remember many night-time car journeys over the hill road from Straiton to Newton Stewart. It was a very lonely road at that time with tar Macadam only along two narrow strips where the wheels of the car ran and grass in the middle. Knockdom had so much to offer us children and we had great freedom to roam as we wished. There was the Knockdon Burn to explore as it flowed along a steep little valley with a water-fall making another barrier to be overcome. Hamish had a great collection of model cars (Dinkey toys) and he used to share them with me so that we could build have our own fleets to drive over the model road structure we constructed on a sand bank by the side of the burn. Hamish always seemed to produce a better design of road than I could – an early sign of his interest in architecture which he was keen to follow at a later stage of his youth. When we lived in Edinburgh we often shared our holidays with the Binnies who were our neighbours and who had two daughters Eileen and Shona. They rented the cottage which at that time was next to the farm. I remember looking forward to these holidays all during the rest of the year and making plans for how to spend them. One of my projects was to make a map of the area round the farm and for this I constructed a very rudimentary theodolite. I don’t remember it getting very far and certainly no map ever appeared. Hamish and I tried to persuade the girls to play a game of goodies and baddies with Hamish and me the goodies of course. We constructed an elaborate den as our base for operations but the girls who didn’t seem to be interested in being annihilated had gone off on some adventure of their own. A major project each summer was to build a dam across the river Girvan to make a swimming pool. This took hours of toil in what must have been pretty cold water although I don’t remember that that worried us. Then a raft had to be made. We leant a hand from time to time with the work of the farm like mucking out the pigs and helping get the hay in. There was no tractor in those days and all had to be done by hand with the help of one horse. Tea in the hay field is a particularly good memory. Altogether these were very happy days.

Later when we were living in Troon Hamish came to stay with us at 55 Barassie Street and we went to school together (Marr College) with Hamish in the year ahead of me. I think his parents were unhappy with the way that Hamish had been doing at Ayr Academy and maybe felt that he would do better with Father able to keep his nose to the grind stone more effectively. Father was quite strict and I think Hamish must have been quite unhappy. He used to smoke and this didn’t endear him to Father. I probably didn’t help as my enthusiasm was in building radio sets in which Hamish didn’t have any interest. Our ways parted a bit at this stage and we never really regained that marvellous relationship after that although of course we saw each other on many family occasions. About that time father got a new job in Dumfries and the family moved there. Once he left school Hamish went back to the farm to work with his father. Great changes were taking place at Knockdon and the surroundings as the Foresrtry Commission took over large tracts of land for tree planting. A lot of the farm land was lost to this and in order to make Knockdon viable it was combined with the neighbouring farm of Tairlaw. Hamish and his father had the  enormous task of reorganising the two units into one working entity. It must have been an incredible task and must have represented a major achievement for Hamish and his son James who followed him into the farm. The farm buildings in both locations were refurbished, electricity was connected and the farm houses renovated. Despite these changes Knockdon still retained its magic for me. Another major change at this time was the enlargement of the resevoir at Loch Braden. Besides the construction work which took some years a filtration plant was built along with some housing for the staff who looked after it.  This meant that Knockdon was no longer the last dwelling in the valley of the Girvan. In 1952 Hamish married Mary Macmorland, a distant relation on his mother’s side, (I was the best man) and they took up residence in Knockdon while his parents moved to Tairlaw. They had two children Alison Jane and James born in 1955 and 1959. Hamish died in 1994. Joy and I attended his funeral in Straiton church and afterwards at the cemetery  where he was buried. I remember him telling me some years before he died that he had had only two holidays away from the farm in his life and one of these was his honeymoon. It was and still is a hard life as a hill farmer. The big supermarkets have a strangle hold on the industry so that British farmers cannot find a price for their sheep which provides a decent living for those who devote their lives to farming especially the hill fasrmers. When I visited Knockdon as a child there were three farms above and including Tairlaw along the upper reaches of the Water of Girvan. Besides my uncle and his family there was one unmarried shepherd and one married shepherd with his family all dependant on Knockdon. Presumably the other farms were in a similar situation. Now the farms are combined and with a lot of effort support one family. It is another measure of the very sad decline of a fundamentally important industry.

On a couple of occasions, once our children were old enough we had camping holidays at Tairlaw and Knockdon. I would have loved my children to have been able to develop the same close relationship with that part of the world as I have. (RWPMW, 30 Mar. 2004).


i      Alison Jane born 26 May 1955.

ii     James born 26 Jan 1958.

Marie Vallance

Married 14 Jan 1956, Jimmy Bailey. From JGMW’s Saga page 138:

Marie married to Jimmy Bailey on 14-1-1956. They live at Maryport, Drummore. They have two children: Kenneth and Morag.


i      Kenneth Bailey, married Jill.

