Nicol, Donald Ninian


He was the eldest son of Donald Ninian Nicol MP, of Ardmarnoch House, Tighnabruaich, Argyllshire, and 80 Harley Street, West London. His mother was Anne Millicent Nicol, daughter of Sir Edward Bates. Nicol was one of three Wykehamist brothers, another of whom, Major Wilfred Edward Nicol, DSO (D1896-1899, Grenadier Guards), died of wounds in 1915 (see individual entry). The other was Colin Victor Nicol (D1901-1904), who died in December 1915. Thus in the space of one year a whole generation of the family vanished.

The eldest Nicol entered Winchester from the Reverend J.L. Seager’s school at Stevenage, and became a Commoner Prefect in 1896: he spent two years in Sixth Book, two years (1895-1896) in the school IV, and in 1895 stood on dress for Commoner XV. In 1900 he obtained a commission in the Scots Guards and three years later was promoted Lieutenant and appointed ADC and Military Secretary to Sir W.F. Haynes Smith, High Commissioner in Cyprus. He left the army in 1904.

In March 1915 he rejoined the Scots Guards and served with 3rd Battalion in England till his death there from illness on December 27th 1915, at the age of thirty-eight.

On July 8th 1908 he married Frances Eva Marjorie Macpherson, daughter of Albert Cameron Macpherson DL, of Cluny and on his death left one son.  He is buried in Ardmarnoch House Burial Ground, Argyllshire, on the shores of Loch Fyne.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Nicol
  • Forenames or initials: Donald Ninian
  • House: D
  • Years in School: 1891-1896
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Scots Guards
  • Date of Birth: 25th August 1877
  • Date of Death: 27th December 1915
  • How Died: Died of Illness
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: PRIVATE CEMETERY AT ARDMARNOCH HOUSE, ARGYLLSHIRE