After writing the account of
John Adolphus Wright, his wife and his son for Occasional
Paper 7 on stories behind the gravestones in St Mary’s
churchyard, Donald Thorpe was faced with several questions
which his initial research had prompted. Recorded in the
church Burial Register is John Adolphus Wright’s burial on
20 June 1881: the officiating minister signed the entry ‘A G
Campbell, Rector of Knipton.’ As Knipton was, and still is,
a small village in the Vale of Belvoir in the north-east
corner of Leicestershire, a number of questions immediately
sprang to mind:
Who was A G Campbell?
Did he have some connection with the Wright family, and if so,
these questions, various sources of information have been
used: Crockford’s Clerical Directories, the alumni lists of
Oxford University, and Burke’s Peerage.
George III raised John Campbell (1753-1821) to the peerage as
Baron Cawdor. This 1st Lord Cawdor was married to
Caroline Howard, the eldest daughter of Frederick, 5th
Earl of Carlisle (1748-1825), and when he died in 1821, his
son, John Frederick Campbell (1790-1860) succeeded as the 2nd
Baron. Six years later, in 1827, the 2nd Baron was
advanced to an earldom and became the 1st Earl
Cawdor. The 1st Earl Cawdor had two sons. The elder
was John Frederick Vaughan Campbell (1817-1898) who succeeded
his father as the 2nd Earl in 1860, and who married
Sarah Mary Cavendish. The younger son was Archibald George
Campbell (1827-1902) whose name appears in the St Mary’s
Tickhill Burial Register.
and Revd Archibald George Campbell (referred to from now on as
‘Archibald’) went to Balliol College, Oxford. He became BA in
1848, MA in 1850, was made deacon in 1850 and ordained priest
in 1851. He was appointed Rector of Knipton in 1853 where he
remained for 30 years. John Henry Manners, the 5th
Duke of Rutland (1778-1857), who lived in Belvoir Castle less
than two miles’ distance from the village of Knipton,
appointed the Rectors of Knipton. In 1853, the Duke had been a
widower for 28 years: his wife had been Elizabeth Howard,
another daughter of Frederick the 5th Earl of
as well as becoming the Rector of Knipton, Archibald married.
His wife was Charlotte Henrietta Howard, a granddaughter of
Frederick, 5th Earl of Carlisle. Charlotte’s
parents were the Hon and Very Revd Henry Edward Howard, Dean
of Lichfield (1795-1868), and Henrietta Elizabeth Wright, the
sister of John Adolphus Wright.
and Charlotte had an only child, a son, David Campbell
(1860-1923) who married in 1888. His wife, Edith Mary Wright,
was the daughter of Henry Smith Wright MP and the
step-daughter of Josephine Henrietta Wright, John Adolphus
Wright’s daughter. Josephine had married Henry, her first
cousin, as his second wife. Henry was the son of John Adolphus
Wright’s eldest brother, Ichabod Charles Wright. Edith’s
mother had died soon after her birth in 1866. Henry and
Josephine had seven children, all of them grandchildren of
John Adolphus Wright and all of them half brothers and half
sisters to Edith.
revealed some family connections, not only those of the
Wrights and the Campbells, but also connections with the
Howards and the Cavendishes and through them, with none other
than Cecil George Savile Foljambe, widower of Louisa Blanche
Foljambe (see The Beloved Wife by Donald Thorpe – Ed.)
Archibald married a niece of John Adolphus Wright, and their
son married John Adolphus Wright’s step-granddaughter.
Archibald was the great-grandson and his wife the
granddaughter of the 5th Earl of Carlisle
Louisa Blanche Foljambe, CGSF’s first wife, was a
great-granddaughter of the 5th Earl of Carlisle.
Archibald’s sister-in-law, the wife of the 2nd Earl
Cawdor, was the aunt of Susan Louisa Foljambe, CGSF’s second
Frederick John Howard, Louisa Blanche Foljambe’s father, was
the nephew of the Dean of
and first cousin of Archibald’s wife.
this detail sheds any light on another question ‘How and why
did the Wrights move into Tickhill Castle in 1874?’ However,
in 1851 the occupants of the Castle were Richard George Lumley
(1813-1884), his wife, Frederica Mary Adeliza Drummond, and
their children. In 1856, Richard Lumley succeeded as the 9th
Earl of Scarbrough. Frederica, his wife, was a granddaughter
of John Henry Manners, 5th Duke of Rutland, and of
Elizabeth Howard, cousin to both Archibald and Charlotte, and
niece to John Adolphus Wright’s sister. Is this the beginning
of an answer to the persistent question?
question arises from a name on a 1931 map of Tickhill which
shows the house at the junction of Wong Lane and Rotherham
Road called ‘Knipton Cottage’. Did this name imply some
connection with Archibald?