The PEARSON family
I. The families of Pearson, Falconer, Eccles and Hall
It is thought that the Pearsons were Burgundian Huguenots who came from near Nancy in
Lorraine. The first of the name to receive a grant of arms was a hosier for the City of London
and he made stockings for Queen Elizabeth I who gave him his crest and a charter. The first
of the family of whom there is an authentic record is James Pearson of Newport, Shropshire,
who went to live at Shrewsbury about 1640, his house in Newport, where he owned
considerable property, having been destroyed by fire. He married Jane Hawkins of Newport
and Burton on Trent and died in 1692. He was a City Burgess and according to family
tradition spent all of one night helping the mayor defend the walls of Shrewsbury when
Cromwell’s attack was expected.
With his son, Samuel, began a connection with St John’s College, Cambridge and the Church
that was to last five generations. The following table omits other issue.
James Pearson ( - 1692) = Jane Hawkins
Revd Samuel (1647-1727) = Anne daughter of Thomas Bowdler
Vicar of Holycross Shrewsbury and sister of Mayor Bowdler
Revd Samuel (1684-1762)
Revd James (1686-1756) = Jane Batteridge
Rector of Cheswardine Vicar of St Juliens Shrewsbury of Ightfield
Revd Samuel V of Osmaston
Revd John Batteridge (1749-1808)
= Elizabeth Falconer
(1746-1811) Rector of
PC St Nicholas Lichfield
Weston on Trent
Vicar of Croxall, Preb Lichfield
A. Canon George (1791-1860) = Catherine F. Colonel Charles = Jane Eccles
Rector of Castlecamps
5. Revd Dr John (1832-1860)
11. Revd Edward (1845-1931) = Sarah St Quentin
Rector of Whitstone, Cornwall
Rector of Castlecamps and
A. Canon George was Curate at St Sepulchre’s, Cambridge (The Round Church) in 1817,
Parish Curate at St Olave’s, Chester 1819-22, Minor Canon, Chester 1822-25, Rector of
Castlecamps (also Rural Dean) 1825-60. He was Fellow of St John’s, Cambridge 1814-24.
11. Revd Edward Lynch was Curate at Hitcham, Suffolk 1868-70, Vicar of Little Abington
1870-79, Rector of Castlecamps 1879-1911 (also Rural Dean 1908-11). He then retired at
the age of 66 to Norwich and lived there for twenty years or so.
5. Dr John went to St John’s but migrated to Emmanuel where he was Fellow 1856-83
and Rector of Whitstone, Cornwall 1883-1912.
The Revd John Batteridge Pearson (1749-1808), LL.B., when Curate at Lichfield became
engaged to Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of Dr James Falconer, Archdeacon of Derby,
Prebendary of Lichfield and Rector of Thorpe Constantine, Staffordshire. The Falconers
opposed the match as Mr Pearson was not their daughter’s equal in birth or fortune but
when Miss Lucy Porter, Dr Johnston’s stepdaughter, left him her fortune, they could not
but withdraw their opposition. Mrs Falconer was, however, so annoyed that she lay in
bed all day but she soon became reconciled.
The fortune that Revd John Batteridge Pearson inherited from Miss Lucy Porter included
her house and a number of valuable relics of Dr Johnston (1709-84). There was the
manuscript of his dictionary that was later put into the loft at Lichfield where it was eaten
by rats. There was the bust of Dr Johnston taken after his death that was displayed on a
shelf over a door but fell and broke when the door slammed, and there was the walking
stick that was lost when Fallodon was burnt down accidentally about 1917. However,
there survive at Boultibrooke a writing desk of Dr Johnston’s, some of his letters and a
printed copy, not a first edition, of his dictionary signed by him. Some of his letters are at
Nantlys as well as some portraits of the Porter family.
At Anaverna, Joan Lenox-Conyngham has an enormous tablecloth and twelve napkins of
Lucy Porter’s; their vast size is thought to have been dictated by the fact that Dr Johnston
was, so it has been said, ‘a gross old man and a dirty feeder’.
Lucy Porter (1715-1786) was the daughter of Henry Porter and his wife Elizabeth. He was
a Birmingham mercer and wool merchant who came from a good Warwickshire family.
Lucy inherited £10,000 on her brother’s death and built herself a large house on Greenhill
where the health centre now stands. The Revd John Batteridge Pearson took over this
house on her death and lived there with his family until he moved to Croxall in 1801.
There was, in 1975, in Dam Street a clothes shop called Lucy Porter with her silhouette as
Mrs Falconer’s father was Thomas Hall (1702-48) of Hermitage Hall near Holmes Chapel
in Cheshire, who was High Sheriff in 1745 and was suspected of being a Jacobite and of
concealing and aiding some notable rebel after the Pretender’s retreat from Derby.
