Sue Pedersen 1/88 Bay Road, Waverton NSW 2060, Australia.

3 Jan.2004




The following information was extracted from India Army records, which included medical qualifications, some wills, and other details [from the British Library India Office, London].

Bapts/Births/Marriages/Burials are from original Cupar registers - earlier generations only, and death certs transcribed from the Registry Office.

'Died young' and descendant's names etc. are from two CHRISTIE family trees: the first was lodged St Andrews University, 3 Oct.1902 compiled by a descendant Christie in-law: Ralph RICHARDSON H.M.Commissary Clerk & Probate Registrar, of 2 Parliament Square Edinburgh, who married Melville Elizabeth FLEMING, granddaughter of Melville CHRISTIE. The second CHRISTIE family tree appears to have been compiled independently of No.1, at about the same date, often with more detail, with hand-written additions to about 1940. It is believed that Caroline Christie of Edinburgh (daughter of Charles) was the compiler of the 2nd family tree, a copy of which was taken to the USA by Sam Browne, son of Bessie Graham, and another version was obtained in New Zealand.

[D & M] = Dodwell & Miles 'Officers of the Indian Army'.



CHRISTIE of Cupar, Fife, Scotland



Andrew CHRISTIE (bap.23 Jan. 1765, son of Andrew CHRISTIE 1720-1791 tenant in Pittencrieff, and Elspeth MELVILLE marr. 6 Ap.1759) of Ferrybank, Provost of Cupar, "writer in this Parish" married 6 Jan 1788 Margaret DEMPSTER (baptised Peggy 1769 St Andrews dau of Charles DEMPSTER, merchant, and Jane METHVEN of St Andrews, Fife).

"Mr Andrew Christie Banker died 10 April 1831 aged 66 Stone". Margaret Dempster "widow of the late Andrew Christie Esq." died 10 Aug. 1842 aged 73.

 Issue: 11 sons and 5 daughters. 4 sons, 4 daughters still alive 1842 (will).


    Children Cupar Registers:-


Twins 1788: Born 20 Sept., Bapt 25 Sept by Snr Robert Preston:

[1] Andrew CHRISTIE Captain 6th N.I. Indian Army. Arrived India 16 May 1806. Cadet 1804; Lieut 1 Feb. 1807; Capt 1 Jan 1819 [India Office records]. Married St Andrew's Calcutta 2 June 1817 Jane DEMPSTER, his cousin. She was daughter of Cathcart DEMPSTER (banker St Andrews and brother of Margaret). Andrew died in camp at Bandarej, Rajputana [or Sikandra near Agra] India 22 Nov.1821, aged 33.

Will Moradabad 4 June 1819, proved 12 April 1822 [India Office records].

Daughter: Mary Ann marr.Cupar 6 Jun.1838 Dr James ESDAILE (founder of the

Mermeric Surgical Hospital Calcutta [tree]).


[2] Charles CHRISTIE Lieut. Colonel in 7th Reg. Bengal Indian Infantry. Arrived India 11 July 1806. Retired 9 July 1835. Punjuab Campaign 1807; capture of Java 1811; seige of Bhurtpore 1826: 2 medals with clasps. Died 10 March 1870 aged 81. 26 Great King St., Edinburgh. Obit Times 14 March 1870. Married  .?

Daughter: Caroline b.c.1815 in Java.

 (In James Graham's letters 1850s widower Charles was referred to as 'the Buxie')


1881 Census

26 Gt.King Street, Edinburgh St.Mary's


Caroline   Christie    Head  Unm   66   POB: Java, B.S.

John M. Graham      Vist      Marr  52   Major General Retd.   POB: Cupar

Lidia  Elder              Serv     Unm  30   Cook  POB: Hermiston, Edin.

Jessie  Crosby        Serv     Unm  20   Tablemaid    POB: Kinross

Margaret  Downie   Serv     Unm  17   Housemaid   POB: Nigg, ROC


1891 Census

26 Gt.King Street, Edinburgh St.Mary's


Caroline  Christie   Head  Unm   75               POB: Java

Lydia  Elder            Serv    Unm   39   Cook  POB: Rigg, Ross-shire

Mary  Chalmers     Serv    Unm   48   Tablemaid   POB: Tranent, Haddington



Death Entry

District Registered and entry Number:  Edinburgh (685/2)      Entry No  180

Name and Surname: CHARLES CHRISTIE

Age at Death and Occupation:  80 Years, Lieutenant Colonel, Bengal Army, Retired

Date of Death:  10 March 1870 at 9h 0m pm

Place of Death:  26, Great King Street, Edinburgh

Marital Status and name of Spouse:  Single


Occupation of Father:  Banker   If Deceased:  Yes


Maiden Surname of Mother:  DEMPSTER

Cause of Death:  Chronic Cystitis- 2 years. (Cert)

Name of Informant:  ALEXR. CHRISTIE

Relationship to the Deceased:  Brother


Death Entry

District Registered and entry Number:  Edinburgh (685/2)      Entry No  722

Name and Surname:  CAROLINE CHRISTIE

Age at Death and Occupation:  85 Years, Life Renter (?)

