Horatio Ross was born
at Rossie Castle in Forfarshire on 5 September 1801.
He was named after his
godfather Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson.
He joined the 14th Light Dragoons in 1821 and
retired as Captain in 1826.
He won large sums in prizes for shooting and
steeplechasing in the late-1820s.
He became a Member of Parliament for Aberdeen
in 1831. Some reports say 1832.
In 1834, he married Justina Henriette,
daughter of Colin Macrae, chief of the clan Macrae.