Hermitage Hall was built in 1705 by Thomas’s uncle Thomas Hall of Cranage (1657-1715),
grandson of Michael Hall of Greete in the County of Shropshire. The house was described
in 1817 as ‘a spacious and very respectable mansion of brick’, and in 1909 (by CNC) as ‘so
altered and enlarged that it looks like a glorified villa’, and in 1975 (by GHVC of
Boultibrooke) as ‘now three houses joined together with magnificent grounds falling
down like a miniature Versailles to the River Dane’.
When the house was built the following inscription was made on a window pane.
‘This house was built by me Thomas Hall Ironmaster Anno Dom 1705. God grant it may
always be the Habitation of the Just and that Peace Love Charity and Christian virtues
may increase and abound in all of my name.
The means to have this house to stand is to obey the Lord’s Command.
May all the owners take this advice from the founder, Thomas Hall’. 1709
This pane was later removed, framed in oak and kept by MEC who took it to Graiguenoe
where it was burnt with the house in 1923.
Thomas of Cranage’s two children died in infancy so the estate passed to his brother
Edward who had, by his wife Anne Frances Maurice (d. 1758), two sons, Thomas (High
Sheriff) and Richard. Richard was an eminent doctor in Manchester and is remembered
for having, at the age of 89, written the Lord’s Prayer on a piece of paper the size of a
shilling. Thomas, High Sheriff, who inherited Hermitage Hall, married in 1738, Elizabeth,
daughter of Thomas Bayley of Madeley and Jane Stubbs. Jane was the daughter of John
Stubbs of Shaw, Kingsley, who had four other daughters all making important marriages
Sarah to John Hill of Hawkstone, Elizabeth to Nathaniel Philips of Checkly, Mary to John
Brooke of Hollygreave Hall, and Anne to Thomas Starkie of Wrenbury. Elizabeth Bayley
was co-heiress with her sister Mary who married Will Grove MP for Coventry because
their brother Thomas of the Inner Temple died unmarried.
The following table shows the descent of MEC from both Jane and Mary Hall.
Thomas Hall (1702-1748) = Elizabeth Bayley
Thomas Bayley Jane (1740-75) Mary (1739-1821) Anne ( - 1792)
Hall (1745-1828) = Samuel Vernon = Dr James Falconer = William Inge
of Occleston of Lichfield of Thorpe Constantine
Mary = Elizabeth (1794-1856) issue
William Eccles = Revd J B Pearson
William Jane (1802-1873) = Colonel Charles Pearson other issue
William Hall Mary Elizabeth Harriet Jane
(1838-1901) (1836-1924) = (1839-1905) =
= Emma Curtis Marshal Neville Clarke George Grey 1860
Thomas Bayley Hall had been a Gentleman Commoner at Oxford. He was a magistrate and
was more cultured than was usual with the Cheshire squires of his day. He read the Greek
Testament every morning and his library contained the best literature of that date. He
married late in life and shortly before his death in 1828 at the age of 83 suggested to William
Eccles, Jane Vernon’s son-in-law, that he should take the name Hall and succeed to the
Hermitage. William declined to do this as he had already spent a considerable sum on doing
up Davenham Lodge (found in 1975 to have been recently bulldozed to make room for a
housing estate) and did not want to leave it. Hermitage Hall had therefore to be sold and the
estate was divided between Jane, Mary and Anne, each of whom received £22,000.
When Jane’s daughter Mary Vernon became engaged to William Eccles her family was just as
opposed to the idea of her marrying ‘the bumptious young solicitor from Manchester’ as
James and Mary Falconer had been to their daughter Elizabeth marrying the ‘smooth young
curate of Lichfield’. But the Vernons, like the Falconers, soon became reconciled and the story
ended with their grandchildren Charles Pearson and Jane Eccles marrying.
William Eccles became Solicitor to the Duchy of Lancaster and prospered. They moved house
from Manchester to Eccles and then to Davenham Lodge. They had three children: William b.
1801, Jane (MEC’s mother) b. 1802 and Mary (Mrs Cave) b. 1803. William’s first marriage was
to Sophia Humberston, daughter of a Chester solicitor, who had one son William Hall Eccles
(1838-1901, MEC’s first cousin) who joined the Rifle Brigade and fought in the Crimean War
and the Indian Mutiny. William Hall married in 1861 his cousin Emma Cornelia the youngest
of the eight children of Charles Berwick Curtis and Henrietta Pearson, Charles Pearson’s
sister, who lived at 105 Eaton Square (see page xx under Curtis).
