Beaumont Macdonald

Beaumont Macdonald

Male 1858 - 1940

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  • Born  1858  Brighton Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  13 May 1940  Hove, Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I389  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  4 Sep 2013 

    Father  Beaumont James,   b. 1809, Hackney Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1880, Blessington st, Lewisham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Fisher Eliza Charlotte,   b. 12 Feb 1817, Vauxhall London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1908, Blessington st, Lewisham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  10 Jun 1841  St Michael, highgate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F177  Group Sheet

    Family  Antonini Emily,   b. 1856, N London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1928, Seaford, Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1883  Lewisham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    >1. Beaumont Gladys Maud Constance,   b. Mar 1886, Blackheath Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1965, Cuckfield, sussex Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Beaumont Kenneth M,   b. 1884, Blackheath Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  11 Dec 2012 
    Family ID  F150  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1858 - Brighton Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1883 - Lewisham Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 May 1940 - Hove, Sussex Link to Google Earth
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    Grove Terrace, off Highgate Hill. An exclusive area of north London home to many pop stars now
    Grove Terrace, off Highgate Hill. An exclusive area of north London home to many pop stars now
    the grave of Emily and Macdonald, Seaford cemetery
    the grave of Emily and Macdonald, Seaford cemetery
    Macdonald Beaumont
    Macdonald Beaumont
    from family photo album

  • Notes 
    • Macdonald Beaumont, son of a solicitor, followed his father's profession. He remained a Londoner throughout his life but his work also involved travel including to the US, and the family settled in Seaford where he died. He had a wonderful turn of phrase as you can see from the short family history he wrote, below...'The Beaumont family exudes respectability from many pores, and intelligence from a few'.
      He left the same amount of money as his father in his will - 50,000 (2 to 6 million in todays money depending how you calculate it) - showing they were a wealthy family.

      Family history notes written by Macdonald for his son Kenneth (who went on to be a distinguished aviation lawyer and figureskater for GB) in June 1934:

      "You ask me to write something of our families. A dull story I fear, but I will make it as lttle so as possible. The Beaumont family exudes respectability from many pores, and intelligence from a few.
      It is redolant of law, with slight incursions into other wise professions. Trade has not been wooed or admired, so no large fortunes have been made. Speculation, and even gambling, have not been unknown, but the result has not warranted the attempt.

      Your grandfather James Beaumont was originally partner in the firm known as Richardson Sadler & Co. of Golden Square. Old Richardson was in advance of his day, in that in retirement he elected to live in Paris, to avoid his most amusing, scurrilous, sociaty wife, who resided in Bruton street. She had a great, and I should think unpleasant affection for your Uncle Edward, forty years her junior; and I believe that non-reciprocity and neglect to ask her to his wedding lost him a fortune. She took up with a musg less unresponsive boy afterwards, to everyones disgust, but the family did take collectively a few thousands under her will, in which she, who was devoted to animals, bequeathed a legacy for "the promotion of cruelty to animals"!

      James Baumont was the son of John Beaumont. James married Elisa Charlotte Fisher and had nine children - William Coppard, Mary Anne (Leadman), Edward, Charles George, Macdonald, Fanny Emmeline (Souper), Constance (Jones), Ellen Torlesse, and Emma Kate.

      Your great grandfather Fisher was a partner in the firm of Torr Janeway & C. (now, I think, Torr & Co.) of Bedford Row. Your great uncle Shepeard was senior, and many sons junior, partners in Shepeards (solicitors) of Finsbury and Kensington.
      Great Uncle Waller was rather a shining light as a doctor - killed by the fall of a Roman candle at a children's firework party, causing a carbuncle. Three sons followed his profession; one brilliant died of morphia and brandy; another, cleverer, and nicer, from champagne and brandy - one certainly, and both probably, had great pain. the third, mediocre, died naturally.

      I know not what great-uncle Madgewick was, but his widow was a dear, as all J.B's sisters were. Some were like aunts Ellen and Emma, others more like Aunt Fanny Souper, with a dash of go. All had biblical names - Rebecca, susan, Sarah, Sophia, Judith and Elisa.

      James Beaumont was a most courtly gentleman, ugly but with classic features. His father was better looking and, from his picture, a humourous, easygoing spark, who lost every bob of his money without complaint. The previous ancestors, from miniatures, look much the same type. The only vague hint of aristocracy in our family was given at Blenheim, when J.B.s two sisters were viewing the pictures, and stood amazed at the lifelike likeness of one to J.B. they hastened to the Curator to discover that it was "the Marquis de Beaumont", to their great content.

      Your great-grandmother, a Miss King, married Fisher at the early age of 16, a jolly-looking girl, I fancy. They both [i.e. Mrs Fisher and her daughter Eliza Charlotte] lived in Yorkshire for a time, near the Moors and to the authress of 'Jane Eyre', who was so isolated that your grand-mother (Eliza Charlotte) could not concieve how she acquired her knowledge of the world.

      Strictly we are entitled to hyphen Fisher to Beaumont, as your grandmother was the last of her race, but we have never done it, and Fisher is not a pretty name. She did have one brother who went the pace and whose death was very sudden indeed, so we did not discuss him much.