Date of Death:  29 October 1899 at 4h 0m am

Place of Death:  26 Great King Street, Edinburgh

Marital Status and name of Spouse:  Single

Name of Father: CHARLES CHRISTIE (Reputed Father)

Occupation of Father:  Liet. Colonel H.M.Bengal Army  If Deceased: Yes

Name of Mother:  Not Shown

Maiden Surname of Mother:  Not Shown   If Deceased:  -----

Cause of Death:  Gangrene of Leg (Cert)

Name of Informant:  ANDREW FLEMING

Relationship to the Deceased:  Cousin- 8 Napier Road.



[3] Alexander CHRISTIE 1790 Bapt. March 26, died young [tree]. Bur. 17 May 1793?


[4] John & Cathcart CHRISTIE twins 1791 Bapt. June 26: both died infants [tree].


[6] Henry CHRISTIE 1792 Bapt. July 25 "child born on the 12th of said month bapt by M....? before these witnesses James Son..Lowe? Physician in St Andrews David Methven Writer & a number of others". Died in infancy [tree].


[7] Jean CHRISTIE 1793 Bapt. April 1 "daur to Andrw Christie Writer and Margaret Dempster Child born the third of the month" [March?]. Jean/Jane married 13 July 1817 John AITKEN (son of Col. George Aitken), writer (lawyer) Assessor for Co. Fife. Jane died 18 Jan. 1874 aged 79.  Issue:

Capt. George AITKEN 20th Madras N.I., died unmarried.

            Alexander AITKEN died young?

            Andrew Christie AITKEN stockbroker Edinburgh, died unmarried.

            Charles Christie AITKEN died young?

            John Christie AITKEN of Thornton Vic. & Christchurch NZ marr. Fanny

MACNAMARA [daur of Dr Daniel Macnamara R.N.], issue: 8 children.

            Margaret Jane AITKEN marr. Wm HORSBRUGH Clerk of the Peace for Fifeshire,

issue: 7 children.

            Col.Robert Hope Moncreiff AITKEN, 13th Bengal N.I. V.C. Lucknow Indian

Mutiny 1857, Inspector-Gen. of Oude Police marr. Mary Elizabeth

ANDERSON [dau of Andrew Anderson, Planter Tirhoot India]: 2 daurs.

            Janet Ponton AITKEN marr David JOHNSTONE J.P. of Croy Dumbartonshire,

issue: 8 children.

            James Hope Rigg AITKEN of Buccleugh & Christchurch NZ marr. Jessie

BOUCHIER [dau of Col. Bouchier of Dublin], issue: 6 children.

            Frances Balfour AITKEN died young.


[8] Melville CHRISTIE 1795 Bapt. "Mellvil" Aug 13. Married Rev. John FLEMING Minister of Flisk, afterwards Prof. of Natural History Aberdeen Uni & New College Edinburgh. Issue:

Alexander FLEMING died unmarr.

            Andrew FLEMING M.D.Dep.Surgeon 3rd Bengal Cavalry marr. Katherine Loftus

GARNER [dau of Capt Garner of Monkstown Co.Dublin], issue 6 children.


[9] Mary CHRISTIE 1797 Bapt. Aug 9, died 17 May 1882. Married 18 Feb.1827 Dr James Moore GRAHAM Surg. Fifesh. Militia.  Issue:

Maj. Gen. John Moore GRAHAM (1828-1900 Kelly's Handbook 1881) married

Bengal 1851 Elizabeth PATCH [daur of Maj Patch], issue: 3 children.

            Margaret GRAHAM (b.1829) marr. Gen. Alexander George DAVIDSON, issue:

8 children.

            Anne GRAHAM b. Mar.20 1831, d. Dec.21 1832 "Hooping Cough" aged 1.

            Andrew Christie GRAHAM "Dr James Graham's child died of Hooping Cough

 aged 3 months".

            Edward GRAHAM (b.1833) Sugar Planter Fiji marr. Margaret MCRAE [daur of

Capt. Alexander McRae] no issue.

            Charles Christie GRAHAM (1835-1915) Stipendiary Magistrate Dunedin NZ

marr. Jemima Frances (Fanny) WEBSTER [daur. of Maj. Gen. Thomas

Webster & Agnes ROSS of Balgarvie Fifesh.] Issue: 5 sons, 6 daur.

            Elizabeth Wemyss GRAHAM (b.1837) marr. Col. C. BROWNE, issue: 4 children.

            Phoebe Georgina GRAHAM (1840-1849) died Scarlet Fever aged 10.


[10] Cathcart CHRISTIE 1799 Bapt. May 16. Writer & Banker, agent for British Linen Bank in Cupar, died unmarried 11 July 1832 aged 33.


[11] Margaret CHRISTIE 1801 Bapt. April 28, Born ? Dec 1800: married 27 April 1823 [also recorded 28 April in Ceres] Sir George CAMPBELL of Edenwood [brother of Sir John 1st Baron Campbell Lord High Chancellor of GB]. She died 1873. Issue:

Sir George CAMPBELL marr. Letitia VIBART, issue: 5 children.

