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Name: FINDLAY, James George

Birth Date: 22 Dec 1854 Barony, Glasgow

Death Date: 1 May 1914 London

First Date: 1913

Profession: Coffee planter

Area: Kiambu, Waitangi estate

Married: In Marylebone 1887 Flora Tulloch b. 19 Sep 1855 Logierait, Perthshire, d. 16 Jan 1933 Kiambu

Children: Margaret Dewar (Andrewes) (2 Aug 1888 Rangoon-12 Mar 1928 Saline, Fife); Dorothy Flora (Dallas) (16 Dec 1889 Hampstead-1974 Aberdeen); Kenneth James (9 Jan 1891 Rangoon-15 Mar 1968 Kiambu); John Tulloch (twin 9 Jan 1891 Rangoon-28 June 1915 Dardanelles); Hugh Carswell (22 Jan 1895 India-18 Jan 1944 Kiambu); Ronald Stuart (27 May 1899 India-22 Dec 1971 Kiambu)

Book Reference: Hut, KGF, Kiambu Scrapbook

General Information:

Kiambu Scrapbook - In 1913 he [Philip Coldham] advised Mr J.C. Findlay [sic] to buy land spreading across three ridges on the other side of the Kamiti, also bordering on the Reserve. This farm, Waitangi, was then owned by a Mr Clarke, a New Zealander (hence the name) but was almost entirely undeveloped when Mr Findlay bought it. Below 'Waitangi' was a Captain Moller, a Swede, who had planted 65 acres of coffee by 1912, on the farm known as Deepdene, which Mr Findlay also subsequently bought. The Findlay family, so well known in Kiambu, deserve a special mention. There were four sons, three of whom took over parts of these estates as separate farms after their father's death, and lived in Kiambu all their lives. The youngest, Ronald, is still with us. All the brothers served in the 1914-18 war; the eldest lost his life in the Dardanelles while the three others were all awarded MCs. Their sister Mrs Andrewes ran Deepdene at this time, as her part in the war effort - a wonderful family record.
Web - Migaa Estate - James George Findlay and his wife Flora docked in Mombasa in 1913, en route from Burma. He heard there was land for sale in Kenya and purchased a farm on the north side of the Kamiti River before he even saw the land. James Findlay called his farm Waitangi Estate. Waitangi was 640 acres and James Findlay paid £4.10 per acre. Later the same year he bought an adjoining 300 acres for £6.10 per acre from a New Zealander named Mr Clark. He now owned a total of 940 acres. At the end of 1913 James Findlay bought Deepdene - 300 acres - for £6000 from a Captain Muller [Moller] from Sweden. In 1914 James Findlay's son Kenneth J. Findlay and H.L. Andrews came from Burma and India respectively to manage it. The Findlays had 4 sons - James, Kenneth (twins), Hugh and Ronald. James died in WW1 in 1915 in the Dardanelles, while the other 3 all won the Military Cross.
Gazette - 13/9/16 - Probate & Admin. - James George Findlay of Nairobi who died in London 1/5/16 [actually 1914]. Applied for by Henry Leslie Andrewes of Deepdene, Kiambu
Nat Probate Calendar James George Findlay of Tours Kilmaurs Ayrshire d. 1 May 1914 London - Flora Tulloch widow

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