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Tracing the ancestry of Pamela Murdoch Bryans and Maurice Alan Johnson

Hugh Mitchell

Colonel 2nd Commandant, Royal Marines & Major, Royal Marines & Lieutenant-Colonel, Royal Marines & Captain, Royal Marines & Lieutenant, Royal Marines & Ensign, Royal Marines
Male 1787 - 1851  (64 years)


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  • Name Hugh Mitchell 
    Prefix Lt. Col. R.M. 
    Born 18 Mar 1787  Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1803  [4
    Ensign, Royal Marines 
    Occupation 1805  [4
    Lieutenant, Royal Marines 
    Occupation 1826  [4
    Captain, Royal Marines 
    Census 1841  East Stonehouse, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Occupation 1841  [4
    Major, Royal Marines 
    Occupation 1844  [4
    Lieutenant-Colonel, Royal Marines 
    Census 1851  Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Occupation 1851  [6
    Colonel 2nd Commandant, Royal Marines 
    Died 22 May 1851  Woolwich, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Person ID I0316  Johnson Tree
    Last Modified 14 May 2020 

    Father Hugh Mitchell
              b. 13 Jul 1756, New Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Abt Jul 1814, East Stonehouse, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Mother Grizel Logan
              b. 14 Sep 1756
              d. 28 Oct 1846, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 12 Sep 1785  New Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Siblings 3  
    Family ID F0359  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Wife Constance Bullen
              b. 6 Oct 1814, Ryde, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 13 May 1895, Ryde, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 4 Jan 1836  Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • At the time of marriage, Constance was 26 whilst her husband Hugh was 49!
    Children 
     1. Charles Bullen Hugh Mitchell, GCMG
              b. 25 Oct 1836, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 7 Dec 1899, Singapore, Singapore Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     2. Hugh Logan Mitchell
              b. 21 Jul 1837, East Stonehouse, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 26 Feb 1919, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     3. Constance Grace Mitchell
              b. 28 May 1840
              d. 24 Sep 1916  (Age 76 years)
     4. Ellen Margaret Mitchell
              b. 10 Feb 1842, East Stonehouse, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Laura Elizabeth Mary Mitchell
              b. 12 Sep 1845, Plymouth, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 2 Mar 1875, Bermuda Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F0116  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Early Life
      Hugh was born in March 1787 in Ayrshire, to Hugh and Grizel (sometimes Grace) Logan. Hugh may be the source of the argument documented by Robert Burns in Jamie Goose (see entry for Hugh senior for more details); one possibility is that he was born out of wedlock (i.e his parents Hugh and Grizel hadn't yet married). A private note to me from an Ancestry user states that this Hugh was the 7th Hugh Mitchell in succession!

      Career
      Hugh followed his father into the Royal Marines, being commissioned Second Lieutenant on the 9th July, 1803. He made First Lieutenant on the 15th August 1805, Captain on the 31st July 1826; Major on the 23rd November 1841; Lieutenant Colonel on the 10th July, 1844 and Colonel on the 26th February, 1851.

      Hugh served on board H.M.S. l'lmpetueux from May 1804 to June 1805, H.M.S. Topaze from August 1805 to March 1807; H.M.S. Antonia, Comus, Hotspur, and Iris from October 1807 to December 1814; H.M.S. Queen Charlotte from September 1820 to July 1823; H.M.S. Romney from May 1825 to November 1826; H.M.S. Revenge from February 1827 to October 1830; H.M.S. Implacable from August 1841 to January 1842 and H.M.S. Caledonia from 4th November 1843 to 3rd July 1844.

