Birth: 1877 - Circa

Place or Registered Place of Birth: St. Leonards, Edinburgh, Scotland

Baptism: Not Known

Place of Baptism: Not Known

Death: 9 April 1917 - Aged 40

Place or Registered Place of Death: Arras, France - Killed in Action

Place of Burial: Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France

Father: Thomas Nelson

Mother: Jessie Kemp

Spouse(s): Margaret Balfour

Date of Marriage: 18 June 1903

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Scotland


Christa Margaret Nelson
Elizabeth Nelson (1912-1999)
Alexander Ronan Nelson (1906-1997)


Captain Thomas Arthur Nelson died in 1917.

Captain Thomas Arthur Nelson lived at Achnacloich, Connel, Argyllshire, Scotland. He also lived at St. Leonards, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.

Thomas Arthur Nelson (died on 9 April 1917, aged 40) was a Scottish rugby union player. He was killed in World War I

He played for Oxford University RFC and was capped for Scotland in 1898.


John Buchan dedicated The Thirty Nine Steps to Thomas Arthur Nelson (Lothian and Border Horse).
Captain Thomas Arthur Nelson
Lothians and Border Horse
My Dear Tommy
You and I have long cherished an affection for that elementary type of tale which Americans call the 'dime novel,' and which we know as the 'shocker'—the romance where the incidents defy the probabilities, and march just inside the borders of the possible. During an illness last winter I exhausted my store of those aids to cheerfulness, and was driven to write one for myself. This little volume is the result, and I should like to put your name on it, in memory of our long friendship, in these days when the wildest fictions are so much less improbable than the truth.


The Library
.............On his return to England, [John Buchan] worked for the Attorney General's office till 1905, and then resumed private practice of the law. During all this time, he was writing short stories and poetry, but he did not begin writing on a major scale until 1906, when he went into partnership with Thomas Arthur Nelson, an old Oxford friend, in a publishing business.......The end of the war left him feeling as if his world was crumbling away; his partner, Thomas Nelson, his brother Alastair, and many of his closest college friends had lost their lives in the conflict..........


Nelson, Thomas Arthur
Rank: Captain
Regiment/Service: Lothians and Border Horse
Secondary Regiment: attd. Machine Gun Corps
Age: 40
Date of Death: 09/04/1917
Additional information: Son of Thomas Nelson and Jessie Kemp Nelson; husband of Margaret Balfour Nelson Maze, of Achnacloich, Connel, Argyll. Born at St. Leonards, Edinburgh. Scottish Rugby International.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: VII. G. 26.
Cemetery: Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras


Certificate of Service of Notice by The Secretary of State for Scotland under the Ancient Monuments Acts - 1976
27th January 1976
The Ancient Monuments Acts, 1913 and 1931
To The Trustees
of Thomas Ernest Nelson Esquire, Achnacloich, Taynuilt, Argyll, Owner of the Monument consisting of a cairn 40 metres or thereby North-west of Cairnhill at Achaleven shown coloured red on the annexed plan lying in the Parish and County aftermentioned and forming part of the lands and Estate of Kilmaronaig described in the Disposition by the Trustees under an Ante-Nuptial Settlement by Margaret Balfour or Nelson or Maze in favour of the said Thomas Ernest Nelson dated Twenty fourth January and Nineteenth February and recorded in the Division of the General Register of Sasines for the County of Argyll on Sixth March all in the Nineteen hundred and Twenty nine

Situated in the Parish of Ardchattan and Muckairn and County of Argyll. In accordance with the provisions of Section 6 of the Ancient Monuments Act, 1931, as read with the Transfer of Functions (Scottish Royal Parks and Ancient Monuments) Order, 1969, the Secretary of State hereby gives notice that it is his intention to include the Monument above specified in a list of monuments to be published by him under Section 12 of the Ancient Monuments Consolidation and Amendment Act, 1913.

Given under the Seal of the Secretary of State for Scotland
H.F.G. Kelly
Assistant Secretary

Scottish Development Department,
(Ancient Monuments),
Argyle House,
3, Lady Lawson Street,
Edinburgh, EH3 9SD.
19 December 1975.
I, Alexander McIntosh Thomson, Principal, being an officer duly authorised by the Secretary of State in that behalf hereby certify that the notice of which the foregoing is a duplicate together with a copy of the plan annexed and signed as relative hereto was served on the before named Trustees of Thomas E Nelson by posting on the nineteenth day of December 1975 between the hours of 10 o'clock and 11 o'clock fore noon at the Tollcross Post Office, Edinburgh, a copy of the same to them by recorded delivery service addressed as follows:-

Trustees of Thomas E. Nelson, per Haldanes McLaren & Scott WS, 4 North Charlotte Street, Edinburgh
Register on behalf of the Secretary of State for Scotland in the Register of the County of Argylle
Edinburgh, Agent.

Captain Thomas Arthur Nelson