Kenneth is a policeman married to Jill who is a teacher. (JGMW p. 138).

ii     Morag Bailey.

 Betty Joy Macmorland

Born 7 Jul 1921, married 1947, Oliver Brooke, born: 1919. Betty died 15 Oct 2001.[14]

Betty married Oliver Brooke of Brooke-Bond Tea. They lived for some years in Kenya but then returned to England to live in Beaulieu, Hampshire. They had two daughters: Janet Eilidh and Fiona. ( Adapted from JGMW’s Saga p152)

Susy in her Christmas card of 2001 reported that Betty Joy Brooke (née Macmorland) died on 2001 Oct 15 at an age of 80 years. (RWPMW 2002 July 22)


i      Janet Eilidh.

ii     Fiona Brooke, born 1962.

In 1983 Fiona was studying domestic science in Oxford. (Adapted from JGMW’s Saga p.154).

John Dugald Macmorland

born 21 Dec. 1923, married 5 Sept. 1953, Barbara Leale, born 21 Oct. 1930, died 1998. John died 7 Jul 2000.

John is the Appeals Secretary for Surrey and West Sussex Cancer Research Campaign. He and his wife Barbara have two children: Timothy and Susy Fenella. (Adapted from JGMW’s Saga page 154).


i      Timothy David Lamont Macmorland born 18 Sep 1956, Occupation:  Medical practitioner.

        ii     Susy Fenella born 11 Oct. 1959.

David Arthur Macmorland

Occupation: Cartographer, married 23 Dec. 1940, Joan, Occupation:  Registrar, Nelson Poly.  David died 10 Mar 1997.

David Arthur was born on 17 Jun 1916 and is a cartographer. His wife’s name is Joan whom he married on 23 Dec 1940 and who worked in the Nelson Polytechnic as a Registrar. She retired in Aug 1984. We usually hear from them at Christmas. Their three children are: Dianne, Jeanette and Craig William. (JGMW p. 156)

In her email of 2002 Oct 16 Jeanette Cook gives the following information: ‘David Arthur Macmorland died 10 Mar. 1997, after suffering from senile dementia and leukemia over the previous eighteen months. He had had a car accident shortly after he retire in 1976 and was in a coma for 2 weeks, which had left him with some minor brain damage’. (RWPMW 16 Oct. 2002)

Joan: In her email of 2002 Oct 16 Jeanette Cook gives the following information: ‘His [David Arthur’s] wife, Joan, had a severe stroke at the age of 71 which paralysed one side of her body. She taught herself to speak, walk and paint again using her other arm. She turned 83 in August 2002 and has lived at Willowmeade Garden Resthome, Main Highway,  Marlborough since February 2001. Although still mentally agile she is unable to write and is now confined largely to a wheelchair.’ (RWPMW 2002 Oct 16).


i      Dianne, born 1946.

ii     Jeanette,  born 1943.

iii    Craig born 29 Dec 1953.

Marion Macmorland

Born 5 May 1916, married Peter Jones, Occupation: Lawyer, died 16 Jul 1999, Taunton, Devon. [15]  Marion died 13 Nov 1962.

Marion married a lawyer, Peter Jones. They lived in London. Marion was a heavy smoker and died of bronchial carcinoma on 13 Nov 1962. They had two sons: Alan Dickson and David Forrester. (JGMW p.160).

Peter Jones is a lawyer working in London. After Marion died of bronchial carcinoma on 13-11-1962 Peter married Bridget Jepson. They lived in Brill, Oxfordshire for a while but have now separated. Bridget was appointed to be the medical director of St Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley in March 1983. Peter and Marion had two children: Alan Dickson (b.18-91949) and David Forrester (b.29-5-1953). (JGMW pp. 159 and 160)

Peter lived in Kingsbridge, Devon before he died on 16 July 1999. (RWPMW 1999 January 7)


i      Alan Dickson born 18 Sep 1949.

ii     David Forester born 29 May 1953.

Agnes Macmorland

Born 14 Jul 1923, married 1 Nov. 1946., Arthur Chappell, born 12 Oct 1911, Occupation: Postmaster., died 29 Jul 1982.

Agnes married Arthur Chappell on 1-11-1946. Before retiring Arthur was a Postmaster in London. They lived at Leigh House, Copthorne Road, West Sussex till Arthur died on 29-7-1982. They had three children: Anne Bethia (b.6-10-1950), Christopher James (b.11-9-1953) and Norman (b.29-3-1956). (JGMW pp. 159 and 160).

Agnes lived for a while in Crawley Down, Sussex before moving to Crawley. (RWPMW 2002 Apr.23).

TRIBUTE TO AGNES (CHAPPELL) by her daughter Beth. 25 April 2005.

Agnes was born in July 1923 in Portmahomock, Easter Ross, in the Highlands of Scotland – where her father James MacMorland was Presbyterian Minister in the village church, and her mother Bethia Dickson was from a farming family.  She had one older sister, Marion.

