William Lockyer Merryweather, son of Henry Alworth Merryweather and Eliza Maria Lockyer , was born February 06,1825 in London, England. He married Harriet Dale 1854. He died October 04, 1880 in Kensington, London, England. Harriet Dale, daughter of J Dale , was born 1824 in Coleshill, Warwickshire, England. She died bef. December, 1898.


Children of William Lockyer Merryweather and Harriet Dale are:

1. Edward Marsh Merryweather, b. September 09, 1858 See Edward Marsh Merryweather & Clementina Mary Braddel

Notes for William Lockyer Merryweather:


SIR WILLIAM LOCKYER MEREWETHER
He was the youngest son of Henry Alworth, Serjeant at Law, born in London
6 Feb. 1825. Educated at Westminster School, entered Bombay Army, as a
Second Lieutenant in March 1841. He served in the 21st Regiment of native
Infantry, during the Sind Campaign 1843, and was present at the Battle of
Hyderabad. His distinguished services during the period of 12 years was
numerous. In 1847 with 133 Sind horsemen, he defeated a body of 700
Baluch Marauders, who had been proclaimed outlaws, inflicting upon them a
severe chastisement which helped to save the peace of the Frontier.
In 1848-9 he commanded a detachment of the same Sind Horse serving with
the Army of the Punjab, and was present at the Siege and Surrender of
Moultain.
THE BATTLE OF GUJARAT AND OCCUPATION OF PESHAWAR
In 1856 during General Jacob's absence in Persia he was left in charge of
the Sind Frontier, and succeeded in suppressing not only rebellion of
Tribes, but also insubordination of Troops under his control, at a time
of unprecedented exigency. His own small force, though numerically
augmented by auxiliary Cavalry had been weakened by the default of
untrustworthy soldiers. Gazetted C.B. in 1860, Merewether was nominated
military secretary to the Government of Bombay in 1861, and political
agent in Aden 1865.
In the last Post he undertook active operations against the Fundhi Arabs,
who sought to intercept the supplies of grain and food provided for the
garrison by the inhabitants of the interior. The operations though
subsequently approved by the government, were owing to the urgency of the
case, carried out by Merewether, on his own personal responsibility. It
afterwards fell to his lot, to negotiate with King Theodore of Abyssinia,
and on the outbreak of War with that Potentate, he took command of the
pioneer force despatched from Bombay in Sept. 1867 and rendered other
valuable assistance to General Lord Napier, Commander in Chief of the
Expedition, for these services he was made K.C.S.I. and received the
thanks of Parliament. In 1876 he returned home to take his seat in the
Council of India; Merewether was universally popular, and was generally
acknowledged to be a true Soldier, and shrewd Politician and an
enlightened Administrator. In 1854 he married Harriet the youngest
daughter of J. Dale, Esq., of Coleshill, Warwickshire. He left a widow
and three sons
Mr. Joseph Chamberlain, in his speech, paid the following tribute: "You
will be gratified to learn that the officers of this Court recognize in
Brigadier General Merewether, who was one of your right hands, in
organising the expedition, a son of the late respected Town Clerk of this
City, and they accordingly expect, that I should offer to your Lordship
and to General Merewether, their respectful good wishes and
congratulations in addition to those offered on behalf of the
Corporation."
Political Adjutant in Aden 1865, Secretary to the Governor of Bombay 1864
From the Diary of David Livingstone (the explorer 1813-1873)
1864 Arrived in Aden on the 6 July taken to lunch with the resident Mr
Mereweather, a very fine intelligent Gentleman and most devoted servant
of his Goverment.
St Cath's Death Ref V1a P51 Dec 1880 Kensington, age 55. shown as
Mereweather


Notes for Harriet Dale:


Shown as Merewether
1881 census shows age 57, a widow, Living with her widower brother Henry
the Rector of Wilby, at The Rectory, Wilby, Northamptonshire. Occ Lady,
she had one personal maid Emma Dawes.
St Cath's Death Ref V3a P26 Dec 1824 Uxbridge, age 74.