TODO: Straighten this out
Aubrey Wallis was the last of the Wallis Family to own Drishane Castle and estate. …….
HENRY AUBREY BEAUMONT WALLIS, late of Drishane Castle, Co. Cork, J.P. and later of Roskrow-Penryn, Cornwall. [details]
Born on 4 July, 1861 to Major John Richard Smyth Wallis (1828-1868) and Octavia Willoughby (unknown-1901) . Third in a family of four children (siblings details below) [ref].
His father died in 1868, and Henry is the heir to the estate.
1868 Referred to as Aubrey Willoughby Wallis in a newspaper – this may have been a mistake on the part of the reporter though [TODO: clarify]
1871 Census: Living in St George Hanover Square, Belgrave, London, with his mother, and sister Eva Violet.
He was commonly known as Aubrey Wallis [ref], though the people of Millstreet knew him as “the Minor”.
Married firstly: 1 March, 1883, in Kidderpore, Bengal, India, to Elizabeth Caroline, eldest dau. of Hon. Albert Yelverton Bingham, 5th son of the 3rd Lord Clanmorris (see BURKES Peerage), and by her has issue. From him she obtained a divorce by Act of Parliament 1906. [Read our article on that divorce]
1885: Birth of a son: HENRY DIGBY, late Lieut. Scots Guards (Guards Club), b. 3 June, 1885. [ref: article on Digby]
1886 – January – He had been living at ‘The Grange’ in Auckland, NZ, but sold all his possessions and moved back to England [ref]
He is credited with opening the new houses at Minor Row [ref], which were named after him.
1888: Daughter: Audrey Beatrice Jean, b. 23 Jan. 1888 ; m. 5 Jan. 1909, Francis Ivan Oscar Brickmann, 119th Infantry, Indian Army; divorced in 1921; married Capt. Robert Law, M.C., of Rosnaree, Slane, Co. Meath on June 4th 1921; died 28 Oct 1961. (see below for further details)
1901 – Aubrey appears in the 1901 Census of England, as head of the house at 128 Piccadilly, a Gentelman’s club at the time called the Piccadilly Club.
1906 – Divorced (Read our detailed article)
1907, 11th February: Married 2ndly, to Julia Mary Catharine Curteis, widow of Edward Witherden Curteis, Capt. 24 Regiment, and only dau. and heir of Mrs. Wright (see WRIGHT of Moltram Hall, Cheshire).
1911 – Appears in the Census of England, as head of the house with his wife Julia Mary Catherine, a visitor, and seven servants (a butler, a footman, a pantry boy, a housekeeper, two housemaids, and a kitchen maid). Address: Roskrow, Penryn, Cornwall. His occupation is stated as “Justice of the Peace for County Cork”
1913: Became Master
1914: Death of his son Digby in Belgium in WWI
1916: On the death of his mother-in-law Julia Catherine Wright (88), he changed his surname from Wallis to Wallis-Wright, to protect the Wright surname.
1920: Gave up the Mastership of the Woodland Pytchley Hounds, and sold his pack of Kerry Beagles which had been in the family for generations.
1922: His wife Julia died on 18 Sep 1922, aged 64.
Passed away on 20 Apr 1926 in the Piccadilly Hotel, London
note: Have yet to figure out where he got the “Major” part of his name
Aubrey’s Family Tree
OHN RICHARD SMYTH WALLIS, (5 June 1828 – 27 Oct 1868) of Drishane Castle, J.P., High Sheriff, 1857, Capt. 4th Dragoon Guards;
Married 1st Sept. 1853, Octavia Willoughby, and by her (who m. 2ndly, 4 April, 1872, Sir G. H. Beaumont, gth bart., of Cole Orton Hall, Co. Leicester, and d. 19 June, 1901) had:
- Digby Henry Willoughby, (2 June 1854 – 18 July 1858) buried 31st Jul 1858 in Drishane Parish Cemery.
- Eva Octavia Augusta Willoughby, (b. 5 Jun 1859 in Drishane – 28 March 1860)
- HENRY AUBREY BEAUMONT, (1861-1926) now of Drishane Castle (see below).
