Above-a modern photo of the Queens Head Hotel at St.Bees, Cumbria, where John Robert Edgar was licensee.
THE EDGAR, BROUGH AND TOWERSON CONNECTIONS
Our search began for our Brough ancestors a few years back when we recieved a copy of the will of Daniel Smith Walker. My father often used to speak of his relative Daniel Walker who resided at Tomlin View in Main Street, St.Bees and was a well known identity at the time in St.Bees and a cousin to my Grandmother, Agnes Graham Hodgson (nee Walker). Daniel died on the 28th of January 1964 at the West Cumberland Hospital in Hensingham, Cumberland.
Left - Pictured Daniel Smith Walker and Eleanor Edith Edgar.
Daniel married Eleanor Edith Edgar, daughter of John Robert Edgar on boxing day, 26 December 1922 at St.Bees in Cumberland. Daniel and Eleanor never had any children of their own but treated there nephews and neices as there own children and was affectionately known as Uncle Dan and Aunt Nelly, so I guess it was only natural when Daniel died he left part of what he had to his nephews and neices and hence the search began.
John Robert Edgar had three children, Eleanor Edith Edgar (Aunt Nelly) b.1888 who married Daniel Smith Walker in 1922, Dora Edgar who died in 1892 in infancy and Elizabeth Towerson Edgar b. 1893 married John James BROUGH before 1921 and here the connection begins through to the TOWERSON, EDGAR and BROUGH families.
Pictured Eleanor Edith Edgar (married Daniel Smith Walker) & Elizabeth Towerson Edgar (married John James Brough).
John James BROUGH born 29 July 1894 and Elizabeth Towerson Edgar by family accounts, farmed at Tarnhead in Sellafield and then farmed at Marlborough Hall, St.Bees afterwards. They had 4 children, John Desmond Brough married Eleanor Cleasby Ireland and farmed Townhead Farm, at Nethertown, Cumberland. Eric Brough who died before 1964, Geoffrey Towerson Brough and Edith Brough. Most of these people were named in Daniel Smith Walkers will.
These Memorial Inscriptions below are recorded in the St.Bees Churchyard.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF JOHN JAMES BROUGH OF MARLBOROUGH HALL, ST.BEES
who died October 3rd 1953 aged 60 years.
ALSO ELIZABETH TOWERSON BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
who died December 25th 1954 aged 61 years
IN LOVING MEMORY OR ELEANOR CLEASBY IRELAND
who died 18th July 1984 aged 63 years beloved wife of John Desmond Brough of Townhead Farm, Nethertown who died 19th of December 1989 aged 68 years.
Re-united at last.
Left-The Old Queens Hotel at St.Bees
possibly in the days when John Robert Edgar was licencee.
Eleanor Edith Walker (nee Edgar) much older, possibly before she married Daniel Smith Walker.
I would like to thank and acknowledge my good friend Jill, who without her obtaining a copy of Daniel's will and her visit to Cumbria in 1999 and meeting with the Brough descendants, I would not have all this information or these photos and I still might today be wondering who all the people were in Daniel Smith Walker's will. Thankyou Jill!