After Sophia’s death, William married Cecilia daughter of the Revd Goodenough and had
three sons. ‘Aunt Cecilia’ lived in Cheltenham and was rather a quarrelsome lady. Her eldest
son Charles Vernon died in India as Major in the Rifle Brigade. Edward was wild, entered the
Merchant Navy but ran away, then emigrated to Australia where he married a policeman’s
daughter but deserted her. He died in Rangoon in 1903 leaving a daughter who married
Captain Brooke, Indian Staff Corps. The youngest, Cecil Henry failed as a merchant in
Liverpool, went to America and died young without issue.
Anne Hall’s husband, William Inge, was first cousin to Mary Hall’s husband, Dr James
Falconer. William and James were at Westminster and Brasenose together and both
matriculated in 1754. William lived at Thorpe Constantine (where James was Rector) and was
High Sheriff of Staffordshire as his father Theodore had been earlier. Theodore was the
brother of James Falconer’s mother Elizabeth Inge d. 1754 and their father was William Inge
d. 1731, whose mother was a Gresley. The Gresleys had been living at Drakelow in
Derbyshire since the 12th century and were descended from the de Toenys who had come
over with the Conqueror. Dr Falconer’s father was Lieut. James Falconer RN d. 1738; his sister
married Thomas Pennant of Downing in Flintshire (1726-98) the celebrated naturalist and
traveller of whom Dr Johnson said ‘the best traveller I have ever read; he observes more
things than anyone else does’.
James Falconer RN was the eldest son of John Falconer an adherent of James II and Mary
Dalmahoy daughter of Joan Dalmahoy and his wife, Rachel, daughter of Thomas Wilbraham
of Nantwich, and grand daughter of Sir John Dalmahoy of that Ilk. His younger brother
William Falconer became Recorder of Chester and married his cousin Elizabeth Wilbraham
(see Dictionary of National Biography). John Falconer was the son of John Falconer (d. 1671)
and Elizabeth Cant, and grandson of Patrick Falconer of Newton and Margaret, daughter of
James Carnegie of Balmachie. Patrick was uncle to the 1st Lord Falconer of Halkertoun and
was descended from Ranulphus appointed King’s Falconer by William the Lion.
Dr Falconer himself (1735-1809) became DD of Oriel in 1772, Prebendary of Lichfield in 1777
and Archdeacon of Derby in 1795. He was also, as already mentioned, Rector of Thorpe
Constantine. A forceful character, he was nicknamed ‘Dr Impudence’, in contrast to his son-
in-law the Revd John Batteridge Pearson (1749-1808) who was described as ‘a most amiable
and excellent man’ and was nicknamed ‘The Peacemaker’.
Dr Falconer was with Mr Wedgwood (1730-95) one of the promoters of the Trent and Mersey
Canal, a very profitable speculation. The canal was later bought by the North Staffordshire
Railway Company, of which Colonel Charles Pearson (MEC’s father) was director for twenty
years, and for some time chairman, and by his initiative, reasonable compensation was
obtained for the shareholders.
Dr Falconer’s wife Mary (nee Hall) was also a forceful character. She had a considerable
temper and her grandchildren were in awe of her. Charles Pearson, her grandson, frequently
had to go and play chess with her but he never dared to beat her. The Falconers lived at
Lichfield in an imposing house that he built at the east end of the close, ‘near the dried-up
moat part of which forms the garden’. By 1975 the house stood empty but had recently been
used as a theological college.
II. The family of John Batteridge Pearson
The following diagram shows the seven children of John Batteridge Pearson and some of his
grandchildren, together with the Curtis and Pennant connections.
Revd J B Pearson 1749-1808 = Elizabeth Falconer1764-1856
A. Canon B. Lucy = C. James D. Henrietta E. John F. Colonel G. Mary =
George Harwood 1795- = Curtis 1798- 1799-1885 Thornewill
1791-1860 1793-1869 1820 1796-1884 1855 1801-1880
1. Colonel 6. Philip 12. Henry 13. Emma 14. Mary 15. Harriet 16. Louisa =
George Pennant Downing Cornelia = = Clarke = Grey William
W H Eccles Cotton Curtis
c. Philip Pearson = Mary Curtis f. Constance = Edward
Grey Beaumont Curtis
There is at Colne Engaine a photograph of a portrait of Elizabeth Pearson. She is wearing a
bow in her hair and a bonnet and has around her neck a scarf tied in a bow, and a lace collar.
She has on a dark, perhaps heavy velvet coat and has a sable stoll about her shoulders. She
shows a kindly but determined disposition. Charles Pearson refers to her as ‘my dear old
mother who has devoted every moment of her life to the welfare and happiness of her
children, who never had one selfish thought, who appreciated every effort to please her in a
most extraordinary degree’.
