I’ve been in Singapore for the week and couldn’t resist doing some research. John Sjovald Hoseason Cunyngham Brown was a grandson of John Joseph Johnstone. He was the youngest son of Arabella Halyburton Johnstone, John Joseph’s youngest child with his second wife Amelia Barnfather nee Halyburton. Sjovald (as he was apparently known) had a very interesting life most of which from 1930 onwards was spent in Asia.
John Joseph Johnstone was born about 1809 near Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. His father was John Johnstone, a yeoman. That is all I know of his parentage. His birth has proven difficult to find convincingly. A book I recently came across written by one of his grandson’s, John Sjovald Hoseason Brown says that the family came from Castlemilk near Lockerbie. Castlemilk was only built in between 1864-70 but gives (perhaps) a more precise area of where he was from. He also mentioned Colonel Wade’s road in the area. Ascertaining where that was may also help working out where he was born and who his parents were.