Colonel John Anstruther Thomson D.L., J.P. (1818 - 1904)
To Anstruther Thomson of Charleton, Fife and of Carntyne, Lanarkshire.
Officer 9th Lancers and 13th Light Dragoons;
Hon. Colonel, Fife and Fofar Imperial Yeomanry
"FIFE" - section from Spy Cartoon
John Anstruther Thomson of Charleton, Fife.Letter from her mother-in-law

He married firstly (1852) Caroline Maria Agnes Robina Hamilton Gray (d.1882), only child of the Reverend John Hamilton Gray of Carntyne.

There were four sons and three daughters of the marriage. (See below)

He married secondly (1891) Isabel Bruce (d.1918)
2nd daughter of General Robert Bruce (brother of 1st Baron Aberdare).

Colonel, Fife and Forfar Light Horse, 1891 - Photograph by G. B. Rogers of St. Andrews.

John Anstruther Thomson also wrote a two volume work, "Eighty Years' Reminiscences". It was published in 1904, the year he died.

Longmans, Green & Co. of 39 Paternoster Row, London - New York and Bombay.

There was one daughter (Rachel Jean Anstruther Thomson) of the marriage.

Isabel Anstruther Thomson wrote "Dames Chasseresses" - a short account of French sportswomen of the fifteenth century. It was 7 pages long and contained no illustrations.

Honorary Colonel, Fife and Forfar Imperial Yeomanry, 1903 - from a photograph by Miss Gwenydd Erskine.

N.B. There is no hyphen in the name on his published works.

Book Hardcover, "History of the Fife Light Horse" by Colonel John Anstruther Thomson, dedicated to Blanche, Countess of Rosslyn ...

" ... Will you allow me to dedicate to you the 'History of the Fife Light Horse', in affectionate remembrance of him who first suggested the formation of a Cavalry Regiment in the Kingdom of Fife ..." Charleton 1892.

Published William Blackwood & Sons Edinburgh and London.

Colonel John Anstruther Thomson was also associated with the Pytchley (Northamptonshire) ...

From a painting (1870) by Sir Francis Grant - then President of The Royal Academy, London.

... and with Jack - The Reverend John - Russell, after whom the terrier breed is named ...


Jack Russell
Illustration, coloured by hand, by N. H. J. Baird for "Memoir of the Reverend John Russell and his Out-of-Door Life" - a limited edition (1000 copies for England and America) - Chatto & Windus, London / James G. Commin, Exeter. 1902.

... and with G. J. Whyte-Melville, celebrated country man and originator of the text banner ("I freely admit ...") of 'Horse and Hound' (magazine) for so many years.

"When Autumn is flaunting his banner of pride
For glory that summer has fled,
Arrayed in the robes of his royalty dyed
In tawny and orange and red;
When the oak is yet rife with the vigour of life,
Though his acorns are dropping below,
Through bramble and brake shall the echoes awake,
To the ring of a clear Tally-Ho!"

In the interest of equity ... "Mrs. Russell leads the field"
Further illustration from "Memoir of the Reverend John Russell and his Out-of-Door Life" - by E. W. L. Davies M.A. (Author of 'Dartmoor Days') - first published 1878 with New Edition 1883 and reprinted with new Baird illustrations in colour 1902.
Tributes at the grave of Colonel John Anstruther Thomson at Kilconquhar, Fife - October 1904. (Private Collection.) "The Colonel" J. Anstruther Thomson, 1902 - photographed by Mrs. C. Babington.

Grave of Colonel John Anstruther Thomson 1904

Dame Eva Anstruther scripsit.

1. Clementina Caroline
Clementina (Kit) Anstruther Thomson
- associated with Violet Paget - (Vernon Lee)
2. Rosia Mary
m.1 Burn and m.2 Clayton
3. Olivia Beatrice Louisa
m. Blackburne
4. Rachel Jean, - m. Gordon-Cumming

Anstruther Thomson - daughters


John St. Clair
Anstruther Thomson
(first son) - unmarried
Charles Frederick St. Clair
(second son) - m. Guthrie
(third son) - m. Tennant
Arthur St. Clair
Anstruther Thomson
(fourth son) - unmarried

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