|Lawrence Palk, 1st Baron Haldon|
|Sir Robert Palk, 1st Bt (1717-1798)|
|Caricature of 2nd Baron Haldon in Vanity Fair|
|Haldon House, Devon. The main house was demolished in 1920.|
What remains has been made into a hotel.
|Lidiana (née Maichlé), Mdlle. Minska|
|3rd Baron Haldon (1869-1933)|
Lawrence Edward Broomfield Palk succeeded as 4th Baron Haldon at the age of thirty-six, and the new 20th-century head of the family was a far cry from the 18th-century family founder and first baronet, Sir Robert Palk. He started off promisingly enough: he was placed in Beaumont College, a Jesuit-run prep school known familiarly as the "Catholic Eton." On the outbreak of World War I, Lawrence Edward followed in his father's footsteps and enrolled with the Royal Engineers, serving with them in Gallipoli, Egypt and Mesopotamia, and rising to the rank of Captain. But on his return to England after the war, he went AWOL in London in June 1919, then was court-martialed in September for bouncing cheques. This was a harbinger of things to come. Later in life, the disgraced and impoverished heir would ascribe "a harum-scarum youth" as the reason for at various times working as "an engineer, soldier, flax-farmer in Kenya, cinema actor, furniture salesman, and even a cook on a cargo boat." What he failed to include in his list was convicted thief.
|St John Churchyard, Toft, Cheshire|
|Palk of Haldon coat of arms|
[Sable, an eagle, displayed, argent,
beaked and membered or, within a
bordure, engrailed, of the second]
Succeeding as 5th Baron Haldon was Lt-Col. E. Arthur Palk, the only surviving son of the 1st Baron Haldon. He was an 84-year-old veteran of the South African War, a childless widower who had been living in seclusion as an invalid at Little Testwood House, in the Hampshire parish of Totton. It was hardly on the scale of Haldon House, where the octogenarian had grown up, but it was comfortable and respectable. Five months later in January 1939, the fifth and final Baron Haldon died in his bed, but though he came to a peaceful end, his title did not. Scandal hadn't quite finished with the Barons Haldon. Two months later on March 15th, the papers announced that "yesterday Lady Haldon of Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, widow of the 4th Lord Haldon who died in August last year, gave birth at her country residence at Toft near Knutsford, Chershire on Monday night. The baby will be christened Lawrence Edward Broomfield after his father." It took over a year for the truth to out:
|Lizzie Summers aka|
'Lady Marcia Clive'
|Ruvigny's account of the 1st Baron Haldon and his descendants|
from his 1907 Exeter volume pp. 130-131
|2nd Baron Haldon (1846-1903)|
Issue of 1st Baron and Maria Harriet (Hesketh) Haldon:
1) LAWRENCE HESKETH PALK, 2nd Baron Haldon of Haldon, b. 6 Sept. 1846 Haldon House, bap. 27 Nov. 1846 St Andrew Church, Kenn; d. 31 Dec. 1903 Fulham, Middlesex; m. 30 Sept. 1868 St Andrew Church, Shrivenham, Berkshire (separated 1883), Hon. CONSTANCE MARY BARRINGTON, b. 16 Jan. 1847 Beckett House, Shrivenham, bap. 6 Apr. 1847 St Andrew Church, Shrivenham; d. 2 May 1926 Palazzo Capomazza di Campolatta, Naples, Italy, est. dau. of George William, 7th Viscount Barrington (1824-1886, descended from Edward III) and Isabel Elizabeth Morritt (1826-1898), and had issue, two sons and two daughters.
Issue of 2nd Baron and Constance Mary (Barrington) Haldon:
1A) LAWRENCE WILLIAM PALK, 3rd Baron Haldon of Haldon, b. 13 July 1869 Grosvenor Gardens, London, bap. 29 July 1869 St Paul Knightsbridge, London; d. 12 Jan. 1933 Stratton Cottage 'Hospital', Cornwall, bur. 17 Jan. 1933 St Andrew Churchyard, Kenn; m. 1st 10 Feb. 1893 St James Church, Westminster, as her 3rd husband[*1], LIDIANA AMALIA CREZENCIA (MAICHLÉ) DREW (FORSSELL), London actress under stage name 'Mdlle. Minska', b. c.1856 Switzerland (per 1891 Census of England & Wales); d. 26 Nov. 1928 Marylebone, London, bur. St Mary Catholic Cemetery, Kensal Green, Middlesex, dau. of Jacob William Maichlé, officer Imperial Russian Army(?), and had issue, one son; m. 2nd 29 Jan. 1929 Westminster, London, as her 2nd husband, EDITH CASTLE (BIGGS) BRIGHTMAN, bap. 13 Oct. 1867 St James Church, Bristol, Gloucestershire; d. 1 May 1930 Brighton, Sussex, widow of Ernest Charles Brightman of Cotham Park, boot manufacturer and dealer (1864-1915), and dau. of William Ball Biggs of Clifton, merchant (1836-1911) and Mary Louisa Tovey (1836-1915).
|Hon. Lawrence Charles Walter Palk|
Issue of 3rd Baron and Lidiana (Maichlé) (Drew) (Forssell) Haldon:
1A1) LAWRENCE EDWARD BROOMFIELD PALK, 4th Baron Haldon of Haldon, b. 13 May 1896 Mosman, New South Wales, Australia; d. unm. 16 Aug. 1938 Westminster Hospital, London, bur. 19 Aug. 1938 St John Churchyard, Toft, Cheshire.
