Reid family

The above pedigree chart starts with James Edward Reid, my husband’s grandfather. On his father’s side he came from a Scottish family. James had a long career in the Indian Police; he became a Lieutenant-Colonel and was awarded an OBE. Over time I’ll be adding information about him and his ancestors.

Just to start though with a brief overview of James Edward Reid’s grandparents. They were James Reid (1835-1918) and Martha Lawson (1835-1873). They had at least seven children, one of whom was Leman Knight Reid (1863-1940), James Edward’s father. The family lived in a property called Brainley near Alford, Aberdeenshire. Leman married James’ mother Mary Eleanor Bourne (1868-1945) in 1893. Mary’s parents were Edward Bourne (1837-1903) and Ellen Frances Bishop (1838-1885).  Leman and Mary had three children:

  • James Edward Reid (1894-1966) who married Joan (Jane Thomasina) Grant (1884-1956) on 4 December 1918 in London. They had two children: Dougal Hamish Reid (1922-1943) and Alan Grant Reid (1924-2018).
  • Douglas Leman Reid (1896-1917) was a Second Lieutenant in the 6th battalion of the Essex Regiment. He was killed in action on 21 September 1917 just two months before his brother James was shot.
  • Winifred Mary Reid (1905-1977) who never married.


1939 Register. England. Tonbridge, Kent. REID, Douglas H. 29 September 1939. RG101/1798D. National Archives (Great Britain), Kew, England.  Collection: 1939 Register. : accessed January 2022.

Births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials. : accessed January 2022.

Census Records.  : accessed January 2022.

Monumental inscriptions. Scotland. Collection: UK and Ireland, Find a Grave Index, 1300s-Current. : accessed January 2022.

Monumental inscriptions. France and Netherlands. Collection: Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current. : accessed January 2022.

National Army Museum (Great Britain). Collection: UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929. : accessed January 2022.

Reid, Andrew. (2018) The Diary of James Edward Reid. [Transcription] Unpublished.

Note: I have BMD, census and references for all the information provided in each story. Do let me know if you would like to know more.