My name is George Cumming Thorburn. James and Louise were my great grandparents.My grandfather was George Gordon Cumming the 13th child of James and Louise; they had 16 children and I knew most of them. William was killed in the Boer War and Donald was killed in the Dardanelles, both Kings Own Scottish Borderers like James who was a piper for 21 years.
James was stationed at Shorncliffe Barracks, just above Sandgate Estate, Sandgate, Folkestone, Kent when he met Louise Rye who worked there. Strangely around 100 years later, in 1975 I underwent my Police Training at Sandgate Police College and we used the Shorncliffe gyms and swimming facilities.I was not aware until many years later that my grandparents met there. I have the family history going back to 1699 in detail .there are records of the Cumming family going back to the 13th century as they came over from Comyn in Flanders with Robert de Bruis Comyn. Here is a synopsis of James and Louises family. I also have the published history of the Rye family. If you send me your e mail, I'll forward as much to you as I can with photographs. email@example.com
6. James CUMMING (William-5, James-4, James-3, James-2, Alexander-1) was born on 30 Mar 1849 in Edinkillie, Morayshire. He died on 19 Aug 1929 in Hawick. Buried in Wilton Cemetery Hawick
James CUMMING and Louisa RYE were married on 6 Feb 1877 in Weslyan Chapel, Folkestone. Louisa RYE (daughter of John Rye and Ann BROWNING) was born in 1859 in Folkestone. She died on 29 Feb 1936 in Hawick. Buried in Wilton cemetery, Hawick James CUMMING and Louisa RYE had the following children:
7 i. Anne (Annie) CUMMING (born in 1877).
ii. William CUMMING was born in 1879 in Devonport, Plymouth, Devon. He died Killed in Action on 21 Jun 1901 in South Africa.
iii. Alexander CUMMING was born in 1880 in Devonport, Plymouth, Devon. He died Died in infancy in 1882.
8 iv. Frederick (Fred (The postie)) CUMMING (born in 1884).
v. James CUMMING was born on 24 Mar 1886 in Ireland (KOSB Barracks). He died in 1963 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
9 vi. Louisa ((Lou)) CUMMING (born on 8 Jan 1888).
10 vii. Emily CUMMING (born on 28 Apr 1890).
viii. Donald CUMMING was born on 17 Mar 1892 in 41 Eastern Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed. He died Killed in Action on 8 Jun 1915 in Dardanelles, Turkey.
11 ix. Catherine CUMMING (born on 15 Mar 1893).
12 x. Charlotte CUMMING (born on 25 Mar 1894).
13 xi. Jessica (Jessie) CUMMING (born on 13 Jan 1895).
14 xii. John (Jockie) CUMMING (born on 15 Aug 1897).
15 xiii. George Gordon (Dod or Geordie) CUMMING (born on 16 Jan 1899).
16 xiv. Arthur CUMMING (born on 14 Dec 1900).
17 xv. Florence (Flo) CUMMING (born on 19 Jan 1903).
18 xvi. Elizabeth (Lizzie) CUMMING (born in 1906).
Flo was the last of the line in that generation and died in 1997 aged 94.