Marian Charlotte Vibart was initiated into the Order of the Golden Dawn at its
Isis-Urania temple in
John Valentine Lacy was initiated on the same evening as Marian Charlotte. He was a friend of the Vibart family.
SMALL UPDATE FEBRUARY 2021
I’ve just been contacted by Stephen Cooper, about
Marian’s nephew John Dighton Grafton-Wignall. He has sent some more sources for
John as an ornithologist, and for his death in
‘Vibart’ is a very rare surname. In the censuses between 1841 and 1911 there were never more than 22 people called Vibart living in the UK; though in the early part of the 19th-century there were quite a few living in India. Despite how few of them there were, I’m still not quite sure how they were all related.
I haven’t been able to find anyone called Vibart
earlier than a James Vibart who lived in
The son of James and Mary Vibart was James
Meredith Vibart (1753-1827) and the sources do agree that he married Juliana
Williams (died 1822). James Meredith Vibart (1753-1827) was the first Vibart to
work for the East India Company. However, by the 1820s he and Juliana were
living at Pitminster, just south of
The sources agree that James Meredith and Juliana had three sons: Henry; John; and Thomas Gowan. But my rummaging around on the web and in the British Library India Office suggests they had two more sons: another James Meredith, born 1788 and still living in 1861; and Edward; and a daughter Frances Jane (I saw her name spelled the male way, FrancIs, several times in my searches but she’s definitely female). Henry, John and Thomas Gowan went to work for the East India Company’s civil service; James Meredith (died 1861) and Edward for its army.
Thomas Gowan Vibart, the third son of James
Meredith and Juliana, was born 1798. He is Marian Charlotte Vibart’s
grandfather. There’s a little more information on his career than on those of
his older brothers. He undertook the East India Company training at its College
of Fort William,
In 1821 Thomas Gowan Vibart married William Hay
MacNaghten’s sister, Jane Russell MacNaghten. This was a very good marriage
from Thomas Gowan’s point-of-view, as the MacNaghtens were grandees of the East
India Company, had more money (though there were a lot of them for it to go
round) and - I think - somewhat socially superior to the Vibarts. Jane and
William Hay MacNaghten’s father, Francis Workman-MacNaghten, ended a brilliant
career in the service of the East India Company as a judge in the
Thomas Gowan and Jane had three sons, Meredith
James; Francis Elliot; and Elliot Henry; and five daughters, Letitia; Julia;
Jane Maria; Matilda; and Eliza Maria. However Thomas Gowan Vibart suffered the
fate of very many of those who lived in
Jane MacNaghten Vibart and her daughters do not
appear on the censuses of 1851 or 1861 and they were living in
MEREDITH JAMES VIBART
Thomas Gowan and Jane’s eldest child, Meredith
James, was Marian Charlotte’s father. He was born in 1822 or 1823 in
Meredith James officially joined the East India
Company as a 2nd Lieutenant in June 1840 and spent the next six
This long leave was a very long one. Meredith
James eventually arrived in
THE LLOYD FAMILY
Eliza Blackburn Lloyd was one of the 17 children
(11 daughters, 6 sons) of Edward Lloyd (died 1859) of Rhagatt in Merionethshire
and his wife Frances, daughter of John Edward Madocks. The Lloyds were part of
the web of blood-relations and business connections in north
Edward Lloyd and his father were both prominent
Now I shall indulge in a bit of speculation and
say that my own impression is that Meredith James Vibart did not enjoy being in
the army; or did not enjoy being in it in India. He had to work - his family
wasn’t wealthy - but perhaps life in the army was not living up to
expectations. Or perhaps there was something already wrong with his health - it
got worse later - to cause him to be allowed to remain outside India for so
long while still nominally an East India Company employee. Meredith James may
also have worried about how Eliza would cope with
MEREDITH JAMES AND ELIZA IN
This section would be a lot better with one
contemporary source that I decided not to use. During her short time in
In 1851 Lt Meredith James Vibart may have been
trying to find another posting in
Marian Charlotte Vibart’s infancy was thus spent
in the foothills of the
The India Office registers for the 1850s don’t give any clue as to where Meredith James Vibart was stationed in the 1850s. In the issues of 1854-56 he was on the list of officers of the 8th battalion, Bengal Artillery. The 8th battalion’s headquarters were at Cawnpore (now spelled Kanpur or Khanpur) but it was not unusual for individual officers to be sent to serve elsewhere, for example on secondment to native regiments, where they would give expertise and training; except that Meredith James Vibart is not listed as seconded.
