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William DICKIE

b. 1861 Old Meldrum, Aberdeenshire; son of Charles DICKIE, wine merchant, & Mary Wood WILDGOOSE; studied for Protestant ministry; abandoned studies and turned shepherd, working in northeast Scotland; 1886 employed by Falkland Islands Company; 1893 worked at Hill Cove for HOLMESTEAD & BLAKE; moved to Magallanes; 1899 to Río Gallegos; at Punta Loyola, farm manager for HAMILTON & SAUNDERS; 1903 with George DREW (b. 1871 Aldbourne, 1891 to Patagonia with WALDRON & WOOD; d. 1947) founded Ea. Bon Accord and Ea. Quien Sabe (of Dr. Mateo BENCUR), Lago Argentino; 1909 formed Ea. El Mosquito; established ferry across Río Santa Cruz; 1911 Río Gallegos, founder member of British Club; 1922 member of Liga Patriótica Argentina; d. 1923 at Bon Accord; buried on the estancia; reference letters

William Dickie

m1. 1885 Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

Elizabeth Burgess MURRAY

b. 1860 Fordyce, Banffshire, Scotland; dtr. of John MURRAY, farm overseer employed by the Duke of Atholl, & Lillias BURGESS; moved to Falklands with husband; later, falling ill, travelled to Rye, Sussex with all four children; d. 1899 at Rye

Children (born Falklands / Malvinas)

1. Mary Wildgoose, b. 1887; d. 1905 in Scotland of tuberculosis
2. John Murray ("Jock"), b. 1889; corporal in Royal Horse Guards; awarded DCM (Distinguished Conduct Medal); d. 1917 Boulogne-sur-Mer, while serving in WW-I
3. Charles ("Charlie"), b. 1892; enlisted; injured; m. 1919 Wandsworth, London to Margaret ("Peggy") HORTON; 1 child; d. 1960
4. Alice, b. 1894; m. 1924 Ángel BANCIELLA (b. 1867 Mieres, Asturias; pharmacist; d. 1948); 3 children; d. 1976

family group
William, Elizabeth and children, c1893

m2. 1903 Rio Gallegos


tutor to SAUNDERS children at Estancia Rincón de los Morros; d. after 1960

Children (born at Ea. Bon Accord)

1. Margarita ("Jean"), b. 1905; studied in Scotland; m. Florentino SÁNCHEZ; died in childbirth
2. Mary, b. 1908 ; studied in Scotland; m. Carlos SATTLER
3. Marjorie ("Madge"), b. 1909; studied in Scotland, m. Cesáreo SAN ROMÁN (b. Saianes, near Vigo, Galicia; d. 1977); 3 children; d.1983
4. Georgina Drew ("Tocaya"), b. 1911; m. Florentino SÁNCHEZ (widower of Jean); 3 children; d. 1996
5. Elisa Catalina ("Tata"), b. 1912; m1. Vladimiro TRUTANIC; m2. Fernando CUESTA - 2 children; m3. Drago BEVANDA; d. 2004
6. Esperanza Anita ("Ginger"), b. 1913; m. Juan Ramón FIERRO; 3 children
7. William Robertson Kitchener, b. 1915; m.1949 Rosa ALVARADO; 4 children
8. George Duncan, b. 1916; m.1949 Haydée BULL; 3 children

Margaret Robertson
(1) "From the Falklands to Patagonia", Michael Mainwaring, 1983
(2) "Cien Años del Club Británico de Río Gallegos: Los Británicos en Santa Cruz", Pierini & Beecher, 2011
(3) "Historias del Domingo: Los Dickie" (3 parts), Pablo Beecher, pub. La Opinión Austral, VI-2006
Photos: Beecher articles+ family papers, Gerardo Povazsán
Thanks: Gerardo Povazsán (I-2016)
Last updated: 1-IV-2016