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Saturday, 29 November 2008

Whyte-Melville Ancestry Fife Scotland

George John Whyte-Melville, 1821 to 1878, was born on 19th January 1821 in the village of Strathkinness, Fife, Scotland. He was educated at Eton and in 1839 he received a commission in the 93rd Highlanders, transferring later to the Coldstream Guards. During the Crimean War he commanded a regiment of Turkish irregular cavalry and retired with the rank of major. Whyte-Melville devoted most of his life to the pursuits of a country gentleman and the best of his 28 novels deal with his first love, hunting; in all his work there is an emphasis on aristocratic manners and chivalry. The Queen's Maries (1862) is a serious attempt to deal, fictionally, with the story of mary, Queen of Scots, and her ladies-in-waiting. After the breakdown of his marriage in 1847 Whyte-Melville lived in Gloucestershire and he was killed in a hunting accident on 5th December 1878. His works include: Tilbury Nogo (1854); Kate Coventry (1856); The Arab's Ride to Cairo (1857); The Interpreter (1858); General Bounce (1860); Holmby House (1860); Good for Nothing (1861); Market Harborough (1861); The Queen's Maries (1862); The Gladiators (1863); The Brookes of Kridlemere (1864); Cerise (1866); The White Rose (1867); Bones and I (1868); Songs and Verses (1869) .Contraband (1871) Sarchedon (1871); Satanella (1872); The True Cross (1873); Uncle John (1873); Katerfelto (1875); Sister Louise (1876); Rosine (1877); Digby Grand (1878); Riding Recollections (1878); Roy's Wife (1878); Black but Comely (1879).

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