The barons Faringdon:
their cousinship with
The Faringdon collection was further developed by the first lords grandson and heir, Sir (Alexander) Gavin Henderson (see DNB for 1971-1980). Educated at Eton and Oxford, the 2nd Lord Faringdon had, in the 1920s, been a member of the set known as the Bright Young Things, depicted in the novels of Evelyn Waugh and Aldous Huxley. But by the time he succeeded to Buscot in 1935, he had developed a strong interest in public affairs, had joined the Labour Party, and had keenly supported the Republican cause in the Spanish Civil War. A pacifist, he served in the Fire Service in the Second World War, and afterward sat on the executive committee of the Fabian Society until 1969. He served on the London County Council as a councillor (1958-61) and alderman (1961-65). Upon the creation of the Greater London Council in 1965, he was appointed to serve on its Historic Buildings Committee.
The Faringdons American-Canadian ancestry is through the Earls of Carnwath (an extinct title), whose numbering is so confused that we have not committed ourselves on the point here. This connection has always been known to genealogists on this side of the ocean and is mentioned, for example, by E.M. Chadwick in Ontarian Families (1898), and by A.W. Ryerson in his 1916 Ryerson genealogy. In this same line, their ancestress Amelia (Ryerse) Harris was a first cousin of the eminent Methodist minister and educationist Egerton Ryerson (1803-1882).
It is purely coincidental that the two lineages shown below run through families named Harris. Those two families had no connection with one another other than tee one through the Rapalje family. Incidentally, Capt. John Harris, R.N., appears to be of unknown origin. In any case, despite the claim made on at least one website, he was certainly not a son of John Harris, of the manor of Radford, in the parish of Plymstock, Devon, by the latter’s wife Catherine Bulteel, as their son John (1784-1841) died unmarried [see Charles E. Pitman, History and Pedigree of the family of Pitman (London, 1920), 104.]
Joris Jansen Rapalje = Catalyntje Trico (1604-1663) | (ca. 1605-1689) ______________________|_____________ | | Daniel Rapalje Annatje Rapalje (1650-1725), (1646-1692+) of Brooklyn, N.Y. = (1) Marten Ryerse = Sara Clock (d. ca. 1687) (1651-1731) of Brooklyn, N.Y. | | Sara Rapalje Joris Ryerse (1687-1773) (1666 - ca. 1747) = Pieter Corn. of Bergen Co., N.J. Luyster = Anneken Schouten (1687-1759) (1666-1743) of Newtown, widow of Theunis Dey L.I., N.Y. | | | Sara Luyster Luykas Ryerse (1714-1767) (1704-1764) = Isaac Lent of Pacquanac, Morris Co., N.J. (1707-1771) Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Fishkill, = (3) Johanna van der Hoff Dutchess Co., N.Y. | | | Catharina Lent (Lieut.-Col.) (say 1743-1767+) Samuel Ryerse, U.E.L. = Francis Harris (1752-1812) (1740-1816), of Port Ryerse, Upper Canada, later of Sandy Cove, J.P., District Court Judge Digby Tp., Annapolis = (2) Sarah Underhill (now Digby) Co., N.S. widow of Capt. John Davenport | | Catherine Harris Amelia Ryerse (1767-1846) (1798-1882) = John Comfort author and diarist (ca. 1755-1830), = Capt. John Harris, R.N. of Clinton Tp., (1782-1850) Lincoln Co., of London, Ontario Upper Canada | | | Francis Comfort Sarah Bushby Harris (1800-1880), (1821-1916) of Beamsville, = (Lieut.-Col.) The Hon. Clinton Tp., Lincoln Co. Robert Alexander George Dalzell = Jemima Wilcox (1816-1878) (1801-1876) 4th son of the 9th (?) Earl of Carnwath | | Margaret Comfort Robert Harris Carnwath Dalzell, (1833-1916) (1847-1910) = John Kennedy (IV) 14th (?) Earl of Carnwath (1832-1897), = Emily Sullivan Hippisley of St. Anns, (d. 1889) Gainsborough Tp., | Lincoln Co. | | | John Kennedy (V) Violet Charlotte Dalzell (1862-1939), (1879-1956) of Melita, Manitoba, her father's eventual coheiress Canada = (Maj.) Harold Greenwood Henderson = Susanna Samantha (1875-1922) Helena Young M.P. for Abingdon (1882-1937) son and heir (in his issue) | of the 1st Baron Faringdon | | Jean Margaret Kennedy (Lieut.-Col.) (1917-2000) Michael Thomas Gavin Henderson = Richard Harry (1906-1953) Mitchelson, Jr. eventual heir (in his issue) (1914-1998), of the barony of Faringdon of Winnipeg, Manitoba = (1) Oonagh Evelyn Brassey (my natural | grandparents) | Charles Michael Henderson (1937- ) 3rd Baron Faringdon (succ. 1977) = Sarah Caroline Askew (1936- ) (issue: 3 sons, 1 daughter)
There is much material available at the familys website, Buscot Park, at http://www.buscot-park.com/. The 1st lord has been the subject of full-length biography, Henderson: a history of the life of Alexander Henderson, first Lord Faringdon, and of Henderson Administration (1985), by David Wainwright, which we have not seen.
In preparing the present page, recourse has naturally been had to the various peerages and to Whos Who. Working from the top downward, other published secondary sources bearing on the barons Faringdons Rapalje lineage besides those already listed in the Clinton table include (working from the top of the table downward):
URL = johnblythedobson.org/genealogy/famous/Faringdon.html
This page written 8 May 2001
Last revised 26 February 2011