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Colonel Leslie Davidson of Inchmarlo   1850-1915
Colonel William Leslie Davidson of Inchmarlo, CB QM (4 clasps) JP RHA, Gentleman Usher to His M King George V, ADC to The Chief of Staff to His Majesty's Viceroy of India, ADC to His Majesty's Lieutenant Governor of Gibraltar.
Leslie was born on 31 January 1850, the son of Professor Patrick Davidson of Inchmarlo and Mary Anne Leslie of Warthill. He served in the Zulu War in 1879 (Mentioned in Despatches), the Afghan War in 1880, and the South African War in 1899 (Mentioned in Despatches). He married the Lady Theodora (van) Keppel DGstJ in 1887. He died on active service, while leading his men, in WW1.
Lady Theodora (van) Keppel DGstJ   1861-1945
Lady Theodora was born about 1861, the daughter of Sir William Coutts Keppel, 7th Earl of Albemarle and Sophia Mary MacNab, at Chelsea, London.
She was 7th in line of descent from HM King Charles II. The Godfather of Leopoldina's (Lena's) aunt, Lady Leopoldina (van) Keppel, was HM King Leopold II of The Belgians, (born 1835, Crowned 1865, died 1909), a long standing friend of the family. .
I have identified the following children.
  Hilary Born abt 1889   London, Middlesex  
Donald Alastair Leslie Born 6 Oct 1891   Woolwich, London  
Vera Marian Born abt 1893   Woolwich, London Married Aylmer Probyn Maude
Lena Theodora Born abt 1894   Aldershot, Berkshire Married Walter Basil Bonn
Colin Keppel Born 1 Sep 1895   Aldershot, Berkshire Married Lady Rachel Fitzalan Howard

Birth of Parents
William Leslie Davidson b: 31 Jan 1850         Inchmarlo, Kincardineshire, Scotland
son of Patrick Davidson and Mary Ann Leslie

Theodora Keppel b: abt 1861         Chelsea, London
daughter of Sir William Coutts Keppel 7th Earl of Albemarle, and Sophia Mary MacNab
Marriage
1 Feb 1887
Leslie Davidson
Theodora Keppel

Children
Hilary Davidson b: abt 1889               London, Surrey       1889 2Q St George Hanover Square 1a 449
daughter of Leslie Davidson and Theodora Keppel, St Johns, Westminster

1891 Census RG12-531 6 April 1891 Woolwich Dockyard, Woolwich, London
District Royal Artillery Barracks
William Leslie Davidson Theodora (Wife)
Hilary
Plus 2 Servants
Age 41
Age 29
Age 1
Major Royal Horse Artillary
London
London
Scotland
Middlesex
Middlesex
abt 1850
abt 1861
abt 1889

Donald Alastair Leslie Davidson b: 6 Oct 1891               Woolwich, London       1891 4Q Woolwich 1d 1193
son of Leslie Davidson and Theodora Keppel
Vera Marian Davidson b: abt 1893               Woolwich, London       1893 3Q Woolwich 1d 1235
daughter of Leslie Davidson and Theodora Keppel
Lena Theodora Davidson b: abt 1894               Aldershot, Berkshire       1894 4Q Farnham 2a 103
daughter of Leslie Davidson and Theodora Keppel
Colon Keppel Davidson b: 1 Sep 1895               Aldershot, Berkshire       1895 3Q Farnham 2a 127
son of Leslie Davidson and Theodora Keppel

1901 Census RG13-1134 1 April 1901 Sutton Courtenay, Berkshire
Mill House, Church Street
Theodora Davidson(Head)(M)
Donald A. L.
Vera M.
Lena T.
Colon K.
Plus 5 Servants
Age 39
Age 9
Age 7
Age 6
Age 5
  Chelsea
Woolwich
Woolwich
Aldershot
Aldershot
London


Berkshire
Berkshire
abt 1861
6 Oct 1891
abt 1893
abt 1894
1 Sep 1895

1911 Census RG14-32 3 April 1911 Ventnor, Hampshire
5 St Georges Square, London   (8 Rooms)
William Leslie Davidson   (Visitor)
Theodora Davidson (Wife)  (Visitor)
Plus 2 Servants
Age 61
Age 49
Retired Colonel R.A. Aberdeen Scotland
London
18 May 1866
abt 1861
Theodora had Six children, and Five are still living.

