Fonds SC496 - Archibald Galbraith fonds

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Archibald Galbraith fonds

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  • 1844 - 1971 (Creation)
    Galbraith, Archibald

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3 cm of textual records and other materials.

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Archibald Galbraith was a soldier in the British army from Plains, Scotland. He served as a Private in the 21st Royal Fusiliers (21st Regiment) and he joined the 24th Regiment in November 1847. Archibald Galbraith was stationed in India and fought in the Anglo-Sikh wars in 1845-46 and 1848-49, including the the Battle of Chillianwala in 1849. In 1850, he became the regimental drummer. In 1856, Archibald Galbraith immigrated to America, briefly traveling around in Canada and the United States. He settled in Rutherford County, North Carolina, with his wife, Dulcinea McDonald, and two daughters, Flora and Christinia, where he worked as a farmer and occasionally a teacher in the Free Public Schools. In the final letter dated 1884, having joined the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latterday Saints, Archibald Galbraith expressed his intentions to move to “Colorada” once he had sold his land, his family already there since February 1883. Archibald Galbraith’s father was James Galbraith and his mother was Elizabeth Maclean. He had three brothers, Adam Haldrane, John, and William, and three sisters, Mary, Elizabeth, and Christina. Archibald Galbraith married Dulcinea McDonald and had two daughters, Flora and Christinia (who died young).

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This fonds consists of handwritten correspondence from 1844-1884 between Archibald Galbraith and his family. The content of the correspondence from 1844-1855 mainly concern Archibald Galbraith's experiences fighting in India, and the correspondence from 1857-1884 are focused on his later family life. There are also typewritten transcription copies of the correspondence. The fonds also includes two photographs, one depicting Archibald Galbraith and one depicting his daughter, Flora McDonald. There are newspaper clippings from three editions of Glasgow Herald’s Saturday Extra in August 1971, which ran a series on the correspondences and experiences of Archibald Galbraith; and a clipping from an unidentified newspaper describing the Battle of Chillianwallah in the Second Sikh War.

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Several letters are torn.

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Records donated by relatives of Archibald Galbraith, Cory Bond and Janis Jean.


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  • English

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Includes two b&w photographs and six newspaper clippings.

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2015-04-21 [created]
Revised by JF, January 27, 2021.

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  • English

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