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Family of Percy Harrison FAWCETT and Nina Agnes PATERSON

Husband: Percy Harrison FAWCETT (1867-c. 1925)
Wife: Nina Agnes PATERSON (1871?-1954)
Children: Jack FAWCETT (1903-c. 1925)
Brian FAWCETT (1906-1984)
Joan FAWCETT (1910-2005)
Marriage Jan 1901 Richmond, (London), Surrey, England1,2
They first met in Galle, Ceylon in the late 1880's when her father was District Judge there and he was garrisoned there, ie before her first marriage.

Husband: Percy Harrison FAWCETT


Percy Harrison FAWCETT


Percy Harrison FAWCETT


Percy Harrison FAWCETT

Name: Percy Harrison FAWCETT
Father: Edward FAWCETT (c. 1840- )
Mother: Myra Elizabeth MACDOUGALL (1845?- )
Birth 1867 Torquay, Devon, England3
Census (1) 3 Apr 1881 (age 13) East Teignmouth, Devon, England3
3 Barnpark Terrace
Census (2) 31 Mar 1901 (age 33) Richmond, (London), Surrey, England4
Occupation Army Officer
Captain in Rural (Royal?) Garrison Artillery in 1901.
Surveyed Bolivian/Brazil border 1906-1909.
D.S.O. in World War I
Death c. 1925 (age 57-58) Tapajos, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Amazon Jungle
Achieved great notoriety by not surviving his jungle exploits. The film "Road to Zanzibar" (1941) with Bob Hope & Bing Crosby was based on his adventures as told in "Find Col. Fawcett" by Hartman/Bartlett. "The Lost City of Z" (released 2017), a film based on a book of the same name by D. Grann, demonstrates that Fawcett will not be forgotten just yet.

Wife: Nina Agnes PATERSON




Nina Agnes PATERSON, 1951, age 80

Name: Nina Agnes PATERSON
Father: George Watson [sen.] PATERSON (1836-1914)
Mother: Agnes Milne POE (c. 1840-1886)
Birth 1871 (cal) Kalutara, Kolamba, Ceylon5,6
She was probably named after her father's younger sister Alexandrina who died the previous year and was known as Nina. She had 3 cousins also called Nina.
Census (1) 3 Apr 1881 (age 10) Barony district, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland7
1, Albany Place, Sauchiehall St.
Living with grandfather Dr James Paterson
Census (2) 5 Apr 1891 (age 20) London, England8
Census (3) 31 Mar 1901 (age 30) Richmond, (London), Surrey, England4
Marriage Count 2
Death Q3 1954 (age 84) Brighton, Sussex, England9
"After World War II, in the grey climate of austere Britain, Nina moved from one dismal guest house to another. She annoyed the other elderly ladies of reduced means and would be asked to leave. Finally she ended up at a dingy boarding house in Brighton where she died of food poisoning. Brian and the family suspected murder. The landlady had had several old ladies die on her premises and the police did investigate."

Child 1: Jack FAWCETT



Name: Jack FAWCETT2
Birth 19 May 1903 Colombo, Ceylon
Child Count 0
Marriage Count 0
Death c. 1925 (age 21-22) Tapajos, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Amazon Jungle
with his father

Child 2: Brian FAWCETT



Name: Brian FAWCETT
Spouse 1: Alvina Charlotte HEIL (c. 1903-1944)
Birth Jun 1906 Spike Island, Co. Cork, Ireland2
Occupation Railway Engineer
Child Count 1
Marriage Count 2
Census 2 Apr 1911 (age 4) Uplyme, Axminster, Devon, England10
Death 1984 (age 77-78)11

Child 3: Joan FAWCETT

Name: Joan FAWCETT6
Spouse: Jean DE MONTET (c. 1905- )
Birth Q4 1910 Uplyme, Axminster, Devon, England12
Census 2 Apr 1911 (age 4 mns) Uplyme, Axminster, Devon, England10
Child Count btw 1934 and 1945 (age 23-35) 411
Death 2005 (age 94-95)

Note on Wife: Nina Agnes PATERSON

(From the preface to the play AmaZonia by Misha Williams, with permission)

'Nina was born in 1870 at Kalutara, sixty miles South of Colombo, Ceylon. Her father was Judge George Watson Paterson. The Judge's house was on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Brian [Fawcett] writes that "through babyhood, the breaking waves sang their nocturne to her, till as a young child she went to her father's native Scotland to be educated."


An aunt [Jessie Bain (née Paterson)] looked after her with traditional Victorian severity. After her education, she returned to Ceylon and a life of privilege; the sort accorded to the families of high standing civil servants. It seems she met Fawcett at a tennis party at the British fort at Galle. She nicknamed him "Puggy", he called her "Cheeky". I asked Joan "Why Cheeky? Joan said, "Because mother always had to have the last word." I then said to Joan, "Brian describes your mother as 'bumptious'" Joan laughed out loud "Oh yes! Did he really? Well, that is so right! Yes she was bumptious!" Brian thought "Cheeky" an appropriate nickname because he says that "She was not entirely free of conceit. She was not only attractive but distinctly spoilt by local society in consequence."


