John Angus Walmisley
|Born: 23 Nov 1791||Died: 7 Feb 1862||Married: Anna Maria Lambert||Mother: Mary Jackson||Father: William Walmisley||Descendant: John R. L. Walmisley|
John Angus Walmisley was the youngest son of William Walmisley (1745-1819) who had been clerk of papers to the House of Lords. He retired to the market town of Bromley, Kent, where his daughter Mary had married a pharmacist named Baxter. His five sons were choristers at Westminster School, a prestigious institution within the precincts of the abbey.
John Angus Walmisley became a parliamentary clerk and was who was one of the Earl Marshal's Gold Staff Officers at the coronations of three Sovereigns, George IV. (1821), William IV. (1831), and Queen Victoria (1838).
In 1830 and 1831 he was living at Smith Square, St Margaret, Westminster (according to the rate book). Coincidentally (or not) a William George Lambert is also living in the same place (a few houses away) although where John has a house, William has a slaughterhouse. And John is living next to a Charles Wilkes Churchill.
By 1832 his house is counted as in North Street (although it is in exactly the same place in the list).
The parish record of St John the Evangelist, Westminster, Middlesex for 1791 says: Born 1791: Nov 23rd John Angus son of William & Mary Walmisley. Baptised: Dec 18th H
On the 28th November 1805, when he was 14 years old he was apprenticed for 7 years to William Cummins, a Needle Maker of London. He was "made free by servitude this 16th day December 1812".
John married Anna Maria Lambert on the 6th September 1816 at St Johns Thanet (Margate) in Kent.
In the European Magazine and London Review, Volume 70:
Sept 6. Mr. John Angus Walmisley , son of Mr. Walmisley, clerk of the papers of the House of Lords, to Anna Maria, daughter of the late Lieutenant-colonel Lambert of the East India Company's service.
Evening Mail 23 October 1816 At Margate, on the 6th of last month, Mr. John Angus Walmisley, son of William Walmisley, Esq. clerk of the papers of the House of Lords, to Anna Maria, only daughter of the late Lieutenant-Colonel Lambert, of the East India Company's service.
Fire at Westminster Abbey
The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Chronicle from January to June 1829:
p363. Westminster Abbey on fire. April 27. This evening, about 11 o'clock, the north transept of Westminster Abbey was observed to be on fire. Mr J. Walmisley, of Smith's-square, who, with a friend, was passing at the time, immediately rang the alarm bell, and sent for some of the officers belonging to the Abbey. The writer of this instantly procured the keys of the N.W. turret staircase, which communicated to the part of on fire, and was followed by Mr. Walmisley, Mr Wm. Rose, son of Sir G.Rose, and one or two others, to whose active exertions, at the imminent hazard of their lives, are due the praise of arresting the progress of the fire. It took place in the upper story of the east side of the north transept; and several painted screens, forming part of the old scenery of the college theatre, and the flooring were on fire. The gentlemen before-named tore these down, and by a plentyful supply of water succeeded in preventing the flames communicating to the roof, which is here of wood. The cause of the fire is uncertain, but there is every reason to believe that it was wilful; since we understand from Mr. Carter, the clerk of the works, that no workman had been in the gallery for some time. An examination of the church has led to the discovery of the egress of the incendiary by a door in the south-west turret of Henry VIIth's chapel. The investigation is proceeding at Queen-square police office.
p460. The Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey have offered rewards of 50 l. for the commital, and 150 l. for the conviction, of the incendiaries who attempted its destruction (see p.363). Footmarks have been discovered near one of the water-spouts, and there appears to be little doubt that it was by climbing the water-spout that an entrance was effected. The prebendaries have deemed it necessary, to prevent in future any attempt to destroy it, to employ a watchman in the interior of the Abbey.
They had the following children, christened at St Margaret's Westminster:
- Maria Amelia Walmisley (b.27 May 1817, c. 30 July 1817) daughter of John Angus and Anna Maria, Gt. Queen Street, Gent.
- John Richard Lambert Walmisley (b. 6th April 1818, c. 9th June 1818) son of John Angus and Anna Maria, Gt. Queen Street, Gent.
- George Augustus Walmisley (b. 3 Jan 1820, c. 19 Apr 1820) son of John Angus and Anna Maria, Smith Square, Gentleman.
- Philip Moss Walmisley (b. 19 Nov 1821, c. 14 Jan 1822) son of John Angus and Anna Maria, Smith Square, Gentleman
- Maria Selina Walmisley (b. 11 July 1823, c. 8 Aug 1823) daughter of John Angus and Anna Maria, Smith Square, Gent.
