LOW

James Campbell Walls (Low) (1919 - 1985)                 son of Agnes Grieg Campbell Walls

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Norman Low                                                            1945

Irene Evelyn Low                                                      1946

Robert Campbell Gey Low born 28 Nov                  1946           

Trevor John Campbell Low born 18 Dec                  1947

NORMAN LOW 1st married SARAH  CANDLISH and secondly married MOIRA GIBSON

 

Norman  was aligned with the family businesses and sacrificed a great deal of his own career to support  aspects of his families past in  driving large properties into hotels and pubs. His later career was in Public Health and he retained a significant interest in past family  matters. He opened an antiquarian book shop in Worcester and amassed a library of several thousand books. With his first wife Sarah he had 3 children. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                       STEVEN                               LESLIE                           GARRY

GARRY

 

Garry Low - Drummer, Percussionist, Sound engineer / Producer.

Garry spent his formative years as a trainee sound engineer at Sirocco Studios in Kilmarnock, one of Scotland’s iconic recording facilities. The early 80’s Scottish band explosion saw Garry working with many well-known cutting edge artists and musicians in the studio.

Relocating to England, he continued his career recording and producing music from many genres working at Stuff Studios and Birdsong studios in Worcester, whilst also maintaining his reputation as a top class drummer/percussionist. In more recent years Garry has concentrated on the development of his world percussion skills. His combination of drum kit and percussion playing has provided much of the driving force behind many notable projects, such as the "Headhunters" a collaboration with Andy Garbi, Their critically acclaimed debut album, 'Millennium Time Bomb' featured, among others, Nigel Kennedy, Kadir Durvesh and Martin and Aine Furey. Headhunters toured extensively, headlining both The Avalon stage at Glastonbury, and the Big Green Gathering.

He has also performed throughout the UK, Ireland and Mainland Europe, with Suns of Arqa, Celtarabia, Bohinta and Martin Furey. He has worked on many projects alongside Martin, including the album “Belladonna” recorded at Gabriel’s Real World Studios with producer Stuart Bruce. Live performances include tours of Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Glastonbury UK.

Garry has also performed as on-stage percussionist for a trilogy of Irish plays touring with The Royal Shakespeare co.

More recently he has performed at Cropredy Fringe Festival, Warwick folk festival, BBC introducing stage at Lakefest Eastnor, and the iconic Troubadour club in London.

Garry runs his recording studio in Malvern, Worcestershire as engineer/Producer and is also working as a session drummer and percussionist for many projects including local band Hennesea.

Gary has a daughter Charlotte (Lottie), who is enterueng further education. 

STEVEN JEREMY LOW

 

D.O.B 24th June 1965

 

Steven was born in Sorrento maternity hospital in Birmingham England to Scottish parents Sarah Campbell Low and the late Norman James Kemp Low. He is brother to Garry and Lesley, and uncle of Alannah, Kaitlin and Charlotte, and recently great uncle of Kaiden.

Steven grew up in England before the family moved back to Scotland in 1973, relocating to Barrhill in rural Dumfries and Galloway. 

Moving back to England  at age 15 he took a weekend job at the 5 star Chateau Impney Hotel in Droitwich, Worcestershire. On leaving school he secured a full time position at the hotel as trainee/commis chef, also attending Worcester technical college where he gained city and guilds qualifications in catering.

Steven then moved to Malvern Hills with his father and stepmother, which became his home town and continued his work as a chef gaining valuable experience which saw him progress to Head Chef positions in various Hotels in the area.

Deciding to broaden his horizons and see the world, Steven then took a chef’s position on the Queen Elizabeth 2 liner working aboard for a World cruise contract. This gave him the taste for travel and for more than a decade he worked abroad and travelled far and wide. He worked in the Cayman Isles working closely with a top Italian chef and learned many specialities including west Indian dishes . Whilst there, Steven also became a qualified scuba diver which he enjoyed in his leisure time.

From there Steven then went to South Africa and worked closely under top chef John Makin for the opening of The Palace Hotel, Sun city. Steven then went to the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, which at the time was voted best hotel in the world where he gained valuable experience.

From there Steven went to New Zealand, taking the position at the Hermitage Hotel MT Cook as senior chef overseeing the fine dining Pan room restaurant. He worked in New Zealand for 3 years and particularly loved it there as it reminded him of Scotland, he wanted to emigrate to there, but had to return to England. It wasn’t long before he was off again on his travels taking head chef positions in the French Alps for the Ski season trade and consequently working all over Europe.

Steven was a very talented chef and in particular a very good pastry chef. He won accolades for his desserts and gained certificates of merit in all areas of the catering/hotel trade. As a young chef Steven, because of his Scots heritage and red hair, would get the job on the Burns night supper ceremony of carrying the flaming haggis in procession with the kitchen brigade. 

Steven also enjoyed music and had a wide variety of favourites from 80’s new wave when younger through to avant-garde and classical music. One of his favourite rock bands was Irish band U2, whom he had the privilege to meet whilst working in the Trinity Arch hotel in Dublin, and was very pleased to have spoken with lead singer Bono, who gave Steven his autograph. 

LESLIE           Married  first Jason Smith together having two children  Alana and Kaitlin. 

After divorcing Leslie lives with partner Alan in Ayrshire. 

