Arabella Margaretta Phipps

Arabella Phipps could trace her ancestry through her father, Isaac Phipps, via his mother Esther Raboteau, to 14th century France.  She was born to Colonel Isaac Phipps, who had been paymaster General in the West Indies, and Rebecca Dodd in 1766.

On 16 July 1799 in London she married Hugh Rose, whose father had been parish minister at Tain. Hugh Rose and his brother both became wealthy in the West Indies, Hugh for a time working for her father Isaac. Arabella lived at the couple’s Bayfield House near the village of Nigg in Scotland for seven years where she bore four children; Hugh Munro-St Vincent, Isaac (died in infancy), Rebecca and Mary.

In 1796 Hugh Rose purchased the land and buildings now known as Arabella. At the time the land which lay between Glastolloch and the Cromarty firth was low lying and liable to flooding in winter. It contained a 17th century croft house called Drummeddat which was part of the Shandwick Estate. Over a number of years Hugh extended and developed Drummeddat croft to create a substantial Manor House and farm which he renamed after wife Arabella. The development was undertaken in a number of stages and was unlikely to have been completed before Arabella’s death.

Arabella died suddenly in mysterious circumstances on 9th November 1806 “in the act of preparing medicine for a sick and indigent family”. It is rumoured she was murdered by her husband’s mixed-race ‘mistress’ who had been brought back to Bayfield from his plantation in Berbice in the Caribbean.

Born: 1766

Married: 16 July 1799, London, England.

Died: 9th November 1806, Bayfield House, Nigg, Scotland.


Isaac Phipps, Colonel: born? – died?

Rebecca Dodd: born? – died?











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