Surname Saturday – Henry Rowan Lindsay

It’s Surname Saturday!

Today I’m going to discuss my 3rd great-grandfather Henry Rowan Lindsay.

Henry was born in 1838 to Robert and Catherine Lindsay in Richmond, Surrey, England. In 1859, he married my 3rd great-grandmother Rebecca Downes in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, England. In the 1861 Census, Henry and Rebecca were working for Caroline Dunraven (2nd Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl Windham Henry Wyndham-Quin’s widow). Henry was the cook and Rebecca was the house keeper. By this time they had my 2nd great-grandfather Wyndham Rowan who had been born in 1860. When Wyndham was christened on 28 Jul 1861, they were at Dunraven Castle at Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.

Dunraven Castle
Dunraven Castle as portrayed in a book by Earl of Dunraven, published in 1926

In 1862 they had a daughter Harriet Downes, 1863 son Oscar Arthur Robert and finally 1864 their last child Florence Mary Caroline.

In the 1871 Census the family was living at 89 Geneva Road in Brixton, St Matthews Parish. For unknown reason the last name listed in this census is Omrie and Henry was a Brewer Traveller.

For the 1881 and 1891 Census, I can not seem to find Henry and Rebecca.

In the 1901 and 1911 Census, Henry and Rebecca were living at 44 Carlisle St, Marylebone, London, England. Henry was a chef in the 1901 census and in the 1911 census he was a Sweeper for Brough Council. In the 1911 Census it shows that of the four children that Henry and Rebecca had only two were living. I know that Oscar A.R. died at the age of 20 in 1883 and that Wyndham lived until 1943. I haven’t found any information about either of the girls born to Henry and Rebecca.

I find it very interesting that two of their children were named after the Wyndham-Quin’s. Also the names Rowan and Oscar are in every generation of our family. My grandfather was Oscar Rowan Lindsay and his father was Oscar Lindsay but more about them in later posts!

I’m hoping to find out more information this side of my family. Maybe some day I can take a genealogical trip to England and Wales, as this is where a lot of my mom’s ancestors originated from.

Until next time, thanks for visiting!



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