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The genealogy of James Paterson, M.D., (b.1789 in Strathaven, Lanarkshire, d.1866 in Edinburgh), army surgeon

Last update: 5th April 2007

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Family of George Watson (sen.) PATERSON and Agnes Milne POE

Husband: George Watson (sen.) PATERSON (1836-1914)
Wife: Agnes Milne POE (1840?-1886)
Children: Alice F PATERSON (1869?-1963)
Nina Agnes PATERSON (1870?-aft1951)
George Alfred PATERSON (1873?- )
James Henry PATERSON (1875?-1956)
Jessie I. A. PATERSON (1877?- )
Winifred E. PATERSON (1880?- )

Husband: George Watson (sen.) PATERSON

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      George Watson (sen.) PATERSON, 1863?, age 27     George Watson (sen.) PATERSON     George Watson (sen.) PATERSON    
Name: George Watson (sen.) PATERSON
Sex: Male
Father: James PATERSON (1808?-1881)
Mother: Janet Wood WATSON (1816-1879)
Birth 13 Dec 1836 ,Glasgow,Lanarkshire,Scotland 1
Christening 30 Dec 1836 (as an infant) Barony district,Glasgow,Lanarkshire,Scotland 1
Census (1) 30 Mar 1851 (age 14) ,Glasgow,Lanarkshire,Scotland 2
Occupation Lawyer; Badulla,,Central Province,Ceylon 3
Title Hon. 3
Graduation 1857 (age 20-21) Glasgow University,Glasgow,Lanarkshire,Scotland 4
Census (2) 5 Apr 1891 (age 54) ,London,,England 5
Census (3) 31 Mar 1901 (age 64) St Helier,,Jersey,Channel Islands 6
Death 18 Mar 1914 (age 77) 7

Additional Information

Birth Named after mother's father
Christening Witnesses were George WATSON & William PATERSON.
Census (1) 93 Sauchiehall St
Occupation District Judge. He was in the Ceylon Civil Service 1859-1891
Graduation Student of Theology 1857-58. He gained a Ceylon Writership in 1859 offered by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton ( Rector of the University) for competition among students, the first ever offered to a Scottish University.
Census (3) Ceylon Civil Service Retired

Wife: Agnes Milne POE

Name: Agnes Milne POE
Sex: Female
Father: Gavin POE (1820?- )
Mother: Alice MILNE (1825?- )
Birth Jul 1840 (app)
Christening 19 Jul 1840 (age 0) Saint Peter,Liverpool,Lancashire,England 8
Death 20 Nov 1886 (age 46) Helensburgh,,Dunbartonshire,Scotland 3

Additional Information

Death Elmwood

Child 1: Alice F PATERSON

Name: Alice F PATERSON 9
Sex: Female
Birth 1869 (cal) Colombo,,,Ceylon 6,9
Census (1) 3 Apr 1881 (age 11) Barony district,Glasgow,Lanarkshire,Scotland 10
Census (2) 5 Apr 1891 (age 21-22) ,London,,England 5
Census (3) 31 Mar 1901 (age 31) Wookey,,Somerset,England 6
Death 5 May 1963 (age 93-94) 11

Additional Information

Census (1) 1, Albany Place, Sauchiehall St.
Living with grandfather Dr James Paterson

Child 2: Nina Agnes PATERSON

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      Nina Agnes PATERSON     Nina Agnes PATERSON, 1951, age 81, "Nina Fawcett"    
Name: Nina Agnes PATERSON 12
Sex: Female
Spouse 1: Herbert Christie PRICHARD (1856?-bef1901)
Spouse 2: Percy Harrison FAWCETT (1867-1925?)
Birth 1870 (cal) Kalatura,Kolamba,,Ceylon 9,13
Census (1) 3 Apr 1881 (age 10) Barony district,Glasgow,Lanarkshire,Scotland 10
Census (2) 5 Apr 1891 (age 20-21) ,London,,England 5
Census (3) 31 Mar 1901 (age 30-31) Richmond,,Surrey,England 6
Marriage Count 2
Child Count 3
Death aft 1951 (age 80-81) Brighton,,Sussex,England 13

Additional Information

Census (1) 1, Albany Place, Sauchiehall St.
Living with grandfather Dr James Paterson
Census (3) just re-married
Death Cause: Food poisoning
"After World War II, in the grey climate of austere Britain, Nina moved from one dismal guest house to another. She annoyed the other elderly ladies of reduced means and would be asked to leave. Finally she ended up at a dingy boarding house in Brighton where she died of food poisoning. Brian and the family suspected murder. The landlady had had several old ladies die on her premises and the police did investigate."

