Request for Question Clarification by
10 Oct 2006 03:24 PDT
Thank you for the song. Tomorrow has arrived and there?s been plenty
of red herrings flowing over this weir.
I can tell you all about the layout of the cottage, but frustratingly,
not who lived there in 1923. However, a trip to your library may give
a name for 1920. I will then be able to research it further. You need
the Times on microfilm. The digital option is no good. Unfortunately
my local library does not have back copies of the Times on microfilm.
Before I go on, I presume you tried the Council Rating Books if they
had them in the archive?
This is my research.
Weir Cottage is in Shepperton, opposite Shepperton Weir. It may have
been converted into a hotel. Weir Cottage, Chertsey, is a different
This is the area on Streetmap.
This is a link to three images I have loaded up. Download to your
computer to view properly.
1875 map where you will see Weir Cottage marked.
2 modern aerial views of the same location.
Land Registry provides two addresses for this location:
Thames Court, Towpath, Shepperton, TW17 9LJ
Thames Court Hotel, Towpath, Shepperton, TW17 9LJ
I do not known whether the Land Titles (available at £3) would give
historical ownership information.
It may be worth trying.
Should you wish to visit the location, this page provides directions.
The copy of the Times you need to view on microfilm is page 1 of
Tuesday, July 20, 1920. The digital version is unclear. It appears to
be a short surname.
The far right-hand column has ?Situations Vacant? for Parlour maids.
The 7th advert down gives the address of Weir Cottage, Shepperton.
Maid wanted. Two in family; three maids; good home Apply Mrs? xxxx.
The Times reports that the property was owned in 1912 by a William
Yates who died that year. It was sold in October 1912 (purchaser not
In 1928 it was again up for sale (owner not known). It was described
as ?Facing Shepperton Weir? with a ?lounge hall, two reception,
billiards room with gallery, two staircases, quaint Dutch room, 7
bedrooms, bath room, ample offices.? 2½ acres of gardens.
Again up for sale in 1936. Described as ?Oak, cedar, and mahogany
panelling and old Dutch tiles adorn the modestly named Weir Cottage,
Shepperton.? Private landing stage.
Sold on behalf of executors.
I have tried the telephone directories on Ancestry.co.uk but they
require a name to search and check the number you supplied.
These are some of the telephone directory entries for George and
Donald Makgill but they all relate to London. I would have to pay for
these to confirm the information, but these seem identical.
Sir Donald Makgill, Carlyle Square
Sir Donald Makgill, 25 Tedworth Sq S.W.3
Sir George Makgill, 9 Earls Terrrace W.8
1923 and 1926
Sir George Makgill, 99 Eaton Place
Now to the antecedents of Douglas Makgill.
You?ve probably seen the Wikipedia entry. I have checked this against
Who Was Who and it appears to be correct. In addition, he was a late
Lt Coldstream Guards; education: Eton; RMC.
?Sir John Donald Alexander Arthur Makgill, 12th Viscount of Oxfuird
(Scotland 1651), 12th Lord Makgill of Cousland (Scotland 1651), 12th
Baronet (Nova Scotia 1627). (31 December 1899 - 1986).
Eldest son of Sir George Makgill, Bt (de jure 11th Viscount).
He married, firstly, 5 July 1927, Esther Lilian Bromley, daughter of
Sir Robert Bromley, 6th Bt. and Hon. Lilian Pauncefote. Divorced 1943.
He married, secondly, 6 October 1955, Maureen Magan (died 17 July 2002
aged 87), youngest of the three daughters of Lt.-Col. Arthur Tilson
Shaen Magan, CMG, and Kathleen Jane Biddulph.
Sir John Donald Alexander Arthur Makgill, 12th Viscount of Oxfuird
gained the title of 12th Viscount of Oxfuird 1977.
The Viscount had children by his first wife: Anne Elizabeth Jean
Makgill b. 8 Aug 1928, d. 6 Sep 1928 Hon. Diana Mary Robina Makgill b.
4 Jan 1930
He was succeeded by his nephew.?
National Archives indicate he was a member of the Special Operations Executive.
"Records of Special Operations Executive
HS 9 Special Operations Executive: Personnel Files (PF Series)
Covering dates 1939 Jan 01 - 1946 Dec 31
Scope and content
Sir John Donald Alexander Arthur MAKGILL k/a Donald - born 31.12.1899;
Stanislaw MAKOWSKI aka Jean ROMIEU - born 10.05.1914, died 23.08.1944;
Guy Gaetan Marc Louis DE MAL aka Guy DE MUNCK - born 15.08.1917;
Anthony MALABRE - born 30.10.1921; Stanislav MALACHTA - born
05.11.1899; Marcel Jacques MALAISE - born 07.03.1914; David
Huntingford MALAN - born 21.03.1922; John MALANDRE - born 21.02.1916;
Albert MALAPERT - born 22.08.1915"
One London Gazette entry for Makgill.
22 June 1934. Page 26 of 72
"NOTICE is hereby given that the Partnership heretofore-subsisting
between us, the undersigned,
Dr. George Brook, William Clarke and Sir Donald Makgill, Baronet,
carrying on business as a Trust Syndicate, at 50-51, High Holborn,
London, W.C.l, under the style or firm of " THE BROWNLOW TRUST," has
been dissolved by mutual consent as from the sixteenth day of June,
1934. All debts due and owing to or by the late firm will be
respectively received and paid by the said Sir Donald Makgill, Baronet
and William Clarke ? the said business will be carried on in the
future by the said Sir Donald Makgill,
Baronet and .William Clarke.?As witness our hands this 16th day of June, 1934.
GEORGE BROOK, Ph.D.
J. D. MAKGILL.
(192) W. CLARKE,"
The Makgill family have placed their papers in the Scottish archives
(means a visit to Bonnie Scotland). There may be information there
including photographs. Warning the page takes a long time to load.
?GD82/484-491 Printed papers and photographs, 19th-20th centuries
GD82/492-500 Genealogical papers etc., 1896-1920?
From the Times
June 09, 1927 announcement of forthcoming marriage. Sir Donald Makgill
Bart of Kemback and Miss Esther Lilian Bromley.
September 19, 1927
Marlborough Street Police Court, Pleaded guilty to unnecessary
obstruction with motor car. He had failed to answer a summons and a
warrant for his arrest was issued. Fined £5.
April 16, 1928
Involved with his brother Richard in a road traffic accident in Eaton Square.
January 07, 1930
The Scotsman newspaper has an archive and a search of that produces
four hits which may be identical, including a possible photograph.
However, their site is not working properly at the moment because of a
?hardware failure?. You may want to go back later and purchase these
articles. This is search term already formatted.
A short biography appears in Feminine Fascism: Women in Britain's
Fascist Movement, 1923-45
By Julie V. Gottlieb
Makgill Sir Donald
?Sir Donald was Baronet of Kemblack and formerly a lieutenant in the
Goldstream Guards. One of the BUF Contact Officers - with duties to
attract members and gain support from other organizations - and one of
the founders of the January Club. Suspended with his wife from the BUF
in April 1934 and not permitted to take part in any BUF activities. He
resigned from the BUF in May, 1934.?
I presume you?ve seen the comments on this page.
I also tried the Surrey Archive Office, but no luck.
Let me know if you need anything else or clarification.