|Lady Emma Katharine 'Kate' (née Sneyd) Petre|
|La Madeleine, Paris|
“A marriage took place on Saturday at the British Embassy, Paris, and at the Madeleine, the bride and bridegroom ... are known in certain circles both in London and Paris. Miss Sneyd, daughter of Major Ralph Henry Sneyd, was united to Mr. Petre, who was left in charge of the British Embassy at Naples after the death of Sir William Temple, and who is now attached to the Embassy at Paris. A large circle of friends of the bride and bridegroom met at the embassy to witness the ceremony [including Mrs. Jane Sneyd, the bride's mother]. The bridesmaids were Miss Hope Johnstone, the Misses Langford, Mdlle. Gudieu, Miss Duff, the Countess Valliera, Mdlle. de Rivas, the daughter of the Spanish Ambassador, and Miss Parnell. The Rev. J.H. Swale and the Abbé de Guerry officiated [Swale at the British Embassy, the Abbé at the Madeleine]; Lord and Lady Cowley attended, together with a large number of the fashionable world now in Paris. Mr. French, attached to the British Embassy, Paris, was Mr. Petre’s best man, and the bride was given away by Lord Ernest Bruce [later 3rd Marquess of Ailesbury]” [The Chelmsford Chronicle, Friday, April 16, 1858]. George Petre would go on to a brilliant career, one of the first Catholics in the Diplomatic Service to be appointed a Resident Minister and then an Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, serving in Copenhagen, Berlin, Stuttgart, Buenos Aires and Paraguay. George V, King of Hanover, was godfather to George Petre's eldest son. The beautiful Kate, styled after 1890 (when her husband was made a Knight Commander of St Michael and St George), Lady Emma Katharine Petre, made an accomplished diplomat's wife, due in no small part to the time she spent at court before her marriage. Sir George Petre's final appointment was as British envoy at Lisbon, where he remained until his retirement in 1893. Lady Petre befriended the young French princess Amélie of Orleans, who married in 1886 at age 21 the heir to the Portuguese throne, and who became in 1889 when her husband succeeded as King Carlos I, the last Queen consort of that country. Kate also remained friends with the widowed, exiled French Empress Eugénie, and Marie Petre (1909-2005), one of Kate's granddaughters, recalled "as a child accompanying her grandmother to have tea with the Empress at Farnborough where she lived in her widowhood and exile" [Desmond Clarke, Footnotes: A Personal History, p. 11].
|Sneyd of Keele coat of arms|
|Sir George Glynn Petre, KCMG, CB|
Issue of Emma Katharine (Sneyd) and Sir George Glynn Petre:
1) FLORENCE KATHARINE PETRE, b. 16 July 1859 Westminster, London, bap. 3 Aug. 1859 St George Hanover Square, London; d. young 19 Mar. 1869 Berlin, Germany.
2) GEORGE ERNEST AUGUSTUS HENRY PETRE of Dunkenhalgh Hall, b. 5 Aug. 1860 Westminster, bap. Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, Soho, London; d. unm. 20 Jan. 1945 Poland House, Odiham, Hampshire.
|Church of Our Lady of the Assumption & St Gregory,|
Warwick Steet, London
4) ALGERNON HENRY EDWARD PETRE, Honorary Attache and translator to British Legation at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, b. 4 June 1863 Westminster, bap. Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street; d. unm. 21 May 1895 Rio de Janeiro ("after an illness of only three days" [The Graphic, June 1, 1895]).
5) ALFRED WILLIAM RALPH GEORGE PETRE, horse dealer (per his daughter's 1893 birth certificate) b. 13 June 1866 Westminster, bap. Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street; d. 1959 South America; m. 25 Apr. 1892, GERTRUDE BRIGGS, b. 14 July 1870 Tooting, Surrey; d. 1934 South America, dau. of Frederick James Briggs of Wandsworth, Surrey, farm labourer (c.1840-1876) and Elizabeth Ann Burke, charwoman, and had issue, four sons and four daughters[*1].
6) HERBERT ARTHUR PETRE of Poland House, Odiham, b. 17 Mar. 1868 Westminster, bap. Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street; d. unm. 23 Jan. 1937 Poland House.
7) Capt. CHARLES BERNARD PETRE of Dunkenhalgh Hall, 60th King's Royal Rifle Corps, b. 3 Jan. 1870 Westminster, bap. Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street; d. 20 Feb. 1949 Poland House; m. 2 Feb. 1903 Register Office, Portsmouth, Hampshire, MURIEL ROSALIND ANDERSON, b. 20 Dec. 1882 Streatham, Surrey, bap. 28 Mar. 1883 St Leonard Church, Streatham; d. 5 July 1961 St George's Hospital, Westminster, dau. of William Danson Anderson of Paddington, captain merchant marines (c.1830-1887) and Rosalind Susan Searle (1856-1936), and had issue, one son and three daughters.
