Bagpipe Appreciation Day

Darwin & Districts Pipes and Drums: Harmony Day festivities, Darwin, March 2011

Geneabloggers tells us that today is Bagpipe Appreciation Day so with bagpipes in my blood stream how could I let this go. I’ve posted before about my McCorkindale pipers, my grandmother’s brothers ..if you missed that post please have a look at the photos which I think are so evocative.  But to branch out today I thought I’d give you some photos of pipers from recent events. The first is the Darwin & Districts Pipes & Drums at the Harmony Day festivities at the Darwin Waterfront a few months ago. The others are from the recent International Tartan Daycelebrations in Brisbane

This bonnie wee tartan-clad bairn enjoyed every moment of the afternoon.

in early July. The bonnie wee lassie in the tartan absolutely loved her day and was enjoying the pipes as much as any of us. If you have bagpipes in your blood stream it’s just something you love while others find they sound like crazed cats. I can hear the pipes from a great distance and they call me in. They are stirring and can be melancholic, celebratory, or a call to arms, claymore in hand. Flower of Scotland!

The massed pipes included some very young pipers from the Queensland Police Juvenile Pipes and Drums (Cops in Kilts...love the slogan!)

Missing McCorkindales -the family of Thomas Sim McCorkindale

My grandmother and most of her siblings emigrated to Australia early in the 20th century, after the death of her father. One brother remained behind however. His name was Thomas Sim McCorkindale (the Sim being his mother’s maiden name).

Thomas Sim McCorkindale married Jane Wilson McVey in Glasgow in 1910 and they then moved to London where Thomas had been working for a while as a carpenter/cabinet maker.  They had two children that I have identified: Elizabeth Y L McCorkindale born in 1911 and registered in the December quarter in the Barnet district. Their son, another Thomas Sim McCorkindale was born some years later in 1916 and registered in the Marylebone district. I can find no other likely children in the BDM searches.

Thomas served in WWI with the London Regiment. His discharge papers indicate he did not serve overseas and was discharged due to ill health. Family story is that he was Kitchener’s piper and was badly hurt and sent home “in cotton wool”. This is most likely rumour but on the other hand he was a A/Piper with the London Regiment and his brothers were all champion pipers in Australia on migration.

I have been trying to find Thomas senior for some years and recently bought death certificates for him and his son. Thomas Sim McCorkindale senior died, aged 78, on 24 December 1961 at the Memorial Hospital, Finchley. He was a retired carpenter and joiner, formerly of 13 Nether St, Finchley. (This appears to be the Dr French Memorial Home). His son was the informant and at the time Thomas jnr was living at 14 Norman Court, Hatfield Rd, Potters Bar. I have not yet found the death of Jane McCorkindale nee McVey.

Thomas Sim McCorkindale married Vera Doris Fox in 1942 and the marriage registered in the December quarter 1942 in the Barnet district. Vera’s death in 2001 was registered in Worthing. I have not managed to identify whether the couple had any children.

Thomas Sim McCorkindale jnr died at the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath on 18 March, 2003. He was also a retired cabinet maker. He had been living at the Upper Mead retirement home, Fabians Lane, Henfield, West Sussex. He had been born on 22 December 1916 at St Marylebone, Westminster.  The informant was not a relation.

Elizabeth Y L McCorkindale married Leonard F Mellor in 1936 and the marriage was registered in the Barnet district in the December quarter. Because Mellor is not an unusual name I’ve had trouble finding the births of any children or the deaths of the couple.

The Question: Are there any descendants of these relations of mine still living in London (or elsewhere) or did this line die out? I’d really like to find an answer to this puzzle.

Question 2: Does anyone recognise the uniform Tom is wearing in the above photo which is likely to have been taken c1900-1910.