Regarding her children:
A. Canon George of Castle Camps married Catherine daughter of Philip Humberston,
solicitor of the Friars Chester, the sister of Sophia who married William Eccles. They had
eleven children about whom information is given below.
B. Lucy married in 1836 Dr William Harwood of Hastings who died in 1860.
C. James RN was drowned at sea.
D. Henrietta’s husband was Charles Berwick Curtis and they had nine children of whom the
fifth was the father of Mary who married Philip Pearson, and the ninth was Emma Cornelia
who married William Hall Eccles.
(See section V.)
E. John was a captain in the East India Company Maritime Service and did not marry. He
retired to Cheltenham where he died in 1855.
G. Mary married Edward Thornewill (1808-1866) of Dove Cliff near Burton-on-Trent. They
had eight children of whom Louisa married William Cotton Curtis’ great nephew.
Thornewills had been living in the Burton-on-Trent area since 1712. Another daughter,
Georgina (Judy), married Sir Michael Arthur Bass later 1st Baron Burton and had one
daughter, Nellie, who succeeded to the title.
F. Colonel Charles served in the 61st Regiment and Artillery and married his second cousin
Jane, daughter of William Eccles of Davenham on 3 January 1835. She died on a visit to
Brighton for her health on 17 April 1873, after a long illness affecting the nerve systems.
Regarding their two daughters:
Mary Elizabeth b. 1836 married in 1864 Marshal Neville Clarke, and died in 1924.
Harriet Jane b. 1839 married 1860 Captain George Grey, and died in 1905. (See section III.)
St Luke’s Church, Cheltenham is a large 1854 building set in a surround of attractive small,
older-looking houses. It was here that Harriett Pearson married George Grey on 20
November 1860, Elise Clarke married Robert Cole Bowen on 3 December 1860, and Mary
Pearson married Marshal Neville Clarke on 24 August 1864.
Charles Pearson and his wife moved house fairly frequently. In his ‘Genealogy Notes’
‘On 3 January 1835 I married Jane Eccles … We first went to live at Ridware - from there we
lived at a small house in Horley Park belonging to Rowland Warburton Esq. for a short time
and from there we went to live at Hawford House near Worcester to which house we
removed at the end of 1836 - and went to live at Ridware at the end of the year 1844. Went to
Cheltenham March 1853 residing in 14 York Terrace - from thence we moved to live at 12
Royal Parade July 1854 and in June 1858 went to live in 3 Bays Hill Lawn. My two daughters
married, Harriet in the year 1860 and Mary in 1864 – Mrs Eccles being dead, my wife and I
purchased a house in Cheltenham, 26 Promenade and after having fitted it up, and made
alterations to our entire satisfaction, we removed to Davenham in Cheshire in November
1866, in consequence of being unable satisfactorily to attend to my duties as Chairman of the
North Staffordshire Railway Company, to which post I had been elected on the death of Mr
Brodrick in July 1865.’
Finally, after Jane Pearson’s death in 1873, Colonel Charles returned to 26 The Promenade,
Cheltenham where he lived until his own death in 1885. The following details were recorded
in 1975. ‘No. 26 is at the narrow (northern) end of The Promenade, next to the shop
‘Cavendish House’. The ground floor is now a shoe shop (A Jones and Co.) but the upper part
of the house must be much as it was in Colonel Charles’ time. The building is painted blue
with a delightful white wrought iron balcony on the first floor.
Mary Elizabeth Clarke was an artist of distinction, doing numerous watercolour sketches
with draughtsman-like precision. She left behind a large number of pictures of Holy Cross
Abbey and of Graiguenoe, also pictures of her sister’s house Fallodon, which was burnt down
in 1917, and of her sister-in-law’s house, Bowenscourt that was demolished in 1962. She wrote
and illustrated a book about Holy Cross Abbey, then a ruin, which was published by Edward
Ponsonby, 116 Grafton Street, Dublin, in 1868. She was also an avid diarist and here is part of
her entry for Wednesday 27 April 1853, written when she was 16 years old and living at 14
York Terrace, Cheltenham:
“Had our music lesson, very interesting today. In the afternoon weeded one of the garden
walks. Sadly wanted a pair of grass clippers. ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’ and
Harriet who is always the one to have bright ideas, ran to look for a pair of cutting out
scissors, but there were none so we were obliged to leave the grass hanging over the walk like
a long fringe. Papa returned a 6 o’clock. It is quite wonderful to think all he has done in so
short a time. Beside his journey to London he was at a long railway meeting, then at his club,
and I believe also he went to a theatre. Next day he went to Eton to see Willie (Eccles) and
was with us before 6. When Grandma was young it would have taken more than all that time
to get to London. I suppose the next invention will be a means of conveying people along the
electric telegraph …”.