When Agnes was 5 the family moved to Cowdenbeath, and then at 8 they moved to Glasgow, but Agnes retained her distinctive East Coast accent.

At Glasgow University she gained an MA specialising in modern languages, and French remained a passion throughout her life.  From an early age she learned to paint and draw, and also became a keen pianist.

Agnes embarked on Teacher Training but this was not to her liking, and after the war started she took the opportunity to join the Auxiliary Territorial Service.  In 1943 she went to Bletchley Park and having signed the Official Secrets Act she never revealed what her contribution to the war effort was.  It was at Bletchley that Agnes began a lifelong friendship with another Scot, Dorothy Forester, and also with Sheila Jago.

Through her army work in the Records Office in London she met her future husband Arthur, and they married in 1946 in Herne Hill.

After a few years in London, together with friends Arthur and Agnes bought a plot of virgin woodland and built Leigh House in Copthorne, not far from where we are now.  It was at Leigh House that they raised their three children: Beth, Chris and Norman – where they were fortunate to enjoy a large garden and woodland, keeping chickens and bantams and producing fine crops of fruit and vegetables.  It was considered something of a rural idyll by visiting friends and relatives.  In addition to a dog and a cat, Agnes tolerated many unusual pets, including a magpie that would land on her head, and a grey squirrel with very sharp teeth!

Agnes was a loving mother who devoted herself to providing a welcoming, comfortable home.  Visitors were regularly greeted with the tempting smells of home baking.  Highlights of family life included many holidays in the British countryside, and a shared interest in all things to do with nature.

It was a huge blow when Agnes’s sister Marion died in 1962, and a great sadness for her that her nephews Alan and David had lost their mother.

In retirement, Agnes and Arthur enjoyed many trips to the Dordogne region of France, where they shared a cottage with their sister-in-law Doreen.

At home they were jointly involved in many years’ work raising money for the Cancer Research Campaign.

After Arthur’s death in 1982, Agnes maintained and expanded her interests.  She joined local French classes; subscribed to the Royal Academy; was a keen supporter of the National Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Sussex Wildlife Trust.  She enjoyed theatre trips and country walks, and took frequent holidays in Europe with friends.  She was a great fan of the Telegraph crossword and loved the challenge of a game of Scrabble – she was fascinated by words and their meanings, drawing on her linguistic background.  Her Chamber’s dictionary and Roget’s Thesaurus were always close at hand.

As Agnes became less mobile Norman played an increasing role in looking after his mother, and his death in 2003 remained a source of great sadness.

Agnes had an endearing sense of fun and warmth, and maintained a cheerfulness and optimism.  This is how she will be fondly remembered by all those close to her.


i      Anne Bethia Chappell, born 6 Oct 1950, Occupation:  Psychiatric nurse.

Anne Bethia (born 6 Oct 1950) has completed her training as a psychiatric nurse. (JGMW p.160).

ii     Christopher James Chappell, born 11 Sep 1953.

iii    Norman Chappell, born 29 Mar 1956.

Arthur (Tatters) Macmorland

Born 22 Apr 1919, Occupation: RAF, married (1) 3 Nov 1941, Helen Palmer, born 1914, married (2) 28 Jul 1948, in Troon, Ayrshire, Gladys Angella Adams, born 8 Jul 1921, Cardif, Occupation:  Teacher W. Sussex.  Arthur died 30 Jul 1982.

Arthur (Tatters) (born 22 Apr 1919) joined the RAF in the 1939 – 45 war and served in Burma and Malaya. After the war he was stationed in the south of England. He is now retired and lives with his wife Angela Adams who teaches in West Sussex schools. Tatters died in Southbourne on 30 Jul 1982. Their two sons are: Quinton and Christopher. (JGMW p. 162).

In recent years Joy and I have re-established contact with Angela visiting her at her home at Southbourne and meeting her sons and daughters-in-law.

Children by Gladys Angella Adams:

i      Quintin, born 11 Mar1950.

ii     Christopher, born 13 Oct 1951.

Margaret Gray (Manette) Macmorland

Born 25 Sep 1923, Occupation: Art teacher., married 10 Sept. 1945, Alastair MacLean, born 29 Nov 1923.

Manette is married to Alastair Maclean the senior partner in the firm of Maclean and Speirs, painters and decorators with their associated shop Town House/Country House in Crow Road Glasgow where Manette does part time work. Alastair served in the army during the 1939-45 war. Manette was an art teacher in Greenock for some years. They have two adopted children: Gillian Gray and Alan.


i      Gillian Gray, born 19 Mar 1953.

ii     Alan, born 27 Apr 1957.


