Branch No. 14




Branch 14 Captain: Ian Latta, Ryedale House, Old Carlisle Road, Moffat DG10 9QJ Scotland.

Send any updates to Ian.

                                                            1 JOHN (1?) LATTA
Born near Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland and removed to Old Cumnoch, Scotland. Had at least one son:
2 ROBERT (2).

                                                            2 ROBERT (2) LATTA
John (1). Born at Bridgend, Old Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, about 1788. Married Margaret Ferguson. Had at least three children:
3 WILLIAM (3).
5 ROBERT (3) died young.
6 JOHN (3) born about 1830; d. about 1910.

                                                           3 WILLIAM (3) LATTA
Robert (2) John (1). Born at Darmalloch, Old Cumnoch, Ayrshire, Scotland in 1819.  Died in 1900. Married Margaret Allan, daughter of William and Helen (Simpson) Allan of Darmalloch.

4 "Sir" JOHN (4).
7 WILLIAM (4) b. at Darmalloch, Scotland. In 1930 director of firm of Lawther, Latta & Co., London, England.
8 ANDREW GIBSON (4) b. at Darmalloch, Ayrshire, Scotland. Created Knight of the British Empire in 1921. Conferred on him for voluntary services rendered in the Ministry of Shipping and Assistant Director of the Ship Management Branch, 1918-1921. Ship owner. Director of Lawther, Latta & Co. Ltd. Billiter Buildings, London, England. Single in 1930. Educated at Hamilton Academy. Address (1930) Braid Ave. Edinburg, Scotland. Clubs: Reform and Royal Automobile.  Died August 10, 1953.
9 ROBERT (4) eldest son. Born at Darmalloch, Ayrshire, Scotland in 1860. In 1930 lived at Craigadam, Dalbeattie, N.B.

Daily Telegram, London, England - Aug. 12, 1953

                                                        4 "Sir" JOHN (4) LATTA
William (3) Robert (2) John (1). Born at Darmalloch, Ayrshire, Scotland May 9, 1867; died in 1946.  Married Ada May Shore, daughter of John Young Short, J.P. of Ashbrooke Hall, Sunderland on March 17, 1896. He was created First Baronet February 9, 1920. Arms: Sa. on role Arg. A lymphad sail furled on the first: in base two crescents of the second. Crest: In front of an oak tree fructed pro:er. a crescent Arg. Motte: Dum Vivi Vireo. Senior partner of Lawyer, Latta & Co. ship owners and merchants, Billiter Buildings, E.C.3. Educated Ayr Academy. Chairman Nitrate Producers Steamship Co. Ltd.; Include amongst those chosen for presentation to King Edward VII, November 1904, in recognition of services during South African war. Rendered services in connection with sea transport in Great European war. Address (1930) 12 Portman Square, London, W. 1 T: Mayfair 4597 and 4060. Clubs: Cath of London, Wellington, Ranelaigh, Hurlingham.

Obituary - Daily Telegram, London, England - Dec. 6, 1946

Lincolnshire Echo, Lincolnshire, England - May 23, 1947

Daily Telegram, London, England - Nov. 2, 1950

Daily Telegram, London, England - Dec. 28, 1951


10 CECIL (5) b. February 26, 1903 in London, England.  Baptised on April 11, 1903 at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Camden, Middlesex, England. Educated at Eaton and Magladen College, Oxford.  Came to New Orleans, Louisiana on 11/14/1930 on business.  Listed as age 27, single, 6' 1" tall, brown hair and eyes, occupation - ship broker.  Died December 26, 1937 in London, England.
11 SYBIL MAY (5) m. Maj. Phillip Alexander Spence of Oatley Hall, Brackley,  Northamptonshire, Late of the Black Watch. June 23, 1923.
12 ADA MARY (5) m. Domte de. Crameyel (Maurice Paul Richard Fontaine) of 87 Avenue Kleber, Paris, France, son and heir of the 6th Marquis de Crameyel. Title given by Louis XV 1773. Child: Comte Guy Francois Phillipe, b. June 20, 1925.

