The Lamb's

 

First Generation


1. Charles Lamb .

Charles married Isabella Kennedy. Isabella was born in 1837, died on 27 Jul 1886 in Dunkeld, Scotland at age 49, and was buried on 30 Jul 1886 in Dunkeld, Scotland.

Isabella's tombstone is in the old section (Nave) of the Dunkeld Cathedral

+ 2 M    i. James Charles Lamb was born on 21 Mar 1866 in Dunkeld, Scotland and died in Dunkeld, Scotland.

+ 3 F    ii. Catherine Lamb was born in 1872, died on 30 Sep 1883 in Calley Lodge (Cottage) Near Dunkeld, Scotland at age 11, and was buried on 3 Oct 1883 in Dunkeld, Scotland.

Second Generation


2. James Charles Lamb was born on 21 Mar 1866 in Dunkeld, Scotland and died in Dunkeld, Scotland.

James was a painter on High Steert

• He was baptized on 21 May 1866 in Dunkeld, Scotland. Minister T.C. Wilson

James married McRae.

+ 4 F    i. Elizabeth Jane Lamb was born on 18 Aug 1888 in Dunkeld, Scotland and died on 24 Nov 1968 in Vancouver, British Columbia at age 80.

+ 5 M    ii. James Lamb was born in 1901 and died in 1976 at age 75.

+ 6 F    iii. Jane Lamb was born in 1923 and died in 1983 at age 60.

3. Catherine Lamb was born in 1872, died on 30 Sep 1883 in Calley Lodge (Cottage) Near Dunkeld, Scotland at age 11, and was buried on 3 Oct 1883 in Dunkeld, Scotland.

Catherine is buried in the old section (Nave) of the Dunkeld Cathedral.


Third Generation


4. Elizabeth Jane Lamb was born on 18 Aug 1888 in Dunkeld, Scotland and died on 24 Nov 1968 in Vancouver, British Columbia at age 80.

• She was cremated on 26 Nov 1968 in Vancouver, British Columbia. A sprinkling of Lizzie's ashes were placed at the Huntly Cemetery, Huntly, Dunkeld Cathedral and at the River Tay, Dunkeld

Elizabeth married Alexander Ritchie Geddes, son of James Geddes and Ann Drummond, on 27 Dec 1914 in Dunkeld, Scotland. Alexander was born on 21 Jul 1893 in Aberchirder, Scotland and died on 15 Jan 1968 in Vancouver, British Columbia at age 74.

Married in the Church of Scotland by minister Thomas N Nusherford.

Alexander was the ex-lightweight champion of Scotland in 1919 and carried the name Ted Leister.

• He worked as a Cobbler (Bootmaker). in Dunkeld, Scotland. Ted as he liked to be called also became a Professional Boxer.

Excerpt from "The Dunkeld Pugilist" Dunkeld, Scotland:

Chat with Ted Leister, famous boxer who is village cobbler. Believes he has discovered a "White Hope" in Dundee.
Seated in the little cobbler's shop at Dunkeld is Ted Leister or, give him his private and bootmaker name, Mr. Alexander Geddes - I quite enjoyed the talk I had with the famous boxer.
Aberdeen City claims him as its own, but Dunkeld possesses him, and in the district generally and in Perth City he is well known and held in much respect. I saw Ted in the recent City Hall tournament at Perth, when he was introduced to the audience but I was only one in the audience, and after the talk I had with him while he was cobbling a pair of boots we agreed to continue the friendship, a desire born of a clannish spirit.
Leister claims as his birthplace, a small Banffshire village called Aberchirder on a very big scale map, but known to natives as "Foggieloan." His interviewer first saw the light of day not very many miles distant from Ted's calf-ground.
Thereafter the boxer lived for some time at Huntly, where he first taught himself to use his fists; he did not use gloves in those days.
Latterly, while his home and business is at Dunkeld, Leister is frequently in Aberdeen. Once a month he officiates as a referee at a boxing tournament, and has business connections in the Granite City. Ted Leister entirely believes the old impression of the prize-fighter, although when one looks at his strong neck and sturdy build one can understand why he has earned the reputation of being a boxer who can take a big punishing. "Anything doing, Ted?" was the first question I put to the pugilist.
The Fight at Monte Carlo.
"I have a couple of fights arranged - one with Pete Ruddy of Salford, Manchester, and the other with Ted Moore, Plymouth. I just received a letter this morning from my manager to get fit. I don't know yet where the fights will take place. You know my manager, of course. He is Ted Brodribb who was Young Snowball, and once knocked out Carpentier in four rounds." Our conversation turned to the fight at Monte Carol three weeks ago, when Leister contested with the Frenchman, Papin for the championship of Europe at 9 sts. 8 lbs. "When I left Dunkeld," said Ted, "I as as fit as a fiddle, but the journey of thirty-nine hours from London to Monte Carlo did it. I had little or no sleep on the way and wasn't in the pink for such an important bout. "Papin had Descampes as his manager, and my manager and I were not aware there was a gold belt for the winner until we saw it exhibited in the Casino at Monte Carlo. This belt and two others were gifted by the Prince of Monaco, and they are held by Frenchmen - Carpentier, Ledoux, the bantam; and Papin.
"Our departure from London was delayed two days owing to a cable from Paris, and I was obliged to continue the journey to Monte Carlo almost without a halt. The result was that I was not in condition for fighting, and I stopped the contest in the 11th round. Before my contest came on there were bouts between two English boys and a Frenchman and Belgian. The Britishers played hide and seek with their opponents.
"Papin was one of the softest things I have ever met and could not hit. I have issued a challenge to him and if it is accepted; I hope the fight will take place in Paris, which is only a few hours' journey from London.
Leister's Sparring Partner
I and the party accompanying me had a good time in the south of France, and the organisers of the fight treated us well." "Do you keep up your training in Dunkeld?" I asked Leister. "Well, I usually take a good walk in the mornings," and introducing a well set-up young fellow, who entered the shop, Leister remarked: -" This is my sparring partner. To tell you the truth, I am always fit, but I usually go to Glasgow for a week's hard graft before going into any descent fight." "How many fights have you had in your day, Ted?" "Oh, it is difficult to say, but they must number over 200. One of the most interesting fights I ever engaged in was at Rosyth when I was in the army. I entered as Geddes, and was unknown. A big sailor named Jones was laying about him, and when we met in the final the audience showed pity for the little fellow - that was myself - but after the sailor regained his senses he asked - " Where is the fellow who hit me?" "When I knocked him out the spectators remained dead still for a minute or two before they enthusiastically applauded me. I had never before and have never since felt an audience as I did on that occasion.
First Boxer to Join Up
"I am paying a visit to Dundee one of these days. I think I have discovered a "White Hope" in the city. He boxes under the name of "Mack." So far he has not had much experience, but he has the stuff in him. I am surprised that Perth has no boxing club of some sort, as exists in many other cities. It would, I believe, be a success." Leister is naturally proud of his military career. "I was the first professional boxer in the country to join up in 1914," he said. "I enlisted in the Scottish Horse, but at my own request, in order to get to France I was transferred in 1915 to the 6th Black Watch. I was with the 6th in France, but Sir Robert Moncreiffe ("Old Bob" Leister called him) was a good friend, and got me transferred to the army gymnastic staff, and it was a "cushy" job. I met many boxers amongst the gymnastic instructors, including Gunner Moir and others."
We were still chatting when a *little chap popped his head into the door and interrupted - "Your dinner's ready, daddy." Boxers must eat, and the reporter wished Leister "Good luck."
* The little chap was his son and my father, Leister Alexander Ritchie Geddes.

• He immigrated on 22 Jul 1927. They travelled from Scotland via the S.S. Metagama to Quebec City, there they boarded the Canadian Pacific Railway to Vancouver.

• He was cremated on 17 Jan 1968 in Burnaby, British Columbia. A sprinkling of Ted's ashes were placed at the Huntly Cemetery, Huntly, Dunkeld Cathedral and at the River Tay, Dunkeld

+ 7 M    i. Leister Alexander Ritchie Geddes was born on 22 May 1915 in Dunkeld, Scotland and died on 9 Mar 1992 in Vancouver, British Columbia at age 76.

+ 8 F    ii. Mona Elizabeth Mcrae Geddes was born on 25 Jan 1918 in New Castle-On-Tyne, England. and died on 20 Nov 2009 at age 91.

+ 9 M    iii. Reginald James Drummond Geddes was born on 25 Jan 1918 in New Castle-On-Tyne, England., died on 29 Mar 1956 in New Westminster, British Columbia at age 38, and was buried on 2 Apr 1956 in Burnaby, British Columbia.

5. James Lamb was born in 1901 and died in 1976 at age 75.

James married Mary Mitchell in 1932. Mary was born in 1905 and died in 1985 at age 80.

