Re: George Smith or Gow
- Hi folks, seeing this message just reminded me that I hadn't "logged-on"
yet, so to speak.
My interest is in George Smith or Gow, whom I believe to be one of my 5x
great grandfathers. George came from the south Morayshire Parish of
Knockando ( where they produce a very fine light malt whisky) and he was
"out" in the '45 fighting for Bonnie Prince Charlie at Culloden on 16th
April 1746. He was subsequently taken prisoner, but rather than be executed,
was allowed to join-up and thereafter served in North America with the
Fraser Highlanders, the 78th, both in the Battle at the Heights of Abraham
prior to the capture of Quebec by Wolfe and then in India where he served
under Robert Clive. He returned to Knockando and lived well into old age. He
had the distinction of being great-grandfather of not one, but two Peers of
the Realm, Sir George Stephen, 1st Baron Mountstephen and Sir Donald
Alexander Smith, 1st Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal. The two noble cousins
were the driving force behind the Canadian Pacific Railway, as any Canadian
members will know. I am one of around 6 descendants of George who are
members of the Morayshire list at Rootsweb who are trying to piece together
his life and extended family. If any SWP members can shed any light on him,
advice or information would be gratefully received. I should explain that
Gow is the Gaelic name for Smith, hence the Smith or Gow. That is the way
some of them are referred to in the Old Parochial Registers and the IGI.
All the best,
Genealogist: Clan Sutherland
Co-genealogist: Clan Mackenzie
see my web-site: http://www.highland-family-heritage.co.uk
----- Original Message -----
Sent: 22 September 1999 13:38
Subject: [ScottishWarPrisoners] John Cowan
> From: connera@...
> My name is Art Conner and I live in Wabash Indiana.
> My Scottish War Prisioner is John Cowan. He was sent to Mass by 1652.
> Art Conner