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Seaforth Highlander
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Seaforth Highlander

Beleived to be a Finlay Matheson from Fortrose and related to the McKeddie family. He was in the Seaforth Highlanders and killed in action at Vimy Ridge, France, World War 1. Looking for any information on him.
Picture added on 18 July 2013 at 00:31
My grandmother Isabella McDonald born Inverness 3-12-1883 was a child of Alexander McDonald and Catherine McKeddie. Catherine McKeddie was born 13-10-1855 at Fortrose and her mother was Catherine Matheson. One of Catherine McKeddie's sisters Sophia born 7-6-1862 at Fortrose married her cousin John Matheson on 24-12-1886 at Gallowgate Glasgow she died 6-8-1890 at Fortrose but her usual address was 121 Kennedy Street Glasgow. Could Finlay Matheson be a child of this marriage and have been brought up by relatives in Fortrose.
Added by Sheila Collie on 24 August 2013
Many thanks for this Sheila, I will follow up on your info. Was your grandmother also known as Bell or Bella McDonald as my mother remembers her? See photo number 678. John McKeddie was my great-grandfather.

Added by David Sutherland on 26 October 2013
Yes she was known as Bella. I have also put a comment about photo number 678.
Added by Sheila Collie on 06 November 2013
Hello Sheila I have often heard my mother talk about Finlay Matheson&interesting to read the above info about the history of him I think he was brought up with the Mackeddie family at Chanonry Point that would have been grandfather Mackeddie& my granny Annie Greig Dempster my mother Catherine Isabella(Kate)Jock&JimmieJean&Anne the siblings.we always knew your granny as just Bell.David Sutherland who is my nephew 2nd son of Alice.Alice Young Mrs Sutherland who is my half sister.lives in Fortrose It,s a pity you did not ask about her when you visited Fortrose please get in touch John Reddigan 25/01/2014.
Added by Johnreddigan on 25 January 2014
Dear Sheila,to further add to what I know about Finlay Matheson my mother often spoke about Finlay I think your assumption of him could be quite accurate I should think my grandmother Mackeddie & grandfather brought Finlay up at Chanonry Point where my grandfather worked on the Golf Course.Finlay could well be Sophia Mackeddie's son.I wonder does anyone know where in France he's buried? he was a brave lad like so many God rest his soul.John Reddigan 28/01/2014.
Added by John Reddigan on 28 January 2014
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