Descendants of George Cornwall
from 1860 to the present day


  Philip Durell Monamy Cornwall

To the right is an ambrotype of Philip Cornwall, taken at the same time as the one of his father on the preceding page. It is dated 2nd August, 1860, at the height of the ambrotype's popularity. Philip was 17 years old in this portrait. Some time after 1907 his sister Lena Monamy Norman wrote some artlessly engaging "Reminiscences" about the early life of her brother, and her five other brothers and sisters, at the vicarage in Earnley, and many details on these pages come from this 30 page booklet, apparently published under Masonic auspices.

Philip, writes Lena, "was not a genius with mathematics or classics, nor was he partial to his studies, and thus he gave considerable anxiety to his tutors." But, "he possessed remarkable talents for music and could play several instruments, the violin being the favourite", and "had a highly affectionate nature and was very sympathetic." He was "a keen sportsman, and at a very early age was entrusted with fire arms", and had "a tame hawk, two jackdaws, a talking starling, about thirty rabbits and a variety of fowls and fancy pigeons."

In about 1880/82, on completing studies at St Bees, Cumberland, he was ordained, and "accepted an offer to accompany Bishop Nuttall to Jamaica."

Philip's lack of partiality to his studies meant that his predestined entry into the Church was rather delayed. Soon after the ambrotype was taken it appears that he "obtained a Government appointment and went to Spain, and from thence to America, where he laboured for three years and suffered many hardships. On his return he married Emma Laing, the grand-daughter of Mr John Palmer of Halnaker, Goodwood ..... and settled at Sheerness." This would have been in about 1865. His occupation in Sheerness, where he must have lived for about 10 years, can at present only be guessed at. Three months after his father's death in 1874, however, his younger brother George Frederick married a wealthy wife, and "induced him to throw up his appointment and study for the Church". The brothers started their studies together, at the Theological College in Wells, but it seems that Fred never finished, and it was "deemed expedient that Philip should finish at St Bees, Cumberland". It looks as though Philip and Emma were sharing a house with Fred and Alice in Gloucester for some 4 or 5 years. See below.

Philip must have left for Jamaica, with Bishop Enos Nuttall, in about 1881 at the latest, for one of the tributes to him at the time of his preferment from Woburn Lawn and Holy Trinity Churches to Bath and Goldengrove states that "to him we owe the rebuilding of Holy Trinity Church, destroyed by the hurricane in 1880 ..... in which he has been enabled to number us to the overflowing". The various tributes to Philip Cornwall, as recorded by Lena, are rather too long to repeat here. He died at Kingston, Jamaica, on Good Friday, April 10th, 1903; and a tablet to his memory was erected in the church at Bath, Jamaica. "The unveiling of the Tablet was done by Mrs Custos Harrison, widow of Custos Harrison Esq., after which the Rev.J.Bowen paid an eloquent tribute to the character and work of the Rev.P.Cornwall." The "Custos" Harrison was James Harrison, the father of Violet Muriel Monamy Buckell's husband, Charlton.

Emily Monamy Cornwall

Emily married Harry Habin. Their two children were Harry Edward, whose wife's name was Caroline; and Mabel Clavering, who married George Bailey. The Bailey children were Ronald, and Violet, who married a Mr Tupper, a farmer who at that time owned the Roman villa at Bignor.


Charlotte Monamy Cornwall, 1850-1923, called "Lena", married Benjamin Norman. Their two sons were Robert Edward Pigott, who married Evelyn Furneval; and Benjamin Arthur Gordon, who married Edith Sarah Bridge. Robert and Evelyn had one daughter. B.A.G.Norman and his wife Edith had two sons. The first was Gordon Edward Monamy Norman, born 1906, who has living descendants.

