William Latimer Duff

 

 

The Gravestone of William Latimer Duff in New Elgin Cemetary, Elgin, Morayshire,Scotland

William Latimer Duff was born in Elgin in 1822 the son of the Reverend William Duff, Minister of the parish. Attended Elgin Grammar School before moving to London and setting up in business. He then moved to America and worked as a Commission Agent.

In the Civil War he was an Artillery Officer and became Assistant Inspector General on the staff of U.S.Grant with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was not present at Appomatox as Grant had sent him on detached duty. Brevetted Brigadier General of Volunteers on March 13th 1865 for his war
service.

After the war he became U.S.Consul in Glasgow until 1869. He covered the Franco-Prussian war as war correspondent for the New York Herald where because of his rank was accepted in Prussian Society and presented to the Kaiser.

He retired to Elgin where he died in 1894.

 

Once again information supplied by Sandy Christie