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Update: 21 September 2013

Family Mythology
Was Emily at the origin of "a nursemaid to a Duke's family" amongst the WATERMAN girls?
The only other clue I have is a book of Robert Burns' poetry, inscribed
"H. E. McQUARRIE, Belfast, 1881"
said to have belonged to a "great-aunt" - Millie's?
It was kept in the bookcase at 166 Gt. West Rd., Hounslow, then at 9 Fircroft, Rustington,
until Millie & Arthur died in 1993, when I brought it to France. (CMTilbury, August 2008)
I think I now know who H. E. McQUARRIE was - see below (CMTilbury, January 2011)


In the suitcase of family souvenirs which Millie (Amelia Maud [TAYLOR] TILBURY) left me, was an envelope with, on the back:

Inside, a much smaller envelope, containing an announcement of marriage:

Married July 13, 1895.
Emily WATERMAN - Alexander McQUARRIE
With Mr. & Mrs. McQUARRIE's Compliments.

Information from the Mar Lodge hotel and estate websites:
Mar Lodge, five miles to the west of Braemar, was built as a sporting lodge for the use of the Duke and Duchess of Fife and 25 of their guests during the summer and autumn months. Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone for her grand-daughter's new home in 1895. ... In the nineteenth century a staff of 50 live-in servants was required to look after the Duke, the Duchess and their guests. ... The Duke of Fife was a lavish entertainer and during the season His Grace held functions for guests, tenants and employees in the ballroom decorated with 2,500 stags heads. (By travel writer Bruce Stannard for the Scots Heritage Magazine.)

From Wikipaedia:
Castlewellan - Castle and large village in County Down, Northern Ireland, situated beside Castlewellan Lake and Slievenaslat mountain, 16 miles (25 km) south west of Downpatrick - was the seat of the Earls ANNESLEY.

Castlewellan seen from the lakeside

If this was Emily daughter of George WATERMAN, then she was about forty years of age on marriage; and if not, then where did the souvenirs come from? Millie only ever spoke about one "old aunt Em".

The Irish National Archives
- online censuses for 1901, 1911, free access -

Census taken on the night of Sunday, 31st March 1901

Ballaghbeg, Bryansford, co. Down (parish of Kilcoo)
MCQUARRIE Alexander F. age 76, Head of Family, Church of Ireland, b. Scotland (Army Pensioner 73rd Black Watch)
MCQUARRIE Emily age 45, Wife, Church of England, b. England
(Both could read and write)

Private Dwelling house, 6 out-offices & farm-steadings*; walls of stone, brick or concrete; roof of slate, iron or tiles; 13 or more rooms; 30 windows in front of house; 1st class house
1 family occupying; Head of household: Alexander F. QUARRIE; family occupies 31 rooms; 2 persons in family
Form collected on 13th April; no-one sick on census night
Landholder: Lord ANNESLEY; No. 1 on landholder form
* No. 4 on occupier form, out-houses, etc., consisted of: Stable, Coach House, Cow House, Piggery, Fowl House, Barn = 6

Thus Alexander & Emily are again associated with the ANNESLEY property in Ireland - where they were perhaps caretaker (or butler) & housekeeper?

Signature on the 1901 census page: this would seem to be Emily's writing

The National Archives
- UK census for 1911, -

1911 census, address: (10 rooms) 30 Manor Road, Brockley, S E (no signature on form)

Emily seems to have returned to her original home area of Deptford St Paul.

MACQUARRIE Emily, Head, Widow (no children) age 55 b. 1856 London (Boarding House)
HUTCHINGS Ethel, Boarder, Single age 27 b. 1884 Finchley London (Occ Assistant Mistress In Secondary School)
GATHERAL Evenlyn Elizabeth, Boarder, Single age 24 b. 1887 Newcastle on Tyne (Occ Assistant Mistress In Secondary School)
SMITH Annie Elizabeth, Single age 17 b. 1894 Detpford Kent (Servant)

Post Office London County Suburbs Directory, 1914, 16/17
Manor rd. Brockley (S.E.) (Deptford), (Lewisham High road to Brockley cress.)
West Side:
30 MacQuarrie Mrs

Emily did not sign her 1911 census form, but she may have written it.

Extract from Emily MacQuarrie's 1911 census declaration

Despite the 26 years in between, it seems to me to be the same hand-writing as the letter beneath. (CMTilbury).

Another of her souvenirs was a letter from Emily on the occasion of Millie's marriage and honeymoon. Emily wrote as "we" so was not alone. If this was George's daughter then she was 82 years old:


Dear Millie

We was pleased to receive your letter and to know they was able to have your House done in time. I've had a P.C. [postcard] from Cath [Millie's sister] this morning she is in Newquay Cornwall. You are going to Fowey in Cornwall. I stayed there a Month you will see where I stayed it is like a Castle the Lady I lived with was 2nd daughter of Dr. Terffy he belonged to the Church along side of the house it was called Place Fowey Cornwall. Queen Victoria went to lunch there to see the Hall and King Edward went a nother time to see the Hall she took me in to see it and told me if it was lined with silver it would not be worth more, the doors was only opened for weddings and Funerals you will be able to go in some days. Miss Marchant went but could not go in that day.

