Mary Anne O'Halloran (spellings vary in register, Royal Caledonian Asylum, a London school for needy kids of Scottish military veterans), Co. Galway or Co. Clare, met Pte. Thomas James Mather while 68th Durham Lt. Infantry Rgt. was stationed in Galway, Ireland. She married the native of Blairadam estate, Cleisch Parish, Kinross, Scotland, sometime in 1849-50. First of six kids, Sarah Maria, b. 6 Oct., 1850, bapt. 13 Oct., 1850, at "Ballraggen, Co. Clare" (likely Ballyvraggen, across Galway Bay). RCA records contain a later marriage date for Mathers at Kinross, 17 Nov., 1850, unconfirmed. TJ retired with pension in 1857, partially disabled by rheumatism from Crimean War; 10 yrs. military ervice, Crimea medal with four battle clasps and two good conduct medals. Mathers moved to London where they lived in Irish-Scottish tenements in St. Pancras Parish. All six Mather kids attended RCA. London seems to have swallowed up family, except for one son, David Charles Mather (1968-1943), who got his start to becoming one of the greatest professional Scottish Highland bagpipers and dancers of 1890s. He went to Montana in 1900, and lived most of his life in the Butte and rural Madison Co. regions, prospecting and working intermittently as a laborer for Anaconda Copper Co. I'm compiling DCM's biography and would appreciate any information anyone can provide on his mother and her family, whom I know nothing about yet. I suspect DCM learned to sing Scottish/Irish songs and their appropriate phrasings and rhythm patterns from his parents. DCM's legacy includes several light tune compositions still popular, a bushel of medals of which the 31 most important reside in the Inverness (Scotland) museum, and a string of pupils who made their own marks in piping and dancing in the UK and Pacific Northwest, especially British Columbia.