Sunday Dispatch, Long, England - Jan. 2, 1939


Daily Telegram & Morning Post, London, England - May 27, 1938


Daily Telegram & Morning Post, London, England - June 25, 1923

Daily Telegram, London, England - July 12, 1924



                                                           7 WILLIAM (4) LATTA
William (3) Robert (2) John (1).  b. at Darmalloch, Scotland. In 1930 director of firm of Lawther, Latta & Co., London, England. Died June 17, 1947.

The Kent & Sussex Courier, Kent, England - December 19, 1947

Sevenoaks Chronicle, Kent, England - May 7, 1943


E-mail received January 7, 2005:

Hi there Sue

My name is Alan Latta, I am 24 years old and I'm from Ayrshire, Scotland.

I was just bored at work and browsing the internet when I came upon your  website.

I have no idea if this is of any use to you but I'll give you the family history as far as I am aware:

My Great Grandfather was from Saltcoats and owned a pub, I also know he had a brother Robert. He had 3 sons and a daughter. The eldest My grandfather William who died in 2002 aged 66. twin boys Robert and James, Robert now dead due to alcohol problems, and a daughter Agnes (Nancy)

My grandfather also had 3 sons and a daughter. My dad Robert the eldest followed by Thomas, James and Karen.

As far as I am aware my family have always been from Saltcoats in Ayrshire, however as my pappy is now dead I can't ask him for more info. I have no
idea if we are connected in anyway to you lot over the pond, but it would be nice to think that we were. It's nice to have a history I think.

Anyway, let me know if this info is of any use to you and if you have any questions I'll do my best to find out that information for you.


Alan -

ps. don't know if it's a Scottish thing, but all of the Latta men have died young due to heart problems. However, all joking aside, that really could be
down to alcohol and tobacco.


Received 1/20/05

Here is an interesting entry from our new reader, Alan Latta from Saltcoats. Please let let me know if any connection is found. If Sue is  listening, Br. #14 did have a "Carter" in their history. Ian Latta has a brass Plate, so inscribed. There is also a town in Saskatchewan named
Govan, where Br. #13 were well established years ago. (Keith's branch).
Alex.Latta. Br. #16.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Alan Latta" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2005 5:14 AM
Subject: RE: Saltcoats Latta's

> Alex
> Thanks for posting on that information, I look forward to receiving it.
> I have an update on some information that may be of use to you, if not  then sorry for bothering you.
> The James Latta (1877) that I have listed. I have found his family in the 1881 census - resident at 11 Towers Street, Govan, Lanark.
> He had 3 brothers: Thomas Campbell Latta (aged 5 in 1881) this is the Thomas who went to Canada. Alexander Latta (aged 9) and Allan Latta (aged
> 12) All of whom were born in Paisley, Renfrewshire. He had a sister Margaret who died at age 7, the same year as the census, and another
> sister Cathernine Buchanan Latta aged 1 in 1881. His father was called James Latta and he was a Baker, Jouneyman. His mother was called Mary
> Wilson Latta.
> Using the website, I have managed to take it back further than this.
> The father I mentioned there James Latta was born in 1847 and died in 1889. Through his death certificate I have managed to trace his parents:
> An Allan Latta who married a Catherine Buchanan on 18/12/1821 in Pailsey High. I know that this father Allan Latta died in 1867 aged 71,
> registered in Tradeston, Glasgow. He must have be born in about 1796. I can find no record of his birth on this web site - nothing for Allan Latta
> at all apart from his death certificate and his marriage certificate. I was unable to view the marriage certificate, however have ordered it and
> should receive it within the next 2 weeks. I have his death certificate which lists his parents, however it is very difficult to read, I am hoping
> that the marriage certificate will shed new light on this!
> It looks on his death certificate as if his dad's name was William Latta (a carter) and his mother was Janet Erskine, however that may not be
> correct. The death certificate was signed by a John Latta listed as his son, so James Latta (1847) must have had at least 1 brother.
> I am at a loss at the moment as to how to take things back further. The marriage certificate will hopefully be legible and also list a place of
> birth and his parents' names.
> If you have any suggestions or information then please let me know.
> I thought that Latta was a fairly uncommon name, however back in those days there were hundreds of us - and what makes it even more complicated
> is the fact that most of them had the same bloody first names!!!
> Still, hope this finds you in good health, and not too cold!
> Alan Latta (1980)