My pen is very bad I am so sorry but I can make it wish you both a very happy life together and hope to see you both soon. I enclose 10/- [10s.] to get a little present from me.

With love to you all I remain your affec. Aunt Emily.

Emily refers to "Miss MARCHANT" - in 1901 George WATERMAN's youngest daughter Maria Charlotte was a servant in the household of the MARCHANT family (solicitors) in Deptford.

Who was/were the other person(s) included in Emily's "we" in the letter? Was she, in 1937, sharing a home with one of her WATERMAN sisters?

Millie referred to the house of a "Royal Nanny" - whom it seems may well have been Emily (working for the Duke of Fife's family?) - which was bombed during WW2 (1941?), that when a servant Emily had received gifts of jewelry for birthdays and Christmas, but little was recovered from the house.

Place House, Fowey (Images of England)
". A large stone-built house. Mainly early C16 but of mid to late C15 origin. The seat of the Treffry family, ..."

Millie (Amelia Maud TAYLOR m. TILBURY) was very, very fond of her "old Aunt Em", and I wonder if one of Millie's handicapped - invisible - daughters was called "Emily"? As a small child I used three small, coloured, children's handkerchiefs, emboridered each with a letter: "L", "E", "C". I do not know (January 2011) but perhaps these were Lydia, Emily, Christine.

Alexander F. MacQuarrie
- 73rd Foot, The Black Watch -


Another item of my received mythology fits into place here: the Black Watch (and was it Alexander who "took wine with Queen Victoria" as part of her devoted bodyguard?).

Parish Register extract (from ScotlandsPeople):
March 1825 - McQUARRIE
Alexander Mc. QUARRIE, Wright, (deceased) & Catherine Mc. INNES, at La[w?]: Son Alexander, bs: 7th March, Witt: Lauchlan Mc. DOUGALL, & Andrew Mc. ALPINE.

An Alexander McQUARRIE
m. [Sarah SCORER] 3Q 1847 (Tynemouth 25/381)

No absolute confirmation, but the above was probably the first marriage of Emily's husband-to-be.

I cannot find a Sarah SCORER b. Newport, Monmouthshire, in 1841, but Tynemouth was a registration district for Northumberland, and there was a Sarah of the right age in Northumberland:

1841: Burradon, Earsdon, Burradon, Northumberland (Reg. Dist: Tynemouth)
Anthony SCORER, Head age 50 b. Northumberland
Sarah SCORER, Wife age 50 b. Northumberland
- Sarah SCORER, Daughter age 15 b. Northumberland
Ralph HALL age 2 b. Northumberland
William CROSBY age 70 b. Northumberland

GRO Regimental Births & Baptisms Indices (1761 - 1924): name, place, year, regt. vol./pg.
McQUARRIE Alexander F., Newport, Mon. 1846, 73rd 77/14 [what was this?]
McQUARRIE John, Cape Town, 1854, 73rd, 77/15
McQUARRIE Harriet E., Cape Town, 1856, 73rd 77/20

Indian Mutiny Medal 1857-1859
McQUARRIE Alexander Fisher, Sergeant, 73rd Foot

1861: 73rd Foot, Calcutta, East Indies
Sergeant Alex Fisher McQUARRIE
(TNA ref: WO12/8043)

Alexander F. McQuarrie's military record (73rd foot)

Sergeant A. F. McQUARRIE was transferred to the Monmouthshire Militia in 1863.

The town of Monmouth in 1861-1871

1871 UK census:
Address: Castle Hill, The Barracks, St Mary, Monmouth
MACQUARRIE, Alexander F. Head age 45 b. c.1826 Scotland (Pensioner, Staff Sgt, Militia)
MACQUARRIE, Sarah Wife age 46 b. c.1825 Monmouthshire, Newport (Midwife)
MACQUARRIE, Harriett E. Daughter age 14 b. c.1857 Africa (Scholar)

According to his Army record, Alexander F. MACQUARRIE was on permanent loan to the 2Bn Royal Irish Rifles Brigade, for 19 years until 1883. However, during those 19 years he was, at least until 1871, also "on loan" to the Monmouthsire Militia.

If Harriett E. MACQUARRIE was the owner of the book of Robert Burns poems, inscribed "1881 Belfast", then the family was possibly in Ireland at the time of the UK census, and perhaps also for the 1891 census. The records of several Irish censuses pre-1901 were destroyed.