            Margaret Charlotte CAMPBELL marr.[1] David JONES M.P. for

Caermarthenshire, issue: 3 children.

                         marr.[2] Sir Richard A.G. LEVINGE, Bart. of Knockdrin Castle, Ireland.

            Charles Hallyburton CAMPBELL marr. Evelyn STUART [daur of Henry Stuart of

Crosbie Wigtownshire], issue: 4 children.

            John Scarlett CAMPBELL, Chief Judge Punjab, marr.[1] Henriette Frances

BAILEY [daur of Hon.W.B.Bailey], issue: daur Lilian [PIRIE];

marr.[2] Emma Benyon FERGUSON [daur of Thos. Ferguson],

issue: 4 children;

marr.[3] Florence Mary KING [daur of J.G. King], issue:

1 daur. Dorothy Scarlett CAMPBELL.

            Frances CAMPBELL marr. Hon. Fitzgerald Algernon C. FOLEY Admiral R.N.

[son of Thomas 3rd Baron Foley of Kidderminster], issue: 7 children.


[12] Alexander CHRISTIE 1803: Bapt. 4 June, born 15 May: Indian Medical Service. "No. 224 London 28 June 1825 'I hereby certify that Mr A Christie Assistant surgeon for the establishment of Bengal attended during one regular course of my lectures. John Borthwick Gilchrist". Alexr Christie certified "received my diploma 31 Aug. 1825". His application signed by Capt Wm Lindsay. "36 Grosvenor St June 28 1825 at req. of Mr Chambers have carefully examined Mr Alexr Christie .. certify is qualified in Physic to serve as assistant surgeon at the companies dependencies in the East Indies . 'M M Latham'". Married Margaret Isabella Durham CARSTAIRS [daur of Dr William Carstairs]. Died St Andrews 13 March 1885 [D & M]. "Residing Edinburgh" JMG Inv.1865.     Issue:

Mary Adelaide CHRISTIE, of Howard Place St Andrews.

            Alexander Charles Herbert CHRISTIE, died young.

            Evelyn Isabella Durham CHRISTIE, died young.


[13] John CHRISTIE 1805: Born 13 Nov. [D & M] Major General in 3rd Bengal Light Cavalry, arrived India 14 May 1823; Lieut 18 May 1824; Capt 1 Jan 1846; Major 3 April 1846; Lt Col 7 June 1849; Bt Col 28 Nov 1854; Maj Gen 21 Feb 1861. Raised Christie's Horse 1838 to end of Afghan War 1848. Service & medals listed page 343 D & M. Hon. ADC to Queen Victoria 7 March 1856-21 Feb.1861 [Boase]. Married Sept 1846 Charlotte Augusta LINDSAY (eldest daur of Colin Lindsay, Bengal C.S. & Judge in Delhi (of the Earl of Crawford & Belcarres). [Burkes Peerage 1925]). He died San Remo, North Italy, 7 May 1869 aged 64. Obit Times 14 May 1869. She died 1 Mar.1909 'of Lordswood Southampton'. Will SRO 1909.     Issue:

Lieut. John Charles CHRISTIE late 19th Hussars, 99th Regt, marr.Alice BAYDEN

[dau of Thomas Bayden].

            Augusta Margaret CHRISTIE marr. Gen. Sir Crawford Trotter CHAMBERLAIN

G.C., I.E.C., of Lordswood, Hants [brother of Field Marshall Sir Neville

 B.Chamberlain, G.C.B.] [tree]. Widow 1909 mother's will.

Alice Mary CHRISTIE [unm. 1909, exec. & beneficiary mother's will].

Helen Charlotte CHRISTIE marr. Capt Albert Washington HAY [son of Admiral

James Beckford L. Hay], issue: Lindsay Fitzgerald HAY.


[14] Agnes CHRISTIE 1806 [died "aged 14 years fever" 18 Aug? 1817]


[15] George CHRISTIE 1809 Bapt. Aug 27, born June 27. Partner with Wm Pagan, succeeded to bank agency [British Linen Bank in Cupar] after Cathcart's death 1832. Shot himself at Ferrybank [according to Hogarth] 29 Aug.1848 unmarried.


[16] Robert CHRISTIE 1811: Bapt. 13 June, born 8 June. Surgeon-Major Indian Army. Surg. 1 Dec. 1848. Ret. 29 Oct. 1858. Married Cupar 17 Nov.1848 Susanna Henrietta Agnes PEARSON [daur of Major James Pearson HEICS]. First Sikh or Sutlej War 1845-46. Died at Brixton 14 July 1870 [D & M]. 27 Buckingham Tce., Edinburgh.

Issue 2 daughters:

Agnes Margaret CHRISTIE

Aimee Susanna CHRISTIE [marr. Chas Digby JONES Edinburgh], issue:

Charles D.JONES (K.D.)

                        Lieut Robert James Thomas Digby JONES V.C., R.E. Killed in action Sth

African War.

Capt. Owen Glyndwr Digby JONES, Royal Engineers.