I’ve no idea where the Vibarts were during the
Mutiny/First War of Independence except to say that if they had been at
The India Office register of 1857 listed Meredith
James as having been transferred to the 6th battalion, whose
headquarters were in the
THE VIBARTS IN
When Meredith James Vibart was put on the
Company’s invalid list, his pension will have reflected the fact that he had
only served the Company for twenty years. Returning to
Meredith James was given his final promotion, to
Major, in 1873. He may have retired - finally - from the army in 1878. On the
day of the 1881 census Meredith James Vibart was staying in lodgings in
Meredith James Vibart’s business in
Marian Charlotte Vibart was in her early thirties
when a period of change began greater than she had experienced since she had
In 1887 Edith Frances married Frank Grafton
Wignall; their son John Dighton Wignall - Meredith James Vibart and Eliza’s
only grandchild - was born early in 1888. This period of upheaval ended when
Meredith James Vibart died in the spring of 1890, bringing the inevitable
diminution of Eliza’s income along with the grief. The 1891 census found Eliza,
Marian Charlotte and the three Wignalls all living together in a house called
Meadow View, in
At some time during the 1890s Marian Charlotte
Vibart invested some money in a limited company, Biltor Limited, that had been
founded to exploit a patented design of pipe or cigarette holder. I haven’t
been able to find out anything about the company’s founder, Emil Alexander
Wüterich, so I don’t know how Marian Charlotte met him. I think it must have
been through Valentine Lacy and her first-cousin George Forbes Vibart (eldest
son of John Vibart and his wife Anna Holland Forbes) and his wife Annie. George
and Annie had moved to Barnes by the 1890s but had been living in Edinburgh
when Marian Charlotte was growing up there, so that she must have known them
and their sons very well; and Valentine Lacy, their perpetual lodger, equally
well. After their elder son (another George) had followed the well-trodden
Vibart path to
I don’t know exactly when Biltor Ltd was set up but it was after February 1889 when the patent was granted to Emil Alexander Wüterich as the pipe’s designer. I don’t know, either, how much money Marian Charlotte invested, or where she had got the money from - perhaps she had inherited it from her grandmother or her father. I can say that no one else in her family invested in the firm, the only other shareholders I’ve found named anywhere were Emil Alexander and Anna Wüterich, perhaps the inventor’s wife or sister. GD member Valentine Lacy went to work for Biltor Limited so there’s more about the firm in his biography. In 1902, Biltor Limited and Marian Charlotte as an individual petitioned the patent office for an extension of the 1889 patent but they were refused, though the company continued at least until E A Wüterich’s death in November 1927. Her investment gave Marian Charlotte an income or extra income, but perhaps not as much as she’d hoped for as the company was never very successful.
If you’ve got this far in Marian Charlotte Vibart’s biography and are still wondering what sort of person she was, join the club: I realised yesterday (Sunday 12 January 2014) that despite all the work I’d done, I had no idea what she was like. Was she serious or light-hearted? Socially adept or gawky? A devout Christian or someone searching for something to believe in? A dutiful daughter or a restless one? Was she sorry - around 1890 - that she had never married, or glad? How did she spend her days?
Evidence to put a personality to the name is lacking: essentially it’s one piece of music and two memberships, of the Theosophical Society and the Golden Dawn.
