ROBERT STUART FARQUHARSON

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
SURNAME:Farquharson
FORENAMES:Robert Stuart
BORN:April 1832
AT:Leith Edinburgh
OCCUPATION[S]:No trade
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1st REGIMENT NO:1277
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ENLISTED:13 Jun 1846 Manchester aged 14 years 2 months
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HEIGHT AT ENLISTMENT:4' 5"
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RANK:1846: Private
1853: Private, Trumpeter
1854: Trumpeter, Private
1855: Private
1856: Private, Trumpeter
1860: Trumpeter
PROMOTIONS:Private to Trumpeter 01 Jul 1853 vice Haas
Private to Trumpeter 01 Apr 1856, Brighton
REDUCTIONS: Trumpeter to Private by Regimental Court Martial 09/10 Oct 1854
NOTES:Entitled to Man's Pay 16 Apr 1847
Trumpeter in stationary quarters at Sutton Coldfield Apr 1859
On furlo 22 Nov 1856 to 28 Dec 1856
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COURT MARTIALS:Placed in military confinement 06 Oct 1854
Convicted Regimental Court Martial military offence 09 to 10 Oct 1854. Released 10 Oct 1854
At Crimea, no date, for insubordination. Sentenced to 25 lashes and reduced
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GOOD CONDUCT BADGES:From 06 Oct 1856
MEDALS:Crimea: Alma, B[alaklava] clasps. List dated 07 Jan 1855
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NOTES:25 Oct 1854: Taken prisoner by the Russians at Balaklava
22 Oct 1855: Returned from POW
DISCHARGED BY PURCHASE:21 Nov 1860 10 Dublin
POST DISCHARGE MILITARY SERVICE:Bandmaster, Lothian and Berwickshire Yeomanry from 1862 to his death in 1892.
Queen's Trumpeter for Scotland
POST DISCHARGE OCCUPATION[S]:Teacher of Music and Bandmaster
DIED:[18] August 1892, Ivy Terrace, Edinburgh
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WILL:1 16s 1d
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NEXT OF KIN:Small account book lost, no record of next of kin
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1ST WIFE:Elizabeth Ramage Shepherd
BORN:c1838 Colinton Edinburgh, daughter of George Shepherd
MARRIED:13 or 16 December 1869 St Cuthbert's Church Edinburgh Midlothian
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1ST CHILD:Agnes Charlotte Farquharson
BORN:25 Feb 1871 Edinburgh Midlothian
MARRIED:Thomas Richardson
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2ND CHILD:Margaret Stewart Farquharson
BORN:24 Sep 1872 Edinburgh Midlothian
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3RD CHILD:Christina Marion Farquharson
BORN:c1876 Glasgow Lanarkshire
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1861 CENSUS:Schedule 27
Elm Park Cottage, Selkirk, Selkirkshire
Alexander Hope, 47, Head, Mason, Selkirk Selkirkshire
Isabella Hope, 45, Wife, Bowden Roxburghshire
Isabella Hope, 21, Daughter, Woolen [sic] Power Loom Weaver
Northleigh Midlothian
Catharine Hope, 17, Daughter, Woolen [sic] Power Loom Weaver, Selkirk Selkirkshire
William Hope, 14, Son, Woolen Jennie Picer [sic], Selkirk Selkirkshire
Andrew Hope, 81, Father, Pauper formerly Mason, Selkirk Selkirkshire
Andrew Elliot, 28, Lodger, Woolen [sic] Spinner, Selkirk Selkirkshire
Robert Farquharson, 30, Lodger, Teacher of Music, Leith Edinburgh
1871 CENSUS:Schedule 97
2 Grant Place, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, Canongate, Midlothian
Robert S Farquharson, 39, Head, Married, Teacher of Music, Leith Edinburgh
Elizabeth R Farquharson, 33, Wife, Colinton Edinburgh
Agnes Farquharson, 2 months, Daughter, Edinburgh
1881 CENSUS:Schedule 85
237 North Woodside Road, Kelvin, Glasow Barony, Lanarkshire
Robert Farquharson, 49, Head, Band Master, Leith Midlothian
Elisabeth R J Farquharson, 43, Wife, Colington Midlothian
