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Here are some Lowe stories and
accounts over the years:

 

Lowe and Low in England and Scotland

Henry Guppy in his 1890 Homes of Family
Names in Great Britain

described Lowe and Low as follows:

“Lowe
– essentially a name of the Midlands and adjacent NW counties, being
most
numerous in Derbyshire, Warwickshire, and Cheshire.  Lowes is the
north of
England form occurring in Northumberland and Durham.
In Scotland Low has an independent home in
Aberdeenshire.

 

Thomas Lowe the Methodist Minister at Rusholme

Thomas
Lowe, a young Methodist,
left his home in Congleton, Cheshire for Manchester in 1835.  He wrote at the time: “I am now residing in
the town of Manchester, a place where wickedness abounds.
Oh! that I may have the grace to stand in the
evil day!”  He arrived in the nearby
village of Rusholme one year later.

William
Royle in his History of
Rusholme
referred to Thomas Lowe and said this of him:

“Thomas
Lowe, one of my best friends, was known to most people in Rusholme.

He
came to the village in 1836 and took part in most of the public affairs
of the village.  He was one of the founders of the Rusholme Public
Hall in 1850 and also of the Working Men’s Club in Nelson Street.
He was the pioneer of temperance work and established the first
teetotal society in the village in 1845 which held its meetings in the
Chapel in Moor Street.  He was an unflinching advoacate of total
abstinence and some who today hold aloft the banner of temperance in
Rusholme owe their inspiration to him.

His
public work in connection with the village was justly recognized when
he was unanimously invited to occupy the chair at the Jubilee
celebration in the Public Hall in 1887 and presided over a splendid
meeting.  A well read and cultured man he was never tired of
talking about his favorite science, astronomy.

As
is well known, he was the father of Wesleyan Methodism in Rusholme and
passed away in 1892 at the ripe age of seventy eight, having lived in
Rusholme for fifty six years.”

 

John Low and the Lowe Teachers of Scottish Dance

The
first
of the family known to have been a dance master was John Low of Brechin
in
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
the
fiddle.  According to his son Joseph, he was the composer of the
well
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,
Montrose and
Brechin; James in Dundee and Fifeshire; and Joseph in Edinburgh and
Inverness.  It was Joseph, now spelling his
surname as
Lowe, who established the family as Scottish dance teachers in
Australia and New
Zealand.

The
dancing masters of
succeeding generations of the family did continue to use a fiddle well
into the
20th century.  Charlotte Lowe, teaching then in Christchurch, is
remembered for
disciplining her pupils with a smart tap of the violin bow
.

 

Lowes at Grand Turtle Cay


Three
generations
of Lowes are to be found in the island cemetery:

  • John
    Lowe (1823-1898)
  • his
    son John Aquila Lowe (1858-1925)
  • and
    his son Howard Lowe (1898-1927).

In
1976 the Albert Lowe Museum was opened
in honor of William Albert Lowe (1901-1985), a renowned woodcarver of
ship
models.   His son and artist Alton was
the mastermind behind the museum.
Following in his father’s footsteps, another son Vertrum has
been
hand-crafting model ships for over thirty years
.


Lowe and Variants Arrivals in America

The following
were the numbers recorded as passengers in ship arrivals to America by
country of origin..

Lowe Low Loew Total
England    674    213    887
Scotland     72    109    181
Ireland    201     80    281
Germany    116     84     70    270
Elsewhere     27     27
Total  1,063    513     70  1,646

 

 

Christian Lau’s Terrfiying
Journey

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
the ship’s
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.

Suffering from
extreme hunger and exhaustion, the Palatines became fed up, mutinied
and took
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
force and
went ashore
.  They and the vessel
eventually ended up in
Philadelphia.  The ringleaders of the
mutiny ended up in prison
.

Harriet Low in China


In
1829 Harriet’s uncle
William Henry Low and wife prepared to move to China for a five-year
stay.
While William would be managing his business interests in Canton which
was
off-limits to women, his wife would be staying in Macau. They then
asked
Harriet to accompany them and to provide companionship for her aunt.

The
party
boarded the
 Sumatra for
a four-month voyage across the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, which
included a three-week stopover in Manila.

Harriet
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
dinners.”

During
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

The
Sydney Morning Herald

of April 10, 1863 had the following
report:

“On
Saturday
intelligence reached Mudgee that Mr. Robert Lowe, who was
travelling in a
buggy on the Talbragar Road accompanied by a man on
horseback, had
been stuck up by two bushrangers who had the last few days been
successfully carrying on their depredations in the neighborhood of
Slapdash.

Mr. Lowe, upon being ordered to stand,
was covered with a revolver and commanded with a threat to get
out of
his buggy.  Seeing that the determined
villain was bent upon mischief, Mr. Lowe quickly leveled the gun
he happened
to have with him, the contents of which he lodged in the fellow’s neck
and
breast.  This proved fatal.  Mr. Lowe at once dispatched a messenger to Mr.
Warburton who sent the police with a conveyance for the body.  

Bushrangers
later commemorated his name with the warning: ‘
Don’t try a Bobby
Lowe with
me.'”

 

 

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