The one piece of music is a special case. The British Library has one song with music by Marian Charlotte Vibart, setting words from G J Whyte-Melville’s long poem Sarchedon: A Legend of the Great Queen (by which he means Semiramis), which was published in three volumes in 1871. The song is for soprano with piano accompaniment and though the sheet music has no date on it, the British Library catalogue has assigned it to 1872. The extract Marian Charlotte set to music is not, in fact, about the ancient Middle Eastern goddess Ishtar, it’s section in which a passer-by stops to watch and hear a palm tree bending towards another palm tree, murmuring its love. Perhaps Marian Charlotte chose to call her song ‘Ishtar’ as an echo of the exotic, Eastern setting of Sarchedon.
Ishtar is dedicated to “Mrs Henry ffoulkes” - that
is, Marian Charlotte’s aunt Jane Margaret ffoulkes (née Lloyd), the woman she
and her mother and sister were staying with on the day of the 1881 census. In
1872, Jane Margaret and her husband Rev Henry ffoulkes had founded the Child’s
Convalescent Home at Rhyl in north
A note on the sheet music’s front page says that all proceeds from sales of Ishtar (at 3 shillings a copy) were going to be donated to the Child’s Convalescent Home. Marian Charlotte published no more music, as far as I can tell, so Ishtar was a one-off charitable effort, not the beginning of even a stuttering career as a composer. It was a thoughtful and practical gesture to perhaps a favourite aunt, who was trying to help all sick children, not just her own.
After the publication of that one piece of creativity, another 25 years pass before Marian Charlotte Vibart emerges from anonymity to join the Theosophical Society. She applied to become a member in October 1897, only a few months before she joined the GD. By this time she and her family had moved further into London, to 113 Lansdowne Road Kensington Park; perhaps it was now easier than it had been, to go to TS lodge meetings. One of Marian Charlotte’s two sponsors for TS membership was a Lilian Lloyd. Lilian was possibly a relation but she sponsored the applications of quite a few prospective TS members at this time so perhaps the surname is just a coincidence.
Given that Marian Charlotte chose a Hebrew word for her GD motto, it’s safe to say that she had come to the GD through an interest in the Kabbalah. Perhaps she had read Samuel Liddell Mathers’ Kabbala Denudata: The Kabbalah Unveiled, a translation into English of Christian Knorr von Rosenroth’s translation of the first books of the Hebrew Zohar into Latin. Mather’s volume was published in 1887. He had dedicated it to Anna Bonus Kingsford and Edward Maitland, both of whom were members of the TS. Marian Charlotte could also have come across Collectanea Hermetica volume IV, part of a series in which William Wynn Westcott and other members of the GD re-printed hermetic texts with new notes and commentaries. Volume IV reprinted the 1714 translation of Kabbala Denudata by ‘A Lover of Philalethes’ with explanations by Sapere Aude - that is, Westcott himself using one of his GD mottos. I think myself that Marian Charlotte would have needed to be acquainted with members of the GD to come across Westcott’s volume, but she (unknowingly, I should imagine) had several friends and relations who were or would become members - Florence ffoulkes whose husband was Rev Henry Powell ffoulkes’ nephew; Florence’s cousin Blanche Elliot and Blanche’s husband Hugh; and possibly Maud Cracknell, another woman sponsored into the TS by Lilian Lloyd. Any one of them could have recommended her and Valentine Lacy as suitable GD members.
