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Malcolm Chisholm was born 1874 to 29 Gravir; he served with the Seaforth Highlanders Militia before transferring to the Camerons. He served in a number of places across the British Empire before fighting in the South African Wars (where he was awarded a medal) and at the Battle of Atbara in the Sudan (where he was wounded in the chin). Returned to Scotland and was posted to Edinburgh Castle and then to the Cameron Barracks in Inverness. He married Johanna Macphail of 19 Gravir at St Giles in Edinburgh and they raised ten of a family in Inverness.
An account of their family life was written by their daughter.