|RAdm. Walter Petre, DSO|
[*1] The 1959 date of death for Alfred Petre, as well as his 1892 marriage date and the 1934 date of death for his wife Gertrude are all from Burke's Peerage. As a young man Alfred fell out with his father, most likely over his romance with Gertrude Briggs, who was a "fancy" saleswoman living with her elder sister and her family in Clapham in the 1891 Census, and as the daughter of a farm labourer, far lower down the social scale in Victorian London. When the couple married (probably outside of Britain, as there is no entry in the England & Wales Marriages Index for the period), Alfred requested the presence of only one member of his family, his youngest brother Walter Petre. Alfred's firstborn child was a daughter, whom he named after his deceased only sister. She was adopted by her grandmother, Lady Emma Katharine Petre, and made a good marriage: Florence Gertrude Petre, b. 20 Feb. 1893 Clapham, Surrey; d. 17 Aug. 1981 Charlestown, St Austell, Cornwall; m. 30 Apr. 1918 Westminster, London, Sir John Frederick Ellenborough Crowder, M.P. Finchley 1935-59 (1890-1961), and had issue. Meanwhile, Alfred accepted a lump sum in lieu of his possible inheritance of Dunkenhalgh Hall, was removed from the entail of that estate, and with his wife emigrated to South America (his elder brother Algernon Petre was a diplomat in Rio de Janeiro until his untimely death in March 1895), where their other seven children were born and lived. South American vital records haven't yet been downloaded into the three major genealogy databases (Ancestry, Find My Past and Family Search), but once they are, hopefully the fascinating story behind Alfred Petre and his descendants can be continued.
Lady Emma (née Sneyd) Petre is an eleven-generation descendant of James V of Scotland, through his illegitimate son the Earl of Moray, Regent of Scotland.
|1st Earl of Moray - see|
1) James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray, illegit. (1531-1570) m. Lady Agnes Keith (c.1544-1588, descended from James I of Scotland), and had
2) Elizabeth Stewart, 2nd Countess of Moray (1565-1591) m. James Stewart, 2nd Lord Doune, Earl of Moray (1565-1592, descended from Edward III), and had
3) Lady Grizel Stewart (b. c.1590) m. Sir Robert Innes, 1st Baronet of that Ilk (1584-1658, descended from James IV), and had
4) ELIZABETH INNES, b. c.1613; d. 12 Aug. 1640; m. 2nd 28 Oct. 1635 Innes, Morayshire, Scotland, ALEXANDER BRODIE, 15th Laird of Brodie, b. 25 July 1617; d. 17 Apr. 1680, son of David, 14th Laird of Brodie (1586-1632) and Katherine Dunbar (d. aft.1664), and had
5) GRIZEL BRODIE, b. 28 Aug. 1636 Brodie Castle, Dyke, Morayshire, Scotland, bap. 2 Sept. 1636 Dyke Parish Church; d. unknown; m. 7 Sept. 1654, Sir ROBERT DUNBAR, 3rd Laird of Grangehill House, Elginshire, Scotland, b. c.1625; d. (21 Sept. 1689?), son of Ninian Dunbar, 2nd Laird of Grangehill House (c.1585-aft.1647) and his 1st wife Marion Ogilvy of Dunlugas House (c.1595-by 1629, descended from James I of Scotland), and had
|Jean (née Miller) Dunbar -|
see Generation 8
7) MARY URQUHART, bap. 30 Sept. 1678 Dyke Parish Church; living 8 Oct. 1707 (mentioned in her husband's will); d. unknown[*2]; m. by 1695, JOHN DUNBAR, 2nd of Kirkhill House, Dunbar, East Lothian, b. c.1645; d. 30 June 1710, est son of David Dunbar, 1st of Kirkhill House (c.1622-1691, descended from James I of Scotland) and Margery Seton (descended from James I of Scotland), and had
|Maj. Ralph Henry Sneyd|
- see Generation 10
10) JANE ROBINA DUNBAR, b. 22 July 1791 London, bap. 16 Aug. 1691 Scots Church London Wall; d. 15 Dec. 1878 Eaton Square, London; m. 29 May 1817 St George Hanover Square, London, Maj. RALPH HENRY SNEYD of Mattingley Lodge, Heckfield, Hampshire, bap. 11 Dec. 1784 Bray, co. Wicklow, Ireland; d. 16 Dec. 1840 Mattingley Lodge, bur. 23 Dec. 1840 St Michael Church, Heckfield, son of Rev. Wetenhall Sneyd, vicar of Newchurch 1816-40 (c.1752-1840, descended from Edward I) and Margaret Cullen (d. 1797), and had
|Urquhart of Burdsyards coat of arms|
[*2] Mary (née Urquhart) Dunbar and her mother Florence (aka Finnella) (née Dunbar) Urquhart are the two generations in this line of descent which require further research. Mary Dunbar's eldest brother Capt. Robert Urquhart, 10th Laird of Burdsyards House (d. 1741), was M.P. Elginshire 1708-10, but the Burdsyards Urquharts have not been studied beyond the chapter on them in Henrietta Tayler's 1946 work History of the Family of Urquhart, which erroneously omits Mary from the issue of Rev. Thomas Urquhart and Finnella Dunbar.
The next blogpost in the series on the ancestry of guest blogger Desmond Clarke, will examine the Edward III descents of his father, Major-General Desmond Clarke.