CHELTENHAM SCOTTISH SOCIETY

BURNS SUPPER

Thursday 25th January 2018

at The Lilley Brook Golf Club, Cirencester Road, Cheltenham.

Time 7.00 for 7.30pm.


Traditional format with piper and tartan, haggis,
entertainment and short speeches.
More details of menu and costing to follow.





 

 


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CHELTENHAM & ROBERT BURNS

 Of the nine children born to Robert Burns and his wife only three, all sons, survived into adulthood.  The two younger sons had successful careers in the Indian Army, and in 1846, some while after their retirement from the Army, Lt Colonel William Nicol Burns and Major James Glencairn Burns took up residence in Cheltenham.  They were to remain in Cheltenham until they died, James in 1865 at the age of 71, and William in 1872 at the age of 81.  They seem to have been very active in the social life of the town and played some part in its public life.  The brothers must have retained some connection with the Army because in 1855 they were both promoted, William to full Colonel and James to Lt Colonel.

Both brothers were widowers when they arrived in Cheltenham.  William had no children but James was accompanied by his two daughters (one from each of his two marriages), Sarah, then aged 25, and Annie then aged 16.  The next year Sarah was married to Berkeley Hutchison or Hutchinson, a medical practitioner, and in 1852 they and their three children moved to Australia.  Sadly, none of the children survived the voyage, but Sarah and Berkeley produced several more children in their new home.  Annie remained unmarried for all of her life.

Sarah Hutchinson and three of her children returned to Cheltenham in 1865, the year of her father’s death, and took up residence with Uncle William and Annie.  The two sisters and Sarah’s youngest daughter Margaret were to remain together for the rest of their lives.  Sarah died in 1909 aged 87, Margaret Burns Hutchinson in 1917 aged 57, and Annie in 1925 aged 94.  All three women were buried in St Mary’s Churchyard in Charlton Kings, Cheltenham where there is a memorial.

                                                                                                                                            





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