Some South Australian Families
Notes on the Braimer family
I have traced this Braimer family back to James Braimer who fought in the Swedish Army in the 17th C and then probably in the Scottish Army with Alexander Leslie, Earl of Leven (who at one time became the supreme commander of the Scottish Army). James Braimer married Leslie's (half-?) sister Margaret and the Braimer family appears to have first taken up land near Markinch in Fife. James' son, John, later took up land at Edrom (possibly including a baronetcy).
James' grandson (John's son), David Braimer, was also engaged in the military but appears to have retired (on half pay) before the Jacobean uprising in the 18th C. He was a captain in the army of the incompetent General John Cope and he was killed at the Battle of Prestonpans (Gladesmuir) in 1745.
Shortly before David's son, John Braimer, died, the Edrom properties were disposed of and the assetts were, apparently, put in trust for the surviving children.
It seems that the Braimer name (male line) from this branch of the family has died out in Scotland, at least. Of the Braimer sons of John Braimer (the last of Edrom) only David Braimer (RN) had children and none of his sons appears to have had children. In fact none appears to have married! This family inherited the "Braimer watch" (see below). According to a Braimer/Ridpath descendant the watch was last heard of in the possession of an Edward Ridpath.
The Braimer family made some interesting connections via marriage. Apart from Colonel James Braimers' marriage to Margaret Leslie, his son, John married Mary Bethune who was from the Bethunes of Balfour (or more accurately, in her case, Bethunes of Bandon). John's son, David, married Marion Congalton whose mother was Janet Lauder daughter of Sir John Lauder of Fountainhall.
The connection with the Congalton line, however, led the surviving Braimers in the 19th century in Britain, Captain David Braimer RN and, after his death, his eldest son, John Louttit Braimer, into a lawsuit which they lost. They had claimed a right to the Congalton estates according to a succession order stipulated by a Congalton ancestor. A later ancestor, however, changed the succession so that the eldest Congalton descended child, rather than the eldest surviving male inherited. The British court upheld the right to change the succession in what must have been a landmark decision at the time - but unfortunate for the Braimers!
It's interesting to speculate about the origins of (Colonel) James Braimer. Intruigingly, there were "Braimer" families (with variable spellings) in Kennoway parish, Westmoreland, Cumbria, in the late 16thC (source: Cumbrian Genealogy). The following christenings, for example reveal "Braimer" families where the fathers have given names of "John", "James" and "Thomas".
Nonetheless, it's clear that there were other "Braimer" and "Brymer" (and variant) families in other parts of Scotland in the early 17thC so until/unless further evidence is available James' origins remain just speculative.
NOTE: Some references to this family use the spellings "Brymer" and "Braymer" (as well as "Brymore" and "Brainer"!) amongst other variants and the name "Braimer" is sometimes considered to be a variant of "Bremner" or "Brebner". The family itself, though, seems to have consistently adopted the spelling "Braimer" certainly from early in the 18th century.
Family 1: Margaret LESLIE
The National Archives of Scotland also contains documents described as follows: "Ante-nuptial Marriage Contract between Lt.-Col. James Braimer [Bremner], on one part, and Margaret Leslie, relict of George Law, fiar of Bruntoun [Brunton], with consent of Alexander, Earl of Levin [Leven], and Captain John Leslie, his brother, brothers of said Margaret, on the other, whereby said James is to invest 10,000 merks in land, Margaret's liferent right by her former husband being reserved to her for her aliment." (GD26/6/35 dated 30/7/1647)
Further evidence of the marriage is provided in W. Macfarlane Genealogical collections concerning families in Scotland edited from the original manuscripts in the Advocates' Library, by James Toshach Clark (Scottish History Society: Edinburgh) 1900, Vol 2. p.50.
Note also Sir William Fraser The Melvilles, Earls of Melville and the Leslies, Earls of Leven which states: 'The earl gave his sister, Margaret Leslie, on her marriage with George Law, fiar of Brunton, in1643, a tocher of 13,000 merks, and after the death of her husband the earl arranged for her second marriage, when she was styled "Lady Brunton," in 1647, to Lieutenant-Colonel James Brainer.' Vol. 1, p. 388
John Lamont's Diary has a reference to the Braimers' life after marriage "1650 This yeare, Maior Brymer, wha maried the young Lady Brunton, sister to Ge[neral]. Leslie, Earle of Leuin, bought the Wefter-Newton in Fyfe, from Robert and Andro Duries. It stood him 18 thousande marke, wherof Robert Durie receaued eght, and the said Andro receaued the other ten, out of which he was to pay the debt that was contracted by his umqu father." p.18
Children (possibly incomplete):
Family: Marion BETHON (BETHUNE of Balfour) (identified in Eighty Years' Reminiscences by John Anstruther-Thomson "James Thomson of Mildaine and Montrybo (Mildeans and Montrave) matriculated his arms about 1676. His eldest son, John, married, in 1709, Rachael, daughter of John Brymer of Edrom, in the county of Berwick. Her mother was Mary Bethune of Balfour." p.2)
NOTE: These children identified from An album of Scottish families 1694-96 (Aberdeen University Press, 1990)
"BRYMER, of Newtone in Fife or Edrom. This is John Brymer, the laird living in the 9-hearth Edrom House with his Lady, David and William their sons, Rachel, Mary, Isobell and Catherine their daughters, and three men and five women as servants ...."
