Gladys Bullough

Gladys Bullough was born on the 24th November 1888 at Meggernie. The birth certificate shows her father John Bullough was present in the house at her birth. Her mother Alex is shown as Alexandrina Bullough (MS Mackenzie). It was only just over two years later, in February 1891 that her father John died during a visit to London. The reports of his funeral show that she accompanied her mother in the carriage with half brother George and cousin Tom, and by that April, she is shown on the 1891 census at Rhyddings Hall, Oswaldtwistle with George, cousins Tom and Will, and Alexander Robertson also aged 2. The two small children were cared for by their nurses also listed. Meanwhile Alex was on Rum, in the White House, with John, Gladys’s brother usually known as Ian, and with Alexander Robertson’s parents, Francis and Elizabeth Robertson. Francis’ occupation is given as Writer to the Signet which is a Scottish legal profession.

Gladys is to be found staying with cousin Will and his wife Marion in the Palace Hotel, Aberdeen at the 1901 census, aged 12. There is a very large painting in Kinloch Castle, at the top of the stairs from the Ballroom and model, and shows a girl on horseback. At one time it was thought to be of Hermione, but closer examination has shown that it was painted by Sydney W White in 1901 and therefore before Hermione was born. It is , however, of Gladys.

She was presented to Their Majesties at the Court at Holyrood in July 1911, as shown in the Times of July 20, 1911, page 10.  

She married Alan Hawtin Tompson in the first quarter of 1915. He was a second Lieutenant in the 4th Battalion East African Rifles and with the Grenadier Guards and was killed in action on 27th September 1915, just two days after John Leodius Bullough , son of Tom was killed in the same battle. Both are remembered on the Loos Memorial and Alan Tompson is also on the war memorial in Innerwick, Glen Lyon. He was born in Denham, Buckinghamshire, and later moved with his parents John Alfred Tompson and Marie Louise Clifford Tompson to Iver Heath, Bucks. He was educated at Charterhouse and went up to Trinity College, Cambs in 1899 and took his degree in 1902 at the same time as Edward Bullough. He was a sheep farmer in Nairobi East Africa. His probate notice shows him to be ‘of Lloyds London and Nairobi East Africa’ and he left over £23,000. 

Gladys spent much of her long life looking after her late husband’s estates in Kenya. She sounds to have been a redoubtable character.  She died in 1975 aged 87.