      Hugh was at the blockading of Brest; employed on the Madeira Station when that island was taken possession of in January 1808 ; on the coast of Portugal during the occupation of that country by the French; blockading St. Übes; on frequent service in boats, preventing supplies being thrown into the Tagus; captured, when in command of a small boat, under a heavy fire of musketry, and brought out a coasting vessel from under the fort of Cezimbra, and assisted in destroying a French battery in that vicinity. Present during a considerable part of the siege of Cadiz, and the active operations carried on by the Allied Forces; in the expedition to Barossa; landed with the Marines of the Squadron at Jariffa; was at the blockading of Havre, 1811; in a boat attack on an enemy's convoy, and succeeded, under a very heavy fire from the batteries, in capturing one vessel, running two on shore, and forcing the remainder of the convoy to seek shelter in Caen river. In 1812, employed with Sir Home Popham's Squadron, in conjunction with a Spanish guerilla force, under the command of El Pastor, in the attack on and capture of Leynitor and its French Garrison. Served with the Battalion in Syria, from October, 1840, to April, 1841. Colonel Mitchell's service afloat extended over 18 years, and he held the command of the Royal Marines stationed at Pembroke Dock from May 27, 1849, to February 25 1851.2

      Family Life
      Hugh married Constance Bullen in Pembroke on the 4 January 1836. They had five children:

      1. Charles Bullen Hugh, born in 1836 in Pembroke and who married Fanny Rice and then Eliza Welldon
      2. Hugh Logan, born 1839 and who moved to Australia
      3. Constance Grace, born 1840 and who married William Boswell Ranken and started an Australian offshoot of the family
      4. Ellen Margaret, born 1842 and who married Justus Thompson; their son Sydney went to live in South Africa with Charles Bullen Hugh
      5. Laura Elizabeth Mary, born 1845 and who married Francis McCausland

      Residences

      • 1841: Hugh is listed (along with Constance his wife, Charles, Hugh Logan and Constance his daughter) as residing in Durnford Street, in Stonehouse, Plymouth. This is right near the Naval Yards and Docks.
      • 1851: Hugh, Constance (wife & daughter), Ellen and Laura are listed at Woolwich, probably being at the Woolwich Division of the Royal Marines

      Death
      Hugh died suddenly, of pleuro-pneumonia on the 22nd May 1851, whilst at the Woolwich Barracks of the Royal Marines. For some reason his death wasn't registered until the 20th of September that year. From the Kentish Gazette (27th May 1851):
      Death of Colonel Mitchell, Royal Marines. Colonel Hugh Mitchell, Secord Colonel Commandant of the Woolwich Division of Royal Marines, died at five o'clock a.m today, at his residence in the Royal Marine Barracks, after a very short illness. The gallant officer entered as Second Lieutenant in the Royal Marines on July 9, 1803.


      Footnotes
      [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Campaign_of_1813
      [2] Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser - Saturday 31 May 1851

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Mar 1787 - Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Jan 1836 - Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1841 - East Stonehouse, Devon, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1851 - Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 May 1851 - Woolwich, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S0283] Logans of Knockshinnoch, The (1869 edition), JM Heslop, (Glasgow, 1869), Page 17.

    2. [S0185] Burns Chronicle 1997, (http://www.rbwf.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/1997.pdf), Page 82.

    3. [S0129] 1851 England Census, Ancestry, (ancestry.co.uk), Hugh Mitchell; Class: HO107; Piece: 1588; Folio: 482; Page: 1; GSU roll: 174825, 1851.

    4. [S0183] The New Annual Army List for 1846, Captain HG Hart, 49th Regiment, (John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1846), Pages 76 and 88.

    5. [S0130] 1841 England Census, Ancestry, (ancestry.co.uk), Hugh Mitchell; Class: HO107; Piece: 276; Book: 1; Civil Parish: East Stonehouse; County: Devon; Enumeration District: 1; Folio: 4; Page: 3; Line: 1; GSU roll: 241335, 1841.

    6. [S0035] familysearch, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SGLV-W1G.

    7. [S0129] 1851 England Census, Ancestry, (ancestry.co.uk), Hugh Mitchell; Class: HO107; Piece: 1588; Folio: 482; Page: 1; GSU roll: 174825.

    8. [S0233] GRO Death Record, General Records Office.

    9. [S0277] Bullen Pedigree, Unknown, (Family Archive; D_Unknown_Bullen).

    10. [S0184] History of the Village [of New Cumnock], (http://www.newcumnock.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/History-of-the-Village-1.docx), Page 19.

    11. [S0035] familysearch, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KCB2-94V.