Harriett Elizabeth McQUARRIE (father Alexander Fisher McQUARRIE)
m. John ROSIER (father Joseph ROSIER) 26 March 1895 St. Barnabas Church of Ireland
Shankill Parish, Belfast, County Antrim

I could not find the ROSIER family in the Irish 1901, 1911 censuses. However, these deaths are listed for the Bristol registration district - PERHAPS Harriett & John?
A Harriett E. ROSIER d. 2Q 1925 age 66 (Bristol 6a/8) [b. c. 1858/9]
A John ROSIER d. 1Q 1933 age 80 (Bristol 6a/313) [b. c. 1852/3]

It seems possible that Emily went to Castlewellan, as part of the Duke of Fife's household, or because she was working for the ANNESLEY family, and either met or worked with Alexander once there; that his wife (had) died and they decided to make a couple - for both work and companionship?

Alexander Fisher McQUARRIE d. 25 December 1901
Residence: Donard Lodge, Newcastle
Probate Will: 13 January 1902 County Down
Effects: £78 5s. 11d.
Registry: Belfast
Full Abstract:
Probate of the Will of Alexander Fisher M'QUARRIE late of Donard Lodge, Newcastle, County Down, Army Pensioner, who died 25 December 1901, granted at Belfast to Emily M'QUARRIE.

The National Archives of Ireland Online

When Millie (Amelia Maud TAYLOR) married Arthur Robert Fuller TILBURY in 1937, the "old aunts" were in the family photo. No names are in the album ... but by style of dress and apparent age, I think these may be the aunts (great aunts), though I cannot be sure that one of them was Emily [WATERMAN] McQUARRIE - since "Aunt Em" had written to congratulate the couple and send 10s. for them to buy a present from her. However "Aunt Em" wrote that the present was from "us" - so perhaps she was living with her unmarried sister Maria WATERMAN, and they were the ladies in this photo?

two elderly ladies, probably great aunts, at the wedding of Millie TAYLOR and Arthur TILBURY, 1937

Emily WATERMAN b. 2Q 1855 (St. Geo. Sk. 1d/129), daughter of George WATERMAN & Sarah [MEEK]
Emily McQUARRIE d. 1Q 1941 age 85 (Surrey Mid.E. 2a/512)

The Deaths of Emily McQuarrie and Maria Waterman

September 2013: I received copies of death certificates for Emily McQUARRIE and Maria WATERMAN. Millie (Amelia Maud [TAYLOR] TILBURY) had told me that "Old Aunt Em's house was bombed" - that "they" (her parents and older sisters?) went there but found very little, that it was thought the rubble had already been searched; that both Emily and Maria had received presents of jewellery for Christmas and birthdays, from their employers.

Certified Copy of an Entry of Death, no. 338
Dead body found on the Twenty fourth September 1940 in St. Mary's Road,
Maria WATERMAN, Female, 79 years, of 46 St. Mary's Road, S.E. 15, Wife of ... Further particulars uknown.
Cause of death: due to war operations.
Certificate received from Darrell MUSKER, Clerk to the Camberwell Metropolitan Borough Council.
Registered Twenty Sixth September 1940 - T. W. WOODLAND, Registrar.
Certified Copy of an Entry of Death, no. 287:
Twenty second December 1940, Sutton Emergency Hospital, Sutton, Sutton and Cheam Urban District,
Emily McQUARRIE, Female, 85 years, of 46 St. Mary's Road, Peckham S.E.15, Widow of Alexander McQUARRIE, a Manservant.
Cause of death: I(a) Auricular fibrillation, (b) Arteriosclerosis, Certified by William I. C. LUMLEY, M.R.C.S.
Informant: Alex KENNEDY, Deputy Medical Superintendent, Sutton Emergency Hospital, Sutton, Surrey.
Registered: Eight January 1941 - George A. STRUTHERS, Registrar.

I have since found more photos taken by Millie on her Brownie camera, particularly of the taller lady in the photo. So that, from their address being the same on the death certificates, and the terms of Emily's letter to Millie in 1937, I believe the photo above to be of Emily on the left, and Maria to the right. I have yet to discover what burial arrangements were made during war-time. Since Emily was obviously not available to give information about her sister, and since I was told that the house was bombed - did Emily perhaps survive, but suffer from shock which aggravated old-age circulatory problems, and thus be taken to hospital without being able to help Maria?

Looking at St. Mary's Road, Peckham, on Google Street View, the gap now filled by a more recent building coincides with no. 46 and a few neighbouring houses: Millie said "they were unlucky, just on the edge of the bombed area, a few doors either way and they'd have been safe". She had been told that the bomber was destined for the docks, but had dropped the bombs and turned back, though she didn't know if it was bad visibility, or heavy flack, that made the pilot give up. The area behind St. Mary's Road was largely destroyed. To what degree was Maria deaf? Would she have heard the bombers overhead, the siren warnings?

I would be delighted if anyone could add more information, or if a MACQUARRIE descendant were to leave a message in the Guestbook - 'Caroline'


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