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Name: DEWAR, Robert John

Birth Date: 10 Nov 1866 Dunnikier, Kirkcaldy, Scotland

Death Date: 1928 Moshi, blackwater fever

First Date: 1912 with wife and family

Last Date: 1928

Profession: Farmed first at Waitanga Estate, Kiambu until 1922 when he cleared land at Thika and planted coffee at Hutvara Estate, subsequently taking over management of Chania River Estate, Thika

Area: Kiambu, Thika, Moshi, 1925 Chania Bridge

Married: Margaret 'Maggie' Henrietta Thompson from Kirkcaldy, d. 20.8.1934 Nairobi

Children: Robert Menzies (7 July 1903-18 Nov 1998 Bournemouth); Helen Ruby Morton 'Nellie' (Milton) (1900-2 Nov 1955 Nakuru, murdered); Nita (1910-14 Apr 1914 Kiambu soon after arriving EA); William Ian Thompson (12 June 1915 Nairobi-19 Aug 1994); Colin Thompson (4 Jan 1919 Nairobi-5 Aug 2010)

Book Reference: Gillett, EAWL, Red 25, Hut, Red 22, Gazette, Barnes

General Information:

In 1927 following the collapse of the coffee market in Kenya, he worked for the Marangu Coffee Research Station, Arusha.    Market Gardener (Scotland), Tea Planter (India), Coffee Farmer (Kenya and Tanganyika). 1912 Waitanga Estate, Kiambu. 1922 Hutvara Estate, Thika then Chania River Estate, Thika and Marangu Coffee Research Station, Arusha. Source: Roy Douglas Dewar
Gazette - 7/4/15 - Liable for Jury service, Kiambu - R.E. [sic] Dewar, Waitangi Estate, Kiambu
Nairobi Forest Road cemetery - Margaret Henrietta Dewar, British, age 56, died 20/8/34
Gazette - 29/10/1919 - Register of Voters - Kikuyu - Robert John Dewar, Coffee Planter, Waitangi, Kiambu and Margaret Henrietta Dewar, Waitangi, Kiambu

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