 

Alana             A single mother of Kaiden Alexander born C. 2017

Kaitlin.            Hair and Beauty practitioner. 

 

 

 

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IRENE trained as a hair stylist and trichologist. She married Philip Thomas and together they lived across the country  in prison service accommodation They travelled widely through Europe with friends in many western european countries.   They divorced in 1986. 
Irene  moved to Leicester  to work in care provision. She coached the City  swimming team who attended the Special Olympics in India is 1989. She later retired to Malvern. 


 

ROBERT married Janet Cartland

Robert was  at times a mechanic and meat trade  employee before  finding his career as a journalist and editor in Scotland with  Mirror Group. A local councillor at Whithorn  in Galloway  and a life  within the Masonic Order he  was well known and respected. He was a Mason and  Knight Templar  and was also a Lodge Preceptor. 

Past Master Leucophibia 602, Knight Templar. 

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AIRTHREY CASTLE            Birthplace of Robert (Bobby) Low 1946.

TREVOR married Larisa (Mikailovna) Belousova of Volgograd (Stalingrad) Russia.  With degrees in Fine Art,  History and education Trevor is a historian and sport journalist. He attended many Olympic Games and World Championships. During the Cold War he travelled and reported as a social commentator on life in Eastern Europe  and the middle East  mainly Israel and Egypt. His  journeys across Russia and into China provided information on day to day life, quality of provision and populous  opinion. He  almost reached terminal velocity with images of new MIG fighters out of the Czech republic, he said later that it was "a good idea at the time".    

                       

EGOR (born in the USSR)

A master Chef  in specialist  restaurants and hotels. Married Julija 2021. 

 

LARISA was an accountant and Director of a large business employing many hundreds of workers  in Volgograd Russia. Her brother Anatoly has a fruit and vegetable supply business, growing, supplying, trade and retail.  

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Brothers Robert and Trevor at Pitmilly  House 1952. In later years it operated as a hotel under several owners, but ultimately these businesses failed and the house, which was said to be haunted by a particularly active poltergeist deteriorated badly. It burned in 1967.

 

1947 play The Poltergeist and the 1948 film based on it, Things Happen at Night, have their origin in Pitmilly House

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Pimilly House

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                     BOBBY AT THE HELM OF ALTAIR ON THE CLYDE

Commissioned in 1929 by Captain Guy H MacCaw whose brief to William Fife was simply: build a sound, safe cruiser, safe to go to the south seas islands in with no anxiety . Length 41 metres beam 6.25m. Cruising speed 6-9 knots. She was restored at Southampton Yacht Services from 1985-87 by skipper Paul Goss and one of the Fairlie Restorations creators, Albert Obrist. ALTAIR truly set the standard for all subsequent classic yacht restorations. She spent time in a yard again in 1999 at Cantieri Beconcini in La Spezia, Italy, under the ownership of a Spanish banker, and was a regular at the Med. regattas often seen fighting with the schooners, Mariette and Orion and the ketch, Thendara.

PALMERSTON 

Built as a family residence for a fruit and veg  merchant. iqur

formerly Summerhill hotel

Named after  the original Palmers Toun  (farm). 

The Palmerston was ravaged by a deadly fire, 2 died. 

later Siquor and Driveway nightclub.       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birthplace of Robert (Bobby) Low 1946.

COUSINS LOW

Michael Low          born 26 February 1958, son of William (Bill) Low

see  page Family Michael Low

Michael was an early computer genius fast tracker in the banking industry.

 

1st married Lesley divorced 1995

 

2nd married Karen Webster (IT project manager) 24 May 1996 (Karen born 12 Apr 1964)

 

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Home of Michael and Karen Low, the old manse from the Dalhousie estate Bonnyrigg,  Edinburgh.

Michael’s garden borders the old cemetery which has a monument to the fallen of the wars erected by Susan Georgina the daughter of The Marquess of Dalhousie our distant cousin out of the Romanov family.  Marilyn Butter, the 2nd Great granddaughter of Tsar Nicolas 1st of Russia,  married James Hubert Ramsay 17th Earl of Dalhousie.

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Trevor Low at the Dalhousie monument. Trevor purchased  the smallholding and cottages, Danesfield, from Mrs Mawby the legendary cook to Harold Wernher and his wife Anastasia (Romanov) Bruntingthorpe near Market Harborough 

Carine Sellars  (Ne Colville)

 

Daughter of Meg (ne Walls) and Will Colville.

Will went down the mines at 16 years of age and  a promising  career as a professional footballer went with it. He played for Scotland as a junior. At 18 he escaped the mines with friends by going to Canada where he stayed for 20 years as an engineer. His return to Scotland  brought a family but also  early disability with lung disease courtesy of coal mining. There was no compensation in those days. 

 His family lived on Craigmile street just a few doors away from the Kemps  whose daughter Alice married Jimmy Campbell Walls, Low. 

 

John Kemp Blyth.  Son of Irene Kemp and Jack Blyth.   

Known as Kemp by close family  he was a pioneer of  computer  control systems  with Marconi and  was responsible for early computer controls that revolutionaised conveyer   transportation for industry which were the prototypes of  ideas that endure today. 

1st married Stewart

 

Denise  +3             

Collin

Shaun

Alexander

 

2nd married Liz Smith

Cousins John (Kemp) Blyth  and Norman Low (Walls)

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