Child 3: George Alfred PATERSON

Name: George Alfred PATERSON 14
Sex: Male
Spouse 1: Norma Frances M. TROUP (1878- )
Spouse 2: Mabel (PATERSON) (1875?- )
Birth 1873 (est) Badulla,,Central Province,Ceylon 15
Occupation Judge; ,,,India 11
Child Count 3
Marriage Count 2

Child 4: James Henry PATERSON

Name: James Henry PATERSON 14
Sex: Male
Spouse: Mary GARNETT (bef1890-1960)
Birth 1875 (cal) ,,,Ceylon
Census 5 Apr 1891 (age 15) Duthil Parish,,Inverness shire,Scotland 5
Occupation Physician 11
Child Count 1
Death 8 Jul 1956 (age 80-81) 11

Additional Information

Census Glebe Cottage
Scholar, with Uncle James and Aunt Jessie

Child 5: Jessie I. A. PATERSON

Name: Jessie I. A. PATERSON 14
Sex: Female
Birth 1877 (cal) ,,,Ceylon
Census (1) 5 Apr 1891 (age 13) Duthil Parish,,Inverness shire,Scotland 5
Census (2) 31 Mar 1901 (age 23) St Helier,,Jersey,Channel Islands 6

Additional Information

Census (1) Glebe Cottage
Scholar, with Uncle James and Aunt Jessie

Child 6: Winifred E. PATERSON

Name: Winifred E. PATERSON 14
Sex: Female
Birth 1880 (cal) ,,,Ceylon
Census (1) 1891 (age 10) Duthil Parish,,Inverness shire,Scotland 5
Census (2) 31 Mar 1901 (age 20) St Helier,,Jersey,Channel Islands 6

Additional Information

Census (1) Glebe Cottage
Scholar, with Uncle James and Aunt Jessie

Note on Husband: George Watson (sen.) PATERSON (1)

The Rupa Book of True Tales of Mystery and Adventure

edited by Ruskin Bond. Rupa. Pages 236. Rs 295.


"The other tale Gold Bricks of Badulla by P. H. Fawcett is about hidden gold in Ceylon. A Sinhalse reveals about the hidden gold to Judge Paterson, who asks his relative, a young army officer, to search for it. Lieutenant Fawcett comes across two gold bricks given to Jumna Das by tribals, in the belief they were iron ingots. The tribals wanted in return bows and arrows. Fawcett goes searching for the spot but mishaps force the local labourers to run away, fearing the curse of the dead."

Note on Husband: George Watson (sen.) PATERSON (2)

The Paterson legacy: Memoirs of George Watson Paterson

Unknown Binding: 153 pages

Publisher: Paris Publications (1993) (should that be 1893?)

Language: English


Note on Child 2: Nina Agnes PATERSON

(From the preface to the play AmaZonia by Misha Williams, with permission)

'Nina was born in 1870 at Kalutara, sixty miles South of Colombo, Ceylon. Her father was Judge George Watson Paterson. The Judge's house was on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Brian [Fawcett] writes that "through babyhood, the breaking waves sang their nocturne to her, till as a young child she went to her father's native Scotland to be educated."


An aunt [Jessie Bain (nee Paterson)] looked after her with traditional Victorian severity. After her education, she returned to Ceylon and a life of privilege; the sort accorded to the families of high standing civil servants. It seems she met Fawcett at a tennis party at the British fort at Galle. She nicknamed him "Puggy", he called her "Cheeky". I asked Joan "Why Cheeky? Joan said, "Because mother always had to have the last word." I then said to Joan, "Brian describes your mother as 'bumptious'" Joan laughed out loud "Oh yes! Did he really? Well, that is so right! Yes she was bumptious!" Brian thought "Cheeky" an appropriate nickname because he says that "She was not entirely free of conceit. She was not only attractive but distinctly spoilt by local society in consequence."


"Despite the fierce disapproval by his family, Fawcett proposed to Nina. Fawcett's brother Douglas and his sisters mischievously told him that Nina was far from being a virgin (a serious crime in those halcyon days). Fawcett wrote to her to say; "…you are not the pure young girl I thought you to be", and the engagement was immediately called off. Nina soon married a Captain Herbert Prichard, who took her to live in Alexandria where he died after of an embolism due to anthrax. In the style of high Victorian melodrama, his dying words were apparently "Go….and marry Fawcett! He is the real man for you" Fawcett, having discovered the nasty ploy of his family, begged Nina for forgiveness and they were married."