- Charles MacKennon Walmisley ~1826-30
- Isabella Amelia Walmisley (b. 6th July 1829, c. 5 Nov 1829) daughter of John Angus and Anna Maria, Smith Square, Gentleman
- Walter Milbanke Walmisley ~1832
In 1832,1833 and 1834 John Argus Walmisley was registered to vote in the parish of St. Sepulchre, he was living at 12, North Street, Westminster, and his right to vote was through a freehold house at Cow Cross Street (similarly for a Robert Walmisley of 21, Abingdon Street, Westminster).
In 1834 John Angus Walmisley was also listed in the electoral register at 4 Smith Square, Westminster in the section titled "Needle Makers".
Fire at Parliament
In 1837 he submitted a claim for expenses after the fire that destroyed parliament:
The claim of John Angus Walmisley, late Extra Clerk in the Election Office, on account of Losses sustained by him at the Fire which consumed the Two Houses of Parliament, October 1834.
- A collection of Reports for the last 20 years on various subjects £20.0s.0d.
- A complete Index to Acts on various matters, made by himself from time to time (the last 18 years), with references to various clauses, petitions, reports, &c., as precedents £20.0s.0d.
- Also books, Digests of Returns on Education of the Poor; Population; General Turnpike Acts, bound; several books on Parliamentary Practice and on election matters, and various others, bound £15.15s.0d.
- A lease of his house (kept at the house for security) for which he paid (solicitor's charges) £15.10s.10d.
- A valuable cornelian seal, set in gold, with family crest £5.5s.0d.
- Another cornelian seal, set in gold, his own crest £5.5s.0d.
- Total £81.15s.10d. J.A.Walmisley, 7th July 1837.
In 1839 John Angus Walmisley was listed in the register of electors for St John the Evangelist, due to having a house on North Street. He was also listed as an elector in St. Margaret, Westminster, living at North-Street, by nature of "Scot and Lot" (a tax usually mounted on guild members).
On the night of 6 June 1841 John was a parliamentary agent living with his family at North Street, Westminster. With him was Anna, and four sons John (22, a solicitor), George (21, a clerk), Philip (19) and Charles (14).
In 1841 both John Angus Walmisley (North Street) and Thomas Forbes Walmisley (Cowley Street) both voted for Rous instead of Evans and Leader.
In 1845-1848 he was on the electoral register due to a house as occupier, as an occupying tenant, at 7, Clapham rise, 40, Parliament street (Parliamentary Agent).
The 1845 Post Office directory for London and Birmingham listed the following related entries:
- Walmisley John Angus, parl. agent, see Jones & Walmisley
- Walmisley John A. sen. esq. 7 Clapham rise, & 40 Parliament street
- Walmisley John Angus, esq. 12 North st. Smith sq. & 40 Parliament st
- Walmisley John R.L. esq. 12 North st
- Walmisley Wm. E.esq. 1 Adam st.Adelphi
- walmisley Richard, esq. 14 Serle st
- Walmisley Edwd. esq. 68 Chancery la
- Walmisley F.esq.18 Cowley st. Westmr
- Officers of the House of Peers: Clerk of Engrossments, William Elyard Walmisley, esq
The parliamentary agents Jones & Walmisley operated from 43 Parliament-street. It appears to be some kind of office perhaps, as there are other firms of parliamentary agents occupying the same building (and the building next door).
In 1850 he was listed on the electoral register for St John the Evangelist, Westminster, living at 6 Bessborough-gardens. There is a Thomas Forbes Walmisley at 18, Cowley-street, and a John Walmisley at 2, Dorset-place. For 1851 the same is true, apart from in addition a William Walmisley is living at 24, Grey-coat-street.
On the night of 30 March 1851 John was living at 170 Bessborough Gardens, Belgrave Road, Westminster. He was 57 and widowed. He was still a parliamentary agent.
In 1858 and 1859 he was again listed on the electoral register for St John the Evangelist, Westminster, living at 6 Bessborough-gardens. Thomas Forbes Walmisley is still at 18, Cowley-street, but there is a William John Walmisley is living at 5, Charlwood-street.
On the night of 7 April 1861 John was 69, still a parliamentary agent, and living with his son Charles MacKennon Walmisley and Isabella Amelia Walmisley
In the 1861 electoral register a John Augus Walmisley is listed at living at (and owning) 6, Bessborough-gardens.
