Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:00 PM
I remember being corrected by our history master at school after foolishly telling class mates that the Seaforth Highlanders were from Seaforth, Liverpool.
He told the class, after he'd finished laughing, that there was a tentative link. His version was that Seaforth took it's name from Seaforth House, named after Lord Seaforth. I learnt later that he was the maternal grandfather of William Gladstone (Seaforth, not the history master). My understanding is that the Gladstone family built Seaforth House as a 'holiday home' a few miles along the coast from their house in Rodney Street. A village of 'holiday homes' grew around the house and that village became known as Seaforth.
Don't know if this is truth or fiction - The Gladstone family earned their wealth from slavery (true) and owned a sugar plantation in Demerera (again true). The plantation house was also named Seaforth and was burned down after a drunken card game when an oil lamp was knocked over (not sure, sounds a bit Gone With The Wind!).