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Ennever & Enever family history & ancestry. Click here to return to the home page WJ Ennever (1869-1947). From the portrait by J Seymour R.A., exhibited in the Royal Academy.

Well-known family members

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The Ennevers and their related families have no blood links with the royal or famous that I know of, but nevertheless there are a small number of individuals who are, or will have been, well-known in their own fields in their own times.  Anyone who I think merits a mention or I have found featured in the following publications is included below, along with those who have other connections to the royal and famous:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 1 (login required)
  • Who's Who 2008 2 (login required)
  • The Times (obituaries) 3 (login required)
  • Australian Dictionary of Biography 4

Name Summary
Harold Phillip Barnes
Harold became the Assistant Accountant & Comptroller General, Board of Inland Revenue and was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1957.
Ferdinand Beacroft
Ferdinand Beacroft Source: Derbyshire Record Office
 Ferdinand Beacroft
Ferdinand Beacroft was a director of the Shipley Colliery, Shipley, Derbyshire from about 1940 becoming its Managing Director prior to its nationalisation in 1947. A biography believed to have been written by John W Rimington, one time Commercial and Finance Director of Shipley Collieries Ltd., can be found here.
Thomas Alfred Beacroft
Thomas Alfred Beacroft is given credit by the author, D H Lawrence, for "the greatest assistance" he had received during his education by Thomas.
Ruskin Bond (also known as Owen Ruskin Bond)


Scenes from a Writer's Life by Ruskin Bond
 Scenes from a Writer's Life by Ruskin Bond
The life and works of Ruskin Bond by Meena Khorana
The life and works of Ruskin Bond by Meena Khorana
Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent and is considered to be an icon among Indian writers and children's authors and a top novelist. In 1992 he received the Sahitya Akademi award for English writing for his short stories collection, "Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra", by the Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 for contributions to children's literature. He now lives with his adopted family in Landour near Mussoorie.

Ruskin is the grandson of Herbert William Bond & Gloriana Enever and his father, Aubrey Alexander Bond, chose the name Ruskin after the famous Victorian author because he appreciated the aesthetic, imaginative and contemplative life. He was christened Owen Ruskin Bond but has chosen only to be known as Ruskin Bond.

Bond wrote an autobiography 'Scenes from a Writer's Life' which "covers his 'formative years' till the age of twenty-one.  The world of Anglo-India, with all its conflicting pulls, comes alive as he tells his story.  His earliest memories are bitter-sweet, and relate to Jamnagar where he lives until he was six." 

Sources: The life and works of Ruskin Bond by Meena Khorana, 'Scenes from a Writer's Life' & Wikipedia

William Corbet Le Breton, Dean of Jersey who conducted the marriage of Augustus Joseph Enever and Cleopatra Cecilia Burgoyne
Lillie Langtry, depicted with a Jersey lily in her hair. Source: wikipedia
Lillie Langtry
The regally-soundng Cleopatra Cecilia Burgoyne married William Taylor Power in 1867, William apparently deserting her in about 1870 after they had had three children, one of whom went on to become an MP and a 1st baronet.  Cleopatra then became the housekeeper to a Samuel Bennett with whom she later had a child, Samuel James Bennett for whom she was to seek maintenance through the courts.  She then married Augustus Joseph Enever, a 'Master of British Commerce' according to his somewhat exaggerated and occasionally inaccurate obituary.  The marriage took place in 1878 in Jersey, a ceremony conducted by the Dean of Jersey, William Corbet Le Breton, the father of the Edwardian beauty and mistress to the future King Edward VII, Lillie Langtry, who was born Emilie Charlotte Le Breton.

Samuel James Bennett became known as James Bennett and later assumed the name Enever and was known as James S Enever until his death in 1943.
Hoagy Carmichael
Hoagy Carmichael
Hoagy Carmichael
Howard Hoagland "HoagyCarmichael (November 22, 1899 – December 27, 1981) was an American composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader. He is best known for composing the music for "Stardust", "Georgia on My Mind", "The Nearness of You", and "Heart and Soul", four of the most-recorded American songs of all time.

