The Glyns - Part 5
Part 5 - Sir Gervas Powell and Sir Arthur Robert Glyn
Gervas, born on 3 October 1862, succeeded to the title on the death of his half-brother, George Turbervill, in 1891; he was 28 years old, an Oxford graduate and, at that point, a medical student.
Gervas had a very wide range of interests, many of which he shared with his younger sister, Margaret: they seem to have been very close, having a passion for music and collecting antique musical instruments. He travelled extensively and belonged to the Royal Geographical Society, but at an early stage he showed signs of mental instability and was frequently accompanied by attendants. One of his more unusual interests was the newly invented science of X-ray photography; he actually had the equipment for this at home and, remarkably, some of his images have been preserved.
On 19 April 1898 at St James's Church, Paddington he married 22 year old Dorothy Hislop, commonly known as Compigné1.
The marriage did not effectively last for very long, although the couple never divorced. In 1906 Gervas was found by the King's Master of Lunacy to be of unsound mind and incapable of managing his own affairs, although he did have spells when he was competent, and the Master said that he should be consulted about his affairs.
Dorothy left him and eventually went to live in Italy, at the 'Villa Glyn', Alassio. She died suddenly, whilst on a visit to Sidmouth, Devon, on 15 May 1947. Apparently Gervas provided for her generously and she attended his funeral. They had no children.
Despite his mental instability, Gervas was remembered fondly in Ewell for his kindness. He was on the committee of the Ewell Horticultural Society (as was his brother, Arthur) and allowed the Rectory House grounds to be used for flower shows; the Society still has an award called 'The Sir Gervas P Glyn Bowl'
Gervas died on 17 July 1921, aged 58, and there is a memorial to him in St Mary's, Ewell.
Arthur was born in Ewell in 1870; he was educated at Winchester and Cambridge and qualified as a solicitor.
He became very involved in public life, not just in Ewell but in all of Surrey. He was particularly interested in education and, among other things, was a member of the Surrey Education Committee, Chairman of Governors of Epsom County School for Boys (subsequently renamed Glyn School in his honour) and President of the Ewell Old Boys Association.
He loved entertaining children, taking them on rambles and trips to London, with cream cakes thrown in. Perhaps this compensated for children that he hoped to have but never did (he was once engaged, but it was broken off a few weeks afterwards); he was a County Alderman, Justice of the Peace, Chairman of Ewell Parish Council, member of the Urban District Council and President of the Epsom and Ewell Lest We Forget Association. Altogether, one's impression of Arthur is of a kind, generous, unselfish and public-spirited man. From about 1902/3 he lived in the Well House, Church Street with his sister, Margaret.
Arthur died on 4 January 1942, after developing pleurisy, and the title was merged with the Glyn baronetcy of Gaunts. The very last Ewell Glyn, his sister, Margaret, survived him by four years and she will be the subject of Part 6
Linda Jackson © November 2011
1. Dorothy's father, Edmund Hislop, had died in 1888 and her mother, Maria, then married Horatio Compigné.