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

An Uncertain Mother

On the face of it, the Shared Tree has given us a woman who had her first child at the age of 49 and the third and last seven years later.

Ann CHAPMAN was John STORK’s second wife and had avoided marriage for over forty years. Reliance on the veracity of the 1881 Census has led to this unlikely scenario. Ten years later, Anne and Harriet are the granddaughters of John and Ann.

Another look at the transcription of the misleading census shows lodger Fanny CHAPMAN, 12, below Harriet.

With the second Mrs John Stork being only 46 when Fanny was born, one might reasonably wonder if she was the girl’s mother. But the child’s baptism record shows that her parents are John Chapman and Susannah WATKINSON and you can find her here. Her grandfather is Robert Chapman, who has a younger sister, Ann – the second Mrs John Stork.

Kath put this note about Ann on Filey Genealogy & Connections –

1861;  a Servant at Church Cliff Farm for Elisha & Mary Elders. 1851; house servant for John/Fanny Barnet, a butcher in Queen St.1871; a nurse living away from home temporarily – I can’t remember which family she was with but I do remember there was a young baby.

Ann was with the WILLIS family in Spring Row on census night 1871, where Joseph William is the baby aforementioned. Just around the corner in King Street, Ann’s husband John is looking after five of his children, and “Child Nurse” Frances Chapman, aged 2.

I think the questionable children, Sarah Jane, Anne, and Harriet should be allocated to their more likely mothers.

Birthday girl Sarah Jane married William Edward CALLIS in Leeds in 1890. The couple lost three daughters before 1911 and Ruth, the only survivor at that census, died in 1921, aged 26.

Found Object 68 · Dummy


Old Correspondence

Friday 5 January 1883


To the Editor of the Scarborough Mercury

SIR,-I would ask you to correct your statement in today’s paper that “I entertained the school children of Filey at the Skating Rink.” They were entertained and a handsome present given to each by Mrs Nicholson, of the Crescent. I was only present as an invited guest.-Your obedient servant,

A. N. Cooper.

Filey Vicarage,

December 20, 1882.


1873 · Donald BELLWOOD · GDV6-NP7

Morris BELLWOOD and Anne ROWLIN were born in Bridlington. Neither has forebears on the Filey Genealogy & Connections (FG&C) database but eight children were born to them in Filey – after their first two girls had arrived in St Helens on the Isle of Wight. Mary Ann and Elizabeth had places on the Shared Tree and, in a second iteration of the family, two of the boys also. I created IDs for the other children and will tackle the necessary merge – and add sources – another day.

1846 · Jane Maria CORTIS · MGZ3-MLC

Jane has appeared in a couple of REDUX posts.

(Click the link and scroll down for A Bright Boy and Jane Maria.)

1756 · Thomas INCE  & Ann SANDEMAN · LCRK-HBR & LCRK-HGZ

I am not sure where in Yorkshire Thomas and Ann hail from but daughter Hannah, with the assistance of husband Hugh KIRBY, made a significant contribution to the population of Filey.

1922 · Mary Jane Cowling née MARTIN · LCJ7-92B · 484 Cowling G389

1818 · William WILLIAMSON · MGZM-9JX

William drowned in one of Scarborough’s bays and his body was brought to Filey for burial. There isn’t a marked grave.


1985 Coalbrookdale


Dug through the frost by the lawn – a grave for Blondie. Had to break up a rather nice willow pattern plate just below the surface. Made me think – should I put something in to help Blondie on her way. A tin of Whiskas. She was never one for ornaments.

On the way to the shop, I saw Brian Owen looking at the Pool by the Garage. “What sort of bird’s that?” he asked. It was a heron. It flew away, lazily. Very grand. (In better shape than the one seen 18 months ago by the New Pool.) “Sorry about your cat,” he said. It seems that Blondie was knocked down in Darby Road. Some boys took her round to the Legion and Brian took her in, put her by the radiator. Thought the warmth might help. “He was paralysed, like; lost use of ‘is legs.” She died the following afternoon while he was at work. Eighteen long hours – as if she wasn’t suffering enough already.

Sand 42 · Tidelines

Google Alt Text: a close-up of a fetus