Bill Harrington, 11th Earl of Harrington (1922-2009)

Bill Harrington, 11th Earl of Harrington (1922-2009)

This story followed my meeting with Bill in 2005 in which he told me he had personally arrested Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz, Hitler’s successor as President of the German Reich. Sadly the facts don’t add up but Bill, who was one of my grandfather’s...
Bob & Kate Ievers in Ceylon, plus Ethel, Nena and Kitty

Bob & Kate Ievers in Ceylon, plus Ethel, Nena and Kitty

Robert Wilson Ievers, known as Bob, was a high-profile civil servant in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) during the late 19th century. He spoke Singhalese, wrote poetry and explored the ancient ruins of Anarahdapura and Sigiriya. His wife Kate miraculously survived a scuffle with a...

Drew of Scotland & Westmorland

[Work in progress] Above: A gathering at Dalmonach on the shores of Loch Lomond. The impressively bearded Alexander Drew was ancestor to the McClintock Bunbury family through his second son Daniel, grandfather of the artist Pamela Drew, Lady Rathdonnell.   DREW OF...
Peart Robinson of Burnley & Chatburn, Lancashire

Peart Robinson of Burnley & Chatburn, Lancashire

A cast that includes the extraordinary Dutch SOE operative Door de Graaf,  the homeopathic surgeon Dr Drysdale, the German novelist Wilhelm Christoph von Polenz, a bailiff of Clithero, a pioneer of the Arts and Craft movement (John Gorges Robinson), the directors of...
Tim McClintock Bunbury (1881-1937), 3rd Baron Rathdonnell

Tim McClintock Bunbury (1881-1937), 3rd Baron Rathdonnell

Tim became heir apparent to Lisnavagh and the lordship of Rathdonnell, after his brother Billy was killed in the Anglo-Boer War. As a young man, he was Private Secretary to the Governors of Ceylon and Fiji, and the High Commissioner of Australia. A key figure at the...