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Sir Thomas Jackson

The Silver Bowl website always has Sir Thomas JACKSON (1841-1915) at the centre of its web of family connections.

Tables and other bits of data. (See beneath for tables grouped by family names)

Date revised

1906-7 Who's Who in the Far East. This is a lengthy transcription - 21 pages of selected and annotated text. I have annotated all the entries that referred to men who had some sort of connection to Ireland. My purpose is that I am trying to learn more about the Irish Diaspora in the region during the late 1800s. If there was no known connection to either Ireland of HSBC, I did not include mention (or if I did - it was only because my nose twitched indicating some level of interest). August 12, 2012

Hong Kong Shanghai Bank employees in our family tree. The individuals mentioned beneath are mostly mentioned with reference to their relationship to Sir Thomas Jackson, the most illustrious member of the family and a significant manager in the early history of the HSBC. Many of these entries need updating.

July 8, 2003
The Pirates & Mrs. Dare of Singapore Mrs. DARE aka Sarah Shrieve PARK (1817-1879) was the mother-in-law of Sir Thomas JACKSON. This is the tale of her experiences on a captured ship in 1841. July 16, 2003
Creggan on The Peak. Creggan was the name of Thomas Jackson’s home built in the very early days of construction on The Peak in Hong Kong. It was built sometime between 1877 and 1880. The family went back and forth between England and Hong Kong several times. During the winter, when the weather was more hospitable, they often stayed in HSBC accommodation closer to the bank. I have assembled the following table to help pin down when the Jackson family was in Hong Kong and more precisely when Creggan was built. March 6, 2014
1887; 1888; 1889: The Peak Directory listings in various Hong Kong Directories. February 7, 2014
Happy Valley Cemetery. In November 2012, I visited Happy Valley Graveyard in Hong Kong. I went specifically to see the graveyard of Andrew Hugh Gilmore JACKSON, but also photographed others that fit into the narrative of The Silver Bowl, or else seemed to me as if they might. I will load them onto this page, bit by bit, as time permits. March 15, 2014
Newsclippings. This page of links groups an index with links to transcriptions I have done of news items relating to HSBC and/or the extended JACKSON family. The items are also integrated into the page where all news clippings are noted. That way, they can be seen in the context of (mostly) Irish news items. April 2, 2014
Photo Albums. Photos taken in Hong Kong, Yokohama, Singapore and other places that involve connections to either the JACKSONs or HSBC. Like many pages of links that I am working on, there will be many more such pages to follow in the coming year. April 7, 2014
Sharon Oddie Brown's Blog. The table on this page includes links to all the pieces on my blog which are connected in one way or another to family connections in the Far East. That way, you don't have to troll through recipes for cocktails and other irrelevant pieces. April 7, 2014
Ceylon, Malta and Emeu passenger lists This page is a companion piece to the letters which describe Thomas JACKSON's first trip from Marseilles to Hong Kong. June 13, 2015
HSBC Chairmen - a list kept by "Clif" of London. February 7, 2017

ALLEN Family
(connected by marriage of Anna Maria DARE, sister-in-law of Sir Thomas JACKSON)

ALLENs in the Far East - a table. Not all of these ALLENs are related to the story of the Silver Bowl. Some are included not only for the purposes of elimination, but also in the hopes that others may find the information to be of use. March 5, 2014
ALLENs in London Marriages 1521-1869. I have highlighted bits worth following – for example, the parish of St. Dunstan. I have yet to make a start on the notes. There are also many more names to add to make this a really useful tool, but I have yet to add the marriages of all the ALLEN daughters. There are dozens of them, as well as the remarriages of widowed wives. March 12, 2014
Misc ALLEN Family Records. These are probates, deaths or appointments with connections to India, or elsewhere in the “Far East”. My purpose is to see if there are any connections to Whitworth Allen (1835-1899). March 20, 2014
Blog piece about Whitworth ALLEN and Anna Maria Dare. March 26, 2014

Joseph Collison NICHOLSON (1856-1925) is referred to as J.C. NICHOLSON in histories of HSBC. He was born in 1856 in Lincolnshire, and went east in 1880. In 1895, he married Winifred Maud ALLEN in Shanghai. She was a daughter of Whitworth ALLEN and Anna Maria DARE, and therefore a niece of Amelia DARE, wife of the HSBC manager Thomas Jackson.