American composer and author Alec Wilder wrote of Carmichael in American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900–1950 that he was the "most talented, inventive, sophisticated and jazz-oriented" of the hundreds of writers composing pop songs in the first half of the 20th century.

Hoagy's son, Hoagy Bix Carmichael, married Charmaine Lord, granddaughter of Lena Ennever in 1997.

Sources: and

Sir Winston Churchill
The Right Honourable Sir Winston Leonard Churchill KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, DL, FRS
The Right Honourable Sir Winston Leonard Churchill
Sir Winston and the Churchill family are related to the Enever family by the marriage of his cousin, Lionel Alistair David Leslie, to Barbara Yvonne Enever and you can see the relationship here.

This family is closely related to both Augustus Joseph Enever, whose life is described here and to Edwin Alexander Enever, Barbara's father, who was convicted for several fraudulent business ventures.  See the August 2011 newsletter for more information about interesting Churchill and Enever coincidences.
Grant Paul Cornwell Grant was awarded the MBE for services to young people in 2005.
Edward Eagar
Edward Eagar was a convict transported to Australia in 1811 from Ireland and became a pioneer of the Methodist Church in Australia and helped to found the Bank of New South Wales and the Benevolent Society before returning to England to start a new life in a bigamous marriage.  His full story can be found here.
Geoffrey Eagar
Geoffrey Eagar
Geoffrey was Edward's son and he was an accountant, banker, politician and public servant in NSW, Australia.  His story can be found here.
Albert Sydney (Syd) Enever
The 500,000th MGB (Syd Enever is standing on the right of the car)
Syd Enever will be remembered as the designer and engineer of the iconic MGA and MGB sports cars.  His story is told in more detail here.
Barbara Yvonne Enever
Barbara married Lionel Alistair David Leslie in 1942 in Yorkshire, Lionel being the fourth and youngest son of Sir John Leslie, a 2nd Baronet, who became Sir John Leslie, 2nd Baronet Leslie, of Glaslough when his father, the 1st Baronet, died.
David Enever
David was the captain of the Greenpeace campaign vessel, Rainbow Warrior II, when it was boarded by the French in 1995. The boat and its crew were subjected to a 'gutsy confrontation with French warships near the nuclear testing site at Moruroa Atoll, about 1,000 kilometers from Tahiti.  The boat was damaged and boarded in the encounter, but the crew can be considered victorious, having galvanized world opinion behind the struggle against further atomic explosions in this island paradise.' Source:
Delphi Holzman
(also known as Delphi Enever and Delphi Lawrence)
Roger Moore & Delphi Lawrence between camera shots for the film Ivanhoe, Feb 1958.
Roger Moore and Delphi Lawrence between camera shots for the film Ivanhoe, February 1958.l
Delphi was born Delphi Holzman and also known as Delphi Enever but was better known by her stage name of Delphi Lawrence.  She was an English actress, educated in Slough at Halidon House School and lived in Longford, Middlesex (wikipedia states Colnbrook).  Of Hungarian ancestry, Lawrence trained as a concert pianist before becoming an actress. She made her first film in 1952 and over the next decade established a following in British films. She graduated to lead roles, but almost exclusively in "B" films. In 1966 she moved to the United States where she began to appear in films and television, and settled there. By the end of the 1960s her roles began to decrease in frequency and importance, and in 1973 she retired.  She made a brief return in 1975, in the Broadway production of The Constant Nymph, playing the sister of Ingrid Bergman's character and in 1990 she appeared as Vera Charles in the national tour of Mame starring Juliet Prowse.  Her stage name of Lawrence was a childhood sweetheart's christian name, Lawrence 'Bink' Lyford. Further information including a filmography can also be found hereSources: wikipedia and others
Francis Alfred Enever
The Coal Act, 1938 by F.A. Enever, M.C., M.A., LL.D.
 The Coal Act, 1938 by F.A. Enever, M.C., M.A., LL.D.
Francis was knighted in 1955 having been the Deputy Treasury Solicitor for the UK Government and written the 'History of the Law of Distress for Rent and Damage Feasant' in about 1931.  He was also legal adviser and registrar to the Coal Commission and was the author of the 1938 Coal Act.
Edward (Ted) Enever
Britain's Best Kept Secret by Ted Enever
 Britain's Best Kept Secret by Ted Enever
Author of "Britain's Best Kept Secret", a "concise book focusing on Bletchley Park's unique role".  Bletchley Park was the historic site of secret British codebreaking activities during WWII and the birthplace of the modern computer.  "Britain's Best Kept Secret" traces the Park's early history and provides a guide to the key wartime buildings and events behind the scenes.  Ted has also written "Changing Faces, Changing Places: Bletchley and Woburn Sands district" and "Cockney Kid and Countrymen: The Second World War remembered by the children of Woburn Sands and Aspley Guise".  Ted's grandfather, Fred, is pictured on the cover of 'Changing Faces, Changing Places'.
Harry Enever
'Goon Tower', Stalag Luft III, Prisoner of War camp in eastern Germany
Goon Tower' Stalag Luft III, Prisoner of War camp in eastern Germany
Harry was one of the POWs who attempted the 'Great Escape' from Stalag Luft III during World War 2 that was immortalised in the 1963 film, The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough.