Death
Leslie Davidson Died 3 Aug 1915, Age 65

The Times, Friday, Aug 06, 1915                    CASUALTIES
Colonel Leslie Davidson, C.B.
    Colonel William Leslie Davidson, C.B., Royal Artillery, Gentleman Usher to the King, died of heart failure at Rouen on August 3 while on active service.
  Colonel Davidson, who was 65 years of age, was the second son of the late Patrick Davidson, LLD, of Inchmarlo, and entered the Army in July, 1869, obtaining his coloneley in April, 1900.   In 1875-7 he was A.D.C. to the Commander-in-Chief, India, and in 1881-2 to the government of Gibraltar.   Colonel Davidson was wounded in the Zulu campaign, 1879, and was mentioned in dispatches.   He saw active service again in the Afghan War, 1880, and in the South African War, where he was Colonel on the Staff for Royal Artillery.   He was present at the relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Poplar Grove, Dreifontein, and Karee Siding; and for his services, which were mentioned in dispatches, received the Queen's Medal with four clasps and was made a C.B.
  Colonel Davidson, who had been Gentleman Usher to the King since 1913, married, in 1887, Lady Theodora, eldest daughter of the 7th Earl of Albemarle, and leaves two sons and four daughters.   His nephew, captain D. H. Davidson, Seaforth Highlanders, was killed on May 9.
IN Memory of
Colonel LESLIE DAVIDSON
CB
Royal Horse Artillery
Who Died Age 65
ON 3 Aug 1915

Son of Patrick Davidson and of Mary Ann Leslie,
husband of Lady Theodora Davidson.

REMEMBERED WITH HONOR
ST. SEVER CEMETERY,
Rouen, France

COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION

IN Memory of
Captain DONALD ALASTAIR LESLIE DAVIDSON
MC
19th Sqdn., Royal Flying Corps
Who Died Age 25
ON 30 Apr 1917

Son of Col. W. Leslie Davidson, C.B., (R.A.),
and Lady Theodora Davidson, of Hampton Court Palace.

REMEMBERED WITH HONOR
ARRAS FLYING SERVICES MEMORIAL,
Pas de Calais, France

COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION
IN Memory of
Lieutenant Colonel COLIN KEPPEL DAVIDSON
CIE, OBE
108023, 77 Anti-Tank Regt., Royal Artillery
Who Died Age 47
ON 2 Mar 1943

Son of Colonel Leslie Davidson, C.B., Royal Artillery,
and of Lady Theodora Davidson,
husband of Lady Rachel Davidson,
of Crosshurst, Arundel, Sussex.

REMEMBERED WITH HONOR
BEJA WAR CEMETERY
Tunisia

COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION

Death
Theodora (Keppel) Davidson Died 1945

The Times, Tuesday, Nov 6, 1945   DEATHS
REQUIEM MASS
LADY THEODORA DAVIDSON
    A requiem Mass was sung yesterday at Brompton Oratory for Lady Theodora Davidson. Father Dale Roberts was the celebrant.
Relatives and others present included:
Mrs. Aylmer Probyn Maude (daughter),
Major and Mrs. Walter Bonn (son-in-law and daughter),
Lady Rachel Davidson (daughter-in-law),
Colonel the Hon George and Mrs. Keppel, (Brother and Sister-in-law)
Lady Hilda Keppel (Sister),
the Earl and Countess of Cork and Orrery (Brother-in-law and Sister),
the Hon Lady Keppel (Sister-in-law),
Mr. Christopher Bonn,
Mrs. Jacqueline Dups and
Mrs. Anne Butler (Grandchildren),
The Earl and Countess of Albemarle,
the Hon Mrs. Roland Cubitt,
the Duke of Norfolk,
Lady Catherine Phillips,
Lady Caroline Drummond,
Olive Lady Sebright,
Lady Beatrice Pole-Carew,
Lady Winifred Renshaw,
Sir John Murray,
Colonel and Mrs. Woolrych Perowne,
Mrs. Angela Pickering,
Mrs. Denham Parker,
Mrs. James Annesley
Miss Vera Margolis,
Mr. Richard Colley,
Mr. Algernon Sladen,
Mrs. Frank D'Arcy,
Wing Commander Simon Maude (Grandson) and
Mr. James and Lady Agnes Durham were unavoidably prevented from attending.

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