John Anstruther-Thomson of Charleton and Carntyne

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John Anstruther-Thomson of Charleton and Carntyne
John Anstruther-Thomson Vanity Fair 17 June 1882.jpg
Anstruther-Thomson as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, June 1882
Born (1818-08-08)8 August 1818
Died 8 October 1904(1904-10-08) (aged 86)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Colonel
Awards Volunteer Decoration

Colonel John Anstruther-Thomson of Charleton and Carntyne VD DL JP (8 August 1818 - 8 October 1904)

He was the son of John Anstruther-Thomson of Charleton and Clementina Blair. He died at age 86. He would have inherited the title of the 18th Lord St. Clair on 10 April 1833, but for the attainder.

Military career[edit]

He commissioned into the 9th Lancers and then also saw service in 13th Light Dragoons.

In 1860 the Fifeshire Mounted Rifle Volunteers were re-raised and the then Captain Anstruther Thomson joined on leaving the Regular Army.

In 1866 [1] he took over command from the late Earl of Rosslyn of the same Regiment his father had commanded some half a century before. After his command he gained the rank of Honorary Colonel of the Fife and Forfar Imperial Yeomanry.

He was decorated with the award of Volunteer Decoration (VD).

He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant of Fife and the office of Justice of the Peace in Fife.

During his life he lived at Carntyne, Lanarkshire, Scotland and Charleton, Fife, Scotland.

Family and Children[edit]

He married his first wife Caroline Maria Agnes Robina Gray (daughter of Reverend John Hamilton Gray of Carntyne) on 25 July 1852.[2]

They had seven children:

  • Clementina Caroline Anstruther-Thomson (died 7 Jul 1921)
  • Rosia Mary Anstruther-Thomson (died 13 Feb 1956)
  • Olivia Beatrice Louisa Anstruther-Thomson (died 17 Nov 1941)
  • John St. Clair Anstruther-Thomson (4 Jun 1853 - 4 Jul 1873)
  • Charles Frederick St. Clair Anstruther of Charleton (6 May 1855 - 21 Oct 1925)
  • William Anstruther-Gray of Kilmany and Carntyne (6 Sep 1859 - 17 Apr 1938)
  • Arthur St. Clair Anstruther-Thomson (19 November 1872 - 16 October 1904)

He married his second wife, Isabel Bruce (daughter of Lt.-Gen. Robert Bruce) on 17 June 1891.

They had one child:

  • Rachel Jean Anstruther-Thomson d. 17 Sep 1968


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  2. ^ Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 643.