1B) Hon. LAWRENCE CHARLES WALTER PALK of Belgravia, lieutenant-colonel Hampshire regiment, b. 28 Sept. 1870 Haldon House, bap. 16 Nov. 1870 St Andrew Church, Kenn; k. unm. in action 1 July 1916 Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, Picardy, France, bur. Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, Picardy.
|Hon. Florence Annette Palk|
1D) Hon. MARY EVELYN PALK, b. 28 Oct. 1875 South Kensington, London; d. unm. 1 Feb. 1966 Isle of Thanet District Hospital, Margate, Kent.
2) Lt. ROBERT HENRY PALK, 23rd (Royal Welch) Fusiliers, b. 3 Oct. 1848 Haldon House, bap. 18 Mar. 1849 St Michael & All Angels Church, Dunchideock, Devon; d. unm. (of malaria contracted in Gibraltar) 6 Mar. 1878 Grosvenor Gardens, London, bur. 13 Mar. 1878 St Andrew Churchyard, Kenn.
3) Lt. WALTER GEORGE PALK, Royal Horse Artillery, b. 22 Nov. 1849 Haldon House, bap. 16 Dec. 1849 St Michael & All Angels Church, Dunchideock; d. unm. (of fever) 1 May 1876 Ambala, Haryana, India.
4) Hon. ANNETTE MARIA PALK, b. 19 Sept. 1851 Haldon House, Kenn, bap. 19 Oct. 1851 St Michael & All Angels Church, Dunchideock, Devon; d. 21 May 1884 Ury House, Fetteresso, Kincardineshire, Scotland, 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 issue, two sons and five daughters.
5) Hon. EVELYN ELIZABETH PALK, b. 6 Mar. 1853 Haldon House, bap. 3 Apr. 1853 St Michael & All Angels Church, Dunchideock; d. 10 Feb. 1935 Littlecroft, Headington Hill, Oxford; m. 26 Apr. 1882 St Paul Knightsbridge, London, Maj. ERNEST GAMBIER PARRY of Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, b. 25 Oct. 1853 Highnam Court, bap. 11 Dec. 1853 Holy Innocents Church, Highnam; d. there 15 Apr. 1936, bur. 18 Apr. 1936 Holy Innocents Church, Highnam, son of Thomas Gambier Parry of Highnam Court (1816-1888) and his 2nd wife Ethelinda Lear (1826-1896), and had issue, two sons.
|Gambier Parry coat of arms|
[Argent, a fesse between
three lozenges sable]
Issue of Hon. Evelyn Elizabeth (Palk) and Ernest Gambier Parry:
5A) THOMAS ROBERT GAMBIER PARRY of Oxford, Keeper Oriental Dept. Bodleian Library 1931-35, b. 13 Feb. 1883 Belgravia, London, bap. 1 Apr. 1883 Holy Innocents Church, Highnam; d. unm. 15 Feb. 1935 Oxford, bur. 20 Feb. 1935 Holy Innocents Church, Highnam.
5B) (THOMAS) MARK GAMBIER PARRY of Highnam Court, b. 29 May 1884 Belgravia, bap. 5 July 1884 Holy Innocents Church, Highnam; d. unm. 9 Aug. 1966 Highnam Court, bur. 15 Aug. 1966 Holy Innocents Church, Highnam.
6) EDWARD ARTHUR PALK, 5th Baron Haldon of Haldon, b. 26 June 1854 Portman Square, London, bap. 10 July 1854 St George Hanover Square; d.s.p. 11 Jan. 1939 Little Testwood House, Totton, Hampshire; m. 18 July 1883 St Swithin Church, Shobrooke, Devon, CHARLOTTE FRANCES SHELLEY, b. 21 May 1855 Bere Ferrers, Devon, bap. 17 June 1855 St Andrew Church, Bere Ferrers; d.s.p. 12 Jan. 1931 Little Testwood House, only dau. of Rev. Sir Frederick Shelley, 8th Baronet of Michelgrove (1809-1869, descended from Edward III) and Charlotte Martha Hippisley (1812-1893).
|Little Testwood House, Totton, Hampshire|
[*1] Lidiana Maichlé m. 1st (allegation 23 Apr.) 1881 St James Westminster, Delos Fenimore Drew, ticketing agent, b. 29 Nov. 1853 Michigan, USA; d. 10 Aug. 1886 Chicago, Illinois, USA, bur. Oakwood Cemetery, Adrian, Lenawee County, Michigan, son of Daniel Delos Drew of Chicago, ticketing agent (c.1830-1884); m. 2nd 26 Oct. 1886 Registrar Office, Strand, London (alleged divorce Oct 1892 Stockholm, Sweden), Erik Fredrik Bolvid Forssell of Sweden.
It's interesting to note that of the twelve adult grandchildren of the 1st Baron Haldon, only five went on to have children themselves, and that today, the only living descendants of the 1st Baron Haldon are those of his elder daughter, Hon. Annette Baird.
The next blogpost will look at a line of descent from Edward III for Maria Harriet (née Hesketh), Lady Haldon, that is an addition to Ruvigny's 1911 Mortimer-Percy volume.