- Eva Violet Amelia Gwen Willoughby, (24 Dec 1868 – 16 Jan 1929)
Married 29 June 1888 in Brentford, Maj. Edgar St. John Christophers, D.S.O. (1861-1924). Divorced 21st March 1906, and had issue.
- Violet Dorothy Agnes Christophers, Lady (Dorothy) (1889–1970), married George Malcolm Hilbery Sir (1883–1965)
- Digby Richard Nugent Christophers (1890–), married Kathleen Griggs (1895–)
HENRY AUBREY BEAUMONT WALLIS, of Drishane Castle, Co. Cork, J.P., and later of Roskrow, Penryn, Cornwall, (4 July, 1861 – 20 Apr 1926);
Married first, 1 March 1883, Elizabeth Caroline, eldest dau. of Hon. Albert Yelverton Bingham, 5th son of the 3rd Lord Clanmorris. From him she obtained a divorce by Act of Parliament 1906. [TODO add link to profile]. They had issue:
- HENRY DIGBY, late Lieut. Scots Guards (Guards Club), b. 3 June, 1885. d. October 1914 in St. Julien, France in WWI. [TODO: link to his article when published]
- Audrey Beatrice Jean, 23 Jan. 1888 – 28 Oct 1961;
Married 5 Jan. 1909, Francis Ivan Oscar Brickmann, 119th Infantry, Indian Army; divorced in 1921; no issue.
Married Capt. Robert Law, M.C., of Rosnaree, Slane, Co. Meath on June 4th 1921.
from “Baily’s Magazine of Sports and Passtimes 1919”:
There are very few men in the Kingdom today who could boast of a more brilliant or a more successful career in sport than Major Aubrey Wallis-Wright, Farming Woods Hall, Brigstock, Northsmpyonshire, and Master of the Woodland Pytchley Hounds. Born on July 4th, 1861, at Drishane Castle, Co.Cork, Major Wallis-Wright was the son of Mr.John Richard Smyth Wallis, High Sheriff of Co.Cork in 1857. In 1883 Major Wallis-Wright married Elizabeth Caroline, eldest daughter of the Hon. Yelverton Bingham, fifth son of Lord Clanmorris, by whom he had one son and a daughter. The former Lieutenant Henry Digby Wallis, Coldstream Guards, was killed at Ypres during October, 1914, The death of this gallant son proved a heavy blow to the Master of the Woodland and Pytchley. An extraordinary affection and spirit of camaraderie existed between father and son, and it was the dream of the former’s life that his heir and the “last of the line” should take over the family pack of Kerry Beagles on his retirement from office.
In 1907 Major Wallis-Wright married Julia Mary Catherine, window of the late Captain EW Curteis, who on the death of her mother Mrs Julia Catherine Wright, succeeded to the Mottram estates, Cheshire. In September 1916, the surname of … (there’s 2 more page on Aubrey in the article, but are not currently availbale)
Julia Mary Catherine Wallis-Wright
Birth Date: 1858
Burial Date: 18 Sep 1922
Burial Place: St Peter, Stockport, Cheshire, England
TODO: find out more about her
ELIZABETH CAROLINE BINGHAM was the daughter of Hon. Albert Yelverton Bingham and Caroline Begbie.
She married, firstly, Henry Aubrey Beaumont Wallis on 1 March 1883.
She and Henry Aubrey Beaumont Wallis were divorced in 1906 by Act of Parliament.
She married, secondly, William John Wallace, son of Captain Henry Ritchie Wallace, on 27 July 1906. He died on 1st April 1908.
She married, thirdly, Major Alan Rowley Sale-Hill, son of General Sir Rowley Sale-Hill and Caroline Sophia Sale, on 8 August 1914.
She died on 1 July 1924. [details]
Aubrey’s Mother: Octavia Willoughby was born illegitimately. She was the daughter of Digby Willoughby, 7th Baron Middleton. She married, firstly, Major John Richard Smyth Wallis on 01 Sep 1853. She married, secondly, Sir George Howland Beaumont, 9th Bt. , son of Sir George Howland Willoughby Beaumont, 8th Bt. and Mary Anne Howley , on 4 April 1872 in St. Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, London, England She died Dame Octavia Willoughby Beaumont on 19 June 1901 at 66 Cromwell Road, London, England. She was buried in Cole Orton, Leicestershire, England. Her will was probated, at ¹12,196. Her will was probated at £12,196, which, using the most modestcomparator, would be over a million pounds today, or rather more than four million comparing average wages. A lady of means indeed! [ref1] [ref2]
This is where the name “Beaumont” comes from.