Robert William Peter McWhirter

Born 15 Dec 1927, Whthorn, Wigtownshire, Scotland., Occupation: Scientist (retired), married 15 Feb 1958, in Oxford, Christina Joy Willis-Fleming, born 24 Apr 1935, Haywards Heath, Sussex, (daughter of Edward Willis-Fleming and Christina de la Paz Garsia) Occupation: Secretary (retired).


i      Tessa born 28 Mar 1960.

ii     Fiona born 16 Aug 1961.

iii    Gavin John born 23 Apr 1965.

Margaret Nancy Irene Wendy McWhirter

born 24 Aug 1930, Whithorn, Wigtownshire, Occupation: Secretary, married 4 Aug 1956, in Dumfries, Lockhart Taylor, born 15 May 1930, Occupation: Electronics engineer.


i      Donald born 8 Sep 1961.

ii     Deirdre Anne Taylor born 3 Oct 1963, Occupation:  Catering Manageress.

iii    Sheila Katherine Taylor born 9 Nov 1967, Occupation:  Civil engineer.

Hamish Murdoch

(See Mary Wyllie MacMorland above)

Elizabeth Anne Murdoch

Born 13 Jul 1937, Occupation: Farmer’s wife., married 17 Nov 1960, Jim McGarvie, born 26 Oct 1929, Occupation:  Sheep farmer, now retired.

From JGMW’s Saga page 182: Elizabeth Anne was born on 13-7-1937. On 17-11-1960 she married Jim McGarvie. They used to live and work the farm of Niviston at Kirkconnel in Dumfries-shire. They retired to 2 Hoyle Crescent, Cumnock, Ayrshire. They have two boys: Henry Murray born 19-8-1964 and Jim born 1-6-1968.


i      Henry Murray, born 19 Aug 1964.

ii     James Murdoch, born 1 Jun 1968.

Fiona Anne Macmorland

Born 10 Nov 1939, Occupation: With British Telecom., married 1 Sep 1959, Nicholas Antony William Austin.

Fiona Anne (born 10 Nov 1939) married Nicolas Austin and they have four children: Raven, Christian, Serena and Camilla. Fiona has multiple sclerosis. She and Nicolas have been divorced. Although she has multiple sclerosis Maisie said in her letter of 29 Jan 1984 that Fiona was able to drive a car and was a GPO telephonist. Raven is not quite normal. He lives in one of the Camphill vaillages and can travel around on his own. The other three children work in offices. (JGMW p. 183-4). Maisie now lives in Farnborough next door to Fiona. (RWPMW 27 May 2000).


i      Raven Ashley Morland-Austin, born 24 Mar 1960.

        ii     Serena Charlotte, born 17 Dec 1961.

iii    Christian Dominic, born 16 Jan 1963.

iv    Camilla Rachel Morland-Austin born 23 Jun 1964.

Margaret Coburn

Married Jimmy Pringle, Occupation: Pharmaceuttical chemist.

Margaret married Jimmy Pringle who had a pharmaceutical chemists business in Maybole. They have a son , Bruce who married a Patna girl. He had a paint shop in Maybole ‘The Paint Pot’. Bruce has a daughter called Lesley Ann and he also has a son (1970). (JGMW p.144).


i      Bruce Pringle.

David Rodger

Occupation: Veterinary Surgeon., married Jean Turner.

David, a veterinary surgeon, who lives with his wife Jean at Esthwaite, Lockerbie Road, Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire. They called to se us on 24 May 1969 at Craigfad, Silverburn. Their children are: Hamish (atVet College, Glasgow 1983), Isobel (Medical student Glasgow 1983) and Andrew Stewart (at school 1983). (JGMW p. 146)


i      Hamish Rodger.

ii     Isobel Rodger.

iii    Andrew Stewart Rodger.

Christine Rodger

Occupation: Orthodontist, married 21 Dec 1957, John Thomson, Occupation:  Lecturer, Glasgow Dental.

Christine who is an orthodontist working with school children. On 21 Dec 1957 she married John Thomson. They live at Mansfield, 166 Garscadden Road, Drumchapel, Glasgow. John is a lecturer iin the Glasgow Dental School. Anna and I have visited them several times and they have been to Craigfad. They have two adopted children: Iain and Margaret. (JGMW p. 146 -8)


i      Iain Thomson.

ii     Margaret Thomson.

 The fifth generation follows here

[9]  in the North Crest Nursing Home – Diana Domai 2002 Oct.

[10]  Vancouver General Hospital – Diana Domai Oct. 2002

[11]  in the Vancouver General Hospital – Diana Domai 2002 Oct.

[12]  in the Vancouver General Hospital – Diana Domai 2002 Oct.

[13]  in the Vancouver General Hospital – Diana Domai 2002 Oct.

[14]  Card for Christmas 2001 from Susy Gallagos.

[15]  His son David Jones by telephone.