Friends of Hastings Cemetery

Margaret Lilias Anderson married first FitzThomas Goldworthy, and they had one son, Thomas, and a daughter, Lilly, born in India 19th June, 1855 who died the 1st August 1856 and was buried at Cawnpore, Bengal.  FitzThomas died in 1860.

Naval & Military Gazette and Weekly Chronicle of the United Service London, England, 23 Jun 1860 - DEATHSApril 2. At sea, on board the ship “ Surrey,”  aged 31, Lieut. Fitz-Thomas Goldsworthy, late  of the 72nd Regt. Bengal N.I., and Brigade Major at Lucknow.

Margaret Lilias subsequently married John Gray MacGowan Glen and they had a son Robert Nelson John Glen, who died in 1898.

Hastings and St Leonards Observer - Saturday 10 September 1898
On the 6th inst., Cairo, Egypt, of enteric fever, Captain Robert Nelson John Glen, Army Service Corps., dearly beloved son Mr. and Mrs. Grey Glen. 24, Park-road, St. Leonards on-Sea, in his 29th[?] year. By telegraph.  Indian papers, please copy

Margaret Lillias’ sister, Mary Alison Graham, was born on Prince of Wales Island, George Town, Penang, Malaysia.  She married Robert Stirling Graham, and at the time of her death was living in Hastings with the Glens.

The Anderson sisters came from a large family, and one brother, Maj. Gen Robert Patrick Anderson, is mentioned as staying with them on the 1891 census.  He was the author of A PERSONAL JOURNAL OF THE SIEGE OF LUCKNOW, which was edited by their brother, T. Carnegy Anderson. "Captain Anderson was among the most distinguished officers who defended Lucknow against the rebel army.  He is mentioned with brilliant commendation in the despatch of Brigadier Inglis.  He lost his wife and one child, entirely from the want of the necessaries of life.  One little boy, however, survives, three years old."

John G M Glen gives his profession as India Uncovenanted Service – Retired, and Retired Inspector – Customs (1901).  The Uncovenanted Civil Service was recruited almost entirely from persons born in India, whether European, Eurasian or Asian, but John Glen was born in Scotland, so presumably gained the appointment via his wife’s family.

Mr. and Mrs Glen (or Gray Glen) are frequently mentioned in the Observer attending social events and funerals.  In December 1891, Captain Goldsworthy is reported at a St Leonards Christmas ball.  From then until his death he is quite often reported as taking part (positive notices) in amateur dramatics, mostly raising money for charitable purposes, a prime mover for a Rifle Club, attending various social occasions, a sidesman in church, and a representative of various organisations at military occasions.

Hastings and St Leonards Observer - Saturday 05 September 1903
Graham.-On September 1st, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Glen, at 24, Upper Park-Road, St. Leonards-on-sea, Mary Alison, widow of the late Robert Stirling Graham. Esq. of Kincalman and Affleck[?], Yorkshire, and eldest daughter of the late John Reid Anderson, Esq. late of the H.R.I.C.C.S and of Strogham and Dunedin,[?] Dumfriesshire, aged 84 years and three months.

Hastings and St Leonards Observer-Saturday 12 September 1908
We regret to announce the death of Mr. T. C. Goldsworthy. late Captain 3rd Battalion Middlesex Regiment, which took place on Sunday.

He was well known and generally respected both in Hastings and St. Leonards.  Captain Goldsworthy was a great amateur actor, and gave his services for the benefit of the various charitable institutions of the town.   He was the only son of the late FitzThomas Goldsworthy, who was Commissary-General on Lord Clyde’s Staff during the Indian Mutiny, and afterward Brigade-Major of Lucknow.

The funeral look place yesterday (Friday) afternoon from 21 Upper Park-road. there being many interested spectators present at Park-road corner.   At the Cemetery, where the interment took place. there were also a number at the graveside,  the Cemetery Chaplain officiating.  

The mourners were: Mr. Gray Glen (step-father) General Walter Goldsworthy, (uncle) ......... The coffin, which was of polished oak, with brass fittings, was covered with beautiful wreaths from numerous relations, for which the mourners desire to return hearty thanks.

Hastings and St Leonards Observer - Saturday 18 September 1909
MRS. GLEN. We regret record the death of Mrs.Glen, the wife Mr. Gray Glen, of 21, Upper Park-road. St. Leonards, which occurred on Monday. Mrs. Glen was nearly 82 years of age.

This distinguished lady (whose first husband was Captain Fitzthomas Goldsworthy, Brigade Major and Commissary General on the Staff of Lord Clyde), was in India during the Mutiny, and just escaped being shut in at Lucknow.  Her brother, General Anderson, Commissioner of Lucknow, was shut in with Sir Henry Lawrence and many others.  After the final capture of Lucknow by Lord Clyde, Mrs. Goldsworthy accompanied her husband, was the chief lady in the camp of Lord Clyde; she marched with the Army to Simla, where the camp was broken up. Like many other ladies who have shown heroism in times great danger, the late Mrs. Glen was of most modest and retiring disposition.

The funeral took place yesterday (Friday). The service was taken by the Rev. C. W. Cooper, Christ Church, Ore. Amongst the mourners present were: Mr. Glen (husband), General Ventris and Mrs. Ventris (niece), Mrs. Barlas and Davies (nieces), Mr. R. 11. Anderson (nephew), General and Mrs. Goldsworthy………

Graham,Goldsworthy & Glen, cont.