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                                                THE  FINAL  YEARS  PART 2

 
                          MAY  JUNE   JULY  AUGUST 

                                                MAY

   

1 Sun  Rogation Sunday   

  

Rogation Sunday in the manuscript is written as ROG. S.  as the headline entry for 1o th of May 

Rogation Sunday is the Sunday preceeding Rogation Days, a period set aside for prayer and fasting in Western christianity.  You need to know your religion to be including such a term.  I have no doubt that Rev. CJB knew his religion  as maybe did Elwes but Wisden?  

4  Wed  Defeat of the French at Fuentes D'Onor 1811

Rev. Charles Cary Barnard a close friend and family member of the extended Elwes family had an ancestor who was in the 24th Regiment.  There are several battles commemorated in the Almanack where the link is that a member of the Barnard family belonged to a battle unit that fought at the battle mentioned.  The information source for these details was quite likely to have been Cannons Regimental Histories.

May 4th  Defeat of the French at Fuentes D'Onor 1811 Battle honours were earned by the 24th Regiment at this engagement 

5 Thurs  Ascension day  Lord F Beauclerk b. 1773

These 2 days are recorded but because they follow Easter and because Easter is on  different days each year these two days are also on different days of the year.  In the diary they are recorded as occurring  " 14  THURSDAY Ascenscion Holy Thursday"  and "17 SUN.  AF. AS "

 Also recorded on the 9th May is the birthday of Lord F. Beauclerk. 

Its not impossible that this man, the 4th son and 5th child of the Duke of St. Albans and his wife Lady Caroline Ponsonby and whose mother was Lady Caroline Cavendish from the Cavendish family knew the Elwes family.  In fact its almost certain.  Beauclerk was at Cambridge at the same time as F.E.C. Elwes's father and Elwes senior purchased in 1799 the Great Billing Estate from another member of the Cavendish  family. Furthermore,  It a quick study of gentleman cricketers indicates to me at least that there is preponderance of cricketers with connections to Cambridge and of course F.E.C. Elwes and his father have strong connections to Cambridge.  Whilst Wisden has minor claims to being the source for this entry these claims, in my opinion at least  pale into insignificance when compared to Elwes's.  It should also also be remembered as one match makes clear that Elwes was clearly a strong Cambridge supporter.  Lastly, most of the people listed have but one entry.  LFB has both his birth and death recorded. 

9 Mon     British Museum re-opens 

Almost this exact phrase "British Museum opens"  is used for the same day Saturday  May 9th. 

 

11 Wed  Perceval assassinated by Bellingham 1812   

In the shooting diary a gentleman by the name of Percival (different spelling ) takes a part.  Banking records show him as paying monies to Elwes presumably for the shooting.

I have recently learnt courtesy of William Barnard's family history "The Quest for Barnard Bear"  that a further ancestor of the Barnard family Anthony Rosenhagen was described as "Private Secretary to Prime Minister Perceval"

12 Madame Elizabeth, sister of Louis XVI guillotined 1794 

One can surely wonder exactly why Madame Elizabeth has been included within the Almanack  if this was Wisden's work.  Of Paris and the revolution years what did he know? However if it was Elwes and I am sure it was, there is an answer.  It is known that Elwes's father was in Paris in 1790 and was supposedly one of the last to leave before everything "kicked off" in 1792?  which would also indicate he may have been in Paris more than once.  Perhaps he even knew Madame Elizabeth.   A portrait was painted of him in Paris by society painter Ludwig Guttenbrun in 1790.  This portrait is now lost and is known only by a photograph.  The photograph shows Elwes Senior with long flowing locks all of his own, contrary to the prevailing use of periwigs.  According to family tradition this prompted Queen Marie Antoinette to inquire why he wore his own hair long as he did.  Frustratingly his reply has been lost and forgotten.

15 Sun  Whit Sunday 

This day is noted in the diary on the 24th May as 24. WHIT -  SUN.

16 Mon Whit Monday Battle of Albuerra 1811

This day is noted in the diary as 25. WHIT MONDAY

The Reverend Cary Barnard also had a relative serving in the 34th regiment.  This regiment fought at the Battle of Albuerra although the relative was not involved 

18  Wed  Oxford Trinity Term begins  Ember week 

The diary notes this same day as 27 WEDNESDAY  OX. T. B.

Those well versed in religious matters such as C.C. Barnard would understand the significance of "Ember Week"  

 

 17 Tues Whit Tuesday William Hooker b. 1796 

This day is noted in the diary as  26 WHIT TUESDAY 

William Hooker is a member of the Barnard family previously mentioned and his son Joseph Hooker married William Barnard's great grandmother Anne's sister Frances

20 Fri  The Hon. Admiral John Byng shot by order of a court - martial 1756  

 

This date is also incorrect. It was in fact 1757. 

Elwes makes a number of mistakes with dates.  This could be one reason for such early diligence on the part of  Wisden not to make mistakes and thus becoming a byword for accuracy. After a retreat to and defense at Fort St. Philllip in 1756 that lasted 2 months the 34th foot regiment watched themselves being abandoned by Admiral Byng.  (see earlier mention of 34th Foot)

28 Sat  Battle of Solebay (Southwold) Bay 1672

The most likely source for this entry is Motley's History of the Dutch Republic a copy of  which Elwes records reading in his diary 

30 Mon  Sir James Mackintosh d. 1832

There are some loose links but potential links between the Elwes family and Sir James Mackintosh.

Mackintosh visited France  and spoke French "uncommonly" well. Elwes's father certainly knew France and whilst in Paris circa 1790 had a portrait (now sadly lost) painted by Ludwig Gruttenbrun.  For a time Mackintosh lived close to Ware near where the Elwes family had an estate in the 18th century.  He knew Spencer Percival well enough to be offered a seat in Parliament.  The most likely reason  perhaps however for his inclusion  is that Sir James Mackintosh  died at Langham Place in London.  Elwes's father rented

Langham Hall in Suffolk from Sir Patrick Blake.  A half brother of Elwes is recorded as dying in infancy at Langham Hall.

                                                                              JUNE

June   2  Benj. Aislabie, Esq. d1842 aetat 68

 

One of the more unexpected cricketers to be included.  He has some of the least impressive  if not the worst ever cricket averages. He was also a cricket administrator.  Hardly reason enough to be included. However,  his surname although spelt differently is pronounced the same was as the place where  Elwes and his brother rented a hall in Yorkshire.  They rented Aislaby Hall Aislaby .  This is also one of the correspondence addresses given by Elwes in his Lords Membership details. 

 

June 6  Jeremy Bentham, the jurist, d. 1832

 

Yet another bizarre entry for Wisden to have chosen were it Wisden's choice.  I mean Why? Jeremy Bentham.  What possible reason?  The link to Elwes is the diary entry that a man of the name  Bentham is recorded as being present at a musical entertainment at Elwes's house.

June 7  William Warburton, Bishop of Gloucester d. 1779

I can only find the most tenuous of connections to Elwes.  Another member of the same family owned Colesbourne Park a distance of 11 miles from Gloucester.

 

June  8

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