Wingate Family Genealogy Forum
My connection to the Wingates begins with the marriage of Mary Ethel Stanley Orde Browne and Colonel George Wingate in 1879. Mary Ethel was the daughter of Annie Marie Michell, who was the younger sister of my great great grandmother Cecilia Fancourt Michell. The Stanleys, Orde Brownes, Fancourts and Michells (Mitchells) were all connected with military service, with the Church of England, with colonial administration, and with the practice of medicine across the Empire. There are doctors and missionaries as well as military officers and colonial administrators throughout the family and I know they were in Australia, Africa and the Caribbean as well as our branch here in British Columbia. It's no wonder their tracks are hard to follow! The term "cousin" is used imprecisely too so it has taken me some time to pin down the exact connections. Colonel George Wingate was first cousin to Sir Reginald Wingate and Orde Wingate was one of seven children of Mary Ethel Stanley Orde Browne and George Wingate. So far as I know that family was in India until 1916 when they moved back to England and settled in Godalming. Mary Ethel and George Wingate had seven children, three sons and four daughters and I have tentative identifications for all but two daughters. The two daughters I have located were Rachel, a noted misssionary and Sybil who became a senior civil servant. They appear to be a generation younger than the people you are looking for but it is recorded that Reginald Wingate had a significant influence on their life choices. Apparently both Rachel and Orde were encouraged by him to take up Arabic Studies at (I believe) Cambridge which leads me to wonder if there might be mention of his family connections in some of the academic research about him. I did find a RootsWeb site that has several generations of the Wingate family and the name Margaret does occur among the ancestors, but not among the first cousins to Colonel George and Sir Reginald who are listed on that site. The Orde Brownes were also connected with the Middle East perhaps most notably through Sir Granville Browne's interest in Persia. The institutional connections I have found include the military school at Woolwich (predecessor to Sandhurst), the department of Arabic studies at Cambridge, Charlton Cemetery in London, and the Plymouth Brethren. My own ancestors in this line have been in Canada since the end of the nineteenth century and the contact they maintained with their more distant relatives seems to have faded several generations ago. I don't know if this is much help, but I'll keep looking and keep in touch.
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