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14 Major Gen Sir Alexander John Forsyth Reid
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14 Major Gen Sir Alexander John Forsyth Reid

Major General Sir Alexander John Forsyth Reid KCB, MA, LLD
(Photo and text courtesy of Cressida Potter)

Sir Alexander Reid Reid is descendant from a famous Glenbuchat family. The Reid family of Baltimore.

Cressida Potter of the Reids of Rinmore Site writes of Sir Alexander Reid

Major General Sir Alexander John Forsyth Reid KCB, MA, LLD (nicknamed Jock) was born 21st August 1846, 2nd son to the Rev'd William Reid MA and his wife Elizabeth Mary Scott. William was the minister of Auchindoir and Kearn and the son of John Reid farmer at Milton of Glenbuchat. This John Reid was an older brother of both James, my own great, great, great grandfather and Peter, grandfather of Dr Ada Reid (for anyone interested, this makes Alexander and I, 2nd cousins, 3 times removed)!

After leaving Aberdeen University where he gained an MA and LLD, Alexander began his career on 18th January 1867 as an ensign in the Indian Army in the109th Regiment of Foot (Bombay Infantry). By 5th October 1868 he was attached to the 45th Bengal Native Infantry as the 2nd Wing Subaltern. Alexander was promoted to lieutenant on 6th May 1871 and was now part of the Staff Corps and attached to the 30th Bengal Native Infantry. Around 1874 he was studying at Thomason College, an engineering college established in India in 1854.

He served in the Second Anglo-Afghan War of 1878/80 and was promoted to Captain, he was also dangerously wounded during the forcing of the Peiwar Kota and was brevetted Major on 2nd March 1881.

In 1888 Alexander took part in the Hazara expedition and became a Lieutenant Colonel. On 6th January 1894 he became Colonel of the 29th Bengal native Infantry. In 1895 he participated in the 1st and 2nd Miranzai expeditions. In the North-West Frontier campaign of 1897-98, he commanded the Malakand relief column and the Uthman Khel as a Major-General. He is also mentioned several times by a young Winston Churchill in 'The Story of the Malakand Field Force'. He was rewarded with a CB. He also participated in the China expedition of 1900-1901 and received a KCB. He was mentioned in dispatches on at least three separate occasions:

“Colonel A. J. F. Reid, officiating Colonel on the Staff, Malakand Brigade, afforded me valuable assistance by carrying out the re-arrangement of the defensive posts at the Malakand on the 1st August after the Relieving Force had been drawn from them and in making the preparations for Colonel T. H. Goldney's attack on the 2nd.”

“His Excellency has much pleasure in endorsing the favourable terms in which Sir Bindon Blood has mentioned Colonel A. J. F. Reid, who was responsible for a great portion of the line of communications and for the efficient supply of
troops at the front…”

“Some difficulties arose on the transfer of Officers and materials to the Tirah Expeditionary Force on its formation, especially as large convoys of sick and wounded were on the line of this force at the time, but these difficulties were successfully overcome by Colonel A. J. F. Reid, who was in charge of the Line, and matters were ultimately restored to smooth working on the arrival of Surgeon-Colonel J. C. G. Carmichael, Indian Medical Service, who is now Principal Medical Officer of the Force”.

“The Line of Communications and the Base were also most efficiently managed by Colonel A. J. F. Reid, and by Lieutenant-Colonel A. V. Schalch, 29nth Bengal Infantry, the Base Commandant, and their respective staffs.”

When he was 62, Alexander married Alexandra Catharine Dyce Stewart, eldest daughter of Sir David Stewart of Banchory-Devenick and Leggart. He also became chairman of the Aberdeen Territorial Association and was a member of the United Service Club. He was the author of "The Rev. Alexander John Forsyth and his Invention of the Percussion Lock".

Alexander died at Aboyne on 4th September 1913, Alexandra survived him by a further 15 years.

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My gg grandmother had her first child (illegitimate) with Dr. John Reid of Scotland in 1883. I don't have much info on him but was wondering if a connection is possible.
Added by Samantha on 09 September 2011
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