COULTHARD FAMILY HISTORY
A Branch from Cumberland and Anglesey
Written by Jill Coulthard, wife
of Captain John M. Coulthard, Master Mariner
THE COULTHARD CHILDREN (2)
TAKEN ABOUT 1895/6 THIS PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS
TAMAR BROCKLEBANK, HER BROTHER (MOST LIKELY WILLIAM)
LIZZIE COULTHARD AND FANNY COWARD (SISTER OF MARY JANE)
Aunt Tamar Brocklebank made a will on 26 April 1894 in which she divided her money and possessions between her Coulthard and Brocklebank nephews and nieces. This appeared to be subject to periodic variations and a note scribbled on the back of a copy of one of them sheds a bit more light on the family situation at the time.
"Richardson's dance 8 January 1896. Girls are friends with Aunt."
"Aunt went to George 1st Dance with Girls from Montague where she (Aunt) left her clothes for 2nd dance but in the meantime they had the row."
By this time Lizzie was 27 and Pattie 25 and it appears they lived at a Montague House in Beaumaris, perhaps named after the Montague House in Oxton which had been a previous home. Presumably Bryn Aethwy was too large for the scattering family and had been given up. One of Elsie's letters implies that Aunt Tamar was a bit of a battleaxe so maybe the "girls" resented oversupervision at their age.
1896 was to be an eventful year for the family. On 2 May Fred received another glowing letter of recommendation from Captain L. Lloyd, Master of "Crompton". He left "Crompton" in New York and signed on "St. Enoch", a ship of 360hp which he left in Antwerp on 23 May. The following month he received a letter from his Uncle Grice Brocklebank relating to legacies which Fred had received from his uncles George and John which amounted to some £378. Grice suggests he talks to uncle William and his brother Bob about investing the money and if necessary he, uncle Jim (James Brocklebank) and Jack will have a think about it too.
Grice adds that he has met a capital man as Coach in Navigation etc. presumably as Fred was up for 2nd Mates which he passed the following September. Grice invites him to stay whenever he feels like it. At some time after this Fred joined the "North Star".
A somewhat surprising event took place on 1 September 1896 when the hitherto unmarried William Brocklebank of Plas, then aged 54, was joined in matrimony to Miss Rose Blanche Emmott of Broughton, Hampshire. The bride was aged 29 but the 25 year age gap may not have been surprising to her as there had been a similar one between her own parents. What is more surprising is how William managed to meet and court this young lady who lived at the opposite end of the country. However, her father and grandfather had been farmers so it was possible that they had come into contact in that milieu.
The ceremony took place at St. Barnabas church, Southampton and the witnesses were Robert (Bob) Coulthard and Rose Blanche's brother Philip Edward. William gave his address as The Royal Hotel, Southampton whilst Rose Blanche gave another address in the city. They returned to live at Plas.
On 6 October 1896 the Furniture and Effects at Montague House, Beaumaris were valued by John Pritchard, Auctioneer and Valuer, Bangor and apportioned between the children.
Bob had most of the items from the Breakfast Room including an Oak Telescope Dining Table, couch, Oil Painting, Books and the crested silver which his son Roy says had come down from the Rev. Robert Coulthard. From the Dining Room he had a rare engraving of High Street, Oxford, 2 crayon drawings of Mr. & Mrs. Brocklebank, a portrait painting "John Fox" etc. Other items of furniture from the house in all totalling £101.14.6. One wonders what happened to the paintings.
Jack had a Marble Timepiece with bronze Marli Horses and a pair of bronze Ewer Ornaments on stands, a painted wardrobe and some odd lots totalling £12.4.6. Lizzie had several reasonably good items of furniture and effects totalling £110.6.3. Pattie had carpets, curtains and effects totalling £95.7.3. Percy had a mahogany wardrobe with one hanging compartment, three sliding shelves and three drawers valued at £7.10.0. One presumes that Fred being single and away at sea had no use for any of the items.
The reason for the dissolution of Montague House was the imminent marriages of Lizzie and Pattie and therefore the end of Aunt Tamar's tenure as chaperone and guardian of the two unmarried young ladies. With William Brocklebank's marriage she was also no longer needed as the female superintendent of the household at Plas. At this stage or maybe even earlier Tamar appears to have removed herself to Parciau Farm at Llanfairisgaer on the shore road just north of Caernarvon.