TODO re-file this:
CHRISTOPHERS Eva Violet Amelia Gwen Willoughby of the Gardens Hotel 47 Stanhope-gardens South Kensington Middlesex widow died 16 January 1929 at 7 Knaresborough place South Kensington Probate London 7 March to Arthur Pollock solicitor. Effects £8048 18s 6d. [Index of Wills and Administration 1929]
The Kerry Black and Tans.
It is interesting to learn that the fine pack of Kerry Beagles,
which are showing sport in the Woodland Pytchley country, will
shortly come into the market, Major Aubrey Wallis-Wright having
decided to give up the Mastership . These black-and-tan hounds
have been in the Master’s family for many generations, and are
famous for their hunting qualities. Originally they were hunted
in Ireland, then went into the Ribblesdale pack and hunted the
wild buck in Lancashire and Yorkshire . Major Wallis-Wright got
the strain back, and formed a pack which hunted the Four Burrow
country in Cornwall . When he accepted the Mastership of the
Woodland Pytchley in 1913 he took the Kerry Hounds with him.
They are remarkably powerful hounds, the dogs averaging 25 ins.
and the bitches 231 ins. They have exceptional bone, and not a
single hound stands over at the knees. Major Wallis-Wright has
bred them with the utmost care, using only sires and dams that
have well proved their working ability. An offshoot of the
Pytchley country, the Woodland has always been noted for the
superior quality of its hounds. When Lord Lonsdale hunted the
country he brought one of the finest packs in the kingdom from
the Blanknev kennels. His successor, Mr. Austin Mackenzie,
brought his own hounds from the Old Berkeley country, and when
he gave up the Mastership fourteen years later he sold the pack for
5,000 guineas, Mr. W. M. Wroughton buying the bitches for
£3,000 and lending them to Lord Southampton, who hunted the
country for a couple of seasons. Mr. E. A. V. Stanley also had a
very fine pack at the Brigstock kennels. In regard to working
quality the present pack compares favourably with any of its predecessors, and the black-and-tans are likely to be keenly sought
after. [Polo Monthly 1920]
Polo Players as M .F .H’s.
Polo players are likely to he strongly represented on the list
of M.F.H.’s next season. Captain George Renyille, for example,
has arranged to take Major Aubrey Wallis-Wright’s place in the
command of the Woodland Pytchley Hounds. He should make
an excellent M .F.H . He has been getting his hand in this winter
by helping his old friend, Mr. Isaac Bell, with the Kilkenny
Hounds. The keenest of sportsmen, Captain Bellville is generally
popular. Polo readers will remember the dashing games he used
to put up for the Old Cantabs, helping that grand team to win
seyeral Champion Cups. Unfortunately, the bad wound he
receiyed early in the war prevented him from playing polo last
summer, when he had to content himself with serying as official
umpire of the chief Ranelagh matches. [Polo Monthly 1920]
NOTICE is hereby given, that HENRY AUBREY BEAUMONT WALLIS (now or
lately called Henry Aubrey Beaumont Wallis-Wright), of Keythorpe, in the parish of Tugfby and county of Leicester, Gentleman, a natural born British subject, has by deed poll, duly enrolled in His Majesty’s College of Arms on the third day of January instant, assumed and adopted the surname of Wallis in lieu of his previous surname of Wallis-Wright. and intends henceforth upon all occasions to sign and subscribe himself and be styled in all legal and other documents by the surname of Wallis in lieu of and in substitution for his former surname of Wallis-Wright.—Dated the third day of January,1923. [THE LONDON GAZETTE, 5 JANUARY, 1923. p195]
WALLIS Henry Aubrey Beaumont of Keythorpe Leicertershire died 20 April 1926 at the Piccadilly Hotel Piccadilly Middlesex. Probate London 7 July to the Public Trustee. Effects £60383 9s 10d. [Index of Wills and Administration 1926]