If Marian Charlotte joined the TS because of an
interest in the Kabbalah it was likely that she was disappointed by what was
being discussed at its meetings. During the 1880s when Kingsford and Maitland
had been members, western esotericism and Buddhism had been the two main
strands in the TS’s teachings. However, by the late 1890s Annie Besant had
taken charge of the TS in
The Vibarts and Wignalls returned to
Marian Charlotte and her mother, and probably the
Wignalls as well, moved into 20 The Avenue
On the day of the 1911 census, Marian Charlotte
and Edith Frances were living together, at
Marian Charlotte must still have been in touch
with her aunt Frances Louisa Vibart. She may even have been acting on Frances
Louisa’s behalf with any business she needed to have done in England, because
Frances Louisa is not on the 1911 census and must still have been living most
of her time (if not all of it) abroad. The consequences of the divorce of
Francis Meredith Edmund from Evelyn had rumbled on through the years; as Frances
Louisa was in her 80s by 1911, perhaps Marian Charlotte had to deal with them
from time to time, on her behalf. Her advancing years, and the first World War,
forced Frances Louisa Vibart to return to
The war wore on. Edith Frances Vibart may have
hoped that, serving in
By the time of Edith Frances’s death the sisters
had moved again: Edith Frances died at 2a
And that’s all there is really. Marian Charlotte
Vibart died in September 1932. She had moved again, at least once, though only
a few streets west, and died at
BASIC SOURCES I USED for all Golden Dawn members.
Membership of the Golden Dawn: The Golden Dawn
Companion by R A Gilbert.
Family history: freebmd; ancestry.co.uk (census and probate); findmypast.co.uk; familysearch; Burke’s Peerage and Baronetage; Burke’s Landed Gentry; Armorial Families; thepeerage.com; and a wide variety of family trees on the web.
Famous-people sources: mostly about men, of course, but very useful even for the female members of GD. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Who Was Who. Times Digital Archive.
Useful source for business and legal information: London Gazette and its Scottish counterpart Edinburgh Gazette. Now easy to find (with the right search information) on the web.
Catalogues: British Library; Freemasons’ Library.
Wikipedia; Google; Google Books - my three best resources. I also used other web pages, but with some caution, as - from the historian’s point of view - they vary in quality a great deal.
SOURCES FOR MARIAN CHARLOTTE VIBART
THE VIBART FAMILY
No one called Vibart has an entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
For the common ancestor of all 19th-century Vibarts: //archives.rootsweb.ancestry.com, pages on the descendents of James Meredith Vibart 1753-1827, of Somerset.
For JAMES MEREDITH VIBART (died 1827) father of Thomas Gowan Vibart amongst others: Officers of the Bengal Army 1758-1834 volume IV S-Z. Published Phillimore and Co Ltd 1947: p355
Major Edward Vibart, his wife Emily and Cawnpore:
Officers of the Bengal Army 1758-1834 vol IV S-Z. Published Phillimore and Co Ltd 1947. P354.
At glosters.tripod.com/IM5.htm is a list of offices killed during the Mutiny.
Edward Daniel Hamilton Vibart, later a Colonel, is the eldest son of Major Edward and Emily. He was stationed at Meerut when the first mutiny began, in May 1857 and was later at the siege of Delhi. The Sepoy Mutiny as Seen by a Subaltern: From Delhi to Lucknow by Colonel Edward Vibart, late 15th Bengal Cavalry. London: Smith and Elder 1898
Marian Charlotte Vibart’s grandfather THOMAS GOWAN VIBART
The Annals of the College of Fort William by Thomas Roebuck, the College secretary, from the college’s official records. Pubished Calcutta 1819: p499, p5o3, p517, p525.
India Office and Burma Office List 1825 p10.
Asiatic Journal and Monthly Miscellany issue of 1837 Home Intelligence items p264 and p312.
Asiatic Journal and Monthly Miscellany issue of 1839 p169 Home Intelligence - a list of recent deaths includes that of Thomas Gowan Vibart of the Bengal Civil Service, at Leamington on 4 September.
For his salary at the end of his career: Bengal and Agra Annual Guide and Gazetteer issue of 1841 p236.
Marian Charlotte Vibart’s grandmother JANE RUSSELL MACNAGHTEN VIBART and her family
Debrett’s The Baronetage of Engl issue of 1839 p457 entry for Francis Workman-MacNaghten. Francis married in 1787; his wife was Letitia daughter of Sir William Dunkin who’d also been a supreme court judge in Calcutta. William Hay MacNaghten was their 2nd son; Jane Russell MacNaghten who married Thomas Gowan Vibart was their 12th child.
