Walter D.A. Baillie




Feb. ?, 1871, at Sunderland, England (2 months old at the 1871 Census -- note by Peter Gundry, Jan 3, 2005

To Sarah Anna ___ (or Annie), on June 5, 1900, at ___, Durban

Industrial House, November 14, 1900




Zerub Baillie, Jane Baillie née Anderson

John Baillie, William Anderson Baillie, Zerub Baillie Jr. (1), Jane Young Baillie, Robert Anderson Baillie, Alexander Baillie, Zerub Baillie Jr (2), George Baillie, Agnes Baillie



Walter Baillie was born in Sunderland, Durham, England. He is recorded by the 1881 Census as being a "Page (Dom. in Ser)". He is mentioned in letters by Henry Grieve to John Baillie in the early 1890s as being with John Baillie in Barberton, working as a missionary.

Initials D.A. from the 1871 census - note by Peter Gundry, Jan. 3, 2005.

Later Walter Baillie lived in Durban. He married in 1900. He joined Thorneycroft's Mounted Infantry. His occupation, according to the death notice, was "Corporal TMI". He died just five months after marrying, and not long after the start of the Anglo-Boer War. Since he is recorded as being a corporal, it may be that he died as a result of injuries suffered during the war. This would explain why, although he was a resident of Durban, he died in Bloemfontein.

Walter Baillie was never well off, as is apparent from the fact that he is listed as having virtually no property upon his death, receiving only “four pounds from Pietermaritzburg”. And when John Baillie retired he stated to the SAGM that they were supporting "Annie, my brother's widow".

There is no doubt that this Walter Baillie is indeed the brother of John Baillie, the SAGM missionary to Swaziland. There are four items of evidence: (a) the census lists the two brothers and their siblings; (b) the death certificate mentions that Walter’s brother is “Rev. I. Baillie, Nomahacha via Lourenço Marques” (note that during the Anglo-Boer war John Baillie and family moved to a location in present-day Mozambique, in the Lebombo Mountains, which are near to the present-day town of Namaacha, on the border between Mozambique and South Africa); (c) Walter’s name is mentioned in the exchange of letters between Rev. John Baillie and Henry F. Grieve; (d) a “scrap of paper” in the possession of Stella Baillie, which records, inter alia, that “Walter Baillie died in Ladysmith, wife Aunty Annie” – the “Annie” corroborates the informant for the death record, “A. Baillie, wife of the deceased”, and the reference in the National Archives to the surviving spouse as being “Sarah Anna”.

Transcript of Walter Baillie’s death certificate



(1) Year of birth (as 1871), early occupation (as “page”): The 1881 British Census, in CD form, provided by the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Mowbray, Cape Town.

(2) Presence in Barberton in 1890: Letters written by Henry Grieve (of Sunderland) to John Baillie in the early 1890s, now in the possession of Beryl Maureen Moll.

(3) City of birth, place of death, age at death (as 30), later occupation (as “Corporal T.M.I.”), year of birth (as 1870, inferring from his age at death of 30): Death certificate of Walter Baillie, MSCE 12/248, located at the Pietermaritzburg archives. Transcription kindly provided by Mr. Peter Gundry.

(4) Name of spouse (as A. Baillie): Death record.

(5) Name of spouse (as Annie): a handwritten record, in the possession of Stella Baillie.

(6) Name of spouse (as Sarah Anna): National Archives of South Africa, electronic database NAAIRS, MSC2480, depot NAB. The citation mentions Sarah Anna as being the surviving spouse. This is really the same as the death certificate. The reference kindly supplied by Peter Gundry, email of November 1, 2001.

(7) Another reference is a signature, "Annie Baillie Dixon", in Annie Elizabeth Baillie's visitor's book. But the name does not appear in NAAIRS.

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