The Pyle Family Of Tarbet
by Anne Mackay - Australia
Pyle, Great Great
Grandfather of the author, was innkeeper at
The Tarbet Inn (latterly renamed to The Tarbet Hotel) from
approximately 1839 to
his death in 1854.
William Pyle began life as William Remnant born in Hamburg Germany
1792. He was born to an English Father, James Remnant and a German
Mother, Maria Catharina Malchow. James Remnant, together with his
brother William, were booksellers of English books in Hamburg and
German books in London.
William's birth James Remnant returned to London with his family and
added two daughters, Anna Maria and Charity to the family. James ran
the London side of the bookselling enterprise and all was well until
around 1800/01 when his marriage failed.
became involved with a man by the name of John Pyle who was involved
in the slave trade. There is record of him selling slaves in
Jamaica. At some point later Maria and her daughters returned to
Hamburg. There is also a record of daughter Charity having children
of her own in the 1820’s.
disappeared for a few years until he turned up in Plymouth 1816
declaring that he had made a miraculous discovery in medicine and
was now “Doctor Remnant”. Quite a change from selling books! James
Remnant died in Plymouth in 1820.
William is next found to be joining the army at Brighton but has
changed his name and is now known as William Pyle. William served as
a member of the 10th Royal Hussars (mounted regiment)
from 1814 to 1821. He fought in the Battle of Waterloo and his medal
and spurs are still in safe keeping by family members. On leaving
the army William spent three months in London desperately seeking
employment. He was down to his last few shillings when he was
offered a position as
secretary/bookkeeper to John Campbell, Viscount Glenorchy with whom
he remained until 1824 when he left Perthshire to return to London.
William Pyle married Agnes Richardson at Kelso in 1827 and the
couple made their first home at Dalmally where William became
innkeeper of the Dalmally Inn. It is assumed that William came by
this position via his association with Viscount Glenorchy as it was
the responsibility of the land owner to provide an inn for
travellers and in this case the inn was leased to many innkeepers
right up to the 1950’s when it went into private hands. It was in
Dalmally that 6 of their 8 children; Anne, Jane, James, Maria, Susan
and Agnes were born. Twins Joanna and Wilhelmina were born after
their move to Tarbet.
William moved his family to a bigger and better establishment, that
being The Tarbet Inn. William couldn’t fail to do well at Tarbet Inn
and must have been justifiably proud of his position. In 1848 he
carried out some extensions and, as the establishment was well known
to travellers, he was able to offer accommodation, meals and travel
arrangements. The 1851 census lists seven employees living at the
hotel; all of whom were far from their birthplaces. Also listed as
residing at the hotel in the 1841 and 1851 census was Anne
Richardson, younger sister to Agnes who obviously made her home with
Pyle children spent their most formative years at Tarbet. William
employed a governess to teach his younger children but at least
three of the children were sent to boarding school. Anne, the
eldest, attended the reknown Edinburgh Ladies Institution which was
owned and run by her maternal aunt and uncle, John and Susan
(Richardson) Dalgleish. James was sent to Merchiston Castle School
also in Edinburgh and Maria was found on the 1851 census attending a
school in Clapham London.
(Richardson) Pyle died May 1853 and sadly William followed in
January 1854 leaving a still young family. Anne, the eldest, being
26 and the twins only 13 at the time. William and Agnes are buried
in the Ballyhennan Burial Ground at Tarbet.
are brief histories of Agnes and William Pyle's children:-
the second eldest daughter married George Sutherland at Tarbet in
1851. George also belonged to the parish of Arrochar. George and
Jane decided to spread their wings and emigrated to Canada by ship.
George left in 1853 and Jane followed later in 1954. They settled
and raised their family in Nova Scotia. In time this family extended
their horizons and many of their children lived their adult lives in
British Columbia. One daughter, Agnes, returned to holiday with her
in London and while there met and married her Aunts brother in law,
Joseph Matterson. Agnes and Joseph lived in Ireland and Joseph ran
Mattersons Bacon Factory in Limerick. William
ran the London side of the business and he and Susan lived at
Kensington. The couple had one daughter, Ethel, who in due course
married Major Donald McKay whose ancestor was a notable builder of
clipper ships at Boston in the USA.
Daughters Anne and Maria went to Paris where they ran a boarding
school; the address being number 6 Rue Dumont d’Urville, Paris. Anne
died there in 1868 about the time of the Paris riots. Maria
returned to London where she opened another boarding school, “The
Hurst”, at Lewisham. When Maria retired from this occupation she
lived with her sister Susan. Both Anne and Maria remained single.
must have had a good case of wanderlust as he and some
contemporaries, by the names of McPhaile, Campbell, Brown and
Anderson, set sail from Greenock for Australia on the ship Glenroy
in 1855. They went in search of gold but unfortunately the rush was
over so James became a hawker in the Ararat district of Victoria. In
1860 he married the 16 year old Caroline Ford, daughter of William
and Sarah Ford. Caroline was born in 1844 during the voyage which
brought her family to Australia from Ireland. For the best part of
the next two decades James was a shopkeeper in Wickliffe, northern
Victoria. Itchy feet must have claimed him again though as he
crossed the Murray in 1879 in search of land and obtained 400 acres
at what was to become Berrigan in the Riverina district of New South
Wales. He was among the early settlers of the area and later added
more land to his property with the final size being 1000 acres. The
early years were rough living, this was new land with none of the
amenities we take for granted today, a real test of perseverance.
James named his property after his place of birth-“Dalmally” and it
is still known by that name today, nearly a century and a half
later. James and Caroline had 12 children whose many descendents are
now spread far and wide across Australia.
married a professor of German and Physical Science, Robert Carl
Schenk. Unfortunately Robert died only a few years after their
marriage leaving his widow with a young son, Ernest. Agnes was an
accomplished artist and one of her paintings sold at Christies in
the 1990’s. Ernest changed his name to Remnant pre. WW1, bringing the
name full circle. Ernest, now Remnant, was a much travelled man with
many accomplishments to his name; including being the owner and editor of the
“English Review”; he led the British Trade Mission into Russia in
1929 and had business interests in Poland, Belgrade and Greece to
name but a few.
twins, Joanna and Wilhelmina spent the years after their parent’s
death with the Dalgleish family in Edinburgh. Both contracted
gastric fever and died within two weeks of each other aged just 16.
Details from their death certificates advise that their bodies were
returned for burial at Ballyhennan.
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we are continuing to research connected to this family include - Pyle, Remnant, Richardson,
Dalgleish, Sutherland, Gordon, McKay, Mossop, Matterson, Schenk and