After Ceylon (and Jack's birth there) life was less easy. Fawcett was stationed at Spike Island, Ireland, working for the War Department. Brian was born in the bungalow there in 1906. Then, while Fawcett was away in Bolivia on and off for the next eight years, Nina did a wonderful job of running the family; renting various houses, existing on not much money. They never owned their own house. They lived next in Weston-Super-Mare and then at Whiterigg Bank, Dawlish Warren, after that at Marrick in Seaton and Waterside House in Uplyme. It was at Waterside where Joan was born in 1910 and where Brian, while still a young child, was first contacted by "M." Nina was not just a good housewife. She must have been one of the first women to drive a car, if photographs of the early 1900's with her at the wheel are anything to go by. They rented one when necessary. She also taught Fawcett how to use the theodolite. I spoke to an elderly lady at Stoke Canon where the Fawcetts had lived in 1924, just before the fatal expedition. She told me how she used to play with Joan and how Nina would "answer the door herself", often in a headscarf and apron. It seems then that the formal society image of a judge's daughter had changed to a more bohemian and laid back personality.


Nina was very interested in séances and astrology. When Fawcett was home, they organized them at their house with the children involved also.

Jack, Brian and Joan had a very early education in the ancient wisdom and the psychic. Documents survive that show these séances were very frequent and made an impression on Nina who would make detailed notes from the messages of the mediums. During Fawcett's penultimate expedition in 1921, Nina and the children went to live in Jamaica, because life was rather too expensive for them in England.


At the house that they rented there had once been some sort of massacre involving priests. The three children were terrified out of their minds by the nightly haunting. Nina's life was energetic, busy and active up to 1928. After that Joan got married, Nina was alone waiting for the message to come out of Amazonia that "The Great Scheme" was underway. Until 1936 she was in correspondence with Harold Large. They were certain that Fawcett was alive and being held a captive by some tribe and devised all sorts of ways at a rescue attempt. Nina then went to live in Lima, Peru where she would be near Brian (who was working as an engineer constructing the Peruvian railways) and also to await the call when it came from Puggy in the Mato Grosso. Here she shared a house with Everild Larson, a female explorer. Everild became a close companion and the two of them had séances and speculated about the encounter between Fawcett, Jack and Raleigh and the Great White Brotherhood.'


(From the preface to the play AmaZonia by Misha Williams)13


1"OPR Barony (Glasgow)".
2"1851 census Britain". 586-24-13.
3"Scottish Wills & Testaments". SC65/34/30 Dumbarton Sheriff Court.
Will of Agnes Milne Poe
National Archives of Scotland. Web:
4"Glasgow University Archive Service".
Text From Source:
Roll of Graduates.
Text From Source:
(1)James Paterson M.D. 1818. "Scotus".[Grad. Alb.]

(2)James Paterson C.M. 1834; M.D. 1836

(3)James Paterson "Fil. nat. max. Jacobi Medici Glasguensis", M.A. 1855. (i.e. eldest son of Dr James Paterson of Glasgow)

(4)George Watson Paterson "Fil. nat. sec. Jacobi, Medici apud Glasguam", [Matric. Alb 1852] M.A. 1857 (i.e. second son of Dr James Paterson near Glasgow)

(5)Charles Alfred Paterson M.A. 1877; LL.B. 1878
5"1891 census Britain".
6"1901 census Britain".
7(a grand daughter of James Robert Paterson), "F's information" (2005).
Text From Source: A photo of old George Watson Paterson born 13/12/1836 and died 18/3/1914.
8Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, "International Genealogical Index (R)" (Copyright (c) 1980, 2002). Batch#: P020275 Source Call #: 0093883 Printout Call #6903233; OPR extract.
Family History Library. Web:
9Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, "1881 census Scotland" (CD-ROM).
Local Public Library.
10Ibid. GRO Ref Vol 644-9 Enum Dist 2 page 1.
11(a grand daughter of George Watson Paterson, senior), "E's family tree diagram" (2005).
12Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, "1881 census England & Wales" (Copyright (c) 1999, 2002 FamilySearch (TM) Internet Genealogy Service).
Family History Library. Web:
13Misha Williams, "AmaZonia" (
A play based on the family archive of the Fawcett family premiered in London in 2004.
14(A granddaughter of Rev James Paterson), "Dean family tree diagram" (c.1975).
15(a grand daughter of George Watson Paterson, senior), "E's family tree diagram" (2005).
Relative position of George and his siblings


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James Paterson, (1789-1866), Army Surgeon