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Paisley Art Gallery and Museum 1 week 5 days ago #61525

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Good morning all!

I am the current research assistant of World Cultures and Global Perspectives at Paisley Art Gallery and Museum.
Due to recent findings in our collection, I am here to trawl for information; particularly that on Edward J Ross, Robert and Peter Galbraith and Ina Cowan, all present at the Siege of Mafeking.

Any help would be most welcome as I will certainly be scratching the brains of a lot of you!

All the best,

Joel

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Welcome Joel.

We will see if we can assist.

David Biggins

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Paisley Art Gallery and Museum 1 week 5 days ago #61547

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There is certain information about the people you name contained in Colin Walker's Mafeking Siege Register.
Edward J. Ross - was in the Town Guard, Section A. Born 1865, Liverpool. Was in Cape Civil Service, During the siege, Ross engaged in sniping from the hotly contested brick pits. .Apparently Ross was something of a hand with photography and assisted in the early stages of the production of Mafeking's bank notes. After the war, Ross published his book of photographs of the siege.
Robert Galbraith - No entry in Walker's Register under that fore-name. There is however, an entry for "34 Sgt. D.R.Galbraith" of the Bechuanaland Rifles QSA clasps Defence of Mafeking and Transvaal.
Peter Galbraith - According to Walker's Register, there was a Cpl. P.T.Galbraith of the Bechuanaland Rifles Not the same person as the above.
Ina Cowan - Miss Ina Cowan was a civilian girl; volunteer nurse. Probably from Kilmaurs, North of Kilmarnock, Scotland. Sister of O/C, of Bechuanaland Rifles, Capt. Bryce Cowan. Later married an Australian and lived there until she died "an early death". Miss Ina Cowan held a diary during the siege Was mentioned many times in Mafeking's Siege Slips.
Joel, there is quite a bit more concerning Ross and Cowan in Colin Walker's Mafeking Siege Register. Colin Walker (or his agent or successors) hold the copyright. You might care to look for a copy of the Siege Register (ISBN 1-905546-20-3) locally.
Good luck with your research.

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Hi IL,

You've already provided more information than I have managed to track down! By Robert Galbraith I did indeed mean David Russell Galbraith, his brother is Cpl. P.T (Peter Tenant) as you mentioned. I'll certainly have a look at the Siege Register!

The reason I'm looking at these names in particular is that D.R Galbraith's daughter donated a series of objects to the museum in the 90s, including siege slips, full volume of the Mafeking mail, his shoulder pips, his Queen Vic chocolate box and his medals. More importantly, she donated the Galbraith photo album at Mafeking, Ina Cowan's diary (manuscript copy) and what looks to be an original photo album of Ross (due to un cropped photographs, and previously unseen images not included in his publication). So quite an important collection. With elements of the war coming into the museum in eclectic collections (such as mauser rifles, lee enfields, spent shells etc); this will be a vitally important story to tell when the museum reopens in the next 4 years.

Regarding Ina, whilst I have the photograph of the volunteer nurses (No.111) in Taylor's publication 'Siege views of Mafeking', I cannot identify which one she is. Has she ever been identified in photographs at all?

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Joel

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Unfortunately, I cannot assist in identifying Miss Ina Cowan. I cracked a wry smile at Edward Ross's entry in Walker's Mafeking Siege Register regarding his sniping from the "brickpits". Apparently, Ross arranged with Maj. Panzera to allow him to undertake this hazardous duty; Maj. Panzera himself took part in that activity. Currently, I am custodian of Maj. Panzera's medal group. You may care to view my post re Major Panzera in Mafeking - entitled "Mafeking Defender".
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