From Hunmanby to Palmyra

Margaret Susan was the only child of Admiral Robert MITFORD (AP 152 · baptism · 26 January) and Margaret DUNSMURE (AP 149 · death · 25 January). She married her childhood sweetheart and became the Dowager Lady AMHERST at his death.

There is a great deal of information about the Amhersts of Didlington here. (Look out for the guest appearance of the tomb raider, Howard CARTER.)

Margaret Susan connects to the “super pedigree” on the Shared Tree. She seems to share DNA with all the Plantagenet kings but amongst the lesser mortals, I noticed an OGLE family. Perhaps she is related to Grace (see below).

Death of Lady Amherst

An Eminent Egyptologist

It is with regret that we record the death of the Dowager Lady Amherst of Hackney, who passed away at Foulden Hall on Sunday morning.

The only child of Admiral Robert Mitford, of Hunmanby Hall, Yorkshire, and of Mitford Castle, Northumberland, she was married 63 years ago last June to Mr. W. A. Tyssen-Amherst. In 1892 her husband was raised to the peerage, and when he died in 1909 the title passed by special remainder, in default of male issue, to his eldest daughter, Mary Roches Cecil, a Lady of Justice of St. John of Jerusalem, who, born in 1857, married in 1885 Col. Lord William Cecil, C.V.O., son of the third Marquis of Exeter.

The late Dowager Lady Amherst was, like her eldest daughter, a Lady of Justice of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, a world-wide traveller, and collected many unique treasures, including the mummy Princess from Thebes. These were placed in the famous museum at Didlington Hall, near Northwold, the Baron’s Norfolk residence. She had frequently travelled in the East and was one of the first English ladies to visit Palmyra. At their Riviera home at Valescures she took an active interest in the vineyard which Lord Amherst established there. The deceased lady was a practical turner and had done some remarkable woodwork.

There were six daughters of the marriage of Lord and Lady Amherst, namely, the present Baroness, the Hon. Sybil Margaret Tyssen-Amherst, the Hon. Florence Margaret, the Hon. Margaret Mitford, the Hon. Mrs Evelyn Cecil (who married Mr Evelyn Cecil, M.P. in 1898), and the Hon. Mrs Drummond of Megginch, who married Capt. Malcolm Drummond of Megginch in 1890.

Members of the Amherst family have attained distinction in many directions. The present Baroness takes a keen interest in ornithology, Egyptology, painting and sculpture, and has published “Bird Notes from the Nile”. The Hon. Sybil Margaret has published a dramatic version of “The Book of Job” and the play “The Golden Mean.” Another daughter has done a great deal to the rearing of paying breeds of poultry.

Lady Amherst was one of the original members of the executive of The Ladies’ Grand Council of the Primrose League, and one of the early founders of the Royal School of Art Needlework. She possessed an attractive soprano voice, and her house in Grosvenor-square was for many years a centre for lovers of music. Both in Norfolk and in London Lady Amherst frequently entertained King Edward, King George and other members of the Royal Family.

The funeral took place at Foulden yesterday.

Lynn News & County Press, 8 November 1919

Today’s married couple need some adjustment on the Shared Tree.

Grace didn’t live quite so long.

The stone that remembers the couple was not found during the East Yorkshire Family History Society survey of 2014/15 but the Crimlisk Survey of 1977 points towards an area of grass in Area G.

Row 26? | 2196 Outhet G439

In affectionate remembrance of EDWARD OUTHET of Lebberston, who died February 28th 1875, aged 70 years.

Also of GRACE, wife of the above, who died June 21st 1849, aged 45 years.

‘Watch therefore for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come’

Matt. xxiv 42

Wave 62 · Coble Landing

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