"Despite the fierce disapproval by his family, Fawcett proposed to Nina. Fawcett's brother Douglas and his sisters mischievously told him that Nina was far from being a virgin (a serious crime in those halcyon days). Fawcett wrote to her to say; "…you are not the pure young girl I thought you to be", and the engagement was immediately called off. Nina soon married a Captain Herbert Prichard, who took her to live in Alexandria where he died after of an embolism due to anthrax. In the style of high Victorian melodrama, his dying words were apparently "Go….and marry Fawcett! He is the real man for you" Fawcett, having discovered the nasty ploy of his family, begged Nina for forgiveness and they were married."


After Ceylon (and Jack's birth there) life was less easy. Fawcett was stationed at Spike Island, Ireland, working for the War Department. Brian was born in the bungalow there in 1906. Then, while Fawcett was away in Bolivia on and off for the next eight years, Nina did a wonderful job of running the family; renting various houses, existing on not much money. They never owned their own house. They lived next in Weston-Super-Mare and then at Whiterigg Bank, Dawlish Warren, after that at Marrick in Seaton and Waterside House in Uplyme. It was at Waterside where Joan was born in 1910 and where Brian, while still a young child, was first contacted by "M." Nina was not just a good housewife. She must have been one of the first women to drive a car, if photographs of the early 1900's with her at the wheel are anything to go by. They rented one when necessary. She also taught Fawcett how to use the theodolite. I spoke to an elderly lady at Stoke Canon where the Fawcetts had lived in 1924, just before the fatal expedition. She told me how she used to play with Joan and how Nina would "answer the door herself", often in a headscarf and apron. It seems then that the formal society image of a judge's daughter had changed to a more bohemian and laid back personality.


Nina was very interested in séances and astrology. When Fawcett was home, they organized them at their house with the children involved also.

Jack, Brian and Joan had a very early education in the ancient wisdom and the psychic. Documents survive that show these séances were very frequent and made an impression on Nina who would make detailed notes from the messages of the mediums. During Fawcett's penultimate expedition in 1921, Nina and the children went to live in Jamaica, because life was rather too expensive for them in England.


At the house that they rented there had once been some sort of massacre involving priests. The three children were terrified out of their minds by the nightly haunting. Nina's life was energetic, busy and active up to 1928. After that Joan got married, Nina was alone waiting for the message to come out of Amazonia that "The Great Scheme" was underway. Until 1936 she was in correspondence with Harold Large. They were certain that Fawcett was alive and being held a captive by some tribe and devised all sorts of ways at a rescue attempt. Nina then went to live in Lima, Peru where she would be near Brian (who was working as an engineer constructing the Peruvian railways) and also to await the call when it came from Puggy in the Mato Grosso. Here she shared a house with Everild Larson, a female explorer. Everild became a close companion and the two of them had séances and speculated about the encounter between Fawcett, Jack and Raleigh and the Great White Brotherhood.'


(From the preface to the play AmaZonia by Misha Williams)6

Sources [Key: Author, "Title", (Publication data), Where within source, \Repository\]

1"Free INDEX of Birth Marriages & Deaths of England & Wales". 2a/517 [Certificate unseen].
\FreeBMD\. Web:
2Percy Harrison FAWCETT (1867-1925) [edited by son Brian], "Exploration Fawcett" (1953).
3Church of J C of Latter Day Saints, "1881 Census England & Wales" (© 1980, 2002 FamilySearch (TM) International Genealogical Index ®). RG11 2156/155/36.
\Family History Library\, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150, USA. Web:
4"1901 Census Britain". [Index only, record unseen].
5Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, "1881 Census Scotland" (CD-ROM).
\Local Public Library\.
6Misha Williams, "AmaZonia" (2004
7Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, "1881 Census Scotland" (CD-ROM). GRO Ref Vol 644-9 Enum Dist 2 page 1.
\Local Public Library\.
8"1891 Census Britain". [Index only, record unseen].
9"Free INDEX of Birth Marriages & Deaths of England & Wales". 5h/88 [Certificate unseen].
\FreeBMD\. Web:
10"1911 Census Britain". [Index only, record unseen].
11Eleanor PATERSON (1912-c.2005), "Paterson family tree diagram" (c.2005 [original compilation in 1960s]).
12"Free INDEX of Birth Marriages & Deaths of England & Wales". 5b/1 [Certificate unseen].
\FreeBMD\. Web:

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James Paterson, (1789-1866), Army Surgeon, Edinburgh, Scotland.