The prisoners drew lots for positions in the planned break-out.  Harry drew a number in the 80s and narrowly missed the opportunity to enter the tunnel when the attempt was discovered. More information about the escape can be found on Wikipedia.

Laura Enever
Laura Enever Source: Instagram
  The finish of Doggett's Coat and Badge. Painting by Thomas Rowlandson (1756–1827).
Professional surfer Laura Enever was born and raised on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Australia. As a 2x World Junior Champion, Australian Champion and Pro Jnr Champion, Laura is currently competing in her 6th year on the WSL Women’s World Tour where she has consistently finished in the Top 10.

With results to show that she is one of the worlds best female surfers, Laura has also made a name for herself showing a fearless approach in big waves and waves of consequence, making her one of the most exciting and influential female surfers of this time.

Her achievements combined with her passion for travel, art and design have seen Laura venture outside the surf industry where she has worked with well world-renowned photographers, stylists, magazines and brands, All of which continue to lift Laura’s name globally.

Source: (2017)
Terence Enever
The finish of Doggett's Coat and Badge. Painting by Thomas Rowlandson (1756–1827). Source: Wikipedia
  The finish of Doggett's Coat and Badge. Painting by Thomas Rowlandson (1756–1827).
Winner of the 294th Doggett's Coat and Badge race, a colourful River Thames tradition dating back to 1715, in 2008 in a time of 26mins 23 seconds.

Doggett's Coat and Badge is the prize and name for the oldest rowing race in the world. Up to six apprentice Watermen of the River Thames in England compete for this prestigious honour, which has been held every year since 1715. The 4 miles 5 furlongs (7,400 m) race is held on the Thames between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier, Chelsea, passing under a total of 11 bridges en route. Originally, it was raced every 1 August against the outgoing (falling or ebb) tide, in the boats used by watermen to ferry passengers across the Thames. Today it is raced at a date and time in late July that coincides with the incoming (rising or flood) tide, in contemporary single sculling boats. Source: Wikipedia
Annetta Reading Ennever
Annetta Reading Ennever was a direct descendant of the first governor of New Jersey, USA, John R Reading, who was appointed by King James II of England in the early 1700s.  Before appointment the governor surveyed the boundary line between New York and New Jersey.  Annetta also had seven ancestors who served during the Revolutionary War, including a staff officer on General Washington's staff. 5
Reverend Bernard James Failes M.A., R.N. O.B.E.
Bernard James Failes was born in Westminster, the in MNiddlesex, in 1887 and became a Chaplain. He was awarded the O.B.E. for services in connection with World War I and never married.
William Joseph Ennever
WJ Ennever (1869-1947). From the portrait by J Seymour R.A., exhibited in the Royal Academy
WJ Ennever (1869-1947). From the portrait by J Seymour R.A., exhibited in the Royal Academy
Founder of Pelmanism and The Pelman Institute.  Follow the link to William Joseph Ennever or select "Family histories" for several links to the full stories of his life and career.
Albert Moulton Foweraker
Figure with lantern before Devonshire cottages by moonlight by Albert Moulton Foweraker. Source:
 Figure with lantern before Devonshire cottages by moonlight  by Albert Moulton Foweraker
Albert Moulton Foweraker (1873-1942) was an English painter. 