At clanmacnaughten.net an item on Francis Workman-MacNaghten says that he was chief of the clan from 1832 to 1843.
There’s plenty on the web about William Hay MacNaghten 1793-1841 and he’s also in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography etc.
THE CHILDREN OF THOMAS GOWAN VIBART AND JANE RUSSELL MACNAGHTEN VIBART
Marian Charlotte Vibart’s father MEREDITH JAMES VIBART
Via archive.org to a copy of the Harrow School Register 1800-1911 now held at University of Toronto. Meredith James Vibart left Harrow in 1838.
India Office archives/Bengal Milit archives eg at IOR/L/MIL/10/47/394 though I found it didn’t contain any information I hadn’t already found elsewhere.
The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Miscellany issue of 1840 p213 rpt on the latest exams f entry into the East India Company’s milit seminary.
Addiscombe, its Heroes and Men of Note 1894 London: Archibald Constable and Co of Parliament St W/m. By Meredith James Vibart’s cousin Col Henry Meredith Vibart who is an ex-pupil and now “Royal (late Madras) Engineers” with an introduction by Lord Roberts of Kandahar.
Bengal and Agra Annual Guide and Gazetteer volume II ?1840 p147.
Augustus Fortunatus Bellasis:
British Drawings in the India Office Library: Amateur Artists. HMSO 1969. P105.
The British Library catalogue has a number of books of sketches by Augustus Fortunatus Bellasis 1822-72; though he worked for the East India Company, mostly in its Bombay presidency, he wasn’t a professional artist.
For the Bellasis family see:
British Drawings in the India Office Library: Amateur Artists. HMSO 1969. P105 covers Augustus Bellasis, who had leave 1846-47 which he spent in the Cape Colony. Capt M J Vibart was with him on that period of leave.
Back at Addiscombe:
Via newspapers.nl.sg to The Straits Times of 2 October 1849 p4.
Marriage to Eliza Blackburn Lloyd:
Gentleman’s Magazine volume 189 1850 p427: marriage announcement.
Administrative History of Uttarakhand (Kumaon and Garwhal) During the Rule of the East India Company by Dr Ajay Arora of Naini Tal University. Delhi: Eastern Book Linkers 1997.
The fact that Meredith James Vibart was in the Kumaon district is not mentioned in any of the issues of the India Register and Army List for the 1850s. I found out that’s where he and Eliza were from the baptism records of Marian Charlotte and Edith Frances, seen at familysearch.
India Register and Army List issues of 1854-1856 p78 Meredith James Vibart is just listed as serving with the 8th battalion Bengal artillery; and that he had been promoted to Captain on 7 July 1853. The 8th battalion’s headquarters was at Cawnpore though its 4th and 6th companies were in the Punjab.
India Register and Army List1857 and 1858 both issues P78 Meredith James Vibart is now with the 6th battalion Bengal Artillery, whose official headquarters is at Subraon in the Punjab.
India Register and Army List1859 p205.
More generally on Naini Tal, Almora and the Kumaon District
Wikipedia on the Chand kings of Uttarakhand.
At dsal.uchicago.edu is the Digital South Asia Library. Online there is a copy of the Imperial Gazetteer of India 1909 edition; vol 12 p169 Almora and surrounding district.
Back in Britain:
Edinburgh Gazette 11 October 1861 p1227.
Edinburgh Gazette 20 August 1867 p961.
London Gazette 13 August 1873 p4583.
London Gazette 24 February 1874 p831.
