No 24 MARQUESS OF DUFFERIN AND AVA

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  1. Les 1949

    Les 1949 Member

    HAMPTON, AROUND AND ABOUT

    Things you may not know, or didn’t know you knew!

    No 24 MARQUESS OF DUFFERIN AND AVA

    Tom Brown’s Schooldays, Thomas Hughes, 1857

    Nineteenth Century Hampton had a number of Private Schools for Boys and Girls. Some of them were to educate the ‘well to do’ and those linked to the ‘Establishment’.

    One of these schools was ‘Mr Walton’s Academy’. William Walton, originally from Berkshire, arrived in Hampton around 1824 and four years later was in line for the position as Master of Hampton Grammar School. Not being successful Walton set up his own ‘Academy’. The school was located in Church Street and numbered up to 30 boys at any one time. The parents of these children were often serving their country abroad usually in the diplomatic or military service. Quite often the boys themselves were born abroad, Ireland, India, Scotland as well as places nearer home. Schooling was tough, plenty of good old fashioned flogging – after all this was a place to ‘make a man of you’ in preparation to serve your country!

    So, Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava (1826 – 1902) was regarded as one of Walton’s most important pupils. Dufferin (will call him that from now on!) was born in Florence a member of the Blackwood family who had moved to Ulster from Scotland in the 17th century. The family were created baronets and owned vast tracts of land. At some time Dufferin was sent to Hampton possibly due to a connection with the Sheridan family (who owned property in Hampton). Dufferin, whose father died when he was 15, was at Eton College in 1841 and from there would follow the well-travelled path to Oxford University .

    Like many of Walton’s graduates, Dufferin went into the Diplomatic Service and became a prominent member of Victorian society. Dufferin began as a commissioner in Syria, keeping the French (our old ‘enemy’) out of Lebanon.


    In 1872 Dufferin was made 3rd Governor General of Canada, a position he held until 1878. However in 1884 Dufferin made it to the top of the greasy pole when he was made Viceroy of India.


    Dufferin retired from the diplomatic service in 1896. Oh, and by the way he also averted war with Russia and helped to annexe Burma.

    Dufferin died at the family estate in Bangor in Ireland.

    I think that William Walton can certainly count Dufferin as one of his success stories.

    And, in case you were wondering, a Marquess ranks above anEearl, but below a Duke.


    The Old Historian
     

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