In 1898, he took up art professionally, and between that year and 1912, he exhibited his work regularly. He was made a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1902, and sent 52 paintings to exhibitions at their Galleries in Pall Mall during these years. He also exhibited at several important provincial galleries. He originated an exhibition of works by modern painters at Exeter, which developed into the Devon And Cornwall Fine Art Society.

He moved from Exeter to Lelant, Cornwall in 1902, and travelled frequently to Spain, especially the South during the early 1900s and in the 1920s. He also visited Southern France and North Africa, and produced many paintings from these travels. He was also a very prolific local artist, and painted a very large number of landscapes and local scenes from Devon, Cornwall and, of course, Dorset, to which county he moved in the mid 1920s, living at Northbrook Road, Swanage for many years.

He was fascinated by the effects of certain light on the landscape, particularly moonlight, as his paintings show. He is known for his use of the colour blue, and his moonlight paintings of people carrying lanterns and light shining from windows are much sought after.  Source: Wikipedia

Roy Leonard Gerrard MBE
Roy Leonard Gerrard MBE
Roy Leonard Gerrard MBE
Roy Gerrard was awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours List, January 1998. Roy, who has been blind since childhood, received the recognition for his services to the community over a 21 year period. He founded the charity Enterprises by the Blind, which provides equipment to help blind people in Bedfordshire. The organisation - Roy is currently its Vice-President - was one of the first to introduce talking newspapers.
Sir John Berry (Jack) Hobbs
Sir John Berry (Jack) Hobbs
Sir John Berry (Jack) Hobbs
Sir John Berry (Jack) Hobbs (born 16 December 1882 at Cambridge, died 21 December 1963 at Hove) was an English professional cricketer who played for Surrey from 1905 to 1934 and for England in 61Test matches from 1908 to 1930.

Universally known as "Jack" and nicknamed "The Master", Hobbs is widely regarded as cricket's greatest-ever opening batsman and holds world records in first-class cricket for scoring the most runs (61,237 or 61,760 depending on source) and centuries (197 or 199 depending on source).

Hobbs was a right-handed batsman (RHB) and a useful right-arm medium pace bowler (RM) who took 108 career wickets with a best analysis of 7-56. In the field, Hobbs was considered a "brilliant" cover point.

Mary A Hobbs, the granddaughter of John Thompson and Esther Enever, is the first cousin, twice removed of John Berry (Jack) Hobbs

