Margaret Tolmie – another ‘Waterloo Child’

All Things Georgian

The Battle of Waterloo was hard fought, and hard won by the Allied Forces. In the aftermath, as night fell, the men who were still able to answered the roll call of their names. The women travelling in the train of the army listened for news, desperately wanting to hear their loved ones listed as living.

The Battle of Waterloo, 18 June 1815 by Denis Dighton (painted in 1816) NT; (c) National Trust, Plas Newydd; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation The Battle of Waterloo, 18 June 1815 by Denis Dighton (painted in 1816)
NT; (c) National Trust, Plas Newydd; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

One such woman was young Mrs Tolmie: daughter of a corporal in the Royal North British Dragoons (the Scots Greys), she had travelled with the army, working as a nurse in Portugal and tending to the sick and injured. One man, whose life she had saved, married her in between battles. That man was Adam Tolmie, either a trooper in the same regiment as her father by the time…

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2 thoughts on “Margaret Tolmie – another ‘Waterloo Child’

  1. Another tale of endurance from the time of Waterloo. Not only finding her dead father, but tending to her wounded husband on that terrible battlefield, before giving birth to a child. She should have been given a medal for her exploits. What a woman!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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