Thomas Robert SLOANE

Regiment:               Royal Naval Reserve  

Rank & Number:    

19 August 1871; Ardrishaig, Argyll  

                       27 August 1927; Melrose, Roxburghshire  


THOMAS ROBERT SLOANE was born 19 Aug 1871 in Ardrishaig, Argyll, to parents of Thomas, fisherman and formerly seaman, and Sarah Martin (who were married in Ardrishaig in 1865).  He died suddenly, from internal haemorrhage, in Melrose, Roxburghshire on 27 Aug 1927 (aged 56, married, shipmaster, of 20 Briar Road, Newlands, Glasgow)  

On 31 Aug 1900 at 7 Roxburgh Street, Greenock, Thomas (aged 29, shipmaster of 15 Roxburgh Street, Greenock) married Jane Riddle Black (aged 29 of 7 Roxburgh Street, Greenock).  

He gained his Second Mate certificate on 03 Jun 1892, his First Mate certificate on 29 Jan 1894, and his Masters Certificate on 12 Feb 1897.  A Board of Trade Wreck Report on a Naval Court held at Zanzibar on 25 and 26 June 1913 to investigate the circumstances attending the stranding and loss of the SS Glenlyon of Glasgow on Aldabra Island, South Indian Ocean on 31 May 1913 found "That the master, Thomas Robert Sloane, appears to have navigated his vessel in a seamanlike and proper manner" and "The Court desires to point out the careful and systematic manner in which Captain Sloane has kept all his navigational books, such as the chronometer and compass journals ...... and the care which he has taken to make his officers take sights independently as a check on his own.  Therefore no charge is framed."  

In the 1881 Census, Thomas, aged 9, is living at South Knapdale, Argyll with parents Thomas (38, b. Ireland, seaman) and Sarah Martin (30, b. Edinburgh) and siblings Archd (13), Annabella (11), Mary Jane (6), William George (4), Andrew T. (3) and Alexander J. (10 months).  There is no record of Thomas in the 1891 or 1901 Census (possibly at sea), although in 1891 his parents and 9 siblings are at 13 Mearns Street, Greenock.  In the 1911 Census, Thomas (aged 39, shipmaster) is living 36 Brougham Street, Greenock with wife Jeannie R. (40 b. Greenock, m 10 yrs, 2 ch/1living) and son Thomas R (2, b. Greenock) 

In the 1915 Valuation Rolls, Mrs. Jeanie K. Sloane is living at Castlepark Villas, Fairlie; and the 1920 Valuation Rolls have Mrs Jeanie R. Sloane & Thomas R. Sloane, shipmaster (spouses), proprietor and tenant at Castlepark Villas, Fairlie

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

7 September 1918      

2nd Lieut. D.C.C. Gollan, the esteemed minister of St. Margaret’s Church, who is on active service, is now in Palestine.  Captain Sloane, whose residence is in Fairlie, was in command of the transport in which he travelled part of his journey.

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