The second was George Arthur Seymour Norman, 1907-1994. George Norman was a man of wide interests; and a great amount of the initial spadework for this history was carried out by him during the '60s, '70s, and '80s, when I finally came to know him. In 1939 his account of his conversion to Roman Catholicism, entitled Into the Living Waters, was published by Longmans, Green & Co. The book's jacket describes him as a yachtsman, horseman and composer of music, and he spent much of his life in India, He married Anne Mary McAlpine, from Ireland. At his death, George left funds towards the foundation of The Monamy Trust, which was established in 1995, and is administered by his son, John Norman.


aged 88
Maria Louisa Cornwall
1851 - 1945

Married to Dr Ernest Buckell, a Chichester GP, she was known as May Louise, a formidable woman who ruled her household, and most others within striking distance, with an imperious will. The devotion of herself and her sister, Charlotte Monamy Norman, to the "Admirals", was intense. Horatio Nelson stood rather higher than Jesus Christ in the pantheon of these ladies, and their passion led them into unreliable fantasies about their heroic, but imaginary, naval ancestry, in which Monamy, the mere painter, took a distant second place.

c 1900
aged 50

The Cornwall sisters were not alone in their holy devotion to the glorious memory and deification of Lord Nelson. Left is The Death of Nelson, 21st October 1805, by Arthur William Devis, 1763-1822, now in the National Maritime Museum. The observant may notice something familiar about the white-clad figure, the deeply reverential postures of the naval officers, and see the sunlight behind the dying hero's head. Nelson is presented here as the Saviour, who gave his life for his adoring nation. Even during his own lifetime Nelson was possibly the best-loved individual in English history. Conversely, in many quarters, Napoleon was seen as the Antichrist, Beelzebub himself, the Great Satan. In his sermon of 1808, the Rev Peter Monamy Cornwall became apoplectic at the thought.

The seven children of May and Ernest Buckell were named Mabel Ernestine, 1878-1981, who married Walter Dick; Violet Muriel Monamy, 1880-1972, who married Charlton Harrison; Leonard Montague, born 1881, died an infant; Ernest Frederick Westmore, born 1882, who married Renée Eliza Martha Woollet ; Vera Marguerite Cornwall, 1884-1958, unmarried; Aston Monamy, born 1886, who married Helen; and Monamy Beryl, known as Sunny, 1894-1978, unmarried. The many-branched Buckell family consisted almost entirely of doctors, and all the married members listed here have living descendants. Since their family tree has been comprehensively worked out by Dr Bil Buckell, son of E.F.W.Buckell, it will not be elaborated on. May Louise Buckell was a very dominant figure, and her unmarried daughters were constrained to minister to her overpowering personality for the duration of her long life. The next and final page will summarise the life and descendants of her second child, Violet.

George Frederick Cornwall, 1854-1911, married three times. He married his first wife, an heiress, in 1874. Her name was Alice Martin, born 1850 in London, Middlesex, and she died after 1881. The English census of 3rd April, 1881 records that George Frederick, a theological student aged 27, and his wife Alice, aged 31, were living at 37 Midland Road, St Aldates (although another source says Barton St Mary), Gloucester; with a son, Durell F(rederick?) M(onamy?), born 1878, and daughter Hilda M(onamy?), probably born 1875. The census also records that an Emma C.Cornwall, sister-in-law, aged 23, was part of the household. This was Philip's wife, Emma, née Laing, born 1858 in West Wittering, Sussex. Philip must have been up at St Bees in Cumberland at the time. There must have been a third child born to George Frederick and Alice, after 1881, called Clive, but his birth record has not been found.

George Frederick's second wife was Elizabeth (Bessie) Jane Jack. There were two children: James Durell Monamy, and John. Following information now (18 March 2004) provided me by J. D. M. Cornwall's grandson, James Andrew Cornwall, in New Zealand, a detailed tree will be mounted on another page.

All that is so far known about his third wife is her first name, May. There were two more children; Ethel, and Evelyn, who married Mr Lowther-Jones and had a child, Evelyn Lowther-Jones, who died of cholera in India. Although confirmation has been received that there are living descendants in this line, no further details have been supplied.

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