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James Hayes

Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt Matthew Horace Hayes and Alice Maria Hayes

Managed by: Ian Alexander Stone
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About James Hayes

From the 1901 census and from his mother's writings we know Alice had a son, recorded in the census as James Hayes, born about 1883 in Edinburgh, however no birth registration record in Scotland or England has been found.

Scottish birth registration

- not James Hayes, 1882, Kinning Park registration district, No. 644/14 109

- not James Henry Hayes, 1883, Milton registration district, No. 644/8 583

- not James Patrick Hayes, 1883, Greenock New or Middle registration district, No. 564/1 96

- not James Thomas Kavanah Hayes, 1883, Kinning Park registration district, No. 644/14 689

No James Pyett registrations and no other likely Pyett registrations around 1883 found.

- not James Pyott, Kinnell registration district, No. 296/ 19. 1883.

No England & Wales birth registrations with mother maiden surname Pyett.

It is assumed James must have left with his parents in 1885 when father Horace commenced his overseas horse breaking tour. And again when his parents commenced their second tour in 1887, which ended in Calcutta, India. In his mother's book "My leper friends" (London : Thacker, 1891), she writes about her first visit to the leper asylum in Calcutta, probably in 1890 (p24) : "When I arrived home from the asylum, I went at once to find my husband, to tell him all that I had seen, and ask him to help me in doing something for the lepers. He was out, unfortunately, and, no one else being in the house, I tried to interest my little boy in the fate of the poor leper child whom I had just seen. His baby brain could not grasp the full extent of my meaning ; but he understood enough to offer his scrap-book and promise me his musical-box and other things, all of which were duly handed over to the poor little leper next day." And writing about the Nuns of the Loretto Convent (p.89) : "I first became acquainted with them through sending my little boy to school at their convent in the hills. During the hot weather, it is found necessary to send as many children as their parents can afford to pay for, away out of the heat of Calcutta, to the cooler climate of Darjeeling or any adjacent hill station, where the little ones remain till the temperature becomes sufficiently cool for them to return to their studies in the plains. I sent my boy one season to Darjeeling with the nuns, and it was when arranging for his trip that I first met my kind friends."

Not located in the 1891 census as it is assumed James and his parents did not arrive back from India until after the census date of 5 April 1891. He does not appear to have travelled with his parents to South Africa in 1891-92 as he is not mentioned in his Father's book of the trip, Among horses in South Africa, and is not listed with his parents in the incoming passenger list, though there is a Master Hayes, 11 (born about 1881), towards the bottom of the passenger list page where his parents appear at the top of the page, so I assume he was in boarding school.

1901 England census - James Hayes, 18 (born about 1883), born Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. Also in the house: mother Alice M Hayes, 36 (born about 1865), born Norwood, Surrey, England, Authoress; servant Arthur H Fretter, 15 (born about 1886), born Crick, Northamptonshire, England, House Boy; and servant Joseph Fretter, 18 (born about 1883), born Crick, Northamptonshire, England, Garden Boy Domestic.

Address - (Yew Tree House), Yelvertoft Road, Crick, Northampton, England.

In the introduction to the 1903 edition of mother Alice's book The Horsewoman : a practical guide to side-saddle riding, Alice writes: "Knowing the immense value of photographs in explaining technical subjects, I have gladly availed myself of the expert help of my husband and son in that form of illustration."

His father died in 1904, but James is not mentioned in his father’s will, in which the sole beneficiary all the assets was his mother Alice.

Not located in the 1911 census.

His mother died in 1913, but James is not mentioned in his mother’s will, in which all the assets were given to Alice’s second husband Enrique Rucker.

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Edinburgh, Scotland (United Kingdom)