I am looking for information on Captain Ian Maitland, who went with the 2nd battalion Scots Guards to South Africa on the Britannic in March 1900. There are several letters by him preserved in the Waring of Lennel collection in the National Records of Scotland, but I know nothing of his background. His letters describe campaigning with Rundle near Lange Drift in October 1900, first burning farms, then, in a change of policy, taking away all food, forage and women.
Thanks for that, as you say eliminating false leads is helpful. The Ian Maitland I am interested in was born, I would think, in the early to mid 1870s. I have found almost all of the people he mentions in his letters on the database here, which is excellent, but not him. Yet he was there, with 2 Battalion Scots Guards, everything fits.