August 29, 2014

(connected by marriage to Louisa Caroline DARE, sister-in-law of Sir Thomas JACKSON)

BOLTONs in the Far East. Capt. Charles James BOLTON was Captain of the Glenartney, and was in the employ of Jardine Matheson. Some of the other BOLTONs mentioned may be relations. April 3, 2014

DARE family
(Amelia Lydia DARE was Sir Thomas JACKSON's wife)

1853 September 23. Testimony of Captain George Julius DARE. He was the father of Amelia Lydia DARE, and hence the father-in-law of Sir Thomas Jackson. Although he died long before TJ arrived in Hong Kong, his business and family connections were of considerable use to TJ, and hence to HSBC. His Singapore ship chandler business was situated about 100 metres away from where HSBC built its main Singapore office decades later, in 1892. His sons carried on after his death, based at first at Yokohama, and then at Singapore. One of his sons, Alfred Henry DARE was the last junior to be recruited for HSBC from the region. July 31, 2015
The Pirates and Mrs Dare. Two months after giving birth to her second son, John Julius Dare (later known as “Julius”) at a boarding house kept by “Mrs. Clarke at the south west corner of North Bridge Road and Middle Road” Sarah Shrieve DARE nee PARKE sailed on the Viscount Melbourne with a nursing baby and a toddler in tow – to join her husband in Macao. June 6, 2014
1907 December 16 The Singapore Free Press Obit. George Mildmay DARE was the brother-in-law of Sir Thomas JACKSON of HSBC. The story of his sister Amelia Lydia DARE is also part of the story of why HSBC experienced some of its early successes - the social connections which laid the ground for business connections. March 13, 2010


(Connected by NOBLE's employment with HSBC & SEXTON's Irish heritage)

Biographies of George Edward NOBLE & Francesca Bertha Marion "Daisy" SEXTON. Both he and Thomas JACKSON joined HSBC in 1866. NOBLE's older brother Henry NOBLE had been the Hong Kong manager of the Agra Bank, where JACKSON had worked prior to being hired by HSBC. Henry NOBLE died either late 1865 or early 1866 at sea near Foochow when he had taken leave for health reasons. It was after the death of his young wife, and the Agra Bank was about to declare bankruptcy, but the public record includes no details about the nature of the drowning. It is entirely possible that it was accidental. April 7, 2014
I have written and posted two pieces to my blog, one on George Edward NOBLE and one on Frances Bertha Marion SEXTON. NOTE: Both of these blog pieces need to updated with new information, and there are a few errors in them. They are on my very long to-do list. September 25, 2012
Chronology. This chronology is the result of merging of my own family-focused research with the materials at HSBC archives [S16.7b] as well as with references from the history done by Frank H.H. King. The italicized portions were excerpted from The Hongkong Bank in Late Imperial China 1864-1902. Frank H.H. King. Cambridge University Press, 1987. September 25, 2012
The family trees of George Edward NOBLE and Francesca Bertha Marion "Daisy" SEXTON. May 11, 2013


SCOTT Family
(connected by marriage of Blanche Emily DARE, sister-in-law of Sir Thomas JACKSON)

Mentions of SCOTT men (women were not included) in the 1877 and 1879 Trade Directories of China, Japan, the Phillipines &c. Hong Kong. I am curious how many of these SCOTTs are related, in one way or another, to William Ramsay SCOTT (1838-1909). He was a brother-in-law of Thomas JACKSON (1841-1915). My interest is as much with their business connections as it is with their family ties. There was also a John Marshall SCOTT from Newry who was active as a merchant in Japan who is of interest, and is listed in the directories. March 7, 2014
The link between Sir Walter SCOTT- famous poet, and William Ramsay SCOTT, a brother-in-law of Sir Thomas JACKSON. March 7, 2014
Misc SCOTT obits Singapore News & other sources. March 7, 2013
The Sizzle of Connections. A blog piece about the SCOTTs in Penang in the 1800s. March 11, 2014




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