John Angus Walmisley died on the 7th February 1862 at Old Brentford at the age of 70 years old.
|1862 DEATH in the Sub-district of Brentford in the County of Middlesex|
|No||When and where died||Name and surname||Sex||Age||Occupations||Cause of Death||Signature, description and residence of informant||When registered|
|321||Seventh February 1862.
|John Angus Walmisley||Male||68 (corrected to 70 on 15/02/1862)||Gentleman||Congestion of the Brain Paralysis certified.||Charlotte Sales present at death
|Seventh February 1862|
His obituary appeared in:
- The Illustrated London News (15 Feb 1862)
The Era, 16th February 1862:
John Angus Walmisley, Esq. - The death of this gentleman, who has long been well-known to the public in various important capacities, took place very suddenly on the 7th inst., at Brentford, whilst in the discharge of his duties as a Director of the Brentford Gas Company. The deceased had just attained the full age allotted to man, and until within the last few years had enjoyed uninterrupted health.
He was the youngest of the sons of William Walmisley, Esq., Clerk of the Papers of the House of Lords, the descendant of one of the ancient English territorial families whose estates were situated at Atherstone, in Warwickshire. Mr. John Angus Walmisley was formerly an officer of the House of Commons, and was the oldest Parliamentary agent.
To him was mainly to be attributed the preservation from fire, in 1829, of that venerable fabric Westminster Abbey, when its destruction was attempted by an incendiary, on which occasion Mr. Walmisley's life was endangered by his personal exertions. The Dean and Chapter of Westminster acknowledged his services by a letter of thanks.
Mr. Walmisley obtained high honours in Freemasonry, and with some few more favoured individuals had acted as an officer of the Earl Marshal of England at three Coronations, including that of our present beloved Queen.
The burial index says that he died at Besborough Gardens, Pimlico and was buried on the 13th of February 1862 at West Norwood Cemetery, London, Surrey.
He was buried at The South Metropolitan Cemetery, Norwood Cemetery, Norwood Road, Lambeth on the 13th February 1862. He was resident at Bessborough Gardens, Pimlico. He was 70 years old.
In the 1839 Robson's London and Birmingham directory:
- Walmsley J A, parliamentary agent, 12 North Street, Westminster.
Perry's Bankrupt Gazette, 5th June 1841. Assignees of Bankrupts' Estates: MARCH, Richard, hatter - Assignee, John Angus Walmisley, of North st. Westminster, gent.
London Standard, 25th August 1849: Marriages: On the 23d inst., at Battersea Church, George Augustus, second son of John Angus Walmisley, Esq., of Bessborough-gardens, Pimlico, to Ann, eldest daughter of William Lamboli Bryant, Esq., of Clapham-rise.
Reports from Committee, Houses of Parliament, 31 January - 17 July 1837: The Claim of Messr.s Jones & Walmisley on account of Losses sustained by them at the Fire which consumed the Two Houses of Parliament, October 1834. A great variety of different Acts of Parliament passed in the Sessions from 1816 to 1834, inclusive, put by as precedents for the use of Members of Parliament and others who might apply for the same, and for facilitation their business as Parliamentary Agents . . . . £50 7th July 1837. Jones & Walmisley
- The youngest son, John Angus Walmisley (1791-1862), Jessie's grandfather, became a parliamentary clerk and was an official at the coronations of George IV (1821), William IV (1831), and Victoria (1838), "probably a unique event in the lifetime of any man" ("Death of Major Walmisley" 1915).
London Evening Standard 06 January 1900 Death: Rigden,- January 2d, 1900.. Robert Walmisley Rigden, the beloved son of the later Robert Rigden, of Elham, grandson of John Angus Walmisley, of Westminster, and great grandson of colonel Lambert, to the inexpressible grief of his widowed mother and family.
London Evening Standard 27 November 1903 Rigden.- On the 14th inst., at Elham, a loving and devoted mother, Maria Selina, widow of the late Robert Rigden, daughter of the late John Angus Walmisley, of Westminster and Atherstone, Warwickshire, and granddaughter of the late Col. Lambert, Governor of Bombay. (Note: this report is inaccurate - Jonathan Duncan was the governor of Bombay for 16 years covering the time up to the death of Col. Lambert)
Morning Advertiser 19 April 1854 On the 15th inst., at St. Peter's, Pimlico, by the Rev. Thomas Fuller, M.A., Wlater Milbanke, youngest son of John Angus Walmisley, Esq, of Bessborough-gardens, Belgrave-road, to Emma, eldest daughter of the late James Burrows, Esq., of Lower Belgrave-place.
Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser 27 March 1915 Major Walter Milbanke Walmisley, of the City of London Artillery Brigade (5th London Division, R.A.), died on Monday at Glendalough, Wallington, in his 84th year. Major Walmisley, who held the Volunteer Decoration, was the son of the late Mr/ John Angus Walmisley, who was one of the Earl Marshal's Gold Staff Officers at the coronations of three Sovereigns, George IV., William IV., and Queen Victoria.
Application of Philip Moss Walmisley to the Bengal Infantry
On the 7th December 1842 his son Philip Moss Walmisley was accepted into the Bengal Infantry of the East India Company. He gave a recommendation for his son, and witnessed the signing of the form.
In the entrance form Philip listed his education as Westminster School, Stutton Hall Carlaverock near Dumfries, and King's College. It was Classical and Mathematical.
He lists his father as J.A.Walmisley Esq, of 7 Clapham Rise and 40 Parliament Street.
Chapter 8. The Parliamentary Office in the Early Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Biographical Notes on Clerks in the House of Lords 1800 to 1939.
Clerk of the Journals
1819 Walmisley, E.G. (next 1835) 1866 Walmisley, W.E. (next 1873)
Copying Clerk 1800–35 1799 Walmisley, W. (next 1819)
Chief Clerk 1835–1918 1835 Walmisley, R (next 1840)
Clerk of Public Bills 1849–1939 1849 Walmisley, W.E. (next 1866) 1866 Walmisley, H. (next 1871)
WALMISLEY, Francis Clerk 1826–1833 (RK (1827), 46; (1833), 48). Relationship to other Walmisleys, if any, unknown.
WALMISLEY, Henry Extra Clerk 1826–19 July 1845 (PO 106, p. 50). Clerk 19 July 1845–1866 (PO 549/1, pp. 19–21). Clerk of Public Bills 1866–26 Nov. 1870 (PO 106, p. 49). Died 26 Nov. 1870. Son of William Walmisley (died 1822) (q.v.) and Eleanor, daughter of – Elyard of the London Stock Exchange. Grandson of William Walmisley (died 1819). Nephew of Edward George Walmisley and Robert Walmisley. Brother of William Elyard Walmisley (qq.v.). Born 9 Oct. 1810. Married 23 Mar. 1842 Ann (died 17 Aug. 1882), daughter of T.W. Hodgson and widow of C. Wilkinson. Registers of St John’s, Westminster, iii, 94; Westminster Register, ii, 960; Prob. 11/1857, f. 56, will of Edward George Walmisley 1836.
WALMISLEY, John Hayden Clerk 1815–19 (RK (1816), 48; (1819), 44). Possibly identical with John Angus (sic) Walmisley, 5th son of William Walmisley (died 1819) (q.v.) and Mary, daughter of Thomas Jackson of Bewdley, Worcs. who was born 23 Nov. 1791, married 6 Sept. 1816 Anna Maria, daughter of Colonel William Lambert E.I.C.S and died 6 Feb. 1862. John Angus Walmisley was educated at Westminster and was a parliamentary agent, Extra Clerk to Clerk of Privileges and Elections, House of Commons c. 1823–36 and Deputy Chief Usher of Court of Exchequer 1842–52. Westminster Register, ii, 960; House of Commons Papers (1833), xii, 230–1, 255; (1834), xi, 405; RK (1824), 89; (1836), 90; Chief Usher of Exchequer Papers; Commons Clerks, 96.
WALMISLEY, Robert Extra Clerk 1800–13 (PO 106, p. 37). Clerk 1813–22 (RK (1814), 48; (1822), 46). Clerk of Ingrossments 1822–5 Oct. 1835 (RK (1823), 46). Chief Clerk 5 Oct. 1835–5 July 1840 (PO 549/1, p. 11). Retired 5 July 1840 (LJ, lxxii, 551). 4th son of William Walmisley (died 1819) (q.v.) and Mary, daughter of Thomas Jackson of Bewdley, Worcs. Brother of Edward George Walmisley and William Walmisley (died 1822). Uncle of William Elyard Walmisley and Henry Walmisley (qq.v.). Born 28 Jan. 1786. Married 16 Nov. 1811 Elizabeth, 1st daughter of Robert Selby of Kingsbury, Middlesex. Died 1 Dec. 1843. Educated: Westminster. Messenger, Court of Exchequer 1823–43. Westminster Register, ii, 960; Chief Usher of Exchequer Papers.