Marian Charlotte Vibart’s mother’s family, the LLOYDS OF RHAGATT MERIONETH
On the web at www01.us.archive.org, the text of Archaeologia Cambrensis issue of 1876; from a copy now at the University of Michigan. The edition included an article by J Y W Lloyd MA: The Lordships of Bromfield. On pp271-74, there’s a section on Edward Lloyd and Frances née Madocks (sic), listing all their 17 children. Frances is the daughter of John Edward Madocks of Vron Iw. The article’s author, J Y W Lloyd is Jacob Youde William Lloyd and the information in the article was later published in his larger work The History of the Princes, the Lords Marcher... published 1884; which also includes information on the ffoulkes family.
Frances Power Cobbe: Victorian Feminist, Journalist, Reformer. Sally Mitchell. Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press 2004.
MEREDITH JAMES’ BROTHER FRANCIS ELLIOT VIBART
Birth of Francis Elliot Vibart and of his son Francis Meredith Edmund: familysearch.
India Office file: IOR/L/MIL/10/47/413 says only that he was in the 5th Cavalry. I saw an index for a burial record in the India Office family history section: Bengal 1848.
Francis Elliot’s widow Frances went to live with her mother, Frances Abbott: they are on the census in 1861 and 1871 together, in Blandford Square Marylebone. Frances Abbott died in 1880.
Divorce proceedings between Francis Meredith Edmund Vibart and wife Evelyn Fanny:
Times Tues 25 May 1886 p4 Law Notices, cases being heard today include: Vibart v Vibart.
Evelyn Fanny Vibart married Swainson Howden Akroyd only a few weeks after the divorce had been granted. Francis Meredith Vibart’s daughter Violet Vibart lived with her mother and her mother’s second husband until her marriage. In 1904 she married Bernard Cunliffe Foster of Duncote Hall Towcester, who died very shortly after the day of the 1911 census.
Evelyn Fanny Akroyd died in 1921; there’s a hint in her probate registry details that she had separated from her second husband by this time.
For the descent of Ronald Frank Vibart (1879-1934) through bigamy, alcoholism and pub brawls:
Silence of the Heart: Cricket Suicides by David Frith. Edinburgh: Mainstream 2001. I read a 2011 edition online.
Website cricketarchive.com gives Ronald Frank Vibart’s DOB as 5 April 1879, at Sidmouth.
MEREDITH JAMES’ sister LETITIA VIBART CAMPBELL
Burke’s Peerage 101st edition published 1956 on Letitia Maria Vibart born 1828, married 1854
George Campbell of Edenwood, Ceres, Fifeshire; 3 sons 2 daughters.
Via archive.spectator.co.uk to Spectator 4 February 1854 p19 marriage announcements
The career of Sir George Campbell 1824-92, lieutenant-governor of Bengal 1871-74, is well covered in wikipedia and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online.
For the children of George and Letitia Maria Campbell see www.johngrile.com/FTree/CHRISTIE FAMILY.htm.
Times Fri 25 October 1901 p8 short report on the inquest into the death of [Letitia] Campbell, on Tuesday 22 October 1901 from a suspected overdose of sulphonal. The verdict was ‘misadventure’ (rather than suicide).
At www.thefreedictionary.com/Sulphonal information originally in Webster’s Revised and Unabridged Dictionary issue of 1913 on sulphonal. Roger found a photo on the web of a bottle of sulphonal, brand name ‘Tabloid’, manufactured by Burroughs-Wellcome, now in the museum at St Thomas’s Hospital.
MEREDITH JAMES’ sister JULIA VIBART DE LALAING
Because she lived in Belgium after her marriage, I’ve found very little on Julia’s life; I don’t know when or where she died.
For her birth (though she is not named), via google to forgottenbooks.org and Calcutta Magazine and Monthly Register issue of 1830 volume 1 p293 Domestic Occurrences for January : Thomas Gowan Vibart’s wife had given birth to a daughter on 6 January 1830 at Bauleah.
At geneagrophie.com a page giving information that Julia Ann MaryVibart was born in 1830 in Ramport Bengal.
Allen’s Indian Mail 1855 p243 in a list of recent marriages: on 17 April  at St Mary’s Bryanston Square, Julia A M Vibart to Count de Lalaing.
