|Byron Viner Basil Noel (1880-1959)|
[Image from An Isle of Greece: the Noels of Euboea]
Though Frank Noel disliked his son Byron's wife Muriel Baird, "that hairy woman" with the pet monkey, she was from a rather unconventional Scottish family, one that the famous poet Lord Byron, for whom her husband was named, would have undoubtedly approved. The Bairds were originally a minor landholding family in Old Monkland, Lanarkshire. Alexander Baird acquired Ury House, the centrepiece of a 1,500-acre estate in Kincardineshire (today Aberdeenshire) in 1854 for £120,000. On his death in 1862, childless, it was inherited by his brother John Baird (1798-1870), and then eight years later by John's 21-year-old elder son Alexander. In 1873, Alexander Baird of Ury House married Annette, daughter of Conservative party politician Sir Lawrence Palk, baronet (later 1st Baron Haldon). They had six children in nine years, before Annette Baird died at Ury House from complications resulting from the birth of their seventh child, Muriel Jane, in 1884. Alexander, who was created a baronet in 1897, never remarried. He was fluent in Arabic, and had a lifelong fascination with Egypt, where he had a house in Mattarieh, just outside Cairo. He spent increasing amounts of time there as the years went on, with his motherless children often joining him. He was involved in philanthropic projects, and served as president of the Permanent Arbitration Board in Egypt.
|Cairo in 1922|
MURIEL JANE BAIRD, b. 4 Apr. 1884 Ury House, Fetteresso, Kincardineshire, Scotland; d.s.p. 31 Dec. 1968 Scotland; m. 17 July 1909 Fetteresso Parish Church, BYRON VINER BASIL NOEL of Browns Hill, Irstead, Norfolk, b. 28 Nov. 1880 Achmetaga, Euboea (Evia), Greece, bap. 31 May 1881 St Paul Anglican Church, Athens; d.s.p. 23 Apr. 1959 Norwich Hospital, Norfolk, only son of Francis Edward Noel of Achmetaga (1844-1919, descended from Edward III) and Edith Ellen Viner (1856-1893).
Muriel (née Baird) Noel has an interesting ancestry, with her royal lines all coming to her through her maternal side, the Palks. First up are her two 18-generation lines of descent from Henry IV thru that monarch's illegitimate granddaughter Antigone, countess of Tancarville.
Henry IV had a son:
A1) Humphrey of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Gloucester (1390-1447), who had
A2) Antigone of Gloucester, illegit. (b. c.1420) m. 1) Henry Gray, 2nd Count of Tancarville (1420-1450, descended from Edward I), and had
A3) Richard, 1st Lord Gray of Powis (1436-1466) m. Margaret Audley (c.1441-1481, descended from Edward III), and had
A4) John, 2nd Lord Gray of Powis (1460-1494) m. Lady Anne Herbert (b. c.1460), and had
A5) John, 3rd Lord Gray of Powis (c.1485-1504) m. Margaret Dudley (c.1485-by 1525, descended from Edward III), and had
A6) Edward, 4th Lord Gray of Powis (1503-1551) = Jane Pount (d. 1583), and had
A7) Edward Gray of Buildwas Abbey, illegit. (c.1542-1592) m. Chrysogona Gifford (descended from Edward III), and had
A8) Chrysogona Gray (c.1590-c.1675) m. Sir Moreton Briggs, 1st Baronet of Haughton (c.1587-by 1647, descended from Edward I), and had
A9) Robert Briggs of Shrewsbury (c.1615-1701) m. Sarah Moreton (c.1620-1699), and had
A10) Martha Briggs (c.1640-1705) m. 2) Sir John Stonhouse, 2nd Baronet of Radley (c.1639-1700), and had
