Three brothers Paliologus were given the middle name “Lower” by parents Nicholas and Annie Elizabeth née DRIVER.  Two signed the marriage register at St Oswald’s on 12 September 1905 – the groom St John and a witness, Augustus.



“Lower” must have meant something. But what?

Online searches often result in disappointment. But every so often one receives instant gratification. The key on this occasion wasn’t the mysterious middle name but rather “St John”.

Well, maybe not quite instant. I entered “St John Lower Paliologus ~genealogy” and the top three hits gave me…

an Ancestry link to St John’s firstborn daughter Zoe (with first wife Martha)

a Find a Grave pointer to St John’s last resting place in Bexleyheath Cemetery

a link to St John’s family on The Jones Tree

A good return on such a small investment of time, especially as Google had queried my spelling of the family name. “Did you mean St John Lower Paleologus ~genealogy?” I humoured the engine and said “yes”.

The top three hits were now…

a link to a much older branch of the family, headed by John Palaiologos (1392 -1448)

a Wikipedia page about the Palaiologoi, “a Byzantine Greek family, which rose to nobility and ultimately produced the last ruling dynasty of the Byzantine Empire.”

another Wikipedia page about Ferdinand, the subject of the YouTube video I linked to yesterday – “the alleged great-great-great-great-grandson of Thomas Palaiologos, the brother of Emperors John VIII and Constantine XI.”

If the lineage of Ferdinand is true, “he was one of the last living male-line descendants of the final Byzantine emperors”.

So, there could then have been some later living male-line descendants! Might the “Lower” Paliologus brothers have been three of them?

I didn’t have to hold my breath for long. Learning that Ferdinand had fought on the Royalist side in the English Civil War, I followed another search result.

It took me to the grave of Ferdinando’s brother Theodore in Westminster Abbey. Another brother, John, was killed at the Battle of Naseby and near Theodore’s grave is the monument to a relative of the man under whom all three brothers served – Lady St John. (Lady Catherine’s husband, Lord St John, was one of the peers who sat in the trials of Mary, Queen of Scots.)

None of this is proof that Beatrice Crompton Haworth married a diminished (lower) representative of a once powerful and rich dynasty. But the question has to be asked. Why did her husband give both of his daughters by Martha the middle name “Saint John”?

I found Fiona’s article on the Old and Young Doctors Haworth this morning. She says that their home in Filey’s John Street was Crompton House. There is only one property in the street grand enough to be so-called.


Photographed this morning, this building was occupied for a number of years (before the Haworths arrived in the town) by Doctor William Smithson CORTIS. Two of his sons became medical practitioners too – but only one was a World Champion Cyclist. The other was charged with murder. But that’s another story.

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