Born November 19, 1873, he was the youngest son of Charles Sillem Lidderdale. He
joined the British South Africa Police in 1896, thereby
qualifying as an early settler in Rhodesia, retiring in 1924.
In 1897 he saw active service at the taking of Mashayangombi's
Kraal, which Plumer's Column, through lack of time, had failed
to reduce. During the Boer War he was again in the field,
under Colonel Flint, who, besides the B.S.A. Police, had the
Leicester Yeomanry with him to quell a small outbreak caused
by an outlaw named Mapondera.
He married Mary (Molly) Charlotte
Scobie, daughter of MacKay John Scobie Mackenzie of Kyeburn,
New Zealand. He was born at Tain, Rossshire and represented
Mount Ida in the New Zealand Parliament, being a prominent
member of the Opposition. His life was written by Sheila
MacDonald, his daughter, the novelist.
He brought out in 1950 the Account or
the Lowland Scots Family of Lidderdale, the foundation for the
present work. His memory and formidable physical strength
broke down in the last two years of his life, when Molly
devotedly cared for him. He died in 1954 and she, in 1965,
remaining vivacious, warm-hearted and plucky even when
increasingly ill in her last years.
There were two sons, the first dying in infancy and the second, Tancred
William Halliday Lidderdale, born 8 Sep 17.
• Lidderdale, Robert Halliday, An Account of the Lowland Scots Family of
• Lidderdale, Halliday Adair, The Descendants of John Lidderdale
1783-1845, 1988, unpublished manuscript.
London, Thursday, May 15, 1913 - LIDDERDALE, MACKENZIE - on
the 5th, April, 1913, at the Pro-Cathedral, Salisbury,
Rhodesia, by the Bishop of Mashonaland, Robert Halliday
Lidderdale, British c Africa Police, younger son of the late
Charles Sillem Lidderdale, to Mary Charlotte Scobie, younger
daughter of the late M. J. Scobie Mackenzie of New
The Rhodesia Herald - May 28, 1914 - Lidderdale at Gatooma, on the 20th inst., the wife of R. H. Lidderdale, of a son, stillborn. 1624t.
Robert Halliday Lidderdale, Major British South Africa Police