When her son Charles Neville Clarke married in 1896 she moved with her younger daughter
Marion to Athgoe, Hazelhatch, County Kildare. Then, on Marion’s marriage to John Busfield
in 1907, she moved to Maiden Hall, County Kilkenny, the house of her elder daughter Harriet
Butler. She built on some rooms to provide accommodation for herself and any children who
might come to stay and there she remained until her death.
A. Canon George Pearson of Castle Camps, J B Pearson’s eldest son, married Catherine
Humberston and they had 11 children. Of the seven sons, four (and one grandson) went to St
John’s and two of these became parsons, one son went into the army, two died young and
they all went to Charterhouse. Only one of their four daughters married. The eleven children
1. Colonel George 1826-1923 served in India for many years as District Commissioner
Conservator of Forests and became Inspector General. He then served 1872-1884 as
supervisor of the Forestry School for India Forestry Officers at Nancy, France. (Back to where
the Pearsons had come from originally.) He died at Kington, Herefordshire, aged 96. His
three sons were: a. Sir Ralph, b. George, c. Philip.
a. Sir Ralph ran the Forestry Research Establishment at Thame. He had three children: i.
Fred, iii. Helen.
b. George did not marry.
c. Philip married his second cousin Mary Curtis (see Section V). They had no children.
2. Catherine 1827-1910 did not marry.
3. Frances 1829-1913 did not marry.
4. Master Charles 1831-1930 was Assistant Master at Charterhouse 1855-9 and was in the
Education Service in India 1861-85. He retired to Bournemouth where he died in 1930 in his
5. Dr John 1832-1916 was Tutor of St John’s and Fellow of Emmanuel and then, at the age of
51, became Rector of Whitstone, near Bude in Cornwall, which living he held from 1883 until
6. Philip Pennant 1834-1915, Rowing Blue 1857, took the surname Pennant in 1860, thus
changing his name to Philip Pennant Pennant. (See Section IV.)
7. James b. 1836 was drowned while bathing in 1854.
8. Annie b. 1839 died young.
9. Thomas b. 1841 died at home in 1853.
10. Adelaide Sophia (Sophie) 1843-1930 married in 1883, as his second wife, John Scott Banks
of Soughton Hall, Flintshire, brother of Philip Pennant’s wife. (See Section IV.)
11. Revd Edward 1845-1931, married in 1878, while he was vicar of Little Abington, Sarah St
Quentin of Hatley Park, Cambridgeshire. After leaving Castle Camps in 1911 he moved to
Norwich where he lived with his two daughters after his wife’s death in 1919. He died at
Little Whelnethan Hall, near Bury St Edmunds, the residence of his son, Ernest. Ernest went
to Emmanuel and matriculated in 1898. He joined the Suffolk Regiment and served in the
Boer War 1901-2 and in World War I 1914-19. He owned Stanway House, Colchester in 1910
and little Whelnethan Hall in 1931.
Both Canon George and his son Revd Edward went to Castle Camps at the age of 34 and
there are two brass tablets commemorating them in the church. The first records that George
was Rector for 35 years, also Fellow of St. John’s, and that his wife Catherine died in 1859 at
the age of 56. The second tells us that Edward Lynch Pearson MA was Rector for 32 years and
carried through the complete restoration of the interior of the church in1883, and that his wife
Sarah Matilda died in 1919 aged 76. There is a photograph of Edward Lynch that gives the
impression of a man of determination; his restoration of the church was certainly very
thorough. The Rectory in their time was probably what is now known as ‘Camps Hall’, a
large house on a hill about a mile to the west of the church. Between the two Pearsons, Castle
Camps had two other Rectors: J E Bode and J C Hale. Mr Bode wrote the hymn “O Jesus, I
have promised …”.
III. The Grey family
The Grey family of Fallodon paralled their first cousins, the Clarkes of Graiguenoe.
