William Elphinstone Malcolm 18,218
- Born: 27 December 1817, Marylebone, London
- Marriage (1): Mary Douglas on 15 April 1857
- Marriage (2): Charlotte Elizabeth Leslie-Melville on 12 May 1866
- Died: 30 December 1907, Burnfoot, Westerkirk, Dumfriesshire aged 90 13
Entered: Michs. 1836
More Information: Adm. pens. (age 17) at TRINITY, Apr. 23, 1835.
School, Finchley, Middlesex. Matriculated Michelmas 1836; B.A. 1840;
For some time in the Navy. Colonel, 1st Dumfries Rifle Volunteers.
Listed as Justice of the Peace in 1851 and 1871
From The Times, December 31, 1907
Mr. William Elphinstone Malcolm, of Burnfoot, died suddenly yesterday.
As announced in The Times of yesterday, it was only on Saturday that
he was presented with his portrait to celebrate the completion of his
90th year, and in recognition of his long public services in the
Border district. Mr. Malcolm came of a distinguished Border family,
his father being on of the Four Knights of Eskdale-for brothers name
Malcolm, who all rose to eminence in the service of their country, and
who were all knighted. He was born in December, 1817, in London, and
he was the second son of Admiral Sir Pulteney Malcolm, G.C.B.,
G.C.M.G. His mother was a daughter of the Hon. William Fullerton
Elphinstone. After being educated at Hampstead and Finchley he
entered the Navy in 1831, and served in H.M. frigate Belvidere in the
Mediterranean, but left the service in 1833 on account of weak health.
Later he went to Trinity College, Cambridge, and took his B.A. degree
in 1840. He spent two years in foreign travel, and after taking his
M.A. degree in 1843 settled at Burnfoot, where he had ever since
resided. He was a Justice of the Peace, Commissioner of Supply, and a
Deputy-Lieutenant for the county of Dumfies. When the Volunteer
movement took shape, in 1860, he became captain of the Langholm
Company, his service extending over 26 years, during the last five of
which he commanded the Dumfriesshire Battalion. In 1857 he married
Mary, second daughter of Mr. James Douglas, of Cavers, Roxburghshire
(she died in 1859), and by her had one daughter who succeeded to the
Cavers property. He subsequently married Charlotte Elizabeth, eldest
daughter of the Hon. Alex. Leslie Melville, and she died in 1892.
Noted events in his life were:
1. Census UK 1851: 1851, Burnfoot, Westerkirk, Dumfriesshire.
2. Census UK 1861: 1861, Burnfoot, Westerkirk, Dumfriesshire.
3. Visitor: 1871, Branston Hall, Branston, Lincolnshire.
4. Boarder: 1881, 33 Chapel Street, Woodhall, Hertfordshire.
5. Resided: 30 December 1907, Burnfoot, Westerkirk, Dumfriesshire. 13
6. He had an estate probated on 8 May 1908 in London. 13
William married Mary Douglas, daughter of James Douglas and Unknown, on 15 April 1857. (Mary Douglas died on 12 May 1859.)
William next married Charlotte Elizabeth Leslie-Melville, daughter of Alexander Leslie-Melville and Charlotte Smith, on 12 May 1866. (Charlotte Elizabeth Leslie-Melville was born on 7 August 1826 in Watton, Hertfordshire and died on 27 November 1892 in Lawrence House, York 13.)