One of my wife’s relations, Acting Major William Henry Peddie of the 21st
Foot, was Fort Major at Stirling Castle from 1818 until he died in November 1871
aged 78. He appears to have succeeded another Peddie of the 21st, probably
a relation. I am trying to find some details of the role of the Fort
Major, and something about the appointment – how was the Fort Major selected,
was the appointment for life, was the Fort Major always on half pay, etc?
I wonder if any of your members has taken an interest in this subject and
could give me some help. Or if somebody could advise where best I should
turn to get answers.
There is an entry about Henry Peddie in William Drysdale's Old Faces, Old Places and Old Stories of Stiring (Second Series) 1899, p.149-150 and a photo of Peddie facing page 160; I will post the photo in the next few days. The entry says that Peddie was 'mentioned in our first series' ie the previous volume published in 1898. That must be just a passing mention under some other head as Peddie does not have a named section in that volume. Does anyone know where in the book it is?
Peddie is mentioned, very much earlier in his career, in James Irvine (ed) Parties and Pleasures; the diaries of Helen Graham 1823-1826, Paterson.
It is clear that the editor had further information about the Peddies which might have come from the fuller version of the diaries (which I understand still survive in manuscript). The Index has entries for:
Peddie, Master Crofton 213-4 and note 298
Peddie, Mr William, 113, 149, 204, 213-4, 216 and note 148.
The photo of Major Peddie from Drysdale's 'Old Places etc' is displayed below along with another -from much earlier in Peddie's career - sent by Dick Denton. It would also be worth his while checking out the death certificate, if he has not yet done so. He might also contact Central Scotland Family History Society http://www.csfhs.org.uk/ whose members carry out genealogical research.
Meanwhile of any readers know more or have further leads on the Peddies, we would be pleased to hear from them