Family - Little Connection

The Little Connection

As per the genealogy links below to the hand-drawn family trees meticulously draughted by my late Uncle Alexander (Sandy) Waddell, and the various biographies that Sandy put together from various sources, plus a rather entertaining diversity of family letters that have survived the years (including a most impressive Invitation to the Misses Little from the Maharajah of Johore, requesting their company at dinner, in order to meet the Rajah and Ranee of Sarawak).

The biodates (ie from birth to earth) were noticeably incomplete (as of Feb 2014), but they have been augmented (and where necessary, of course, corrected), using the extensive and authoritative material that has recently become available to me by the kindness of my newly-revealed fourth cousin Simon Potter, a direct descendant of the patriarch of the family, Rev Robert Little, Minister of Applegarth.

The table is curtailed after the (-3) generation in which Margaret Little married James Waddell, my great grandfather, as the tabulation would become too cumbersome and indeed the relationships with the Waddell Connection would be too tenuous by that stage. And, indeed, I've omitted some marriages even in that generation, that strayed outside our family focus.

If you're just browsing rather than checking dates and suchlike, the hyperlinks in bold font are likely to be especially colourful. And since so much of the Little family history is centred on the extraordinary city of Singapore, let's catch a preliminary glimpse of its remarkable political architect and the legendary city-centre oasis, eponym and icon familiar to generations of travellers and empire-builders. (not to mention renowned authors such as Ernest Hemingway and W Somerset Maugham).

I'm extremely grateful to Robert Dalgliesh [Mar 2016] for very helpful information regarding Dr WilIiam Margaret Dalgliesh and his family, much improving their dates and my spelling!

# Individual Spouse / Partner Family
‑6(Rev) Robert Little
1743 –
5 Jan 1803)

Minister of Applegarth
Barbara Anne Cleghorn
(19 Mar 1759 –
15 Jul 1823)
(m 9 Dec 1783)
Margaret Little
(7 Oct 1784 –
30 Jun 1805)

Matthew William Little
(b 2 Aug 1786)

William Maxwell Little
(24 Jul 1788 –
12 Dec 1843)

Anne Little
(15 Jul 1790 –
24 Jul 1790)

Euphaim Little
(19 Jan 1792 –
28 Jan 1792)
‑5 Margaret Little
(7 Oct 1784 –
30 Jun 1805)
William Dalgliesh
(ca 1774 –
25 Jun 1846)
(m 4 Jan 1804)

Rector of Annan Academy
Mary Dalgliesh

Dr William Margaret Dalgliesh
(18 Jun 1805 –
25 Nov 1884)
‑5 Matthew William Little
(b 2 Aug 1786)
Mary Bear Mary Little

Anne Little

Robert Little
‑5 William Maxwell Little
(24/27 Jul 1788 –
12 Dec 1843)
Anne Martin
(14 Mar 1790 –
14 Apr 1869)
(m 3 Nov 1818)
Dr Robert Little
(1 Jul 1819 –
11 Jun 1888)

Sophia Anne Little
(1821 –
11 Jun 1822)

Anne Little
(1 May 1822 –
16 Nov 1902)

William Little
(b 1 Nov 1824)

John Martin Little
(17 Sep 1825 –
18 Apr 1894)

Matthew Little
(26 Jan 1827 –
7 Nov 1902)

Sophia Little
(Dec 1828 –
9 Mar 1830)

Jessie Little
(b 15 Jun 1830)

William Little
(b 15 Dec 1832)
‑4 Dr William Margaret Dalgliesh
(18 Jun 1805 –
25 Nov 1884)
Susanna Mary Bell
(13 Jan 1807 –
29 Jun 1852)
(m 1 May 1830)
Five sons resulted in total, and four daughters.

