Low, Chabot, Beke, Halley, Harland, West, Richardson & Gregory families
The families are all related through marriage, with James Low of Kirriemuir marrying Ann Fairweather c1803, and their descendants marrying members from the Chabot. Halley and West families. A common thread through the families is international trade, with Alexander Fairweather Low listed as a Merchant in Dundee in 1841. AF Low moved to Mexico, where he owned the La Hormiga cotton factory, and where he met his wife, Mary-Ann Julia Chabot, whose father, James Chabot had traded as a merchant in Malta and London before moving to Mexico. The Chabot family in the UK originated with Jaques Chabot, a French Huguenot refugee.
Alexander JS Low, photo-journalist is the son of Alexander Halley Low, whose mother was Annie Halley. His maternal great-great grandfather, Alexander Hally was born at Lundie Fowlis, and by 1808 was a merchant and Sardinian Consul in Madeira. His son, Dr Alexander Halley (who added an e to the spelling of Hally) returned from Madeira to Edinburgh for his medical training. He maintained interest in his Scottish roots through membership of the Gaelic Society and Highland Society of London, where he practised. Dr Halley married Emily Jane Harland, whose brother, Sir Edward Harland, was a founder of the ship building company, Harland and Wolff.
The West family, originally from Ireland, are connected to the Low's through the marriage of AJS Low's great-uncle, Charles Watson Low to Violet Augusta West. Her brother, Captain George West served in Africa and as British Vice Consul of Archangel, during the 1905 Russian revolution. George’s life was quite troubled, ending with him being sectioned and admitted to Holloway Sanatorium, Virginia Water, where he died.
Alexander Halley Low was a geologist and mining consultant who explored the oil fields of north west Canada, His marriage to Dorothy Lindesay Gregory, connected the Low family to the Gregory-Richardson families, one of whom, AH Lindesay-Richardson won the first V.C. fighting for 'Strathconer’s Horse', a Canadian regiment under British control in the Boer War.