Agnes C Farquharson, 10, Daughter, Scholar, Edinburgh Midlothian
Margaret Farquharson, 8, Daugher, Scholar, Edinburgh Midlothian
Christina M Farquharson, 5, Daughter, Glasgow Lanarkshire
1891 CENSUS:Schedule 7
32 Grove Street, St George Burgh, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, Midlothian
Robert S Farquharson, 59, Head, Teacher of Music and Bandmaster, Leith Edinburgh
Elizabeth Ramage Farquharson, 53, Wife, Colinton Edinburgh
Margaret Stewart Farquharson, 18, Daughter, Milliner (unemployed), St Cuthberts Edinburgh
Elizabeth Marion Farquharson, 15, Daughter, Shop Girl, Lanarkshire Glasgow
Thomas Richardson, 21, Son-in-law, Clothier, Penicuick Midlothian
Agnes Charlotte Richardson, 20, Daughter and Wife of Thomas Richardson, St Cuthberts Edinburgh
TNA SOURCES:WO/12/654-655
WO/12/658-661
WO/12/664-665
WO/28/216
WO/180/24
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OTHER SOURCES: Honour the Light Brigade
Northern Times 17 Nov 1854 and 23 Nov 1854
Dundee Evening Telegraph 18 December 1891
Dundee Courier and Dundee Advertiser 19 August 1892
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18 December 1891 Dundee Evening Telegraph
`When Shall Their Glory Fade!'
A movement is on foot among the Lothian and Berwickshire Yeomanry to present a testimonial to their bandmaster, Mr Robert S. Farquharson, who is one of the few survivors of the Charge of the Light Brigade. Mr Farquharson was born in Leith, and enlisted in the 4th Light Dragoons (now the 4th Hussars) in 1846, and served with that regiment in the Crimea. He took part in the charge of Balaklava, and, having two horses killed under him, was taken prisoner by the Russians, and underwent many hardships during twelve months in Russian prisons. Since he left the service in 1860, Mr Farquharson has resided in Edinburgh, and is Queen's Trumpeter for Scotland. He has been connected with the Yeomanry since 1862, and has earned the respect of all connected with it. Bad health has now overtaken this veteran, and he has been laid aside from active work. As Mr Farquharson purchased his discharge from the army in 1860, after fourteen years' service, he is without a pension, and his comrades in the Yeomanry hope that the public will help this gallant old soldier to get some comforts in his declining years, which otherwise he would be unable to obtain. Contributions will be received by Sergeant-Major Ormiston, at 6 Pitt Street, or by the agent of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Pitt Street.

19 August 1892 Dundee Courier, also Dundee Advertiser
Death of One of the Six Hundred
The death was announced yesterday, at his house, Ivy Terrace, Edinburgh, of Mr Robert S. Farquharson was born in Leith. He enlisted in 1846 in the 4th Light Dragoons, now the 4th Hussars. He went with the regiment to the Crimea, and with a portion of it took part in the charge of the Light Brigade. His horse was killed under him, and he was in consequence taken prisoner by the Russians, and he suffered great hardships in the course of twelve months in Russian prisons. He purchased his discharge from the army in 1860 and came to live in Edinburgh, where he took up the post of bandmaster of the Lothian and Berwickshire Yeomanry, and subsequently became Queen's Trumpeter for Scotland. Mr Farquharson was a fine example of a sturdy old soldier, and in his connection with the Yeomanry earned the reputation of being a most trustworthy and deserving man. For some time past he had been in failing health and laid aside from active duty. Many of our readers will remember that Mr Farquharson some years ago contributed a series of sketches to our columns descriptive of his experiences in the Crimea.



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