WALMISLEY, William Clerk 1777–99 (MI Bromley, Kent; RK (1781), 67; (1799), 68). Copying Clerk 1799–17 Jan. 1819 (RK (1800), 32; (1819), 44). Died 17 Jan. 1819. Parentage unknown. First cousin of Edward Blackstock, Copying Clerk 1765–99. Father of Edward George Walmisley, William Walmisley (died 1822) and Robert Walmisley. Grandfather of William Elyard Walmisley and Henry Walmisley (qq.v.). Born about 1745 being in 74th year at death. Married (2) 15 Mar. 1778 Mary (died 4 Apr. 1822), daughter of Thomas Jackson of Bewdley, Worcs. Westminster Abbey Registers, ed. J.L. Chester (Harleian Society, x, 1876), 462 n. 5; Westminster Register, ii, 960; Marriage Register of St Margaret’s, Westminster; Monu- mental Inscription, Bromley, Kent.
WALMISLEY, William Clerk 1797–c. 1820 (RK (1798), 68; (1819), 44). Clerk of Inrolments c. 1820–16 Apr. 1822 (RK (1820), 44; (1822), 46). Died 16 Apr. 1822. 2nd son of William Walmisley (died 1819) (q.v.) and Mary, daughter of Thomas Jackson of Bewdley, Worcs. Brother of Edward George Walmisley and Robert Walmisley. Father of William Elyard Walmisley and Henry Walmisley (qq.v.). Born 9 May 1780. Married 26 Apr. 1808 Eleanor, daughter of – Elyard of the London Stock Exchange. Educated: Westminster Westminster Register, ii, 960; Registers of St John’s, Westminster, xxvi, 188.
WALMISLEY, William Elyard Clerk 1 Jan. 1823–5 Oct. 1835 (PO 106, p. 50; RK (1823), 46). Clerk of Ingrossments 5 Oct. 1835–1849 (PO 549/1, p. 12; RK (1849), 46). Clerk of Public Bills 1849–1866 (RK (1850), 61; LJ, lxxxii, 113). Clerk of Journals 1866–24 Feb. 1873 (PO 106, p. 39). Retired 24 Feb. 1873 (LJ, cv, 206). Son of William Walmisley (died 1822) (q.v.) and Eleanor, daughter of – Elyard of the London Stock Exchange. Grandson of William Walmisley (died 1819). Nephew of Edward George Walmisley and Robert Walmisley. Brother of Henry Walmisley (qq.v.). Born 29 Jan. 1809. Died 16 Jan. 1875. Registers of St John’s, Westminster, iii, 87; Westminster Register, ii, 960; Prob. 11/1857, f. 56, will of Edward George Walmisley 1836.
Edward George Walmisley
In 29 Oct 1828 a Shaftesbury Edward Walmisley (b. 3 June 1828) was christened at St Margaret's, Westminster but the parents were Edward George Walmisley (Esquire) and Mary Selina Sybella Walmisley, Abingdon Street. This turns out to be John Angus' elder brother.
Edward George Walmisley's marriage (as a widower)on 9th August 1825 at St George, Hanover Square to Mary Selina Sybella Bradshaw was attended by:
- Thomas Harris Bradshaw (her father)
- E Walmisley
- M E/L? Lambert
- J.A. Walmisley (presumably John Angus Walmisley)
- A.M. Walmisley (presumably Anna Maria Lambert)
Who is this ME Lambert?
Edward George Walmisley's father (according to his grant of a coat of arms) was William Walmisley of the parish of St. John's in the city of Westminster.
From "Biographical Notes on Clerks in the House of Lords 1800 to 1939":
WALMISLEY, Edward George Clerk 1799–1819 (RK (1800), 32; (1819), 44). Clerk of Journals 1819–19 Sept. 1835 (RK (1820), p. 44). Died 19 Sept. 1835.
1st son of William Walmisley (died 1819) (q.v.) and Mary, daughter of Thomas Jackson of Bewdley, Worcs. Brother of William Walmisley (died 1822) and Robert Walmisley. Uncle of William Elyard Walmisley and Henry Walmisley (qq.v.).
Born 26 Dec. 1778. Married
- (1) 9 Nov. 1810 Amelia Matilda, widow of Frederick Fox of Westminster;
- (2) 29 Aug. 1825 Mary Selina Sybella (died 5 Mar. 1834), daughter of Thomas Harris Bradshaw, Senior Clerk in Post Ofﬁce.
Educated: Westminster. Westminster Register, ii, 960.