CHAPTER 9
The Clarke descendants and their associated families
The Clarke grandchildren of Marshal Neville Clarke b. 1828 and their descendants and dates
of birth are as follows:
a.
Charles Neville b. 1866 of Graiguenoe Park.
i.  Marshall b. 1897 unmarried.
ii.  Edward b. 1900  =  Rachel Wadeson.
(A)
Rosemary Anne  =  Robert Randolph.
iii.  Vernon b. 1907  =  Joan Meyrick.
(A)
Charles b. 1942  =  Anne Boileau.
(B)
Penelope b. 1944.
(C)
Brian b. 1945.
d.
Loftus Otway b, 1871.
i.  George b. 1908  =  Joy Jessop.
(A)
John Otway b. 1943  =  Mair Jones.
(1)
Christopher Neville Falconer b. 1972.
(2)
Marion Frances b. 1974.
John Otway trained as a doctor and is now a stockbroker.
(B)
Frances b. 1945. Has a museums higher degree and is Assistant Keeper of Fine Arts in
Bradford.
f.  Marshal Falconer.
i.  Ursula b. 1912  =  Major Peter Cooper.
(A)
Nathalie b.1941  =  Roger Buckland.
(1)
Catherine b. 1965.
(2)
Clare b. 1967.
(3)
David b. 1970.
Nathalie was a trained teacher and now lives with her family in Australia.
(B)
Brigid b. 1946  =  David Edlin.
Brigid is a trained teacher.
(C)
Patrick b. 1949 who is studying in Manchester for a diploma in social administration.
ii.  Audrey b. 1913  =  Air Commodore Christopher Mount CBE, DSO, DFC.
(A)
David b. 1948 who is a barrister employed by a shipping association in London.
(B)
Antony b. 1950 who is a computer programmer employed by an insurance company
in Reading.
iii.  Ralph b. 1917  =  Elizabeth Mary Whitehead MA.
(A)
Philippa b. 1943  =  Gavin Sandeman.
Philippa is a trained science teacher.
(B)
Robert b. 1947  =  Phyllida Taylor.
(1)
Tamsin Mary b. 1971.
(2)
Oliver Gordon Marshal b. 1974.
(3)
Rupert James Marshal b. 1975.
Robert owns property in Ireland and farms.
        (C) Andrew b. 1949  =  Jennifer Morris.
Andrew has a psychology degree and is a trained infant teacher.
The associated families
Key:
                                      Marshal Neville    =    Pearson  (see Chapter 7)
Charles Neville                                Loftus Otway                         Marshal Falconer
 =  Cross (see Chapter 7)                 =  Carden                                =  Garnet
Edward  =         Vernon  =                 George  =                 Ursula  =       Audrey  =      Ralph  =
Wadeson           Meyrick                     Jessop                       Cooper         Mount            
Whitehead                            
The Carden family
The Carden family is descended from John Carden who settled at Templemore circa 1650. His
eldest son Jonathan acquired Barnane from the Moores by indenture and his second son John
(d. 1747) married Rebecca Minchin of Ballynakill and had issue:
John the ancestor of the Baronets of Templemore.
Minchin (1722-1785) of Fishmoyne who married Lucy Lockwood of Cashel. Minshin’s son
Richard, 12th Dragoons (d. 1812) and grandson Richard (1799-1873) DL succeeded to
Fishmoyne. Richard’s eldest surviving son, Lieut. Col. Henry DL JP, married Louisa Harriet
Woods of Milverton Hall and Whitestown House and had three sons and two daughters of
whom the youngest, Evelyn Frances, married Loftus Otway Clarke CIE JP.
The Garnett family
The Garnetts of Westmorland are believed to be descended from Vivian de Grenet or
Guerinet, Henry I Hereditary Forester for the lands between Mersey and Ribble. In 1673
William Garnett of Casterton married Dorothy, sister of Anthony Garnett the younger of
Stravanagh, Kendal. Their eldest son William married Elizabeth Holden and had a son John
upon whose tombstone at Burton in Lonsdale is written:
“died 18 June 1773 aged 68 years, here lies and honest man”
John left, by his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Revd Alexander Ion of Withenstock, three sons of
whom John of Ulverston (1743-1800) became a successful merchant in the Jamaica trade,
marrying Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew Studdart of Ulverston and moving to Manchester.
His trading success was continued with Russia by his two sons Robert and William in
partnership who both bought country estates. William (1782-1863) bought Lark Hill, Salford
(now Peel Park) and finally Quernmore Park near Lancaster. He stood for Parliament but
failed by one vote, his own which he had chivalrously given to his opponent. He was
chairman of George Stephenson’s Manchester to Birmingham Railway and from him are
descended the present Garnetts of Quernmore.
