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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote





From Alexander's grave can be seen a soldier from an earlier age:


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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An ancestor of Esmond Elliot is credited with writing the lament "The Flowers of the Forest".
Miss Jane Elliot, daughter of Sir Gilbert Elliot of Minto, Lord Chief Justice of Scotland, was born in 1727 and died at Mount Teviot in 1805. The story goes that her father made a wager with her that she could not write any verses on the theme of Flodden.

THE FLOWERS OF THE FOREST

I've hear them liltin', at the ewe milkin,'
Lasses a-liltin' before dawn of day.
Now there's a moanin', on ilka green loanin'.
The flowers of the forest are a' wede away.
As boughs in the mornin', nae blithe lads are scornin',
Lasses are lonely and dowie and wae.
Nae daffin', nae gabbin', but sighin' and sobbin',
Ilk ane lifts her leglin, and hies her away.
At e'en in the gloamin', nae swankies are roamin',
'Bout stacks wi' the lasses at bogle to play.
But ilk maid sits drearie, lamentin' her dearie,
The flowers of the forest are a' wede away.
In har'st at the shearin' nae youths now are jeerin'
Bandsters are runkled, and lyart, or grey.
At fair or at preachin', nae wooin', nae fleecin',
The flowers of the forest are a' wede away.
Dool for the order sent our lads to the Border,
the English for ance by guile wan the day.
The flowers of the forest, that fought aye the foremost,
The prime of our land lie cauld in the clay.
We'll hae nae mair liltin', at the ewe milkin',
Women and bairns are heartless and wae.
Sighin' and moanin' on ilka green loanin',
The flowers of the forest are all wede away.
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2007 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


ELLIOT, GAVIN WILLIAM ESMOND
Lieut., The Honourable, Scots Guards, yr. s. of Sir Gilbert John Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th Earl of Minto, K.G., P.C., G.C.S.I., G.C.M.G., G.C.I.E., Governor-General of Canada 1898-1904, and Viceroy of India 1905-1910, by his wife Mary (Lady of the Bedchamber to the Queen from 1911, C.I., K.I.H.M., and Lady of Justice of Order of St. John of Jerusalem), dau. of the late General the Honourable Charles Grey; joined the Lothian and Borders Horse Yeomanry in Oct. 1914; exchanged to the Scots Guards in June 1916; served with the Exepeditionaary Force in France and Flanders from Oct. 1916, and was killed in action near the Steinbeck River 6 Aug. 1917.
Buried in the Mendinghem British Cemetery near Proven, North-West of Ypres.
The Divisional General wrote: "He is a great loss. Always brave and cheerful, loved by everyone both officers and men. He led a very good raid into the German trenches a fortnight ago, and did it splendidly with all the coolness of an older man and the dash of a boy".
And his Colonel: "He was a born leader, always in sympathy with his men. I have never had a better officer since I commanded a battalion."
His Platoon Sergt. also wrote: "As a soldier he lived, and as a soldier he has gone to his last resting place. We have lost our idol, for we had set him on a pedestal in our hearts."
He acted as A.D.C. in 1916 to the Major-General commanding the Guards' Division in France: was Page of Honour to the King and Queen at Holyrood in the Coronation year, and was coxwain in the Eton College eight in 1911-12-13; unm.
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2007 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


TWEEDIE, ALEXANDER
Lieut., The Blues & Royals, Household Cavalry Regiment.
It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence can confirm the death of Lieutenant Alexander Tweedie in an Edinburgh hospital on 22 April. This was following an accident on 1 April in which Lance Corporal Karl Shearer was killed.
Lieutenant Tweedie, who was 25, had served for two and a half years in D Squadron, The Blues & Royals, Household Cavalry Regiment.
His family issued the following statement:
"Alexander's death has shocked and saddened us greatly, and words cannot adequately express the depth of our grief. He was a wonderful, loving son who brightened the lives of everyone who knew him. He was proud to serve with the Household Cavalry, and had a very promising career ahead of him. We are proud of Alexander and will remember him in our hearts forever."
His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Mark van der Lande OBE, said:
"It was with great sadness that the Household Cavalry Regiment learnt of the death of Lieutenant Alexander Tweedie of The Blues & Royals. He died 22 April of the injuries he received when his Scimitar armoured vehicle overturned in Iraq on 1 April 2003. Despite the excellent medical care which Alexander received, both in the Gulf and afterwards from the National Health Service, he never recovered from his coma. Alexander was an excellent officer. Popular with all, he matched very positive leadership from the front with a deep care for his men. He led his Troop in battle with skill, determination and great coolness under fire. He will be sorely missed by us all. His death, like those of Lance Corporal of Horse Matty Hull, and Lance Corporal Karl Shearer, is a tragic loss to the Regiment. These losses touch with sadness the great pride that I and the Household Cavalry Regiment feel for the achievements of D Squadron in Iraq. The recent weeks have been particularly difficult for Alexander's parents. Our thoughts and prayers are with them."
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2007 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