      Till I was about seven years old we lived at Highgate. I can just remember the jolly odl house and garden, afterwards take by the late Lord Justice Fry. Highgate was then a very conservative, narrow-minded place, where trade was despised, and no-one was reckoned 'in society' unles in some recognised profession. When we moved to Blackheath (before Arundel House) your grandmother was surprised at being taken into dinner by a stockbroker! However he became a great friend, James Nairn Scott. Her views expanded, she became very tolerant and broad-minded, and most sympathetic, but she disliked common people. She died at 92.

      Now we will mingle Italian warm blood with Yorkshire and Norman. Grandfather Francesco Manuel Antonini hailed from Genoa, then more a city of palaces than of merchandise. He came of a great Roman Catholic family, brislting with priests and doctrine so much so that he felt a most robust dislike for both, and, in open rebellion, forsook even his military duties to embark for England and a fortune midst the jibes and execrations of his relations. In particular one aunt, to whom he sent a beautiful diamond ring to show his prosperity, though he was really so hard up he could hardly pay for it.

      But he was a worker and could speak and write five languages, so he got into Baron Heath's English and foreign Bank, and incidently went to Brazil where he met and befriended a down and out. [note by Kenneth Beaumont: Jackson Kent told me that this down and out was an old Italian friend of Antonini's; that Antonini lent the man 1000]. Years afterwards Antonini met his debtor, now affluent in London, who asked his benefactor whether, in return for the kindness that he had never forgotten, your grandfather would care for a partnership in "Muriettas", then a very great firm. Hence your grandfather made a fortune and retired with it, when the young Muriettas and the Marchese di San Tourey became too fond of speculation and polo for his comfort. the firm failed after the Baring crisis. The Antonini fortune did not do much for the male descendents. Uncle Charles Antonini, a clever surgeon with fine appointments and credentials retired, Uncle Frank, clever as he was, did nothing with his brains.

      [note by Kenneth Beaumont: F.M Antonini married twice. By his first marriage were born Charles and Mrs Bedford. His second wife, my grandmother, died as the result of her dress catching fire at a party. Of this marriage there were four children. Maude Elizabeth who married Harrison and then Pike. Emily (who married M.B), Rose Antoinette (who married Hilhouse and then Block) and Francesco Emmanuel (Frank). The Bedfords are the descendants of a daughter of Antonini by his first wife who married E.Bedford.

      John Beaumont, the grandfather of James, was Master of the Cutlers Company in 1768. His son, John, was fined for not accepting the Mastership in 1813. Oriana Souper married Edward Wilson, who died with Scott on the latter's last expedition which reached the South Pole.]"

      source: family history notes of Macdonald Beaumont 1934

      theres a 1904 mortgage record for him in the National Archives showing he owned 7 properties in Ealing.

      Mortgage ACC/1462/029 1904 Feb 26
      1. H. Cross and Florence Cross, his wife
      2. Macdonald Beaumont of 23 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, gent
      Premises: 'Spaldwich', 'Swaffam House', and 'Leehurst', all in Regina Road, 'Claremont' and 'Ellangowan', both in Melbourne Avenue, 'Parkside' and 'Lyndhurst', being nos.9 and 10 Drayton Green Lane, all in Ealing
      Consideration: 300 at 5% p.a. interest
      Endorsed: reconveyance, dated 29 January 1906


      1861 census:
      Beaumont family live at The Grove, Highgate (which seems to be divided between different large families).
      James Beaumont is head of the family aged 52, a solicitor, born in Hackney.
      Eliza Charlotte his wife is aged 44, born in Vauxhall.
      son William is 19, an articled clerk to a solicitor, born in Highgate
      Mary Ann, daughter aged 17, also born in Highgate
      Constance, daughter aged 14, born Highgate
      Fanny aged 12, daughter, born Highgate
      Ellen, 11, daughter, born Highgate
      Emma Kate, aged 9, born in Brighton
      Charles George, aged 6, born in Brighton
      MacDonald, aged 3, born in Brighton
      And they have 4 servants living with them

      1871 Census:
      MacDonald Beaumont is a 13 yr old pupil at a school in St Pancras.


      1883 Marriage Banns:
      Read out in Parkstone St Peter, Dorset
      MacDonald Beaumont and Emily Antonini

      1891 census:
      Family live at No.8 Morden rd in Kidbrooke.
      Father McDonald Beaumont is a solicitor aged 33, born in Brighton.
      Wife Emily aged 35, born in North London
      son Kenneth aged 7, born in Blackheath
      daughter Gladys M C, aged 5, born in Blackheath
      the family have 3 domestic servants living with them.

      1899 Ships passenger list from New York:
      MacDonald Beaumont, aged 41, Lawyer, arriving at Liverpool from New York on board the 'Cymric'.

      1901 Census
      Macdonald Beaumont (41, solicitor) and Emily Beaumont (38) are stayinging in a boarding house at 19 Margaret st, Marelybone, London.
      This may seem odd given that they were wealthy, but it must have been a kind of hotel since the other boarders were all 'living off own means' rather than working, and intriguingly there are a couple of Antonini's staying there too - perhaps cousins of Emily.

      1940 Probate:
      MacDonald Beaumont of the Gate House, Seaford, Sussex died 13th May 1940...Probate London 5th July to Kenneth MacDonald Beaumont solicitor, and Gladys Maude Constance Grant (wife of George Patrick Grant). Effects 50,120.

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