F. Colonel Charles Pearson = Jane Eccles
14. Mary Elizabeth 1836-1924
15. Harriet Jane 1839-1905
m. 1864 Marshal Neville Clarke
m. 1860 Colonel George Grey
died 1884 of pneumonia
died 1874 of pneumonia
a. Charles Neville Clarke 1866-1942 3
a. Edward Grey 1862-1933 -
b. Harriet Neville = Butler
b. Alice = Graves 1865-1926 2
c. Marion Sarah Neville = Busfield
c. George Grey 1866-1911
d. Loftus Otway Clarke 1871-1954
d. Jane = de Coetlogon
e. George Vernon Clarke 1873-1902
e. Alexander Grey 1870-1914 -
f. Marshal Falconer Clarke 1876-1953 3
f. Constance = Curtis
g. ……………………….. 1879
g. Charles Grey 1873-1928
a. Edward Grey inherited the baronetcy, from his grandfather, when he was 20 and he
became Liberal MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed in 1885 when he was 23. He was Foreign
Minister from 1905 until 1916 when he was created Viscount and retired from public life
owing to failing eyesight. In 1928 he became Chancellor of Oxford University. He married in
1895 Dorothy Widrington who was killed in a carriage accident in 1905. His mother Harriet
died four months later and he did not marry again until 1922. His second wife was Pamela
nee Wyndham widow of Baron Glenconnor (Eddie Tennant) son of the wealthy ironmaker Sir
Charles Tennant, who was the brother of Margaret Asquith. Edward often visited Graiguenoe
to fish and he had at Fallodon a wonderful collection of wild duck that inspired Charles
Neville Clarke to collect duck at ormesby, albeit on a much smaller scale. He and his brothers
had no children and so Fallodon passed to his nephew Cecil Graves.
b. Alice, who lived for many years at Blickling in Norfolk, married Charles Graves, son of a
Bishop of Limerick and editor of Punch. Charles was the brother of Alfred Percival Graves
1846-1931, the writer and songwriter (three of whose sons appear in the 1960 Who’s Who)
who married as his second wife, Elizabeth the daughter of the German historian Leopold von
Ranke who had himself married a Graves (Clara) in 1843 at Windermere.
Alfred Percival Graves was a regular contributor of prose to The Spectator, The Atheneum,
John Bull and Punch. He was author of the famous ballad “Father O’Flynn” and he published
a large number of Irish Folk Songs in collaboration with Sir V C Stanford. The three sons
referred to were, Richard Massie from the first marriage b. 1880 who was for many years with
the Egyptian and Palestine Governments and used to be known as “Graves Superieur”,
Robert Ranks the author and poet b. 1895, and Charles Patrick Ranke the journalist b. 1899.
Alice and Charles Graves had two sons, Cecil and Adrian. Adrian was killed in World War I
and Cecil was prominent in the BBC in its early days; he sold Fallodon after World War II and
his son Christopher now farms in Scotland.
c. George was a Colonial Officer who supervised the redistribution of land in Zululand and
died after being mauled by a lion on a shooting trip. He did not marry.
d. Jane married Revd G E C de Coetlogon of the Indian Ecclesiastical Establishment d. 1926.
Their only child i. Joan d. 1971 married Vice-Admiral Jocelyn Salter and had one son and one
(A). Amelia b. 1936 = Cazalet with two sons and two daughters.
(B). Peter b. 1939.
e. Alexander when young received brain damage from a cricket ball but later recovered
sufficiently to take orders and go out as a missionary to the West Indies where he married a
daughter of Canon Huggins of San Fernando, Trinidad. They had no children.
f. Constance married Edward Beaumont Curtis and had three children, Peter, Gerald and
Louisa. (See Section V.)
g. Charles, an engineer, went to South Africa where he died, killed by a buffalo. He did not
IV. The Pennant family
The links between the Pennants and the Pearsons are shown in the following diagram:
Lieut. James Falconer RN (d. 1738) = Elizabeth daughter of William Inge
Dr James (1735-1809)
Elizabeth = Thomas Pennant the naturalist
= Mary d. of Thomas Hall
Elizabeth = Revd J B Pearson
David = Louisa daughter of
Sir Henry Peyton
Canon George = Catherine Humberston
= (1) Lady Carolina
Lady Emma Brudenell
6. Philip Pennant = Mary Bankes of Soughton Hall Louisa = Lord Fielding
6. Philip Pennant Pearson became Philip Pennant Pennant and succeeded to the Bodfari
Estate in 1860. The first David Pennant (son of Thomas the naturalist who married Dr
Falconer’s sister Elizabeth) left the Downing Estate to his granddaughter lady (Louisa)
Fielding with the proviso that the ‘Bodfari Estate’ part of it should go to Philip Pennant
Pearson if she died without issue. There was no issue and so the Bodfari Estate passed to
Philip. If Canon George Pearson had not scolded Lady Fielding for turning Roman Catholic,
Downing Hall might also have been left to Philip instead of being left to her husband’s
family. Philip was High Sheriff in 1862 and built Nantlys House in 1874. It was at this house
that Charles Neville Clarke (CNC) first met his wife Bertha Cross at a dance in 1895.
By coincidence, Philip’s son David Falconer Pennant first met his wife Lilla Rogers at
Graiguenoe Park in 1899. They married in 1901. Lilla’s mother was Margaret Bagwell,
daughter of John Bagwell of Marlfield, Clonmel, County Tipperary, whose family claims
descent from James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormond. The Rogers family lived at Riverhill,
Sevenoaks from the 1850s and one of them still owns it.