BERRY, FRANCIS
Private No. 40069, 2nd Battn. (25th Foot) The King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Only s. of Francis Berry, of Minto, Hawick. Forester to the Earl of Minto on his Roxburgh and Selkirkshire Estates, by his wife, Catherine, dau. of John Merchant, Farmer; b. Culquoich, Towie co. Aberdeen, 19 Jan. 1896; educ. Minto Public School and Hawick High School, was employed on the staff of Messrs George and James Cliver, Solicitors, Hawick, joined the 2/4th King's Own Scottish Borderers in Oct. 1915; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from Aug 1916; transferred to the 2nd King's Own Scottish Borderers in Aug; was reported wounded and missing after the fighting at Morval, during the Battle of the Somme, 25 Sept. following, and is now presumed to have been killed in action on that date. Letters from comrades state that he had successfully delivered some despatches at Headquarters, and that on rejoining his company, he was sent out on patrol; the shell fire was terrific, and it is believed he met his death by the bursting of a shell; unm.
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2007 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Berry headstone in Minto Churchyard:

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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2007 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the headstone of the Watson family - George Watson is commemorated on the Minto War Memorial:

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dhubthaigh wrote:
coxwain in the Eton College eight in 1911-12-13;

My thanks again to Andy for these pics from Eton:



A.C. Beasley-Robinson No service
A.H.M. Wedderburn Survived. Captain, Black Watch & Staff
R.T. Leather Survived Captain, Warwickshire Yeomanry & R.F.C.
F.F.V. Scrutton Survived Captain, R.E. & Staff
F.A.H. Pitman Survived Captain, Royal Scots
C.E.V. Buxton Survived Major, R.F.A.
S.D. Gladstone Survived Captain, Indian Army, Gurkha Rifles
Hon. G.W.E. Elliott (6/8/17) Scots Guards



A. Dilberoglue (1/4/18 ) Lieutenant, 3rd Hussars
I.P.R. Napier Survived Captain, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders attached R.A.F. & Staff
C.E.E. Hay (9/8/18 ) Lieutenant, 17th Lancers
C.L. Boyd Survived Captain, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, attached Gordon Highlanders and Royal Welch Fusiliers
R.M. Buckley Survived Captain, K.R.R.C., Late Captain, M.G.C.
F.F.V. Scrutton As in 1911
A.C. Beasley-Robinson - No service
H.L. Farquhar Survived T/Captain, Coldstream Guards
Hon G.W.E. Elliott (6/8/17) Scots Guards



L.S. Campbell No Service
C.J. Rowlatt Survived Rifle Brigade & Staff
S.H. MacCulloch (20/12/15) Lieut. Seaforth Highlanders, late H.L.I.
A.R. Backus (23/9/17) Captain, Rifle Brigade
A. Dilberoglue (1/4/18 ) Lieutenant, 3rd Hussars
R.M. Buckley Survived Captain, K.R.R.C., Late Captain, M.G.C.
S.I. Fairbairn Survived Captain, Royal Horse Guards
Hon G.W.E. Elliott (6/8/17) Scots Guards
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 12:46 pm    Post subject: Francis Berry KOSB Age 20 Reply with quote

Francis Berry Pte 40069 2nd King's Own Scottish Borderers b Towie 19/01/1896 e Hawick r Hawick Age 20 Killed in Action F & F 25-Sep-16 Son of Francis & Catherine (nee Merchant) Berry, Minto, Hawick. The Roll of Honour: Vol III Page 23: Photo. Father was Forester to the Earl of Minto. Ed Minto PS & Hawick HS. Employed on the staff of Messrs Geo. & Jas. Cliver, Solicitors, Hawick. 1901 Census: Frank: Minto: 800/1/2/:Minto Village. Thiepval Memorial M. R. 21 Pier 04A or 04D
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The church now has a Blues and Royals pennant in it presented since the burial of Alexander Tweedie.



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There today -

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



The original wooden cross from Lt Esmond Elliot's grave. The brass plaque reads "This cross was removed from Proven cemetery near Poepinghe in Flanders in July 1923 and replaced by a permanent headstone"

It's mounted on the wall inside Minto Church up in the family gallery.
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