Furthermore, the book Eighty Years' Reminiscences by John Anstruther-Thomson (a descendant of the Thomsons of Charlton) maintains that:
Family: Marion CONGALTON d 27th February 1765 (described as relict of Captain David Braimer of Edrom - source her Testament Dative)
Marion Congalton was identified as sister of "Mr Congalton of Congalton" in an account of the battle of Prestonpans. Her brother was William Congalton of Congalton (f Charles Congalton of Congalton, m Janet Lauder - daughter of Sir John Lauder, Bart of Fountainhall)
Notes on David Braimer's ancestors
The article A curious Old Watch ....from Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Volume 5 (1862-64) pp 310 - 311 demonstrates a link between James BRAIMER who served in the Swedish Army in the 17th century and descendants of David BRAIMER (d 1745).
Originally I used this, the description of various documents in the National Archives of Scotland (NAS), information in the Decennial Indexes to the Services of Heirs in Scotland (Murray & Gibb 1870) - DISH - and Edinburgh Burgess and Guild brethren entries to construct the ancestry above. Since then other documentation (mentioned throughout the page) has confirmed this ancestry.
James Braimer (Brymer) is described as a Lt. Col. at marriage to Margaret Leslie and as a Colonel in Edinburgh B&G records, at his remarriage and after his death in DISH.
Family: Janet DUNSE (identified from Christian Braimer's death Certificate) d after 26 August 1808 (correspondence of that date between Richard Braimer and Gilbert Innes of Stow mentions her as nervous about the eldest son, John's, behaviour).
Notes on Captain David Braimer and John Braimer and their families
Documents described on the National Archives of Scotland website in conjunction with evidence in Decennial Indexes to the Services of Heirs in Scotland (1770-1779) strongly suggest that Captain David Braimer was the father of John Braimer from Edrom. Birth dates for the children of John Braimer and Janet Dunse were extracted from the British Isles Vital Records Index.
Captain David Braimer (Brymer) was killed at the Battle of Prestonpans during the Jacobite uprising in support of "Bonny Prince Charlie".
*The Last Will and Settlement of Richard Braimer 14 Feb 1850 (transcribed by Carolyn Cartney) and the description of item GD113/5/95a in the National Archives of Scotland website ("Letters from Richard Braimer at The Royal Bank, Edinburgh, David Braimer, his brother, and Elizabeth Braimer, David's wife, at Falmouth ....") confirms that Christian Braimer, David Braimer and Richard Braimer were siblings. David Braimer is described as "my late Brother Captain David Braimer Royal Navy ...." in Richard's Will.
Notes on John, Janet, Richard and David BRAIMER
John BRAIMER became a doctor in the British Army [Scotch Brigade, 3 June 1795], he was put on half-pay (retired) in 1798 and died in Edinburgh, 5 May 1811 [source: William Johnston Roll of Commissioned Officers in the Medical Service of the British Army: Who Served on Full Pay ... 1917].
According to documents in the National Archives of Scotland, at one time he was in jail for penury (despite his inheritance), he appears to have become an alcoholic (perhaps this explains his short term as an army doctor) and possibly he was given to fits of madness (he threatened to burn down his mothers house). He seems never to have married and had no children.
Janet BRAIMER married William Alexander REDPATH, "a merchant from London" at Canongate, Edinburgh on 9 April 1798. Their children included:
Richard BRAIMER appears to have not married and had no issue. His Will describes him as "of the Bank of Scotland" and he bequeathed his property and income from investments to his sister Christian and her (unmarried) daughter Elizabeth for the rest of their lives. Thereafter the property was divided equally amongst the children of his late brother.
David BRAIMER appears to have followed the BRAIMER family military tradition and became a captain in the Royal Navy. His family included:
James Louttit BRAIMER was a Lieutenant in the Royal Marines and retired before 1881.
It appears that this branch of the Braimers very enthusiastically used family names as given names. However, the male line appears to have died out without issue so the BRAIMER surname has all but disappeared in the UK.
Family 1: William GREIVE - merchant, Eyemouth (d before 1806) source: William Carlier and Christian Braimer marriage record
Family 2: William CARLIER
See the Carlier Page for more detailed notes on the descendants of Christian BRAIMER (and William CARLIER).
Notes on Christian BRAIMER
The 1841 Census shows Christian CARLIER (nee BRAIMER), age cohort 60+, living at 30 Haddington Place, Edinburgh. Her birthplace was listed as "Outside Census County".
Also listed in the same household were:
Source: 1841 Census - Piece: SCT1841/685/2; Place: Edinb.St Andrew-Midlothian; Enumeration District: 26; Civil Parish: St Cuthbert's; Folio: 128 Page: 5
Transcript of Death Certificate of Christian Carlier (nee Braimer)
1855 District of Calton and Bonnington in the City County of Edinburgh (page 78)
Note: The name of Christian Braimer's father, shown by Elizabeth Carlier as David Braimer, is almost certainly wrong. David Braimer was Christian's grandfather. It is also noteworthy that all of Elizabeth Carlier's siblings are shown as deceased whereas John Carlier was certainly alive and living in South Australia in 1855. Elizabeth Carlier (d 1864) was probably the niece identified in A curious Old Watch .... as "recently deceased".
Some South Australian Families
Updated 3 November 2011