Select Lowe Miscellany
accounts over the years:
- Lowe and Low in England and Scotland
- Thomas Lowe the Methodist Minister at Rusholme
- John Low and the Lowe Teachers of Scottish Dance
- Lowes at Grand Turtle Cay
- Lowe and Variant Arrivals in America
- Christian Lau’s Terrifying Journey
- Harriet Low in China
- Don’t Try a Bobby Lowe with Me
Lowe and Low in England and Scotland
Names in Great Britain
described Lowe and Low as follows:
– essentially a name of the Midlands and adjacent NW counties, being
numerous in Derbyshire, Warwickshire, and Cheshire. Lowes is the
England form occurring in Northumberland and Durham.
In Scotland Low has an independent home in
Thomas Lowe the Methodist Minister at Rusholme
John Low and the Lowe Teachers of Scottish Dance
of the family known to have been a dance master was John Low of Brechin
Scotland. He had been admitted in 1785
as a master shoemaker to the Incorporated Craft of Shoemaking. He
was also a
dance teacher. As was usual in this
period, he probably provided the music for his instruction by playing
fiddle. According to his son Joseph, he was the composer of the
known dance tune Rachel Rae.
In the first years of the 19th century, his
family was influential in establishing Scottish dance in its modern
form. Four brothers taught in different parts of
Scotland: John in Perth, Arbroath and Elgin; Robert in Glasgow,
Brechin; James in Dundee and Fifeshire; and Joseph in Edinburgh and
Inverness. It was Joseph, now spelling his
Lowe, who established the family as Scottish dance teachers in
Australia and New
dancing masters of
succeeding generations of the family did continue to use a fiddle well
20th century. Charlotte Lowe, teaching then in Christchurch, is
disciplining her pupils with a smart tap of the violin bow.
Lowes at Grand Turtle Cay
of Lowes are to be found in the island cemetery:
son John Aquila Lowe (1858-1925)
his son Howard Lowe (1898-1927).
1976 the Albert Lowe Museum was opened
in honor of William Albert Lowe (1901-1985), a renowned woodcarver of
models. His son and artist Alton was
the mastermind behind the museum.
Following in his father’s footsteps, another son Vertrum has
hand-crafting model ships for over thirty years.
Lowe and Variants Arrivals in America
were the numbers recorded as passengers in ship arrivals to America by
country of origin..
Christian Lau’s Terrfiying
On October 9, 1732 the Pennsylvania Gazette
featured an article of the struggles on-board
the vessel John and William, a ship
that was carrying 220 Palatine immigrants to America.
Seventeen weeks earlier Christian Lau and his
family had boarded the vessel in Rotterdam.
They had no idea what traumas lay ahead of them.
Most of the ships
carrying Palatine immigrants were stocked with the cheapest supplies
master could find. Often food and water
ran out before the voyage was completed.
Since this vessel was overcrowded and unsanitary, sickness was
rampant. Some 20% of the passengers – 44
out of 220 – died before the vessel was in sight of America.
extreme hunger and exhaustion, the Palatines became fed up, mutinied
control of the vessel. When they came in
sight of land, they had no idea where to go.
They compelled the sailors
to cast the anchor near Cape May where eight of them took the boat by
went ashore. They and the vessel
eventually ended up in
Philadelphia. The ringleaders of the
mutiny ended up in prison.
Harriet Low in China
1829 Harriet’s uncle
William Henry Low and wife prepared to move to China for a five-year
While William would be managing his business interests in Canton which
off-limits to women, his wife would be staying in Macau. They then
Harriet to accompany them and to provide companionship for her aunt.
boarded the Sumatra for
a four-month voyage across the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, which
included a three-week stopover in Manila.
arrived in Macau in September 1829 and
took up residence at 2, Pátio da Sé at the top of
Calçada de S. João. She
soon became acquainted with many of the well-known residents of
Macau. As the only unmarried young woman
in the colony, she was invited to many “fancy balls, dances, teas and
her stay from 1829 to 1833, she wrote a journal in the
form of letters to her older sister Molly.
After her return to the United States, she married and moved to
London. Her journal is now part of the
Low-Mills collection in the Library of Congress.
Don’t Try a Bobby Lowe with Me
Sydney Morning Herald
of April 10, 1863 had the following
intelligence reached Mudgee that Mr. Robert Lowe, who was
travelling in a
buggy on the Talbragar Road accompanied by a man on
been stuck up by two bushrangers who had the last few days been
successfully carrying on their depredations in the neighborhood of
Mr. Lowe, upon being ordered to stand,
was covered with a revolver and commanded with a threat to get
his buggy. Seeing that the determined
villain was bent upon mischief, Mr. Lowe quickly leveled the gun
to have with him, the contents of which he lodged in the fellow’s neck
breast. This proved fatal. Mr. Lowe at once dispatched a messenger to Mr.
Warburton who sent the police with a conveyance for the body.
later commemorated his name with the warning: ‘Don’t try a Bobby
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