George Henry Ince
Cover of 'I shall be released' 1977 featuring George Ince (see full story to play the song)
Cover of 'I shall be released' 1977 featuring George Ince (see full story to play the song)
George Ince was charged with the murder of Muriel Patience, the "Barn murder", in November 1972.  The trial was to achieve national publicity and after two trials Ince was cleared of the charge. He had become "one of the most controversial prisoners in Britain".  Read the full story here of his unjust arrest for murder, his conviction for a bullion robbery and his marriage to the ex-wife of Charles Kray, elder brother of the notorious Kray twins.
Richard Izard
Richard Izzard
Ned Kelly the day before his execution
Councillor Richard Izard became the 811th Mayor of Winchester in 2010. Richard is descended from the second spouse of Annie Maria Sherwood.
Edward 'Ned' Kelly
Ned Kelly the day before his execution
Ned Kelly the day before his execution
Edward "Ned" Kelly was an Irish-Australian bushranger, considered by some merely a cold-blooded killer, while by others a folk hero and symbol of Irish-Australian resistance against oppression by the British ruling class, for his defiance of the colonial authorities. Kelly was born in Victoria to an Irish convict father, and as a young man he clashed with the Victoria Police. Following an incident at his home in 1878, police parties searched for him in the bush. After he killed three policemen, the colony proclaimed Kelly and his gang wanted outlaws. A final violent confrontation with police took place at Glenrowan on 28 June 1880. Kelly, dressed in home-made plate metal armour and helmet, was captured and sent to jail. He was hanged for murder at Old Melbourne Gaol in November 1880. His daring and notoriety made him an iconic figure in Australian history, folklore, literature, art and film. Source: wikipedia

Daisy Patricia Coleman married Patrick James Tanner in Victoria, Australia in 1919, Patrick being the son of Mary Ann Lloyd, Ned's cousin. Mary Ann had married William Tanner, the Tanners and other relatives were amongst Ned's strongest suporters and sympathisers. The family connection can be seen here.

John Kirkpatrick
John Kirkpatrick
 John Kirkpatrick
Architect.  "A good, but not exceptionally gifted architect, Kirkpatrick owed his success, extending over forty years and involving several hundred buildings, more to outstanding drive and political connexions than to creative skill." Source: ADB.

John Kirkpatrick's obituary in The Sun newspaper (Sydney) reported that he belonged to one of the oldest and most distinguished of Scottish families whose records are brimful of adventure and tragedy. His grandfather was the late Robert Kirkpatrick, Closeburn, Dumfriesshire, who was the grandson of Sir James Kirkpatrick, the fourth baronet.
Michael Norman Manley & Norman Washington Manley
Norman Washington Manley
Norman Washington Manley
Prime Ministers of Jamaica. Michael Manley's daughter, Rachel, married Paul Ennevor in 1974.
Albert Midlane
Albert Midlane
    Albert Midlane
Hymn writer, best known for "There's a friend for little children".  Click here for the full story.
Arthur David Nelson
Arthur David Nelson
    Arthur David Nelson
Australian politician. Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly from 24/7/1895 to 16/7/1904.

Arthur's son, Harold Webster Nelson, married Mabel Ellen Ford, niece of Nicholas Henry Eagar who married Louisa Ennever, daughter of George, whose story can be found here.
Noel Newton Nethersole
Statue in front of the Bank of Jamaica building
  Noel Newton Nethersole
Finance Minister of Jamaica and cricketer.  He married Elsie Maud Ennevor in 1934.

Noel Newton Nethersole, whose statue stands tall in front of the Bank of Jamaica building, was Minister of Finance in the years 1955 to 1959. A Rhodes scholar and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Jamaica, Mr. Nethersole was placid and tenacious of character, dispersing his energies "amongst many avocations".

As Minister of Finance, his portfolio included public finance, financial planning, taxation, banking and currency and exchange control. He is credited with having a clear-sighted understanding of the real necessities of national independence. During his term of office as Minister of Finance, Nethersole worked to achieve three goals:

  • to create within the Government, an effective instrument for the centralization of financial control and the development of financial policy;
  • to establish modern techniques of financial management; and
  • to stimulate and foster the growth of modern financial institutions.

Mr. Nethersole foresaw the need for the establishment of a stock exchange, a development bank and a central bank as tools necessary for the execution of a sound monetary policy. By the time of his death at the age of 57 in 1959, plans for the establishment of the Central Bank were well underway.