The bridegroom’s name via freebmd: marriage of Julia Anna Maria Vibart to Maximilien Jean Ghistain (sic) de Lalaing registered Marylebone April-June quarter 1855. I think the name ‘ghistain’ is a mistake: ‘ghislaine’ is more likely.
Julia’s sons, the diplomat and an artist:
Via the web to Who’s Who volume 58 1906 p976.
The Connoisseur 1917 p243 obituary Of Comte Jacques de Lalaing who had died on 10 October 1917.
The International Studio volume 63 1918 p165 Comte Jacques de Lalaing KCMB was a member of the Royal Academy of Belgium.
Who Was Who 1929 p600 obituary of the diplomat Count de Lalaing awarded GCVO 1915.
MEREDITH JAMES VIBART’s brother ELLIOT HENRY VIBART
Familysearch recorded his birth in Calcutta in 1831 but I could find nothing more about him so I presume he died, in India, as an infant.
MEREDITH JAMES VIBART’s sister JANE MARIA VIBART MACNAGHTEN
Times Tuesday 13 September 1859 p1 marriage announcements: on the 10th inst [September 1859] at Ovingdean Church Sussex, Elliot MacNaghten of the Bengal Civil Service, to Jane Maria daughter of the late Thomas Gowan Vibart. Meredith James’ cousin John Vibart (ex-East India Company) and his family were living at Ovingdean at this time. He had married Anna Holland Foster in Bombay; the Fosters were friends of the Bellasis family.
A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain Burke 1835 p307 on the
Workman-MacNaghten family of Beardville co Antrim. Jane Maria Vibart was marrying her first cousin: her bridegroom was the son of Jane Russell MacNaghten’s brother Elliot MacNaghten and his wife Isabella (née Law).
India Register and Army List1858 pxvi Elliot MacNaghten (the bridegroom’s father) of 46 Eaton Square is a member of the court of directors of the East India Company; pxvii he’s been a member since 1842.
At www.thepeerage.com, Elliot MacNaghten (Jane Maria’s husband) lived 1837-March 1875. He and Jane Maria had three sons and two daughters but only one of them, Russell Elliot MacNaghten, married. The fact that Russell has second forename ‘elliot’ is interesting and suggests the family knew GD member Hugh Elliot’s family, the Elliots of Elliot and Watney, brewers of Pimlico.
MEREDITH JAMES VIBART’s sister MATILDA MARIA VIBART
Parbury’s Oriental Herald and Colonial Intelligencer issue of 1838 p217 in the Home Intelligence section: the wife of Thomas Gowan Vibart had given birth to a daughter on 8 June  at Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Familysearch affiliation publication number RG33 gives a baptism and a burial for her, both at Boulogne. She died in 1845.
The youngest in the family, MEREDITH JAMES VIBART’s sister ELIZA MARIA VIBART
Birth from familysearch and death registration 1876 from freebmd. She never married.
GEORGE FORBES VIBART, HIS WIFE ANNIE AND THEIR ACTOR SON HENRY
See my biography of Valentine Lacy for more details of these relations. George Forbes Vibart (1825-1893) was Meredith James Vibart’s first cousin - eldest child of John Vibart and his wife Anna Holland Forbes. His wife Annie (died 1910) was Scottish and the couple were living in Scotland by 1871. The actor Henry Vibart was their youngest son - his long career is covered by wikipedia and imdb although both those websites favour his later work in films over the several decades of theatre-work that came first. Henry married the actress and artists’ model Taigi Keene.
EDITH FRANCES VIBART Marian’s sister
Baptism in Almora from familysearch.
A few details on Edith Frances’ husband Frank Grafton Wignall:
London Gazette 6 November 1883 p5264 list of partnerships to be dissolved includes that of Frederick Nock Rudgard and Frank Grafton Wignall wine and spirit merchants at 9 Exchange Arcade Manchester.
