Robert Walter Purvis

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Major Robert Walter Purvis
Life dates
21 Apr 1869 - 01 Mar 1957
Unit or location Role Posted from until
Kinaldy Outstation Operator Unknown 20 Jul 1944
Gilmerton House, St Andrews, Fife
Other information

Known as Robin he was born at Kinaldy, Cameron Parish, near St Andrews, Fife and is buried in Dunino Churchyard, near St Andrews, Fife. He was the father of Mina Purvis.

Captain Reserve of Officers, 4th Queens Own Hussars, he served with 6th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry in South African War (1900) and was wounded in action at Nooitgedacht. He was awarded the rank of Honorary Major 3rd Battalion Gordon Highlanders.

He ran, with his brother William Herbert Purvis, a sugar plantation at Kukuihaele, Hawaii, arriving Honolulu (18th February 1889) on the "Alameda", living at Kukuihaele 1889-90 and departing (3rd May 1890) on the "Zealandia".

He purchased (February 1900) for £9,000 the estates of Gilmerton and Brigton, near St Andrews, Fife, and which adjoin Kinaldy to the North. Married (officially on 13th December 1904 at Morningside Church, Edinburgh, Scotland but having already secretly married in Edinburgh in November 1904) Henrietta Walton Gilmour (Netta).


Wilhemenia Morrison-Low

Purvis Family Tree