A11) Sir John Stonhouse, 3rd Baronet of Radley (c.1672-1733) m. 1) Mary Mellish (c.1675-1704), and had
|Martha (née Stonhouse) Vansittart|
- see Generation A12
A13) ANNE VANSITTART, b. 1738; d. 19 Aug. 1788 Haldon House, Kenn, Devon, bur. 26 Aug. 1788 St Michael & All Angels Church, Dunchideock, Devon; m. 7 Feb. 1761 St John the Baptist Church, Shottesbrooke, Sir ROBERT PALK, 1st Baronet of Haldon House, b. Ambrooke, Ashburton, Devon, bap. 16 Dec. 1717 Old Mission House, Ashburton; d. 29 Apr. 1798 Haldon House, bur. 7 May 1798 St Michael & All Angels Church, Dunchideock, son of Walter Palk of Lower Headborough Farm and Frances Abraham, and had a son A14 and a dau B14 (see below)
A14) Sir LAWRENCE PALK, 2nd Baronet of Haldon House, bap. 6 Mar. 1766 Fort St George, Madras, India; d. 20 June 1813 Mayfair, London, bur. 3 July 1813 St George Church, Shillingford, Devon; m. 15 May 1792 Marylebone, London, Lady DOROTHY ELIZABETH VAUGHAN, b. 13 May 1764 Mamhead House, Devon, bap. 6 Jan. 1765 St Thomas Church, Mamhead; d. 15 Feb. 1849 Mayfair, bur. 23 Feb. 1849 St Andrew Church, Enfield, Middlesex, dau. of Wilmot Vaughan, 1st Earl of Lisburne (1728-1800, descended from Edward III) and his 2nd wife Dorothy Shafto (c.1733-1805, descended from Edward III), and had
A15) Sir LAWRENCE VAUGHAN PALK, 3rd Baronet of Haldon House, b. 25 Apr. 1793 Westminster, London, bap. 30 May 1793 St George Hanover Square; d. 16 May 1860 Haldon House, bur. 23 May 1860 St Michael & All Angels Church, Dunchideock; m. 1st 9 Dec. 1815 St Peter Church, Tawstock, Devon, as her 2nd husband, his first cousin, ANNA ELEANORA WREY (see B15 below), and had
|1st Baron Haldon -|
see Generation A16
A17) Hon. ANNETTE MARIA PALK, b. 19 Sept. 1851 Haldon House, bap. 19 Oct. 1851 St Michael & All Angels Church, Dunchideock; d. 21 May 1884 Ury House, bur. Howff Park, Ury; m. 16 July 1873 St Peter Eaton Square, London, Sir ALEXANDER BAIRD, 1st Baronet of Ury, b. 22 Oct. 1849 Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland; d. 20 June 1920 Cairo, Egypt, son of John Baird of Ury House (1798-1870) and Margaret Findlay (d. 1883), and had
A18) MURIEL JANE BAIRD (1884-1968 - see details above), wife of Byron Noel
|Sir Bourchier Wrey, 7th Bt -|
see Generation B14
B14) ANNE PALK, bap. 3 Aug. 1764 Fort St George, Madras, India; d. 5 Sept. 1791 Tawstock Court, Devon, bur. 16 Sept. 1791 St Peter Church, Tawstock; m. 14 Mar. 1786 St John the Baptist Church, Shottesbrooke, as his 1st wife, Sir BOURCHIER WREY, 7th Baronet of Trebigh, b. 22 Feb. 1757 Tawstock Court, bap. 23 Feb. 1757 St Peter Church, Tawstock; d. 20 Nov. 1826 Holne Chase House, Ashburton, Devon, bur. 2 Dec. 1826 St Peter Church, Tawstock, son of Sir Bourchier Wrey, 6th Baronet of Trebigh (1715-1784, descended from Edward III) and his 2nd wife Ellen Thresher (1733-1813, descended from Edward III), and had
B15) ANNA ELEANORA WREY, b. 12 Jan. 1787 Tawstock Court, bap. 18 Jan. 1787 St Peter Church, Tawstock; d. 25 Jan. 1846 Dieppe, Normandy, France; m. 2nd 9 Dec. 1815 St Peter Church, Tawstock, as his 1st wife, her first cousin, Sir LAWRENCE VAUGHAN PALK, 3rd Baronet of Haldon House (see A15 above)
The next blogpost will expand on the entries for Muriel (née Baird) Noel, her mother and her siblings, in Ruvigny's Anne of Exeter volume.