Margaret Little Dalgliesh
(ca Apr 1831 –
1 Jan 1832)

Mary Dalgliesh
(ca 1835 –
19 Dec 1889)

William Dalgliesh
(ca Jul 1839 –
9 Jan 1840)

William Henry Dalgliesh
(ca Oct 1840 –
8 May 1916)
(m 1871 to his step-sister Mary McEwen qv)
Anne Little
(1 May 1822 –
16 Nov 1902)
(m 28 May 1874)

(previously married to Robert McEwen – their daughter Mary had married William Henry Dalgliesh in 1871!)
sp?
‑4 Dr Robert Little
(1 Jul or 20 Aug 1819 –
11 Jun 1888)
Sarah Sophia Whittle
(b 24 Aug 1833)
(m 14 Mar 1849)
Sophia Little
(28 Aug 1852 –
3 Mar 1899)

Jessie Little
(29 Mar 1854 –
ca 1936)

Mary Little
(17 May 1856 –
31 Jul 1869)

Dr William Maxwell Little
(b 1857)

Margaret Little
(26 May 1858 –
27 Jan 1940)


Robert (Robin) McEwen Little
(16 Oct 1860 –
17 Sep or Dec 1905)
Mary Elizabeth Campbell
(1849 – 6 Apr 1884)
(m 1871)
Mary (May) Campbell Little
(10 Apr 1872 –
3 Mar 1948)

Col William Campbell Little
(6th Gurkhas)
(b 26 Feb 1875)

Matthew Little (twin)
(26 Feb 1875 –
Sep 1967)


Dr John Wishart Little
(27 Mar 1877 –
7 May 1918)

Matilda (Maud) Wishart Little
(30 Aug 1878 –
18 May 1954)

Harriet (Hetty) Lawrence Little
(27 May 1881 –
12 May 1959)

Alexa Campbell Little
(29 Jul 1882 –
8 Jul 1955)

Louisa Scott Little
(20 Dec 1883 –
9 Sep 1944)
‑4 Anne Little
(1 May 1822 –
16 Nov 1902)
Robert McEwen
(sometimes McEwan)
(27 Feb 1817 –
20 Mar 1854)
(m 12 Feb 1846)
Annie McEwen
(25 Dec 1846 –
29 Mar 1937)

Mary McEwen
(7 Feb 1850 –
28 Jan 1940)
(m 1871 to her stepbrother William Henry Dalgliesh qv)

Roberta Henderson McEwen
(18 May 1854 –
6 Dec 1938)
Dr William Margaret Dalgliesh
(18 Jun 1805 –
25 Nov 1884)

(previously married to Susanna Mary Bell)
sp?
‑4 John Martin Little
(17 Sep 1825 –
18 Apr 1894)
Mary Dalgliesh
(ca 1835 –
19 Dec 1889)
(m 8 Aug 1855)

(see above)
William Dalgliesh Little
(17 Apr 1857 –
22 Mar 1920)

Edward Armstrong Little
(Dec 1858 –
16 May 1909)

John Martin Little
(2 Feb 1860 –
15 Dec 1945)

Dora Dalgliesh Little
(1864 –
3 Dec 1953)
‑4 Matthew Little
(26 Jan 1827 –
7 Nov 1902)
Isabella McNair Black
(4 May 1838 –
1 May 1868)
(m 1859)
Robert Little
(14 Jan 1860 –
7 Nov 1918)

Anne Maxwell Black Little
(1862 –
1 Feb 1944)
Harriet Agnes Lawrence
(4 May 1838 sic – 16 Apr 1929)
(m 23 Jan 1873)
Lawrence Little
(13 Sep 1873 –
13 Sep 1873)

Harriet Agnes Little
(23 Jul 1875 –
9 Jun 1944)

Miriam Anne Little (twin)
(23 Jul 1875 –
26 Jul 1954)

Matthew Little
(1 Oct 1876 –
4 Oct 1876)

Alexander Lawrence Little
(12 Sep 1877 –
12 Sep 1877)

Hilda Maxwell Little
(12 Dec 1878 –
28 Dec 1966)

Marion Lawrence Little
(28 Jan 1881 –
29 Nov 1882)

Harry Martin Little
(18 Mar or 12 May 1883 –
5 Feb 1947)
‑4 Jessie Little
(b 5 Jun 1830)
William Martin (cousin)
(b 1829)
(m 30 Oct 1856)
Ann Margaret Martin
(24 Jul 1857 –
20 Feb 1916)

