Portrait of William Strange

Name: William Strange

Burial Number: 1375

Gender: Male

Occupation: Lieutenant Colonel Indian Army, civil engineer

Born: 22/04/1857

Died: 07/02/1929

Buried: 10/02/1929


William was born on 22nd April 1857 in Cheltenham, Gloucester. His parents, Thomas Lumisden Strange, b.1808, and Emily Burn Strange, nee Begbie, b.1837, were both born in India. He had 4 siblings, Alfred b.1859, Emma b.1865, Nina b.1866, and Arthur b.1868, plus 6 half-siblings from his father’s first marriage.
Although born in Cheltenham he moved with his family to India shortly afterwards and was baptised in Madras, India on 13 Nov 1860; his father was a judge in the High Court of Madras. William returned to England for his education and trained as a civil engineer. He then returned to India where he became a prominent engineer employed by the Public Works Department.
Aged 24yrs, William married Rose Fanny, nee Cobbold, 21yrs, on 3 Dec 1881 in Ahmadnagar, Bombay, India. They had 3 children, Frank Horace b.1884, (India), Nora Kathleen b.1885, (India), and James Anstruther b.1893, (Suffolk).
He was a Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers. Between May 1903 and 1912 he was seconded to the Transvaal Colony, South Africa where he worked on irrigation projects and became something of an expert on the subject publishing several papers. He returned to India in 1912.
Whilst serving as an engineer he wrote a number of engineering related books and papers on projects he had worked on in India and South Africa.
William and Rose retired to Worthing in 1911 where they lived at St. Olaves, Boundary Road. In 1929, William died on 7th February, aged 71yrs, at Seabrook, 14, Queen’s Road. Probate was granted to Rose Fanny Strange, and Arthur James Strange, ret. Lt. Col. HM Indian Army. Effects £9672 12s 8d. Value 2021 – £630K.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for William Strange

Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 3 Plot: 6

Exact Location (what3words): caller.eggs.chill

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


Sacred to the memory of William Lumsden Strange M.Inst.C.E. Late Bombay P.N.D. born April 22nd 1857 died February 7th 1929 "What doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God" Micah v. 18 Also of Rose Fanny his wife died at Mercul Burma June 11th 1930 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you"

Further Information


Name: William Lumisden Strange

Gender: Male

Born: 22/04/1857

Town: Cheltenham

County: Gloucestershire

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 03/12/1881

Spouse First Name: Rose

Spouse Second Name: Fanny

Spouse Last Name: Cobbold

Town of Marriage: Bombay

County of Marriage: Unknown

Country of Marriage: India

Information at Death

Date of Death: 07/02/1929

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Seabrook

Address line 2: 14

Address line 3: Queens Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £9672 12 s 8 d

Current value of effects: £630000

Census Information


Living at Shirley Cottage, Croydon. Philip Wm Mure,59, Married, Distiller, MA Oxon. plus (his wife, in-laws, nephews, nieces, and 9 servants). Emily Burn Strange, Sister-in-law, 23, William Lumsden Strange, nephew, 3.


Living at London International College, Isleworth. William L. Strange, 14yrs, Scholar.


Living at Taracor, Mill Road, Worthing, Sussex.

William Lumisden Strange
Male 1857 64 Civil Engineer Retired Indian Public Works Department
Rose Fanny Strange
Female 1860 60 Home Duties
Emily Whitmarsh
Female 1877 44 General Domestic Servant Private

Miscellaneous Information

The Strange and Lumisden families are distinguished names in Scottish history being closely involved with Bonnie Prince Charlie. Sir Robert Strange, of Balcaskie, (1721-1792) was married to the sister of Andrew Lumisden who was a Jacobite and assistant to Charles Edward Stuart (the Old Pretender) and Charles Edward Stuart (the Young Pretender). Andrew Lumisden was born in Edinburgh in 1720, the son of law agent William Lumisden (a descendant of the Lumsdens of Cushnie, Aberdeenshire) and Mary, daughter of merchant Robert Bruce. Lumisden studied to go in his father’s footsteps, but during the rising of 1745, he became private secretary to Prince Charles Edward, accompanying the pretender throughout the campaign. Lumisden went into hiding following the defeat of the prince, before eventually making his way to Rouen, France.