Noel Newton Nethersole
His portrait appeared on the $20 note in circulation between 1976 and 2000
  Noel Newton Nethersole

Noel Nethersole's portrait appeared on the $20 note which circulated between 1976 and 2000. In 1960, Mr. Vernon Arnett, in speaking on the bill dealing with the creation of the Central Bank, could say this of Mr. Nethersole:

"It had long been his profound conclusion that the organization of the financial institutions of the country were an indispensable part of our economic development and that the development of these institutions would give reality to our political status and enable Jamaica to press forward with its economic progress in an orderly and coherent manner."
Source: Bank of Jamaica
Robert (Bob) Parratt
Robert Parratt M.B.E with his wife and mother-in-law.
Robert Parratt M.B.E with his wife and mother-in-law.
Flight Lieutenant Robert Parratt (1934-2004) was awarded the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order, the M.B.E. in June 1976. He was later promoted to Squadron leader and retired in 1992.
Charles John Phipps
Charles John Phipps obituary. The Era 29/5/1897.
Charles John Phipps obituary.  The Era 29/5/1897.
Charles John Phipps 1830. Source: wikipedia
 Charles John Phipps
Born in Bath, his first major work was the rebuilding of Theatre Royal, Bath in 1862/3, after the old theatre had been destroyed by fire. Moving to London, he quickly established himself as the leading theatrical architect, building, in rapid succession, the Queen's Theatre (1867), the Gaiety Theatre (1868), the Olympic Theatre (1870) and the Vaudeville Theatre (1871). His Savoy Theatre (1881), a state-of-the-art facility, was the first public building in the world lit entirely by electric light. Other major London theatres included the Strand (1882), the Prince's (1884), the Lyric (1888), the Original Shaftesbury Theatre (1888), the Garrick (1889), the Tivoli (1890), Queen's Hall (1893) and Daly's (1893). In addition the Phipps's London theatres, he was responsible for over forty theatres in the provinces. He also designed Leinster Hall in Dublin (opened in 1886 and closed in 1895), the Star and Garter Hotel at Richmond (demolished in 1919) and the Savoy Turkish Bath.

Phipps was chosen to design the Royal Institute of British Architects’ own premises at 9 Conduit Street. The building is still there, though no longer occupied by the RIBA (now in Portland Place) and is considered by some to reflect the influence of the architect’s native town.

Phipps died on 25 May 1897, aged 62. Though ill with afflictions of heart and kidneys, he continued active in the theatre right to the last. He had felt sufficiently strong to run down to Dover to inspect the building of one of his theatres, took a severe chill, and died three days later. Less than three weeks before his death, his last London theatre, Her Majesty's, had opened in the Haymarket.  Source: wikipedia  He was buried in Highgate Cemetery.
Sir John Cecil Power
Sir John Cecil Power, 1st Baronet. National Portrait Gallery 1924
Sir John Cecil Power, 1st Baronet. National Portrait Gallery 1924
John Cecil Power was born on 21st December 1870 in Ireland, the youngest son of William Taylor Power and Cleopatra Cecilia Burgoyne.  He served as Member of Parliament for Wimbledon, Surrey from 1924 to 1945 and became a Baronet in the same year he was elected as an MP.

Cleopatra later had a child with Samuel Bennett and then lived with Augustus Joseph Enever as his wife from about 1880, emigrating with him and her son to the USA in about 1885.

See also wikipedia.

Clifton Eugene Bancroft Robinson CBE
Deputy Chairman, Commission for Racial Equality, 1977–85.
Sir Eric Bentinck Speed K.B.E., M.C., K.C.B.
Sir Eric Bentinck Speed K.B.E., M.C., K.C.B.
 Sir Eric Bentinck Speed K.B.E., M.C., K.C.B.
Joint Permanent Under-Secretary of State for War during the second world war.  Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.
Diana Francis Spencer (better known as Diana, Princess of Wales)
Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer
Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer
Lord Lucan & his wife, Veronica Duncan
Lord Lucan & his wife, Veronica Duncan
There is a remote family link by marriage to the Spencer, Shand-Kydd and Bingham families (Richard John Bingham being better known as Lord Lucan).

