Albert Gammell

Albert Gammell was the 10th and youngest child of James Gammell of Ardiffery and his wife Sydney Holmes. He was born in Edinburgh on 27 July 1840. He received his first education at a preparatory school in Circus Place in Edinburgh, and from there followed his brothers to Edinburgh Academy, where he was a pupil from 1851 to 1854 . He then attended the Scottish Naval and Military Academy, winning prizes in 1856 for writing and drawing, but unlike his brothers, he does not appear to have joined the armed forces. Eventually however he evidently decided to seek his fortune overseas, and sailed for Jamaica, where he worked, probably as a manager, in the sugar plantations.  Since this was a period when sugar estates were closing, he then became a police officer. 


On 18 March 1863 he married Agnes Kidd Close in Falmouth, Jamaica when he was working at the Kent estate. Agnes was the daughter of the Rev Isaac Close who was the incumbent of Kirkby Ravensworth, Yorkshire. 

Albert in unknown uniform (F Gourlay)

Albert and Agnes had one child, Sydney Albert Wharton Gammell, but unfortunately Albert died of fever on 14 June 1868 at the age of 27, when this son was only four years old, . At the time of his death, he was a Police Sub-Inspector in Spanish Town. He is buried at the cathedral in Spanish Town, Jamaica.  In his will he left everything to his wife, Agnes.


After Albert's death, Agnes married again in Jamaica to George Phillpotts Brown, by whom she had two sons (George Samuel Phillpotts Brown 1870-1967; and Henry Isaac Close Brown 1874-1962) and a daughter (Elizabeth Charlotte Margaret Brown (Cox) 1877-1903). Agnes died on 3 June 1932 in Jamaica.