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Henry Vivian Cowan                       1854-1918
Henry was born on 10 November 1854, the son of Richard Cowan and Elizabeth Inez Forrester, at Ayr, Ayr, Scotland.

Mabel Talbot Laing                         1860-1928
Mabel was born on 19 November 1860, the daughter of James and Theresa Talbot Laing, at Sunderland, County Durham.
I have identified the following children:
Lillias Maud Born 27 Dec 1895   Bengal, India Married Geoffrey Stirling Greenland
Mabel Grace Born 23 Jul 1897   Woolwich, Kent Died 1992, Age 94
Helen Margaret Born 28 Apr 1899   Woolwich, Kent Died 1976, Age 77

Birth of Parents
Henry Vivian Cowan b: 10 Nov 1854             Ayr, Ayr, Scotland
son of Richard Cowan and Elizabeth Inez Forrester

Mabel Talbot Laing b: 19 Nov 1860  c: 19 Dec 1860   St. Michael's, Bishopwearmouth   1860 4Q Sunderland 10a 389
daughter of James and Theresa Talbot Laing, Shipbuilder, 23 Fawcett Street
30 Jan 1894
Henry Vivian Cowan
Mabel Talbot Laing
Ford, Northumberland       1894 1Q Glendale 10b 553

Lillias Maud Cowan b: 27 Jan 1895  c: 30 Jan 1896           Umballa, Bengal, India
daughter of Henry Vivian Cowan and Mabel Talbot Laing
Mabel Grace Cowan b: 23 Jul 1897                 Woolwich, Kent
daughter of Henry Vivian Cowan and Mabel Talbot Laing
Helen Margaret Cowan b: 28 Apr 1899  c: 4 Jul 1899               Bishopwearmouth, County Durham
daughter of Henry Vivian Cowan and Mabel Talbot Laing, Woolwich, Kent

1901 Census RG13-4716 1 April 1901 Sunderland, County Durham
Sir James Laing, Kt
Theresa Talbot (Wife)
Hugh (u)
Eleanor S. (u)
Mabel T. Cowan (Dau)
Henry V. Cowan (Son-law)
Margaret G. Crow (u) (Visitor)
Clara Moller (u) (Companion)
Plus 15 Servants
Age 78
Age 69
Age 29
Age 31
Age 40
Age 46
Age 52
Age 45
Ship Builder

Ship Builder

Lieut. Royal Artillery
Bishop Auckland

abt 1823
abt 1831
28 May 1871
25 Sep 1869
19 Nov 1860
10 Nov 1854
abt 1848
abt 1855

1901 Census RG13-20 1 April 1901 Kensington Town, London
50 Palace Garden Terrace
Lillias M. Cowan (Dau)
Mabel G. (Dau)
Helen M. (Dau)
Plus 4 Servants
Age 5
Age 3
Age 1
Colonel's Daughter
Colonel's Daughter
Colonel's Daughter
27 Dec 1895
23 Jul 1897
28 Apr 1899

Col. Henry Vivian Cowan Died 25 Jan 1918, Age 63,   Bideford, Devonshire   1918 1Q Bideford 5b 654

The Times, Saturday, Jan 26, 1918                         Death
COWAN - On the 25th Jan., at Ford House, Bideford Colonel Henry V. Cowan, C.V.O., C.B., late A.A.G., Irish Command, aged 64.
LONDON   19 March 1918                         Probate
COWAN, Henry Vivian, of Ford House, Bideford, Devonshire, Colonel R.A. (Retired) C.B. C.V.O., died 24 January 1918, probate London, 19 March, to Mabel Talbot Cowan, widow, and Lillias Maud Cowan, spinster.     Effects £5,401 9s. 7d.

The Times, Saturday, Jan 26, 1918               OBITUARY
  The death occurred at his residence, Ford House, Bideford, yesterday, at the age of 64, of Colonel Henry Vivian Cowan, C.V.O., C.B., late A.A.G. Irish Command, who was Military Secretary to Lord Roberts during the South African War.
  Colonel Cowan, who was the son of the late Richard Cowan, of St. Kilda, Sidmouth, was educated at Winchester, and entered the Royal Artillery in 1873, being promoted Captain and brevit major in 1882, Major in 1890. Lieutenant Colonel in 1899, and Colonel in 1901.   He retired in 1911.
  He served during the Afghan War 1878 - 1880 as A.D.C.,
being present at the action of Charasiah, and with the Egyptian Expedition 1882, taking part in the battle of Tel-el-Kebir, in which he was severely wounded.   In the South African War he was present at Poplar Grove, Driefontein, and other actions.   He became Assistant Military Secretary to the General Commanding the forces in Ireland, and in 1904 was appointed Commandant, Royal Military Academy.
  He was A.D.C. to the King from 1904 to 1911, and from 1914 to last year held the post of A.A.G., Irish Command.   He received the C.V.O. in 1904, and the C.B. in 1908.
  Colonel Cowan married in 1894, Mabel Talbot, daughter of the late Sir James Laing, of Etal Manor, Northumberland.

Mabel Talbot (Laing) Cowan Died 2 Mar 1928, Age 67,   Sidmouth, Devonshire   1928 1Q Honiton 5b 31

The Times, Monday, Mar 5, 1928                         DEATHS
  COWAN - On March 2, 1928, at Anchorage, Sidmouth, Mabel Talbot, widow of Colonel H. V. Cowan, C.B., C.V.O., and daughter of the late Sir James Laing, of Sunderland.

The Times, Thursday, Apr 10, 1941                         Death
  GREENLAND - On Feb. 20, 1941, after a years illness, at Vancouver, B.C., Lt. Commander Geoffrey Stirling Greenland, R.N., (Retired), younger son of the Rev. C. Greenland, and beloved husband of Lillias Maud (née Cowan).

Lillias Maud (Cowan) Greenland Died 26 Mar 1959, Age 63,

The Times, Saturday, Mar 28, 1959                         Death
GREENLAND - On March 26th 1959 (Maundy Thursday), in a nursing home, Lillias Maud, aged 63, late of Kelowna, B.C., and Vancouver, widow of Lt. Commander Geoffrey Stirling Greenland, R.N., and eldest daughter of the late Col. Henry Vivian Cowan, C.V.O., C.B., and Mabel Talbot Cowan (née Laing), dear sister of Mabel (Grace) and Helen Cowan, of 56 Circus Road Mansions, St. John's Wood, N.W.8.   Funeral, st. Marylebone Crematorium, at 2 p.m., on Tuesday March 31st.   Family flowers only to William Nodes, 53 St. John's Wood High Street. N.W.8.