Card & Carte-de-Visite, unsigned
William Mitchell Innes
Mitchell Innes was born on September 25th, 1841, at Ayton Castle,
Berwickshire, Scotland, the son Of Alexander Mitchell Innes
(1811-1886) and Charlotte Gordon Dick Lauder (Abt 1816-1846).
started his military career in the Infantry on December 30th, 1859
- but soon exchanged into Cavalry, as stated by the London
"13th Light Dragoons, Ensign William Mitchell Innes, from
the 81st Foot, to be Cornet, without purchase, vice Billing,
promoted. Dated 3rd February, 1860."
He was soon to be promoted :
"13th Light Dragoons, Cornet William Mitchell Innes to be
Lieutenant, by purchase, vice Tucker. Dated 16th August, 1861."
Mitchell Innes was apparently a distinguished horseman - he rode
Captain Gratex's horses in the Summer 1862 Aldershott Camp Races,
as told by The Times on August 12th, 1862 :
SWEEPSTAKES of 2 sovs. each, with 50 sovs. added, for horses
that have been ridden as chargers for the last six months ; 11st.
7lb. The last half-mile. Thorough-bred horses 7lb. extra.
Captain Gratex's (13th Hussars) ch. colt Music Master, by
Chit-chat, 12 st. (in. 7lb. extra) (Mr.Innes) ... 1
(...) Betting.-5 to 4 agst Incognita, 3 to 1 agst Music Master,
and 4 to 1 agst any other.
The favourite came away with the lead to near the distance, where
Music Master and Nora Creina passed him, and the former won easily
by a length ; two lengths separated the second and the third.
SWEEPSTAKES of 10 sovs. each, half forfeit, with 100 sovs.
added, for 3-yr-olds, 10st. ; 4-yr-olds, 11st.4lb. ;
5-yr-olds, 11st.12lb. ; 6-yr-olds and aged, 12st.2lb.
Winners extra. Mares and geldings allowed 3lb. One mile and a half.
The second saved his stake. The winner to be sold for
Captain Gratex's (13th Hussars) mn. br. c. Highflyer, 4 yrs, 11st.
7lb. (Mr.Innes) ... ... ... ... 3
(...) Betting.-2 to 1 on Paul Clifford, and 4 to 1 agst Highflyer.
Avongrove made running at a great pace, Strike lying second, about
six lengths from him. before entering the straight Strike was
beaten, and Highflyer and Paul Clifford took second and third
places. Avongrove continued his lead to the half-distance, where
Paul came awa, and won in a canter by a length ; Highflyer lost
second money by half a length ; Strike was a bad fourth ;
Battletrap did not pass the post. No bid for the winner.
CUP, a handicap sweepstakes of five sovs. each, three sovs. ft.,
added to a Cup, value 100 sovs., with a purse value 50 sovs.
Winners extra. One mile and a half.(...)
Captain Gratex's (11th Hussars) br. c. Highflyer, 4 yrs, 12st.
(Mr.Innes) ... ... ... ... ... 0
(...) Betting.-6 to 4 on Vinegar Hill, 3 to 1 agst Highflyer, and
4 to 1 agst Disappointment.
Disappointment jumped off with the lead, but was immediately
passed by Strike and Rattletrap, Avongrove being fifth, and
Vinegar Hill last. Rattletrap was beaten at the end of half a
mile, and Highflyer went up to Strike, the two going on abreast,
with Disappointment third, until they entered the straight, where
Vinegar Hill took fourth place. Strike carried on the running to
the stand, where Vinegar Hill overhauled him, and won cleverly by
a neck. Avongrove was two lengths from Strike, and Highflyer,
close up, fourth. Rattletrap did not pass the post.
Mitchell Innes purchased his Commission as a Captain on January 12th
He married Agnes Hulbert on August 2d, 1866, in Highgate,
Middlesex. Soon thereafter he was sailing with the Regiment to
wrote on September 13th 1866 :
"The Cunard steamers Tarifa and Europa, which have been
completely overhauled and refitted for the reception of the 13th
Hussars, left the Mersey yesterday at 2 p.m. for Quebec.
The Tarifa has on board 13 officers, 182 men, and 172 horses. The
officers are Lieut.-Col. Jenyns, C.B. ; Capts. Clarke, Innes, and
Hill ; Lieuts Ford, Clay, and Webb ; Cornets Hamilton, Pole, and
Ellis ; Lieut. and Adjt. Joyce, Surg. Armstrong, and Vet.-Surg.
Varley. The Europa conveys 13 officers, 144 men, and 131 horses.
The officers are Major Maclean ; Capts. Atkinson, Huddleston, and
Miles ; Lieuts. Starkey, Higgins, and Horne ; Cornets Bieber and
Moore ; Paymaster Frith, Riding-master Hubbard, Quartermaster
Cresdee, and Assist.-Surg. Milburn. To-day, at 9a.m., the Allan
steamer will go alongside the great landing-stage and take on
board nine officers and 153 dismounted men of the same regiment,
and detachments for other corps, to the number of about 240, and
sail about noon. These vessels also take out several hundred tons
of military stores."
reach Quebec on September 26th, "all well, the Europa
having lost two and the Tarifa 16 horses on the voyage".
Regiment had been sent to Canada following the unrest due to the Fenian
activists (mostly demobilized soldiers of Irish extract, fighting
the British presence in Canada), trouble that led the Governor
general to request Regular Cavalry troops - the lack of which had
been exposed in the previous operations.
The 13th Hussars will be mainly quartered in Toronto (Fort York).
Mitchell Innes in Canadian
The prop bears the Regimental Motto : "Viret in Aeternum"
(It Flourishes forever)
their tour, they will open a School of Cavalry there, that will
train local Cavalry Troops.This will create a lasting heritage, as Canadian Cavalry regiments
will adopt a uniform after that of the Regiment, a tunic of Hussar
pattern with white facings (though most will sport pith helmets).
Mitchell Innes obviously followed her husband to Canada, as their
first daughter, Inez Mary Mitchell Innes, was born in 1867 at
A second daughter, Charlotte Agnes, was born in 1868, also at
Hussars will sail back to England in August 1869 ; The Times
relates, on August 14th : "Yesterday the troopship Simoom
arrived in the Mersey from Quebec, and landed the 13th Hussars,
consisting of 19 officers, 7 officers' wives, and 10 officers'
children, 403 men, 71 women, and 103 children. In the course of
the day the troops left for York, and the Simoom at once proceeded
to take on board the 15th Hussars, from York, and will take them
round to Portsmouth, en route for Chichester, whence they will
shortly leave for India."
son of Mr and Mrs. Mitchell Innes, Alexander Harold, was born on
August 28th 1870, at Ayton Castle.
Mitchell Innes will retire on January 12th 1872, receiving the
value of his commission.
Soon thereafter, on February 4th 1872, their third daughter,
Violet, was born at Ayton Castle. She will however die a mere few
months later, on June 12th, at the Marine Hotel, Portobello,
daughter will be born two years later, Constance Ethel, on April
16th 1874, at Ayton Castle. Constance Ethel provides the link with
those photographs, as they are handmarked on the back :
"William Mitchell Innes Father to Constance Ethel Dixon".
Constance Ethel will indeed marry Henry Grey Dixon.
not know her father much, as William Mitchell Innes died on December
7th 1879, at Millbank House, Ayton, Berwickshire, of a Cirrhosis
of the liver.