Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Via London Historians' Blog to a prominent Canadian connection

If you're a Londonophile (there is such a word) you would likely enjoy the London Historians' Blog. There are frequent posts including a recent one on the Radio Times with mention of Dr Who for DrWhoophiles (probably no such word).
I was directed to the blog by a post on Cuthbert John Ottaway via Mike Southwick's British & Irish Genealogy blog.
Ottaway, England’s first ever football captain and a remarkable all-round sportsman, married a Canadian, Marion Elizabeth Stinson. He was part of an English cricket team that toured Canada in 1872, batting second after W G Grace and ahead of A N Hornby who also has a Canadian connection mentioned somewhat in passing in this post from 2010.
Ottaway died at age 28, his wife pregnant with a daughter and still a minor. Their daughter, Lillian, married Sir Adam Beck, Ontario electric utility pioneer.
Marion returned to Canada to a productive life in her own right http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/stinson_marion_elizabeth_14E.html and as wife of Peter Duncan Crerar raised children including WW2 Canadian General Harry Crerar (buried at Ottawa`s Beechwood Cemetery).

2 comments:

Persephone said...

Blast you, Mr Reid! I clicked on the London Historians blog and now half the morning is gone!

HistoryMick said...

Thanks for mention of my Cuthbert Ottaway project, John. Yes, the man has LOTS of links with Canada - including being the home of most of the handful of his living descendants.