Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Family in Sydney

27 Mosman St 27 Mosman St

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Prue and the children moved to Sydney in December 1982 and lived first at Waverley, Bronte before buying their house at 27 Mosman St in 1984. In 2004 Prue (and Charles) moved to Park Avenue, Mosman

The children went to various schools between 1983 and 1995 including Ascham, Cranbrook and Frensham

On leaving Frensham, Radha worked at Bain & Co and in 1995 made her first visit to Amsterdam with her boyfriend George. They came to Herry's 50th birthday party at Stocks in June 1995.

Radha again visited Amsterdam and London in 1988

She suffered a stoke in November 2002 but miraculously recovered and in June 2004 married Neil Macpherson, but divorced in 2009.

The family had various holidays together - Noosa in the 80s; Boodle had hoidays in Corsica and Tunisia with Herry and Edward and Boodle visited Cyprus with Kei in 1992.

On leaving school, Edward went to Macquarie University in 1994 to study computer science but left after a year as 'they couldn't teach me what I wanted to know' and he joined a computer consultancy, ComTech in 1995. He worked at Comtech until 2001 when he joined Deutsche Bank as Security and Mobility Specialist, working for them in London from 2001-2003. In 2004 he returned to Australia, settled in Melbourne and married Marijke Fung in October 2005. In September 2006 Charlotte Lucy was born and in February 2008 Amelia Penny.

On leaving Cranbrook, Charles had a number of jobs in the hospitality industry before joining Harris Technology in 2001, followed by Hire Intelligence and in 2005, Dell.

The family have also had Christmas and New Year together - particularly in 2003, 2005, 20062008/9, 2011 and 2013 - and everyone came together for Herry's 70th in Stockbridge in July 2015

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Lawford Family History

It's not clear where the Lawford family originated, but it seems probable that some of them either took their name from or gave their name to the villages of Church Lawford and Long Lawford near Rugby. There is also a village called Lawford near Manningtree in Essex, with a fine church and large house - Lawford Hall - overlooking the River Stour which used to have the Lawford coat of arms over the door*. Both Church Lawford and Lawford in Essex are named in the Domesday Book, so it is likely that a family of that name existed well before 1086 when it was compiled. Some reflections on the family's connection with both Rugby and Maningtree appear here. There is also a note here from the Internet Surname Database that has some further unchecked details.

The Lawford Family Tree complied by Reginald Ames in the 1880s. It's readable if you click the image

The family tree drawn up by Reginald Ames in the 1880s shows the lineage back to Robert Lawford (1581 - 1641) of Co Warwick, Gent, after of Stoke Gifford, Co Gloucester who died in Bristol. One of his sons, John Lawford (1609-1688) was mayor of Bristol in 1664 and 'Lord of the Manor of Tockington' in Co Gloucester, so we should conclude that the family was well-established by the 17th Century.

By then, Lawfords were mostly bankers and lawyers - and in common with many families with strong connections with the City of London, became associated with one of the Livery Companies. As a result, Lawfords have been Liverymen of the Drapers' Company since the 1700s, and Valentine Lawford (1709-1783) became the first Lawford Master in 1775. Neither my father Patrick nor his father Capt VA Lawford were liverymen and it was not until I was looking through Uncle Valentine's papers in the 1980s that I noticed the connection, and was admitted to the Livery in 1988. By then, no less than six Lawfords had become Master, as well as others who were married to Lawford women. My great-great-great grandfather Samuel Lawford (1749-1835) and great-great grandfather, also called Samuel (1777-1864), were Masters in 1809 and 1850 respectively.  In addition, John Lawford (1790-1869) of Downhills, Tottenham, the younger brother of my great-great grandfather Samuel, was a solicitor and became Junior Warden in 1871 but died before he could become Master. The full list can be found in a longer note about the Drapers' Livery Company here.

Indeed, several Lawfords served the Drapers as Clerk and Solicitor including Edward, who was also Solicitor to the East India Company. Paintings of Edward's house - Eden Park, in Kent remain.  Lithos of John Lawford's house, Downhills at Tottenham, are also extant. John Lawford, incidentally, was the son of Thomas Acland Lawford, father of General Sir Sydney Lawford, who's younger son Peter became a well known actor and married one of JF Kennedy's sisters. Another of John's brothers was Herbert Lawford (HF Lawford) the Wimbledon tennis champion in 1887.

Edward Lawford's son Maj-General Edward Lawford (1809-1871) was Chief Engineer, Mysore in the 1860s and his younger brother, Lt-Col Henry (1812-1880) also served in Madras. Likewise Lt-General Edward Melville Lawford (1826-1891) was Colonel of the 4th Madras Cavalry, while his younger brother, Henry Baring Lawford was Chief Judge of the High Court of Kishnagur. Photos of the Lawfords descended from Edward Lawford (of Eden Park) can be seen here.

My great grandfather John Lawford (1811 - 1875), was a banker, as was his father Samuel before him. They both worked at Curries & Co and John appears to have lived for a large part of his life at the bank's premises at 29 Cornhill. His first four children were born there and according to Uncle Valentine, his daughter Sophie's nursery windows looked out over the Royal Exchange. Later he lived in Blackheath, where the rest of his twelve children were born.

My grandfather Capt Vincent Lawford RN CMG DSO served under Jellicoe at the Battle of Jutland.** A photo of him and his wife Jane (nee Mapplebeck) at their Golden wedding in 1953 surrounded by their children and grandchildren can be seen here. A fuller note can be seen here.

Capt VA Lawford and his wife Jane on their Golden Wedding  in 1953. Back Row: Denys, Valentine, Vincent, Paddy, Adrian, Patrick, Jeremy
Seated: Daphne, Sylvia Findlater, Capt VA, Jane, Peggy, Annette
Front Row: Piers, Herry, Michael, John Findlater, Patrick Findlater, Fairfax (Luxmoore)
Absent: Quentin Findlater and daughter Mary

My father Patrick's brief biography can be seen here.

My uncle Valentine Lawford did a great deal of work on the family history (as well as living a most interesting and eventful life himself). His papers survive and are maintained by my cousin Jeremy Lawford, while another cousin (though Jane's family), Charles Tilbury, has placed his diaries in the Churchill Library.

* Lawford Hall was built in the 1780s, but cannot be reliably traced to our line of Lawfords except for the fact that it bears the family coat of arms. They used to be over the main door, but have now been moved inside due to rainwater problems.

** Capt John Lawford (later Admiral Sir John) was in 1794 acquitted in a court marshal known as the 'Wreck of the Ten Sail' and commanded a ship of the line under Nelson in the Battle of Copenhagen. but his link with our family line is uncertain. Warships named 'HMS Lawford' (named after Admiral Sir John whose sword is in the National Maritime Museum) were sunk in both 1917 and 1944, the latter bearing silver donated by the family.

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