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John BROOKS
Male 1850 - 1902


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Generation: 1
  1. John BROOKS was born 20 Oct 1850; died 30 Jun 1902, Tranent, Scotland.

    Notes:

    Census:
    1851 Crawshaw Hall - age 4 months.

    1871 4 Pembridge Gardens - age 20, Undergraduate ? [Visitor].

    Newspaper Articles:
    The Braidwood Dispatch and Mining Journal (NSW: 1888 - 1954)
    Wednesday 13th August 1902
    Shot While Asleep
    There took place early one morning recently in Tranent, some ten miles from Edinburgh a tragedy of a most sensational nature. About half past 4 in the morning the mansion house of St Germains near Tranent, was the scene of a murder and suicide which has caused great excitement all over the district, as the two victims moved in the best local society.

    Mr John Brooks a man of considerable wealth who maintained a large establishment, shot his wife in her sleep and afterwards blew out his brains, death in both cases being instantaneous. Mrs Brooks who was a daughter of Sir John Drummond Hay, was shot in two places and Mr Brooks shot himself through the right temple.

    St Germains is a large mansion house, standing in its own grounds and is some distance from any other dwelling. For some days past the servants of whom there are eight, have noticed that Mr Brooks was strange in his manor but no serious mental derangement was suspected. The household retired to bed as usual on Sunday night and the first indication that something was untoward had happened shortly after 4 o'clock when the servants were awakened by the discharge of firearms.

    One of the maids immediately rushed into the bedroom occupied by Mr and Mrs Brooks and was met by a terrible spectacle. She found Mrs Brooks lying dead in bed in a pool of blood with her head practically blown to pieces. Mr Brooks was lying on the floor, with a bullet wound in his right temple. Beside him lay a sporting rifle, which was subsequently found to have been taken from the adjacent gunroom.

    The bedroom contained two beds and both Mr and Mrs Brooks were in the night attire. it is surmised that Mr Brooks rose during the night and fetched the rifle and after murdering Mrs Brooks sat on the floor and placed the weapon to his own temple. The position of his body lends colour to this surmise.

    The family only recently returned from a three months sojourn to Tangier where Mr Brooks owned an estate. Mr Brooks was an enthusiastic golfer and was a well known figure on the Aberlady, Gullane and North Berwick Lines. Mr and Mrs Brooks appeared to be an ideally happy couple and the only possible cause of the tragedy is mental aberration. Mr Brooks had been in indifferent health and had complained of pains in the head.



    Died:
    Registered by: A Campbell, Inspector of Police, Tranent, Scotland

    John married Louisa Annette Edla DRUMMOND-HAY 8 Jan 1874, Tangier, Morocco. Louisa died 30 Jun 1902, Tranent, Scotland. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 2. John Hay BROOKS  Descendancy chart to this point was born 22 Jun 1878, Tarporley, Cheshire; died 12 Nov 1940, Kilshara, Dunbar, Scotland of Senya el Hashti, Tangier, Morocco.


Generation: 2
  1. John Hay BROOKS Descendancy chart to this point (1.John1) was born 22 Jun 1878, Tarporley, Cheshire; died 12 Nov 1940, Kilshara, Dunbar, Scotland of Senya el Hashti, Tangier, Morocco.

    Notes:

    Probate:
    John Hay Brooks of Senya-el-Hashti, Tangier, Morocco died 12th March 1940 at Kilahara, Dunbar Probate Llandudno 12 March 1941 to the Right Honourable Gerald Beach Brooks third baron Crawshaw and the honourable Herbert William Brooks.

    Effects: £34660 13s 10d

    John married Florence Caroline Annette DRUMMOND-HAY CA 1919, London, England. Florence was born CA 1880; died 7 Apr 1940, Kilshara, Dunbar, Scotland. [Group Sheet]

    Notes:

    Married:
    Dec 1919 St Martin 1a 1511