The McHardy's, taken at Opunake, Taranaki, new Zealand, in 1886.
Standing, L to R: William; Alexander;Nell; Charles Forbes;Isobel; James; Jack and Jane.
Seated, L to R: Anne; Jean Michie; George; Charles McHardy; Mary.
Charles McHardy (see Queen Victoria’s Highlanders of Scotland (Forbes Men)). born Braemar 1834, died Aberdeen 1905. His Grandfather William McHardy was head keeper at Mar Lodge. A prominent heavyweight and athlete. In 1859 at the Braemar Gathering (held that year at Balmoral) he won a dirk and a sword presented by Queen Victoria for hammer and caber respectively.
A member of Braemar Royal Highland Society 1851 – 1883. Emigrated with his wife (Jean Michie, a native of Strathdon) and 11 children to NZ in 1885. (His son Charles Forbes McHardy was publicly acknowledged by Donald Dinnie in Auckland in 1891 to be a more worthy world champion than he (Dinnie) was. In Sydney, for a bet, he (Charles F.) lifted 1064lb (17.54 cwt.) of iron off the ground.)
Other four sons became farmers. The youngest daughter, Mary, had striking red hair, which was a source of great interest and wonder to the Mauri people at Taranaki, who had never before seen red hair.
Charles died in Aberdeen in 1905, while on a return visit to Scotland, and is buried there. His Great Grandson, Bob McHardy, a retired farmer in Hikuai, NZ, has twice recently visited the Braemar Gathering (most recently in 2010).
The family belonged in the 18th century to Daldownie in Glen Gairn.
29th January 2011
The McHardy's at Taranaki, c1886. Courtesy of John Duff.
The photo below shows the McHardy brothers, and their brother-in-law, James Grant of Abergairn.
The photo was sent to William McHardy (related by marriage) by Sheila Grant of Edinburgh, a former work colleague and great grand-daughter of James Grant.
The writing is thought to be that of Joseph McHardy who was the youngest son of William McHardy, and was obviously done long after the photo was taken. His grandmother was Ann, who died at Abergairn in 1890. She had lived there with her daughter, Jane, for a number of years.
The written description indicates that the photo was taken outside Mar Cottage (but looks more like a studio, probably Ewing's).
James Grant's brother John was the author of "The Legends". Also his sister, Helen, was married to Alister (Alexander) McHardy the Chief Constable of Inverness.
Ewing, the photographer, had a studio in Braemar from 1889 until 1904.
(It is almost certain that the photograph was taken after the occasion of Jane's funeral, who died aged 46, in 1893).
27th January 2011
The McHardy's c1880. Courtesy of William McHardy.
Willam MacHardy is the father of the brothers in the Ewing photo (above). He died in 1867 and his widow, Ann, spent the last years of her life with her daughter, Jane, who was married to James Grant of Abergairn.
Victoria's Highalnders, published c1875. Courtesy of William McHardy.