London Gazette 28 November 1884 p5556 another list of partnerships to be dissolved: this time it’s Frank Grafton Wignall and Thomas Crosby Peers in business as Mobberley Bone Manure Co at Mobberley Cheshire.
Sources for Edith Frances’ son John Dighton Grafton-Wignall (note the hyphenated surname):
At www.britishbirds.co.uk their British Birds volume 10 number 10 October 1917 p245: obituary of John Dighton Grafton-Wignall by “JWB” who often went on field trips with him.
John’s page in De Ruvigny’s The Roll of Honour 1914-1918 [men in armed forces]..Who Have Fallen in the War. John’s entry is in volume 2 (of 5). It quotes at length from the letters written to Edith Frances, in which the place at which he was killed is referred to as Shatt-el-Hai rather than the modern spelling.
At www.findagrave.com you can see a memorial tablet to him, on the war memorial in Basrah.
Stephen Cooper’s books on rugby and the first World War;
The Final Whistle: The Great War in Fifteen Players. Stroud: Spellmount 2012. Winner of the Rugby Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2013.
After the Final Whistle: the First Rugby World Cup and The First World War. Stroud: The History Press 2016. Shortlisted for the same award.
The County Families of the UK better known as Walford’s County Families. Published annually; I looked at the 60th edition, from 1920: p841, when Sophy Lloyd was still alive.
Marian Charlotte’s mother ELIZA BLACKBURN VIBART
Centre for Maritime Historical Studies, Exeter University.
Their reference Z/DR/3/22-48 is a set of letters written to her sisters by Eliza Blackburn Vibart, covering 1853-58.
MARIAN CHARLOTTE VIBART
Birth and baptism from familysearch.
Earliest evidence I found of its existence:
Cosmopolis volume 8 1897 p923 has The Biltor Ltd at 93 Oxford St.
The patent and the application for its extension:
London Gazette 19 December 1902 p8773.
Reports of Patent, Design and Trade Mark Cases volume 20  issued by the Patent Office: p285: details of the hearing on the patent extension application.
The Electrical Review volume 52 1903 p646 reported on the outcome of the case.
London Gazette 10 April 1928 p2661 a notice winding up the affairs of the late Emil Alexander Wüterich, issued by solicitors acting for John Valentine Lacy.
BL catalogue: To Ishtar: An Eastern Love Song bound in a volume of other songs from around 1872.
Seen via google a reference to G J Whyte-Melville’s Sarchedon: A Legend of the Great Queen published in 3 volumes London: Chapman and Hall 1871.
Jane Margaret ffoulkes, Eliza Blackburn Vibart’s sister:
For more ‘family history’ information on the ffoulkes family, see my biography of Louisa Florence ffoulkes.
Jane ffoulkes’ daughter Gertrude Mary Frances ffoulkes: see www.rhylhistoryclub.wordpress.com. In 1876 money was raised for a ward at Child’s Convalescent Home dedicated to Gertrude’s memory. The Home eventually turned into the Royal Alexandra Hospital and the ward named for Gertrude still exists.
INTEREST IN THE KABBALA
Marian Charlotte’s motto:
at www.sacred-texts.com/jud/zdm/zdm020.htm a translation of the Zohar: Genesis Chapter XI The Strange Visitor includes this: “Man is a three-fold product of life (nephesh), spirit (rauch) and soul (neschamah)”...
Kabbala Denudata: The Kabbalah Unveiled by S L MacGregor Mathers ((sic)) 1887. It translates into English the Latin version of Knorr von Rosenroth; it also collates that Latin version with original Chaldean and Hebrew texts. It’s a translation of these books in the Zohar:
1 = book of concealed mystery
2 = the greater holy assembly
3 = the lesser holy assembly.
Collectanea Hermetica volume IV 1894.
Theosophical Society Membership Register March
1895 to June 1898 p181.
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16 January 2014
7 February 2021