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KELLAND, Henry Philip Chambers

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  • Friends of Horton Cemetery Researcher – Jennifer Llewellyn

Born: 1st April 1867 at 03.45. 20 Clarendon Crescent, Edinburgh. His parents were Professor Philip Kelland 1809 – 1879 and Alexandrina Jeanette Donaldson (maiden surname Boswall) 1823 – 1907

Philip was a Professor of Mathematics at Edinburgh University – the first Englishman to hold the post. They had married on April 30th 1846 in Edinburgh.

Philip had been married previously in 1838 to Elizabeth Maria Pilkington. Elizabeth died in 1844 and they had two children – Elizabeth Anna born 1839 and Philip Pilkington, 1841 to 1853.

Philip, who was born in 1809 to Reverend Philip Kelland, Vicar of Dunster, Somerset, had been educated at Sherborne School and Queens College, Cambridge University.

Philip and Alexandrina Kelland had the following children:- James 1849 – 1936, Charlotte Alice 1851 – 1851, Alexandrina 1852 – 1877, Osborne Boswell 1857 – 1936, Mary Philippa 1858 – 1941, Lucy Margaret Roper 1865 – 1956 and Henry Philip Chambers 1867 – 1908, the subject of this research.

It is probable that Henry was initially educated at Edinburgh Academy prior to going to Sherborne School (1881 Census), and like his father Philip, who had also attended Sherborne School, excelling at Mathematics. Alexandrina had moved south into England and when the 1881 Census was taken was living, as head of household (her husband had died in 1879), at 97 Crane Street, Salisbury. (At the time of writing 2020, a Grade 2 Listed Building.) Salisbury is about 30 miles from Sherborne school so presumably she wished to be nearer and support her son and youngest child, Henry, aged about 14. Also living at 97 Crane Street with Alexandrina senior is her daughter Mary, age 22 described as having “no occupation”, Herbert Philip Gordon Cochran, age 3, born in 1877 to a mother with a maiden name of Kelland, Elizabeth Barber, age 19, listed as “Domestic Servant, Cook” and born in Salisbury, and a “Housemaid” and a “Nursemaid” both born in Scotland. Alexandrina’s daughter Lucy, who would have been about 16 at the time of the 1881 Census is not listed. Was she away at school? (Henry Kelland entered Peterhouse at Cambridge for the Michaelmas term on 1st October 1884.) What relation was Herbert Philip Gordon Cochran to the Kelland family?

On the 1891 census Henry, age 24, is articled to a Chartered Accountant in the Aston area of Birmingham, but living with his widowed mother Alexandrina who was listed again as head of house, on Birmingham Road, Aston, Erdington, Warwickshire. Also in the house with them was Lucy M R Holmes(?) age 26, described as “M” for married, but no husband is listed as being in the house, presumably this is Henry’s sister Lucy, Herbert Cochran, age 14, listed as Grandson, and Annie ? described as a Cook.

The 1901 census shows that Henry is a Chartered Accountant in his own right. He is living in Fulham, London with his Mother Alexandrina, age 77 and still described as head of the household, her Granddaughter Alice Margaret Roper Kelland, age 7 and Mary Poulter age 21, a Domestic Servant who had been born in Kingston on Thames. Alice had been born in Wiltshire in December Quarter 1893, her Mother’s maiden name was given as Lecky.

On 8th January 1907 Henry was married at Saint Margaret’s Church, Westminster – which is the church alongside Westminster Abbey – to Maude Marian Adeline Mitchell who had been born in Yokohama, Japan in 1876 and residing at the time of their wedding in Kingston on Thames.

We do not know how Henry was admitted to Long Grove Hospital on 3rd March 1908, whether from home or a hospital, but he died there on 20th May 1908, less than three months after his admission. He was buried as a pauper in grave 151B in Horton Cemetery. His death certificate shows that his cause of death was General Paralysis of the Insane) of 1 year, 2 months and 17 days duration, and gangrene of the Lung. GPI is now known as Tertiary Syphilis. At that time there was no cure. The gangrene of the lung is possibly from the same origin.

His death was registered by the Acting Medical Superintendent of Long Grove Hospital.

I cannot help but wonder what his young widow and family felt. There were no children of the marriage and Maude lived until the age of 87. Her death was registered in Gosport registration district in June Q 1963. As far as I can ascertain she did not remarry.

Herbert Philip Gordon Cochran who had been born in 1877, whose mother’s maiden name was Kelland, and, age 3, was living with Alexandrina Kelland and described as her Grandson in 1881 in Salisbury, married Agnes Margaret Rees in 1911 in Crickhowell in Wales. He was described in his Marriage Banns as a Captain in the Middlesex Regiment. He listed his father as Francis Cochran, a Colonel late of the Hampshire Regiment. Francis Cochran had married Amy Isabel G Compton and their marriage was registered in Kensington registration district in the March Q of 1881. They had a son, Lionel Francis Abingdon Cochran who died on 4th February 1915, aged 32, serving in the 72nd Punjabi Regiment and is memorialised by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Ismailia Cemetery, Egypt. Is Herbert Philip Gordon Cochran Lionel’s Cochran’s half-brother? Was Mary, daughter of Alexandrina Kelland and Henry Kelland’s sister, the mother of Herbert?


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