Philip (PPP) 1834-1915 married in 1862 Mary Frances Bankes daughter of Canon Edward
Bankes, Rector of Corfe Castle 1828-54, Prebendary of Gloucester and Bristol and owner of
Soughton Hall in Flintshire. The Bankes family had been living at Kingston Lacy near Corfe
Castle since 1635 and, by marriage, came in for Soughton Hall which Edward eventually
inherited. The descendants of Philip and Mary are:
6. Philip Pennant Pennant = Mary Frances Bankes
b. David Falconer
c. Georgina Bankes d. Adelaide Wynne
= Lilla Rogers d. 1938
= Revd E T Satterthwaite
ii. Arthur Dermot
iii. David Edward iv. Revd Philip Vivian
Thorton 1912- Rogers 1914-
= Ann Bankes
= Alice Stainer = Elizabeth Mary
(A) (B) (C) (A) (B) (C) (D)
David Catherine Elizabeth Pyers Marion Christopher David
Arnold Rose Banba Margaret
b. 1939 = Stainer Rogers Falconer
b. 1946 b. 1949 Lilla b. 1950 Camilla b. 1941 b. 1944 b. 1951
= Newbold Salvesen = Seaton = Nicola = Jennifer
Phillips Osbourne Warder
(1) Jessica (1) Peter (1) Samuel (1) Jeremy (1) Peter (1) Julian (1) Sarah
(2) Thomas (2) ? (2) Margaret (2) Donald (2) Jennifer (2) Alison (2) Jonathan
(3) Jessica (3) Timothy (3) Mary
(4) Alice (4) Lucy
(A) (B) (C) (D) (E) (F)
Philippa Sarah Thomas Helen Philip Stephen
b. 1942 b. 1944 b. 1947 b. 1949 b. 1952 b. 1956
= Farr = 1. ? = Eva Esser = Ellis
= 2. ?
(1) ? (1) Kristina
(2) daughter (2) ?
(3) son (3) ?
When b. David Falconer Pennant (1867-1938), D.L., J.P., High Sheriff 1921, second cousin and
great friend of Charles Neville Clarke, lived at Nantlys, his two impressive sisters Mary and
Georgina (‘Chang’) lived at Henblas, a smaller house on the Nantlys estate. In 1975 Arthur
was living at Nantlys and his sister Margaret was at Henblas. Adelaide’s husband, the Revd E
T Satterthwaite was for many years Vicar of Broadchalke, Wiltshire; when he retired they
moved to Eastbourne.
Of David’s children:
Arthur b. 1908 farms Nantlys with his son Arnold. He
is a JP and is a member of the
Governing Body and Representative Body of the Church in Wales, as well as Deputy of the
Flintshire Rating Valuation Panel. He was on the Flintshire County Council 1936-48. He
married Ann Bankes Carver, who is Deputy Chief Superintendent for Wales for the St John
Ambulance Brigade and was, up to the 1975 amalgamation of the counties, Deputy County
Organiser WRVS for Flintshire. Ann is Arthur’s second cousin once removed, being the
daughter of Rose Caroline nee Ashton who was granddaughter of John Scott Bankes of
Soughton Hall by his first wife Annie Jervis (his second wife was Sophy, Canon George
Pearson’s only married daughter). (John Scott was PPP’s brother-in-law.)
Ann’s father, Robin Cresswell Carver RFC, was a member of the ‘Carver Bros and Co’ cotton
family of Egypt. He was killed flying in 1918 and Ann’s mother, Rose, married in 1922 Lieut.
Col. Sir Arnold Wilson who was then with the Anglo-Persian Oil Company. He had earlier
been Political Resident in the Persian Gulf and he later became MP for Hitchin. In 1939 he
joined the RAFVR at the age of 55 and was killed in action the following year as a rear gunner
in a Wellington on a dambusting raid. In 1947 Rose married Sir Humphrey Milford, publisher
to the University of Oxford, who died in 1952.
Arthur’s son (A) Arnold took a degree in agriculture and studied Chartered Accountancy
before farming at Nantlys. (B) Banba married in 1974 John Hennesy Dawson, a Chartered
Accountant. (C) Lilla took a degree in literature at London University.
iii. David b. 1912 is a Circuit Judge and lives at Branksome Park, Poole. He is also Chancellor
of the Diocese of Monmouth and a member of the Governing Body of the Church in Wales.