PARCIAU OR PARKIA FARM NEAR CAERNARVON
LAST HOME OF TAMAR BROCKLEBANK AND LATER HOME OF HER BROTHER
WILLIAM BROCKLEBANK AND HIS FAMILY
PATTIE under her official name of MARTHA married James Herbert Rees 22 October 1896 at St. Mary's, Menai Bridge. Herbert was a Bank Cashier and they lived at Bronsiriol, Llanbeblig, Caernarvon. They had just one son, Harold, who later married a Welsh girl and had a daughter Kathleen. Pattie was known as the "fey" one of the family and according to Marjorie Armitage was great fun. They used to enjoy consulting fortune tellers together.
Around the same time, although I do not have a date at present so am not sure if it was a double wedding or slightly later, LIZZIE married Edward Morgan Hughes again at Menai Bridge. Ned was a Civil Engineer and Ship's Draughtsman. They lived at Great Crosby in Liverpool where Lizzie spent the rest of her life. Ned and Lizzie had three sons, Eric Coulthard Hughes born late 1897 who sadly died in WWI, Frederick Max (Max Hughes) in 1899 and Alan about 1903.
On 8 December 1896 Bob Coulthard rented "Treffos" next to Gadlys near to Llansadwrn and only about a mile from Plas. "Treffos was a very old Welsh Estate and the owner at one time was Bishop Anian of Bangor who baptised King Edward II at Caernarvon in 1284. By the year 1543 Treffos belonged to Sir Richard Bulkeley. About 1532 Thomas, son of Richard Wynne purchased a portion of the land and built the present mansion. In 1820 Mr. Owen Owens bought another portion and built the abode called Gadlys." Treffos is currently an Independent Day School.
Latterly on 22 December 1896 Tamar Brocklebank died at Parciau and was buried in the churchyard of Llanfairisgaer down by the shore.
William and Rose Blanche Brocklebank had lost no time in starting a family when Phyllis Elizabeth Brocklebank was born in autumn 1897 in Llandegfan, presumably at Plas. After this they left Plas and settled at Parciau Farm where William described himself at his children's baptisms at Llanfairisgaer Church as a Gentleman Farmer. John Keele Brocklebank was born there on 21 November 1898 but sadly only lived for three months. John Lionel was born in 1902, Winifred Blanche in 1903, Betty in 1906 and James Clifton in 1909. William himself died 11 February 1915 and was buried alongside his sister at Llanfairisgaer. Rose Blanche never remarried and died in Cheltenham in 1855 aged 87. Her daughters Winifred Blanche and Betty also lived in that town dying unmarried respectively in 1992 aged 89 and 1994 aged 88. I could find no record of John Lionel marrying but he died in Surrey in 1980 aged 77 nor any further information on James Clifton. Phyllis married Denis W. Aldridge in 1897 at Llandegfan but I have found no children for them. It therefore appears that this line died out unless further information to the contrary is discovered.
On 1901 census Grice Brocklebank and family were installed at Plas where he described himself as a farmer and with some of his children noted as speaking Welsh as well as English. As Grice had been a Bookkeeper and Cashier in Liverpool all his working life this was something of a transformation. However by 1912 when his daughter Nora married he had returned to the Wirral and was living in Hoylake where he and Rebecca remained for the rest of their lives. So presumably Plas devolved out of Brocklebank hands.
LLANFAIRISGAER CHURCH NEAR CAERNARVON
WHERE WILLIAM BROCKLEBANK'S CHILDREN WERE BAPTISED AND
WHERE WILLIAM AND HIS SISTER TAMAR WERE BURIED
After the exciting events of 1896, shockwaves were felt throughout the entire family when it was learned that Fred, then 3rd Officer of "North Star" had died on 28 September 1897 at sea off the south-east coast of Africa from Typhoid Fever. He was only 22 and it was evident had a promising career ahead of him. At this time Lizzie was expecting or had just had her first child, Eric, and it was not known how to break this grim news to her. She had always had a motherly interest in the younger children since her own mother had died followed by her elder sister Kate. It seems that Bob undertook this unwelcome task. Both Lizzie and Jack gave the name Frederick to one of their sons though they were known by their other names of Max and Noel.