6. Jane Lamb was born in 1923 and died in 1983 at age 60.

Fourth Generation


7. Leister Alexander Ritchie Geddes was born on 22 May 1915 in Dunkeld, Scotland and died on 9 Mar 1992 in Vancouver, British Columbia at age 76.

Died: A memorial service was held for Leister on Friday, March 13, 1992 at the Tenth Avenue Alliance Church in Vancouver, British Columbia. Officiating clergy was the Rev. Leon Throness. A piper, Ian Munro, played a few selected songs on the bagpipes.

Leister had two sports he favoured best, golfing and bowling. Leister Geddes, who started playing golf as a wee bairn in Scotland when he putted his dad's ball down the back alley, won the Battle of the Stooges June 28, 1933 at Langara. He swam around the water-soaked course in two 73's for 146 - three strokes ahead of the field.
Geddes, who won a handsome cup besides 15 dollars in cash, had his best hole on the sixteenth in the morning round. He hit a two iron off the tee to within two feet of the pin for a birdie two. On the following hole he did the same thing with his second shot this time for another birdie. He had six birdies during the day. (excerpt of the Vancouver Sun June 29, 1933 - GEDDES CAPTURES CADDY COMPETITION AT LANGARA). When Leister's eyesight became a problem he gave up golfing. Leister said, "If I can't see the ball after its been hit - then it's time to get off the course." He gave his clubs to his son Eric.
Bowling was another of Leister's sports. He bowled every Friday without fail for many years. Leister was in many competitions and collected many trophes throughout the years.

• School Attendance: Vancouver, British Columbia. General Brock Elementary and Vancouver Technical School

• He worked as an a General Manager - Anderson Bros. Lumber Co. in Vancouver, British Columbia.

• He was cremated on 12 Mar 1992 in Vancouver, British Columbia. A sprinkling of Leister's ashes were placed at the Huntly Cemetery, Huntly, at the Dunkeld Cathedral and at the River Tay, Dunkeld

8. Mona Elizabeth Mcrae Geddes was born on 25 Jan 1918 in New Castle-On-Tyne, England. and died on 20 Nov 2009 at age 91.

Benton-on-View, Forest Hall

Mona began her training as a nurse at the Vancouver General General Hospital in 1939 and graduated in 1941. The week she graduated she joined the Royal Canadian Medical Corps. and was sent to England - she did some transferring of patients from Italy to England and was briefly in Holland. Mona was a Lieutenant Nursing Sister. When she came back home she worked at Shaughnessy Military Hospital. Then went back east to New York to take post graduate course in eye, ear, nose and throat surgery. Mona met her husband to be Harold (Hal) Zimmerman at Cornell University. He asked her to marry him. When he left to go to San Francisco she had to get a working visa so had to come back to Vancouver to get her papers. Then she left to go to San Francisco where they lived until his death, May 29, 1963 at the age of 42. After retirement Mona joined the U.S. Peace Corps and was sent to the Fiji Islands teaching at the Fiji School of Nursing and the War Memorial Hospital.

• Elementary School Attendance: 1930, Vancouver, British Columbia.

• High School Attendance: 1936, Vancouver, British Columbia. John Oliver Senior Secondary

• She worked as an a Registered Nurse in 1941 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Mona married Harold Wilson Zimmerman. Harold was born in 1921 and died on 31 May 1963 in Fresno, California at age 42.

Died: a heart attack

• He worked as an a Certified Public Accountant in San Francisco, California.

• Military: Lt. Col. U.S. Army.

Mona next married Edward Jenner Whiteley in 1985 in Suva, Fiji. Edward was born on 22 Sep 1916 in Bonaparte, Iowa.

Anglican Cathedral Holy Trinity

• He worked as a Medical Doctor.

9. Reginald James Drummond Geddes was born on 25 Jan 1918 in New Castle-On-Tyne, England., died on 29 Mar 1956 in New Westminster, British Columbia at age 38, and was buried on 2 Apr 1956 in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Benton-on-View, Forest Hall - Reg was the first born of twins.

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

• Military: Royal Canadian Army Signal Corps. Became a captain after getting his commission at Kingston Military College.

Reginald married Ethel Laura Jackson, daughter of Walter Leonard Jackson and Laura Camelia Scott, on 24 Nov 1939 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Ethel was born on 18 Nov 1919 in Michigan, U.S.A. and died on 13 Oct 1999 in New Westminster, British Columbia at age 79.

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Last revised: October 31, 2016.