His father was a member of this body from its inception; Arthur and David have carried on
his tradition for 55 years. He married in 1938 Alice, daughter of John Frederick Randall
Stainer MBE of Endcliffe, Hanbury near Bristol, a son of Sir John Stainer (1840-91) the
composer of ‘Stainer’s Crucifixion’. Their children are:
Pyers b. 1939 a Patent Agent who married Camilla Salvesen, lives in South London
and has three children.
Marion Stainer b. 1941 married Seaton Phillips, who farms in Cardiganshire, and has
Christopher Rogers b. 1944 a solicitor practising in Newport, Monmouthshire,
married Nicola Osborne and has one child.
David Falconer b. 1951 who is Director of Music at Chesham High School,
iv. Philip b. 1914 is Rector of Sutton Bonnington near Loughborough and was earlier Rector
of Blyth near Worksop. Before that he spent four years at Strathmore near Calgary in Alberta.
He married in 1941 Mary, daughter of George Beresford Plumtre of Goodnestone,
Canterbury. Her brother has since 1943 been 21st Baron Fitzwalter, a title dating back to 1295.
The Corsellises lived for some time at Addisham close to Goodnestone; when Mervyn
Corsellis, who married May Butler-Kearney (see Chapter 3) made jokes to Mrs Plumtre about
her being a ‘plum tree’ she used to retort “but of course, Ellis!”.
Philip and Mary have (had) six children:
Philippa b. 1942 who married Brian Farr and has three children.
Sarah b. 1944 who married Robin Jenkins and has two children.
Thomas b. 1947 who,
after taking his degree at Trinity College, Cambridge, studied
German Social Science in the 19th century at Cologne University.
Helen b. 1949 who is now studying dietetics at a London School of Technology.
Philip b. 1952 was is, in 1975, a crane driver earning £100 a week in a Danish
shipbuilding yard but hopes to return to agriculture in this country eventually.
Stephen b. 1956, after a spell in Canada and the USA is about to start studying
agriculture at Sutton Bonnington College.
V. The Curtis family
The Curtis family tree (‘forest’ might be a better term) starts with James Curtis of Wanstead
1678-1731 whose son Joseph of London 1715-71 had five sons. Of these the second, William,
was MP for the City of London 1790-1820, Lord Mayor of London 1794-5, and was created 1st
Baronet in 1802. He had five children of whom the eldest (William 2nd Baronet) was the
ancestor of the husbands of Louisa Thornewill and Constance Grey, while the third (Charles
Berwick) was the husband of Henrietta Pearson.
The following shows the five Pearson connections:
Sir William Curtis 1st Baronet
Sir William 2nd Bt Charles Berwick = D. Henrietta Pearson
Sir William 3rd
Bt George Henry Downing Emma = W H Eccles
William John William Cotton (1834-1905) Mary = Philip Pearson
= Louisa Thornewill
Sir William 4th Bt Sir Edgar 5th Bt Edward = Constance Grey (1872-1958)
Sir Peter 6th Bt Gerald Louisa (1910-74)
b. 1907 (1909-75) = Milbank
Mary and Philip Pearson were second cousins as also were Edward Curtis and Constance
Grey. As regards the latter’s children:
Sir Peter 6th Bt, who inherited the title in 1943 from his second cousin once
removed, married Joan Margaret Nicholson and they have one son William b.
1935 and two daughters, Rosemary b. 1943 = Spink (one daughter), and Fiona
Mary b. 1946 = Littlejohn (two daughters).
Gerald, married Philippa Alcock and their two children are Edward b. 1940, a
Major in the 16/5 Lancers, and Sonia Mary b. 1944 = Ewart. Their house is
Cwmback Lodge near Glasbury-on-Wye. Gerry was a District Officer in Northern
Rhodesia from where he trekked 1200 miles in 1940 to join the army in Kenya. He
had a lifelong passion for fishing which he owed to his uncle Edward (Viscount
Grey of Fallodon) and it was while out fishing that he died on March 27th 1975.
He caught a salmon in the morning, came home to lunch, returned to his fishing
on the Wye in the afternoon and did not return; those who went out to look for
him found him dead on the river bank. Philippa died on 27th August 1975.
Louisa Harriet married John Frederick Milbank, a farmer who lived near
Richmond in Yorkshire. Her children are David b. 1940, who is married and
farms with his father, and Charles Gerald b. 1942. Charles was at Eton with C R J
Clarke and Vere Lenox-Conyngham. He is now a racehorse owner/trainer.
Sir Peter has at Little Manor, Bishops Waltham, and interesting portrait of several
members of the family at the time of Sir William 1st BT. Most of them were
bankers but one was concerned with biscuits and is referred to as Billy Biscuit.
The most recent banker was Edward Beaumont’s elder brother who was a
director of Coutts.