Mary Jean Martin
(12 Apr 1859 –
13 Jul 1922)

Agnes Hairstens Martin
(21 Jan 1867 –
3 Jul 1914)

Jessie Martin
(b ca 1869)

William Archibald Martin
(b 1871)

Barbara Martin
(ca 1874 –
4 Feb 1934)
‑3 Sophia Little
(28 Aug 1852 –
3 Mar 1899)
James Brennand
(1847 –
1892)
(m 7 Aug 1872)
Richard Brennand
(b ca 1874)

Sophia Brennand
(5 Jan 1875 –
10 Oct 1960)

Robert Brennand
(b ca 1877)

James Brennand
(b 1879)

Mary Brennand
(ca 1885 –
9 Nov 1935)
‑3 Dr William Maxwell Little
(b 1857)
Ella Schroeder sp
‑3 Margaret Little
(b 26 May 1858 –
27 Jan 1940)
James Waddell
(26 Dec 1846 –
5 Jul 1907)
(m 5 Mar 1881)
Peter Hately Waddell
(15 Dec 1881 –
30 Mar 1955)

Robert Waddell
(4 Jul 1883 –
19 Jan 1952)

Mary (Mollie) Campbell Waddell
(4 Mar 1885 –
6 Jul 1955)

Helen Halcro Wardlaw Waddell
(1887 –
1889)

Margaret (Meg) Wardlaw Waddell
(8 Mar 1889 –
23 Jun 1931)
‑3 Robert (Robin) McEwen Little§
(16 Oct 1860 –
17 Sep or Dec 1905)
Ruby Hunter Campbell
(15 Sep 1870 –
1954)
(m 27 Mar 1897)
Alexander Campbell Wishart Little
(1898/9 –
23 Oct 1952)

Robert Charles Little
(15 Jan 1900 –
4 Apr 1983)

Nina Maxwell Little
(21 Sep 1902 –
24 Jan 1970)
‑3 Mary (May) Campbell Little
(10 Apr 1872 –
3 Mar 1948)
Harry Hebden
(m 6 Jan 1897)
Mary Winifred Hannah Hebden
(b 3 Nov 1897)
‑3 Col William Campbell Little
(6th Gurkhas)
(26 Feb 1875 –
26 Jun 1958)
Margery de Beauvoir Birkett
(b 22 or 26 Feb 1875)
(m 22 Jan 1916)
sp
‑3 Matthew Little
(26 Feb 1875 –
Sep 1967)
Florence Davidson
(b ca 1874)
(m 12 Oct 1910)
Margaret Elliot Little
(b 7 Oct 1912)

Mary (Mollie) Campbell Little
(b 4 May 1916)
‑3 Harriet (Hetty) Lawrence Little
(27 May 1881 –
12 May 1959)
Eustace Edward Gunter OBE
(1873 –
1935)
(m 1918)
sp?
‑3 Alexa Campbell Little
(29 Jul 1882 –
8 Jul 1955)
Sir Alexander John Fortescue Craufurd 7th Bart
(1876 –
1966)
(m 25 Sep 1911)
Isolde Vereker Craufurd
(28 Jun 1912 –
6 Nov 1990)

Cynthia Campbell Crawfurd
(b 17 Aug 1917)
‑3 Louisa Scott Little
(20 Dec 1883 –
9 Sep 1944)
Piers Sumner
(1877 –
1949)
(m 1 Jul 1916)
Alexa (Lexie) Irene Sumner
(27 Mar 1918 –
24 Aug 2000)
‑3 Annie McEwen
(25 Dec 1846 –
29 Mar 1937)
Oscar Vernède
(14 Mar 1844 –
12 Nov 1921)
(m 11 Jan 1870)
Arthur Henry Vernède
(30 Sep 1872 –
13 Mar 1955)

Robert Ernest Vernède
(4 Jun 1875 –
9 Apr 1917)

Charles Oscar Vernède
(6 Jul 1877 –
25 Jun 1949)

Mary Rosamunde Vernède
(1881 –
5 Jan 1951)
‑3 Mary McEwen
(7 Feb 1850 –
28 Jan 1940)
William Henry Dalgliesh
(1840 –
8 May 1916)
(m 28 Nov 1871)
Mary Dalgliesh
(6 Mar 1873 –
13 Feb 1945)