Arthur Stanley Tribe's second marriage was to a Mary Hunt nee Mary Shand Kydd whose uncle was Peter Shand-Kydd. Peter married Frances Ruth nee Roche, whose first husband was Edward John Spencer, father of Diana, later to be Princess of Wales. The Shand Kydds also had links to the alleged killer Lord Lucan. Lucan, born Richard John Bingham, married Veronica Mary Duncan and Veronica's sister, Christina, married William (Bill) Shand-Kydd, brother of Peter Shand-Kydd.

Flora Thompson (nee Timms)
Flora Thompson nee Timms
 Flora Thompson nee Timms
Author of the Lark Rise to Candleford trilogy and others. Click here for a detailed story.
Donald George Wehby
Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Jamaica (2007-
Naomi Elsie Williams
Born in India in 1916, she received the M.B.E. in Leicestershire in 1980.  Naomi Williams is the granddaughter of John Henry Williams and Charlotte Enever.
Isaac Thomas Williams and Wilfred Howard Williams
Rolls Royce 25/30 originally owned by Sir Isaac Thomas Williams
Rolls Royce 25/30 originally owned by Sir Isaac Thomas Williams
Isaac Thomas Williams was knighted and became Sir Isaac while his son, later known as William Howard-Williams was awarded the O.B.E and the C.B.E. Sir Isaac's Rolls Royce is the subject of a request from its new owners which can be found here.
Arthur Dickson Wright & Clarissa Dickson-Wright
Spilling the Beans by Clarissa Dickson Wright
  Spilling the Beans by Clarissa Dickson Wright
Arthur Dickson Wright was a distinguished surgeon who served for 16 years as a council member of the Royal College of Surgeons and for 2 years as its Vice-President.  He worked for 30 years at St Mary's Hospital in London and had an extensive private practice and was a surgeon to Her Majesty the Queen Mother.  He was described in a valedictory address as being a "volatile and mercurial character" and "one of the last and one of the greatest of the genus 'general surgeon'". 

Arthur Dickson Wright's youngest child was Clarissa Dickson-Wright, a cook, TV presenter and countryside campaigner.  Clarissa Dickson Wright trained as a lawyer and was the youngest woman to be called to the bar.  She has written extensively about her life and family.

The Oxford DNB 1also records a Sir Almroth Edward Wright as being the grandson of Edward Wright, a barrister of Floraville, Donnybrook, co. Dublin and it seems almost certain that there is a family link to Arthur Dickson Wright as his father, Dr Edward Wright, was born in Donnybrook in 1867.

Arthur Dickson Wright MS FRCS
  Arthur Dickson Wright MS FRCS

Edward Wright's son, Charles Henry Hamilton Wright, was born in Dublin in 1836 and married Ebba Johanna Dorothea, daughter of Professor Nils Wilhelm Almroth, governor of the royal mint in Stockholm. They had at least five sons, including Sir Almroth Edward Wright (1861–1947), pathologist; Charles Theodore Hagberg Wright (1862–1940), librarian; and Eric Blackwood Wright (1860–1940), colonial judge.

It is also widely reported that Alexander (Xander) Armstrong, the comedian, is Clarissa's cousin although I have been unable to find the family connection and I now understand this is probably not correct.6

James Henry Wyatt C.B.
James Henry Wyatt was a military man, reaching the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, and was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (C.B.) in 1861.  James's daughter, Gertrude Annie Wyatt, married John William Morris a descendant of Joseph Ennever who was born about 1767.


1 Oxford DNB : more than 50,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond (registration required).
2 Who's Who 2008 : the essential directory of the noteworthy and influential in all walks of life, in the UK and worldwide, published annually by A & C Black since 1849.
3 The Times digital archive : the world's newspaper of record
4 Australian Dictionary of Biography: over 10,000 scholarly biographies of persons who were significant in Australian history.
5 Wikipedia Wikipedia (see also Annetta's obituary)

If you have any relevant information about any other well-known family members I would be delighted to hear from you.

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