Robert (1780-1852) lived at Oak Hall, bought and rebuilt Wyreside Park near Lancaster in
1836 and married Louisa Ann, daughter of Dr William Walter Lyon of Tamworth; her step
brother’s daughter Marianne Oldershaw married the Revd Charles Inge of Brightwell Manor
(see Chapter 7). On Robert’s death, his third son Henry DL, JP (1814-1897) by arrangement
with his elder brothers, Charles and Robert, succeeded to the Wyreside estate. Henry became
prominent in county affairs and as well as entering into partnership with James Nasmyth in
his Patricroft foundry, was Chairman of the Lancashire and Carlisle Railway, Chairman of the
Quarter Sessions, High Sheriff (1860), Chairman of the Finance and Farm Committee, a strong
churchman and patron of two livings.
He married Harriet the daughter of Henry Potts JP of Watergate House and Glanrafan Park.
The Potts family was a pillar of Cheshire society and she bore him three daughters and nine
sons who, with their cousins, formed a Garnett cricket team which challenged any amateur
side in the north of England.
The eldest Garnett daughter Anne married Tom the son of Lieut. Gen. Rolt. Louisa did not
marry, and neither did the eldest son Harry, so she managed Wyreside from her mother’s
death in 1864.
The second son Lionel (1843-1912) became Rector of one of the family livings, Christleton,
and Canon of Chester. He married Ann the daughter of John Thompson of Boughton Hall
who used to invite him on shooting parties to Scotland. He died in Belfast just after his
retirement while on a visit to christen his first grandchild. John Thompson, son of John of
Hawarden, was one of Chester’s best-known public figures and a County Alderman,
Chairman of Petty Sessions, member of the Dee Conservancy Board, Chairman of Halls
Collieries and several other companies. He took up engineering after leaving Cambridge and
became assistant to William Peace, Lord Crawford’s agent, whose eldest daughter Sarah he
married, becoming connected through the other daughters with the Scottish families of Paton,
Mitchell, Morrison and Tyndale Biscoe.
Both Lionel Garnett’s sons, a. Claude and c. Laurence, were killed in the first world war. The
former, heir to Wyreside, married Muriel, daughter of Thomas Baron of Hirsk, Baluchistan,
and had one son Henry who sold the estate and married first, Mary Gerard Leigh (divorced)
second, Lady Bridget Elliot (divorced) and third, Elizabeth Baring. Lionel’s daughter Olive
married in 1910 an officer at the depot in Chester, Marshal Falconer Clarke.
The Meyrick family
The Meyricks were, certainly from 1530, farmers in Carmarthenshire until Edward (1750-
1830) was ordained and became a schoolmaster, first in Cardigan and then at Hungerford. In
1785 he became vicar of Ramsbury, Wiltshire, and transferred the Hungerford school there.
He married first Anne Graves and second, Caroline Habersham. His son by the first marriage,
A. Edward Graves (1780-1839) was also vicar of Ramsbury and married Myra Howard from
Aldbourne, a nearby village. They had nine children of whom the seventh 1. Frederick (1827-
1906) was tutor and Dean of Trinity College, Oxford, then HM Inspector of Schools and from
1868 was Rector of Blickling in Norfolk. He was throughout his life deeply involved with the
Anglo-Continental Society which sought to make known the principles of the Anglican
Church and to help forward the internal reforms of the national churches.
Frederick married in 1859, Marion Danvers whose ancestor Sir Roland de Alvers or Auvers
came, possibly with the Conqueror, from Auvers, Normandy. He Danvers claim descent from
the English kings back from Edward I, the French kings back from Louis VIII, and from
Duncan first king of Scots.
Frederick and Marion had nine children of whom the seventh a. Frederick James (1871-1945)
was vicar of St Peter Mancroft, Norwich (1902-1929) and of All Saint’s, Hove (1929-1943), and
was closely involved with the Industrial Christian Fellowship and the Christian Social Union
in their efforts to improve working and social conditions in England. He married Helen
Richmond.
The Richmonds came from Bawtry in Yorkshire. Thomas (1740-1794) came to London about
1760 and became groom to the stables of Henry, Duke of Gloucester on the site of today’s
Grosvenor House. From 1780 he was landlord of the Coach and Horses on Kew Green. He
married Anne Bone of Kew and their son Thomas (1771-1837) became a successful miniature
painter who married Anne Oram (her father was born in Preston when the Young Pretender
was there in 1745). Their younger son A. George (1809-1896) who married Julia Tatham at
Gretna Green was the famous portrait painter. The eighth of George’s fifteen children was Sir
William Blake Richmond (1842-1921) another well-known portrait painter but best
remembered for the mosaics in the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral. He married first, Charlotte
Foster who died without issue the following year, and second, Clara Richards of Cardiff,
whose parents had previously lived in County Wexford. They had seven children of whom
the second was Helen who married Frederick James Meyrick and whose second child Joan
married Vernon Clarke.
