Andrew David Geddes

Son of Adam Gordon Geddes
Father of Violet Alice Geddes

Wife and children
Comments on will
See also:
Margaret Geddes (sister)
John Geddes (V) (brother)
Emily Jane Eckford (wife)
Career of Andrew David Geddes
Kipling's story "The Lost Legion"
27th regiment in the Indian Mutiny
27th regiment travelling to Hong Kong
Matriculation and Examination cards
Letter from Andrew David Geddes to his uncle
Letter from Andrew David Geddes to his father
Letters from Andrew David Geddes to his sister
Andrew David Geddes memorials
Geddes newspaper clippings
Census returns


1834Born at Aifield parish of Cranston, Midlothian
1843Educated at High School, Edinburgh, 1843-48 (see cards)
1851Educated at Naval & Military Academy, Edinburgh, 1851-53
1854Gazetted Ensign 39th Regiment, 6th June 1854.
1854Transferred to 27th Regiment.
1855Sailed to India with regiment. Made Lieutenant.
1856Stationed HQ 27th Regiment at Sialkote
1857Involved in the Indian Mutiny at Hussun Abdul on May 15th.
then at Hoti Mardan at Rawal Pindi
1864Married Emily Jane Eckford in Patma, Bengalwife
1865Emily Ethel Geddes borndaughter
1866Diana Catherine Geddes borndaughter
1866Andrew David Geddes promoted to captain.
1867Regiment sailed for England.
1868Marion Margaret Geddes borndaughter
1869Ernest David Eckford Geddes bornson
1871Violet Alice Geddes borndaughter
1872Lilian Maud Geddes borndaughter
1874Malcolm Henry Burdett Geddes bornson
1875Caroline Gordon Geddes borndaughter
1877Embarked for Malta
1878Cosmo Gordon Geddes born in Maltason
1879Promoted to Lieut. Col. Sailed with regiment to Hong Kong.
1880Mabel Ada Geddes born in Hong Kongdaughter
1881Cosmo Gordon Geddes died from dogbite in Hong Kongson
1883Gwendoline Olivia Geddes borndaughter
1884Promoted to full colonel and placed on half pay. Sailed for England.
1884Appointed to command of 83rd Regimental District Belfast
1888Andrew David Geddes died in Belfast
Andrew David Geddes

Andrew David Geddes obituary

Obituary in the Times

Career of Andrew David Geddes

Andrew David Geddes started in 39th Foot, but soon transferred to 27th Foot. He sailed to India in 1855, where his regiment was involved with the Indian Mutiny. The regiment returned to England in 1868. Later, he went to Malta in 1877, and then to Hong Hong in 1879 as Lieutenant Colonel. He returned to England in 1884, placed on half-pay. He then was appointed Liutenant-Colonel of 83rd Regimental District (the Royal Irish Rifles) at Belfast. He died in Belfast.

For full details, see Career of Andrew David Geddes. See also 27th regiment in the Indian Mutiny and 27th regiment travelling to Hong Kong.

Wife and Children

Wife: to Emily Jane Eckford (1839-1932). They were married in 1864.


Emily Ethel Geddes1865-1937in 1902 to Capt. Edward de SulisThey had no children.
Diana Catherine Geddes1866-1949
Marion Margaret Geddes1868-1896
Ernest David Eckford Geddes1869-1936in 1905 to Annie MorganMajor R.M.A. They had no children.
Violet Alice Geddes1871-1961in 1903 to Frederick Lewis Dibblee 1872-1937See her webpage.
Lilian Maud Geddes1872-1907in 1901 to Lt. Col. Sir Lionel Berkley Holt Haworth 1873-1951Two children. He was in the Indian Army. He also married Gwendoline Olivia Geddes.
Malcolm Henry Burdett Geddes1874-1914in 1905 to Annie Vera Eleanor Christie 1884-1954Two children. He was in Indian Army.
Caroline Gordon Geddes1875-1893
Cosmo Gordon Geddes1878-1881Died aged 3 in Hong Kong, bitten by a dog
Mabel Ada Geddes1880-c.1953in 1908 to Cyril Charles Johnson d. 1933She was born in Hong Kong. He was Indian Army CSI CIE. Two children.
Gwendoline Olivia Geddes1883-1965in 1912 to Lt. Col. Sir Lionel Berkley Holt Haworth 1873-1951She was born in Singapore. He was in the Indian Army. One child. He also married Lilian Maud Geddes.

