Regiment:               H.L.I.  

Rank & Number:      Not Known  

Born:                       16 August 1876; Deanston, Kilmadock,

                        1967; Largs  


JAMES BROWN was born 16 Aug 1876 in Deanston, Kilmadock, Perthshire, to parents James, a cotton dresser, and Margaret Fleming (who married in Avondale on 20 Jul 1864).  He died in 1967 in Largs, aged 91.  

On 31 Dec 1897 at Deanston, Kilmadock, Perthshire, James (aged 20, labourer, of Deanston, Kilmadock) married Barbara Rorie (aged 19, cotton spinner).  

In the 1891 Census, James, aged 14, is a cotton spinner, living Kilmadock with parents James (60, b. Glassford, Lanarkshire, cotton heddling master) and Margaret (57, b. Strathaven) and siblings Janet (25) and Agnes (20)  

In the 1901 Census, he is aged 24, a gardener/servant, living Myreton House, Alva (wife Barbara and children Isabella (4) and James Fleming (2 weeks) are in the household of her father Thomas Rorie at Kilmadock, Perthshire)  

In the 1911 Census, he is aged 34, gardener jobbing, living Deanston, Perthshire with wife Barbara (33, m. 14 years, 6 children, 5 living) and children Isabella (14, heddler), James (10), Thomas (8), Barbara (3) and Janet F (1).  

The 1914, 1915 and 1920 Valuation Rolls show James Brown, gardener, inhabitant at Fairlie Lodge, and the 1914 Fairlie School register has James, Thomas and Barbara, children of James Brown of Fairlie Lodge. 
Note – the former gardener at Fairlie Lodge left the village in Mar 1914; presumably the Brown family arrived in Fairlie shortly thereafter.       

The 1935 North Ayrshire Directory has James Brown, gardener, Fairlie Lodge, and James F. Brown, chauffeur, Rose Cottage (James Fleming Brown is the son of James Brown)    


No medal index card has been found, but his regiment is given as ‘H.L.I.’ on the Roll of Honour (Highland Light Infantry).  The Largs & Millport Weekly News reported him as being on leave from training camp on 6 Oct 1917

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

6 October 1917          
Several of our soldier lads were home on leave for the weekend from their training camps.  Amongst them we noticed Bdr. Wm. Wilson, R.F.A., Pte. James Brown, H.L.I., Pte. David Boyd, Black Watch, Pte. John Boyd, Cameron Highlanders.  They are all looking fit.

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