The Cooper family
The Cooper family is descended from Edward Cooper of Norfolk, a cornet in Lord
Calooney’s Regiment of Horse in Cromwell’s army who received by lot the castle and lands
of Markree in Sligo. He married Maire Ruadh, daughter of Nicholas MacMahon and widow
of Conor O’Brien who is said to have adopted her children as well as her estates. His son
Arthur succeeded to Markree, and his son Richard to the estates in Kerry and Limerick.
Eldest sons who succeeded to Markree were Joshua (d. 1757), Rt. Hon. Joshua, Joshua (d.
1837), Edward Joshua MP (d. 1863). The latter was succeeded by his nephew Rt. Hon. Edward
Henry, High Sheriff 1871 whose son, Major Francis Edward was killed in the Boer War
leaving two sons, the eldest being Major Bryan Ricco DL, JP, High Sheriff 1908 MP and
member of Dail Eireanne. In 1930 his eldest son Lieut. Cdr. Edward Francis succeeded to
Markree Castle. His second son, Major Peter married Ursula Clarke in 1940.
The Mount family
The Mount family came originally from Kent and made their fortunes in the City of London.
Ralph Mount, yeoman, died at Chislet in 1668. His son and grandson were both masters of
the Stationers Company and his great grandson John built Wasing Place in Berkshire and
became High Sheriff in 1770. Established as a Berkshire family, successive William Mounts
succeeded to Wasing and became High Sheriff. A. Francis Mount (1872-1915) was killed in
the Great War having succeeded to Poynters in Berkshire, an estate brought into the family
by the heiress Jenny Page who married William Mount in 1781. Francis married Gladys Mary
daughter of Sir John Dillwyn Llewellyn and had issue: i. Richard and ii. Christopher.
Christopher married Audrey Clarke in 1947. He qualified as a solicitor before the war and
resumed this profession when he retired from the RAF as Air Commodore.
The Whitehead family
The Revd Thomas Whitehead (1711-1788) the grandson of John Whitehead of Outwood was
Vicar of Westhoughton and Ringley. He and his family are buried in the churchyard at
Ringley. His son Robert (1752-1841) the fly fisherman pictured at Roslyn House had two sons,
James and John, by his wife Alice Lever. James of Little Bolton had three sons, one of which,
Robert, invented the Whitehead torpedo which he sold to the British Navy, settled in Fiume
and became a Baron of the Austrian Empire. Restrained by British security he had to invent a
different torpedo for the Germans called the Schwarzkopf, guarded just as jealously. His
children married into such families as Kinsky, Hoyas, and Trapp; his grandchildren were
featured in ‘The Sound of Music’.
John (1790-1867) of Haslem Hey, Elton, married Elizabeth Oram, granddaughter of John Kay,
inventor of the flying shuttle and founded the bleaching firm of John Whitehead Ltd. John’s
son John JP of Haslem Hey (1815-1898) followed in the family firm and married Elizabeth
Allanson who was descended from the Openshaw (Openscha 1370) family and the Ormerod
(Hormerodes 1297) family. She had issue:  1. Walter the famous surgeon and President of the
BMA who invented operations for the eyes and for haemorrhoids, and 2. Henry DL, JP High
Sheriff of Lancashire 1903, of Haslem Hey who was a director of numerous companies
including the family firm, Armstrong Whitworth and the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank. He
was a champion rifle shot and presented the Bisley Whitehead Trophy. He married Louisa
Priestly of Glead Hill and had a large family of which the youngest Sydney JP owner of
Robert Fletcher Ltd married Katherine Mary Hoyle.
The Hoyles are descended from Joshua Hoyle of Rochdale (d. 1614), whose descendant
Joshua founded the business of Joshua Hoyle and Sons. Of the sons Edward and Isaac, the
latter (1828-1911) became MP for Heywood and married Elizabeth Smallpage with issue:
Lascelles who went into the family business, Fielding who married the daughter of
Archbishop Thompson of York, William and James who also entered the family business.  
James married Mabel the daughter of John King cotton merchant with four children of which
Katherine was the eldest. Sydney and Katherine’s eldest child Molly married Ralph Lionel
Clarke in 1943 and became a local councillor, Essex County Councillor, School Governor, and
co-founder of an old people’s home.