In the summer of 1898 Bob Coulthard and Elsie Park were married most probably at Pennington Church near Ulverston. They returned to Treffos where there son Robert (Roy) was born in 1899 followed by a daughter Kathleen Avis Elizabeth (Kay) in 1903. At some time later Bob and Elsie moved back north where they lived at Colton House near Greenodd which was then in the Furness area of Lancashire and is now part of Cumbria. They became well known judges at Fur and Feather Shows, settling into the life of country gentlefolk.
The last of the children to marry was the youngest, Percy, who at the age of 23 married the slightly older Mary Newton on 5 June 1900 near to Mary's home at Hazel Mount. They lived at Lane Foot near Kendal which Percy farmed and they also undertook the care of Mary's brother Wilfred.
THE WEDDING OF PERCY COULTHARD AND MARY NEWTON 5 JUNE 1900
PATTIE AND JACK CAN BE RECOGNISED STANDING 4TH AND 3RD FROM RIGHT
BOB WITH HIS WIFE ELSIE AND POSSIBLY HER MOTHER ARE SEATED IMMEDIATELY RIGHT
IT WOULD BE FASCINATING TO KNOW THE IDENTITY OF THE OTHER RELATIONS AND GUESTS
Percy and Mary had three children at Lane Foot - Mary Lesley (Lesley) in 1901, Percy Neil (Neil) in 1904 and Marjorie in 1907. Lesley suffered from asthma and so they were recommended to try the climate of South Africa for her health. They decided to settle there and as Wilfred was not allowed by his Trustees to leave the country it was arranged that he stay in England to be cared for by other relations of the family. He had been left a substantial Trust Fund to ensure his welfare for life.
In due time, Lesley married Claud Venn, Neil married firstly Ruth Pinker then Grace George and Marjorie married James (Jim) Armitage. This branch is now by far the most numerous of all the descendants of Robert Coulthard and Ann Brocklebank.
Lizzie Hughes and Mary Coulthard kept up a lifelong correspondence with Lizzie sending children's comics and other goods to the South African side of the family. Mary, Lesley and Marjorie came back to England for visits but apparently Percy and probably Neil never did. It is interesting that many of the male descendants of Percy and Mary continued with farming and agricultural pursuits.
Of the others, Kate died without children, Bob's two children both died unmarried, Jack's son Frank was the only one of his five to have children, Lizzie's son Max had a son Peter but it is not known what later became of this family, Pattie had a granddaughter Kathleen but again little further is known of her whilst Fred died unmarried.
Of the remaining older generation.....
BOB was the first to die at Colton House on 27 February 1930. His daughter Kay died the following year after a routine operation. His son Roy saw distinguished service in the Royal Flying Corps during WWI after which he became a Government Vet in Nigeria. Elsie then lived virtually alone at Colton House until her own death on 23 April 1952 at the age of 88.
JACK died on 30 June 1931 at Summer Hill, Beaumaris the retirement home granted to him by the Bulkeley Estate. May lived until April 1943 and their daughter Gwen continued to live in the house until her own death.
LIZZIE died at Crosby on 1 November 1937. Her husband Ned survived her.
PERCY died 26 February 1938 in South Africa surviving his wife Mary by only a few hours.
PATTIE was the last of Robert and Annie's children to die in 1948.
SO WE HAVE TRACED THE HISTORY OF THIS PARTICULAR COULTHARD FAMILY FOR OVER 150 YEARS FROM THE MARRIAGE OF ALEXANDER COULTHARD AND MARY WILKINSON IN 1795 TO THE DEATH OF THEIR LAST SURVIVING GREAT-GRANDCHILD. I HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED READING THEIR STORY.
FOR JACK'S DESCENDANTS THE LONG ASSOCIATION WITH ANGLESEY AND THE MENAI STRAITS CONTINUED UNTIL 13 DECEMBER 1986 WHEN FRANK'S WIDOW BETTY DIED. IT WAS INDEED THE END OF AN ERA.