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To Susan Barney,

I am replying to your query for a lost person, which I saw on the Britain-Burma Society's Lost Relatives web page (http://shwepla.net/Misspers.mv). You said:

I am looking for any information, even a hint, on who my great-grandfather was. All I know is that he was Scots, came to Burma in the 1900's. He married my great-grandmother, Gertrude Florence Stevens, she was anglo-burmese and I believe her father was a Civil Servant .

The only name I have for him is Smith (possibly Smyth) and biographical info that he built, or oversaw, the construction of Candacraig in Maymyo, where he also built a few of the other "Tudor" style homes and had a building company in Maymyo or Rangoon. He had some kind of a contractual arrangement with the Burmah Bombay Trading Co. Additionally he had something to do with the construction of the Burma Railways.

They had homes in Maymyo and Rangoon (No. 15 Shan Avenue) and Gertrude was also a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Rangoon. They had at least three children: Phyllis (my grandmother), James, and a daughter who was killed in the Japanese bombing of Rangoon in December, 1941. During the war years, my mother remained in Maymyo with her grandparents. He died in 1948 and was buried in Maymyo. Gertrude then took my mother, first to Scotland to visit his relatives, and then joined her daughter and son-in-law (Eric de Sousa) in Singapore, where she taught at one of the "La Salle" schools and died c. 1956.

Note: Eric de Sousa (I am not sure of the spelling of de Sousa) was also born in Burma. His parents were Michael Joseph de Sousa and his wife's maiden name was Dorothy Patricia Page; She was English. They also had a home in Maymyo. My grandfather was a musician and led an orchestra in Singapore, and possibly at the Strand or Inye Lake Hotel in Rangoon prior to the War.

If any of this rings any bells at all, please contact me: no matter how obscure.

Thanks in advance - Susan

Maybe I can help a bit.
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