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Alexander Inkson McConnochie
Scottish Author and Chartered Accountant


The Works of Alexander Inkson McConnochie...

"Ben Muich Dhui and His Neighbours: A Guide to the Cairngorm Mountains" - 1885
"Bennachie" - 1890
"Lochnagar" - 1891
"Deeside" - 1895
"The Royal Dee: A Description of the River from the Wells to the Sea" - 1898
"The Book of Ellon" by James H Brown as edited by Alex. Inkson McConnochie - 1901
"Donside" - 1901
"Strathspey" - 1902
"Guide to Aviemore and Vicinity" - 1907

Biographical Summary
[Evidence is supplied in the accompanying .pdf file]

Alexander Inkson (1850-1936), who, by the 1871 Census, had changed his name to Alexander Inkson McConnochie, was the elder son of William Inkston Jnr. (1823-1882) [Journeyman Shoemaker] and Jane McConnochie (1829-1861) who had married on the 25th of May 1847 in Rothes, Moray, Scotland.

Jane McConnochie, christened in Rothes on the 14th of June, 1829, was an illegitimate daughter of William McConnochie [Farmer] and Janet Ledingham

[Domestic Servant].
William Inkston Jnr., born in Rothes on 25th September, 1823, was a son of William Inkston Snr. and Elspat Ross.

Alexander, the subject of this mini-biography, was the first-born of William Inkson Jnr, and Jane McConnochie on the 19th of February 1850 in Rothes, Moray, Scotland and he was christened there as Alexander Inkson on the 23rd of March 1850.

Alexander’s younger brother, William McConnochie Inkson was born in Rothes on the 25th of September, 1852, and his sister Helen Inkson on the 22nd of July, 1855.

No more siblings were born until, on the 24th of December, 1861, a premature baby girl arrived only to die 20 hours later on Christmas Day. Sadly, four days later, on the 29th of December, mother Jane died as a result of the problems caused by the premature birth of her second daughter.

In the 1861 Census taken on the 7th of April, Alexander Inkson was at school in Oyne, Aberdeenshire where he was living with his Aunt Helen (McConnochie) Maitland [another illegitimate daughter of William McConnochie and Janet Ledingham] and her Stationmaster husband, Erskine Maitland.

Then, in the 1871 Census, Alexander is registered as Alexander Inkson McConnochie [ Law Clerk] living with his unmarried Grandmother Janet Ledingham at 75 Chapel Street, Old Machar, Aberdeen.

Meantime, Alexander’s father, widower William Inkson Jnr., had procreated an illegitimate daughter Isabel with an Isabella Burgess in 1863, but then married another lady on the 24th of May, 1864 …. nineteen year old Mary Gordon with whom he had four children in Rothes by 1871, and another four by 1881, before he died aged c. 60 in 1882.

It thus seems a reasonable hypothesis that his father’s ‘behaviour’ caused his son, Alexander Inkston, to change his surname to his late mother’s maiden surname, McConnochie.

The next sight of Alexander in official records appears with his marriage to Wilhelmina Johnston Thom, daughter of Alexander Thom [Journeyman Mason] and Elizabeth (Johnston) Thom on the 27th March, 1873 at 24 Regent Quay, St Nicholas, Aberdeen. But tragedy strikes on the 24th of January, 1874 when Childbirth Peritonitis kills Wilhelmina. Thus widower Alexander has not only lost his mother in childbirth, but also his wife!

By 1881, Alexander is a qualified chartered accountant, but, as yet, there is no sign from public records that he is developing writing talent by publishing detailed descriptions gleaned from roaming the highlands and lowlands of Aberdeenshire and neighbouring shires. However, this changes with the success of his publication in 1885 of, "Ben Muich Dhui and His Neighbours: A Guide to the Cairngorm Mountains". Two more books followed … "Bennachie" in 1890, and then "Lochnagar" in 1891, when the 1991 Census shows him still following his career as a chartered accountant in Aberdeen.

1896 was a happy year for Alexander, when he married a London artist and sculptor, Catherine Henrietta Emilie SCHLESINGER, born in 1865 in Islington to Antoni Schlesinger, originally from Frankfurt, Germany, and his wife Florence, originally from Florence, Italy. The marriage took place in St. Pancras, London in the autumn of that year. Then in the 1901 Scottish Census the couple are shown to be living in the Rubislaw Parish of St. Machar District of Aberdeen, with Alexander still a chartered accountant.

No doubt while Catherine was busy with her painting and sculpting, Alexander must have been continuing with his trekking around the neighbouring countryside gathering material for the following publications …

"Deeside" in 1895 - "The Royal Dee: A Description of the River from the Wells to the Sea" in 1898 "The Book of Ellon" by James H Brown as edited by Alex. Inkson McConnochie in 1901, and "Donside" also in 1901. No children are listed with them in 1901, and again they are childless in the 1911 Census in Glasgow; not surprising when Alexander was by then 65 years of age and Catherine c. 46. The following, probably last, publications, appeared in 1902 and 1907 respectively… v.i.z. "Strathspey" and "Guide to Aviemore and Vicinity". It is clear that at some stage between 1911 and 1936 they removed to live down South, as Alexander died, aged 86 in March, 1936 in Hendon, Middlesex, England. Thereafter, in due course, Widow Catherine must have made her hometown Hove, Sussex, England, for her death, in her late 80s, is registered there in June, 1952.

"Guide to Aviemore and vicinity" by Alexander Inkson McConnochie in 1907
Bennachie
Lochnagar
Royal Dee
Book Of Ellon


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