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b. 1871 Balallan, Isle of Lewis; son of John MARTIN & Mary SMITH; 1893 via Punta Arenas to Santa Cruz Territory, working at the location later to become Ea. Las Horquetas; 1900 at Ea. Chank-Aike; 1902 established Ea. Rubens for MOLESWORTH / MOLSWORTH (later acquired by Ea. Glencross); 1907 founded Ea. Chali-Aike; 1914 built main house; d. 1941; buried Río Gallegos; early biography

m. 1904

Anne RITCHIE [?]

from Perth; d. 1932; buried Río Gallegos


1. Frances, b. between 1904 and 1907 at estancia currently known as Las Horquetas; primary education in Edinburgh; m. Emilio ["Pacho"] FERNÁNDEZ Salles (brother of Alicia, d. 1964 Río Gallegos); couple administered Ea. Alquinta (property of the family of Eugenio FERNÁNDEZ and María SALLES); d. 1982 Río Gallegos

2. Mary, b. 1911 Chali-Aike; educated at St. Hilda's College; m1. Antonio GALLARD Berdier (d. 1950); couple lived at and administered Ea. Cóndor Cliff; m2. Argentino RUBALCABA; couple lived at and administered Ea. Tres Marías;  d. 1983 Río Gallegos

3. Angus Juan ["Jack"], b. 1915 Chali-Aike; primary education in Edinburgh; secondary education at St. George's College, Quilmes; m. 1940 Alicia ["Rocha"] FERNÁNDEZ Salles (1910-2002, sister of Emilio); lived at and administered Ea. Chali-Aike; d. 1981 Río Gallegos


Angus Martin and Ann Ritchie[?] with daughter Frances in vegetable garden at Chali Aike, 1910


Jack Martin (Edinburgh, c1922)

(1) "Return to Patagonia", Greta Mackenzie, The Islands Book Trust, 2010
(2) "La Patagonia Argentina"
(3) Documentation provided by Martin family members (2015-16)
Updated: 11/16-III-2016