Robert McEwen Dalgliesh
(22 Nov 1874 –
4 May 1932)

William Henry Dalgliesh
(15 Oct 1877 –
2 Jan 1905)

Frank Bell Dalgliesh
(18 Mar 1880 –
20 Jun 1952)

John Ewen Dalgliesh
(1882 –
13 Jan 1917)

Allan Bertric Dalgliesh
(1888 –
27 Aug 1963)
‑3 Roberta Henderson McEwen
(18 May 1854 –
6 Dec 1938)
James Chalmers Dick
(1839 –
15 Oct 1907)
(m 13 Oct 1874)
Annie McEwen Dick
(Dec 1875 –
1953)

Martin Forster Dick
(3 Jan 1877 –
17 Dec 1932)

Mairi Chalmers Dick
(15 May 1881 –
29 Sep 1954)

Hamish Dick
(1885 –
26 Jan 1942)
‑3Harry Martin Little
(18 Mar 1883 –
5 Feb 1947
Jean Somers Gordon Ballingall
(3 Jun 1890 –
2 Feb 1980)
(m 29 Mar 1913)
Helen Gordon Little
(19 Jan 1914 –
21 Oct 1967)

Marion Lawrence Little
(b 7 Oct 1915)

Matthew Martin Little
(b 23 Jan 1918)

Jean Heather Little
(b 12 May 1921)

David Maxwell Little
(24 Oct 1922 –
5 Nov 1944)
‑3 Agnes Hairstens Martin
(21 Jan 1867 –
3 Jul 1914)
Leonard Shafto Connell
(1867 –
1913)
(m 19 Feb 1903)
 
‑3 Barbara Martin
(ca 1874 –
4 Feb 1934)
Sydney Bourn Balden
(1869 –
1946)
(m 1909)
 

I've noticed several books of nostalgic anecdotage about Singapore and its imperial heritage:

Tales of Old Singapore: The Glorious Past of Asia's Greatest Emporium, by Iain Manley

Traveller's Tales of Old Singapore, by Michael Wise

Singapore: A Pictorial History 1819-2000, by Gretchen Liu

And there are also some heavyweight histories (very readable nevertheless), such as the two-volume centenary narrative that Uncle Sandy evidently made frequent use of:

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And this rather older two-volume opus:

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As always with such online facsimile versions, the maximal screen display can be achieved by using a judicious combination of the options Fullscreen / F11 / Hide Nav Bar / Zoom custom ...%

The Rude Forefathers

I'm extraordinarily grateful to Dane Wiren (Dec 2016), who has just provided a first-hand footprint of the generation preceding the Rev Robert Little, and an unprecedented revelation of Robert's brothers and sister, in the form of a letter home from their brother George, back in 1779.

I suspect that George had been the black sheep of the family, and had been encouraged to redeem himself by seeking his fortune as a merchant in the British colony of Jamaica, and deeply involved in the so-called triangular trade, with some up-front capital provided by his brothers. Some redemption, we would nowadays say.

The letter is addressed (on the outside, no envelope in those days), to his father, Mr Peter Little senior, evidently a farmer in Lochmaben, but directed via his brother the Rev Robert (probably to ensure the widest-possible informal dispersion around the family, of what he has to say).

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What can we deduce about the rest of the family?

  • There must have been, though he's not mentioned, a Peter Little junior, presumably the firstborn male
  • Robert and George we knew about from the get-go
  • William we know has died
  • James and David had advanced money to George
  • John's wife is mentioned, so presumably there is, or had been, a John
  • Joseph and Mary are mentioned as being the youngest

thereby generating a brand-new topmost row of the Generation Table.

# Individual Spouse / Partner Family
‑7Peter Little senior

of Greengate House
(or Greengatehouse),
Lochmaben
not mentioned by name Peter Little junior

Robert Little
(1743 –
5 Jan 1803)

George Little
(fl 1779)

William Little

James Little

David Little

John Little

Joseph Little

Mary Little