Martin Farndale
8 June 1881 to 11 September 1943 

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Cattle farmer in Alberta

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Martin Farndale, son of Martin and Catherine Jane Farndale of Kilton Thorpe, (FAR00364) farmer, baptised, Brotton; 31 Jul 1881.

(PR and family knowledge)

Martin Farndale registered Guisbro District Jul-Sep 1881

(GRO Vol 9d page 464 - 1837 online)


Martin Farndale, married Ruth Farndale, (FAR00619), his first cousin, in Trochu, Canada in 1932.

(Family knowledge)


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Ruth Farndale


They lived near Trochuin Alberta. They had no family.

There is more information about his life at Martin Farndale and at the Farndales of Tidkinhow

Martin was born on 8 June 1881 at Kilton Thorpe. Like his elder brother and sister he was baptised at Brotton Parish Church where the entry in the Parish Register reads:

"Martin, son of Martin and Catherine Jane Farndale of Kilton Thorpe, farmer, baptised 31 July 1881."

Like the rest, Martin went to school at Charltons until he was ii. He then went to Boosbeck Council school until he was 14. That would be in 1895. He then helped on the farm until 1905 when he went to Canada, the first pf many members of the family to do so. Martin is remembered as not quite as strong as the rest. He did not go away to work and was a great favourite of his mother. When he decided to go to Canada, he could not bring himself to tell his mother so he simply left home and write to his sister Lynn from Liverpool:

"June 16th 1905

Friday morning

Dear Sister

Just a few more lines. I left Liverpool on Thursday night for Canada on SS Tunisian. I have had a good night's sleep. I have booked second class on board and is very comfortable. We are passing by the north of Ireland this [ ]. The ship makes a call here to take on more passengers. This letter will be sent on from here. I shall not be able to post any more letters till I land at yond side. I am enjoying the trip well so far. I hope mother will not fret is she get to know before I write. I will send a letter to her as soon as we land. I am going to do best . I am going a long way up the country. I am to Calgary in Alberta. It is chiefly cattle farming there. There is several more young men on ship that are going out from there can catch. But I have not meet any lady that is my way yet. You must try and cheer mother up. There is nothing for her to trouble about. I am as safe here as riding on the railways in England. I shall be about other 7 days on the water. I will send a few letters off before I start my land journey. I have not time write more. I want to up on deck. We are just about to land at Londonderry I believe.

I must leave hoping you are all well.

M Farndale."



From the passenger list for SS Tunisian 1905

And five days later:

"Letter cannot be posted for England till we land so you will know if you get this that I landed all right.

Wednesday June 21st 1905

Dear Sister

I shall soon get my sea trip over now. Land was sighted today Newfoundland I believe. Every body is beginning to lighten up now. But it will be Saturday morning before we land at Montreal.

I have enjoyed voyage up to now. I had one day sea sick. It was awful. I don't want that any more. We have had few very cold days. It is always cold n this part of the Ocean. We saw a great iceberg this morning. It was a great sight. This is a great rock of ice. So you must know we were passing through a cold front. This is a big vessel about two hundred yards long I should think. Every body seem quite happy. There is a smoke room and a music room. And the best of everything to eat. Third class seems to be rough quarters. But they are in another part of the ship. There will be about eight hundred passengers on board all together. Some men pulling long faces when the vessel left Liverpool. I never thought anything about it. But I was like the rest. I watched England till it disappeared out of sight. I hope mother will not trouble about me. I will be all right. I thought it was my best thing to do. I had nothing to start in business with in England. I shall be able to get about £50 per year and board with the farmers out here. If I can stand the climate. And I can settle. I shall be able to start farming for my self in about two years.


All letters are to be posted tonight on board so that they will get away as soon as we land. They don't [ ] to a few hours when they land. So all has to be ready.

First and Second class are having a Grand On Board tonight. We shall be quite lively.

I now finish. Hoping you are all well. And remain your affectionate Bro.

M Farndale."

Martin was 24 years old. These are interesting letters, for they start a whole branch of the Farndale family, still living north of Calgary.

Martin would go first to Calgary, where he took some land from the Canadian Pacific Railway near Trochu. He built a small wooden house, a shack, a began farming


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Martin, early days in Canada, in about 1912

He homesteaded on Trochu town line, but in 1929 he bought a farm at Paulson and raised cattle. In 1930, he married Ruth Farndale, his cousin, also from Yorkshire. They had no children. He became well known on the Trochu council and took a great deal of interest in education. He did much for the Trochu community. Martin died, aged 62, in 1943, and is buried at Trochu. His wife, Ruth, returned to England and lived for many years with her family. He was remembered as an upright, intelligent man who was very interested in people and very good with children. He helped his brothers, George, Jim and Alfred, and his sisters, Kate and Grace, to settle in their turn near Trochu, in Huxley. His work for the early days in Trochu is still remembered.


(Family knowledge)


Martin, born in Yorkshire in 1881, was the first to leave, and he arrived in Western Canada in 1904, and he homesteaded on the Trochu land to farm at Paulson and raised cattle. In 1930, he married his cousin Ruth Farndale, also from Yorkshire, but they had no children. He became well known on the Trochu Council and took a great interest in education, doing a great deal for the community. He died in 1943 aged 63 and is buried in Trochu. He visited England once. (Our Huxley Heritage).

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Martin at sea on a journey to and from England in about 1920


Martin at Tidkinhow in about 1920



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Martin Farndale on a visit to England from Canada, taken about 1920 when he was aged about 40



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The Canadian Farndales at the Kinseys in about 1931


Martin          Jim                                                    Kate                Grace                              George                                                Alfred




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Martin Farndale and Howard Holmes at the Holmes Ranch in Alberta in about 1946





Martin Farndale of Trochu, Alberta Canada died in Calgary aged 62 years, on 11 Sep 1943, (ie born 1881). He is buried at Trochu, Alberta, Canada.


Ruth Farndale, died at Northallerton District, Yorkshire in March 1974.



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The boys of Tidkinhow in about 1910.


John, James, Alfred, William, George and inset Martin




The reference to Ruth Kinsey is an error, this should be Ruth Farndale


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Martin Farndale – photograph taken in Calgary on 28 August 1908



Martin Farndale, Tidkinhow, about 1900 aged about 20



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The house where Martin lived



The house where Martin lived - Martin's shack taken when it was still standing in 1981



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Martin and Ruth’s house 10 miles west of Trochu



Martin Farndale’s grave at Huxley, taken in 1973










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