Comments of the will of Andrew David Geddes

The following was written in April 1990 by John Frederick Dibblee, grandson of Andrew David Geddes:

Andrew made his will in Edinburgh when he was Captain in 1866, leaving everything to his wife, and thereafter to any children. He was quite well off, probably mainly his wife's money, the estate amounting to £13325.7.2 (£13036.6.8 net). I like the following "Estate Abroad: The deceased was possessed of three shares of one thousand roubles each of the Central Russia Coal and Mining Company Limited upon which no dividend has ever been paid and which are of no value."


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Andrew David Geddes and Emily Eckford, his wife

Andrew David Geddes

Andrew David Geddes
Emily Eckford

Emily Eckford
Emily Eckford

Emily Eckford

Group photos of their children

Children of Andrew Geddes
May     Ethie     Violet     Ernest     Diana
Children of Andrew Geddes
Lily     Gwen     Ernest     Mabel     Mary
Ethel     Violet     Diana
Carrie     Malcolm
(photo taken 1892 - Cosmo died young)

Other portraits of the children

Emily Ethel Geddes
Ethie Geddes
Diana Geddes
Diana Geddes
Diana Geddes
Diana Geddes
Ernest and May Geddes
Ernest     May
Lilian and Violet Geddes
Lilian     Violet
Malcolm Henry Burdett Geddes
Malcolm Henry Burdett Geddes

From someone researching Victorian swimmers:

Emily Ethel took part in the 1889 Portsmouth Ladies' championship in the sea, off Southport Beach, and this race was the most important amateur ladies' championship of the year in that era, no official national championship existing until 1901, and that as a by-product of the Portsmouth race. The Portsmouth S.C. was the largest club in the world with over 1500 members, and the ladies' branch was also by far the largest around, hence their championship was widely reported by newspapers up and down the country. Although not one of the very front rank of their swimmers, finishing unplaced in the seven-strong field, merely taking part was no mean feat. I wanted to look at all the girls and women who took part to see what sort of people they were, and from what type of backgrounds. The Portsmouth S.C. was, unlike many other clubs, very egalitarian, and deliberately open to allcomers from varying social backgrounds. At Portsmouth you could get free professional swimming tuition and coaching in sea swimming, so you could learn from scratch and quickly get up to a decent level. It might be that the Geddes family learned to swim abroad, however. I'm assuming more than Emily Ethel swam.

At a time when not everyone was in favour of women swimming in public, and the subject split the Amateur Swimming Association, it marks her mother down as very broad-minded for allowing her to take part in what was a public event off Southsea Beach on the August Bank Holiday in front of a large crowd, some of whom undoubtedly attended hoping to see the ladies in their costumes, preferably wet, and police regularly cleared men with telescopes from the seafront! It may or may not be a coincidence that Emily Ethel appeared the year following the colonel's death, so we won't know whether he was a progressive or not. But as a pioneer female swimmer, she played a part in getting women's sport accepted, and promoting the women's cause, whether or not she was aware of it at the time.

The family were at St. Ronan's Road in Southsea from the late 1890s, and still there in 1911 at the same address, when 71 year old Emily had Gwendoline, Mabel and Mabel's Indian Army officer husband, Cyril, with her. Emily Ethel was in the army wives' quarters in Malta at that time, so the army family connection suggests you socialise and marry back into the army. The star of the show seems to have been Emily, their mother. Travelled all over the globe, had 11 children, and lived to be 92 - what a life!

For more photos of Violet Alice Geddes and her family, see her webpage.