Donald Ninian Nicol


World War 1



Died of Illness
Donald Ninian Nicol was born 25 August 1877, the eldest son of Donald Ninian Nicol MP, of Ardmarnoch House, Tighnabruaich, Argyllshire, and 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.

Donald came to Winchester College in January 1891 from the Reverend J.L. Seager’s school at Stevenage. He was in D House , Fearon's, under Mr Kensington, and became a Commoner Prefect in 1896. He also spent two years in Sixth Book, rowed in the School IV in 1895 and 1896, and in 1895, stood on dress for Commoner XV.

He left Winchester in the summer of 1896 and 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, Nicol rejoined the Scots Guards and served with 3rd Battalion in England till his death there from illness on 27 December 1915, at the age of thirty-eight.

He married Frances Eva Marjorie Macpherson, daughter of Albert Cameron Macpherson DL, of Cluny, in July 1908, and left a son. Nicol is buried in Ardmarnoch House Burial Ground, Argyllshire, on the shores of Loch Fyne


Country Location Name of Memorial Campaign Names Date(s)
England Winchester College College Street Winchester SO23 9NA Winchester College WW1 and WW2 World War 1
World War 2
Donald Nicol 27-12-1915 View

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