William McLean  Garnett-Botfield

William McLean Garnett-Botfield

Male 1881 - 1961  (79 years)    Has 62 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name William McLean Garnett-Botfield 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 29 Dec 1881  Aston Hall, Shifnal, Shropshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 May 1961  Surbiton Hospital, Surbiton, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I270015  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2001 

    Father William Egerton Garnett-Botfield,   b. 16 Aug 1849, Findon, Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1906, The Hut, Bishop's Castle, Shropshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Clulow Howard-Mclean,   b. Abt 1862, Lak Motherwell, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1921, Vaynor Park, Berriew, Montgomeryshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Married 24 Feb 1881  Shifnal, Shropshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 2 siblings 
    Family ID F109200  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Vera Dorothy Hetherington,   d. 7 Sep 1967, St Peters Hospital, Chertsey, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 19 Aug 1937 
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2001 
    Family ID F109202  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elspeth Chisholm Dickson,   b. 1886,   d. 12 May 1937, Warrendale, Coobe Lane, Kingston Hill, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 22 Jun 1912 
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2001 
    Family ID F109203  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 



    • William McLean GARNETT- BOTFIELD, was the eldest son of William Egerton GARNETT-BOTFIELD] and Elizabeth Clulow HOWARD-McLEAN the only daughter of John Howard-McLean of Aston Hall, Salop.
      William McLean Garnett-Botfield was born December 29, 1881---eleven years before his only brother, Alfred Clulow FitzGerald Garnett-Botfield. In addition to this one brother, William McLean also had a sister named Helen Stella Alexandrina who married Fredrick Feilden CORBETT- WINDER of Vaynor Park, Berriew on January 7, 1919.

      William McLean was educated at Cheam School, Eton and Trinity College Cambridge where he received an M.A.

      When his father died prematurely in 1906, young Billie [as he was popularly known] inherited the family estates at Decker Hill and Bishop's Castle. But he had little interest and talent for managing the family properties, and entrusted the day-to-day operation of the estates to his agent and property manager [a man named Harvey] and his solicitor, Salt & Sons.

      Billie first went to Canada in about 1912, and purchased a farm near Edmonton, Alberta which he named Decker Hill Farm. He intended to build a farm house there and hired an architect to draw up blueprints. But he had to return to England shortly afterwards, partly to obtain money and attend to the demands of the Shropshire properties.

      Billie evidentally planned to return to Canada, but this was hindered first by his falling gravely ill with typhoid fever, then by the outbreak of war in Europe. Billie, as well as his younger brother Clulow enlisted as officers in the British army. Clulow was killed fighting in France in May of 1915, but Billie managed to avoid front line duty and so survived the war.

      Perhaps relations between Billie and his mother and sister were never on good terms, but they took a definite turn for the worse when Billie inherited all the Botfield properties under his father's will.

      The squabbling soon erupted.

      Billie's mother received none of the Botfield properties, although she was supposed to retain use of "The Hut" at Bishop's Castle as a residence for the duration of her life. The Hut, despite its humble name, was a hug two story residence consisting of 7 bedrooms on the second floor; a drawing room, library, dining room and smoking room on the first floor, two kitchens, scullery, larder and boiler house in the rear. The house itself was on a 10 acre plot of land, with an adjoining 11 acres on one side. There was a three-stall stable, harness room and double coach house also on the property. A separate parcel of land, comprising the 182 acre Star Farm was located adjacent to The Hut and was also owned by the Garnett-Botfields.

      As the oldest maile heir, Billie was legally entitled to everything---lock, stock and barrel. But under the vague terms of his father's will, Billie was providing The Hut as well as an annual stipend to his mother. The records show that Billie was annually paying half of all the income from the Botfield estates to his mother, thus leaving an insufficient remainder for proper upkeep on the farms.

      Billie was always strapped for cash in those days. Taxes were high on the properties. His mother was bleeding him dry.

      The ill-will created by this feud over property and inheritance certianly did not died with the demise of Billie's mother in January, 1921. Mrs. Garnett-Botfield left everything she had power of appointing or disposing of to her daughter Alex, and nothing to Billie. "Very rough on him as he get neither stick nor sliver of anything belonging to his father or Decker Hill pictures, furniture or silver unless Alix wishes" says a letter from Harvey to Salt on January 20, 1921 after the reading of Mrs. Garnett-Botfield's will.

      The wrangle then continued between Billie and his sister Alix. When the houses at Decker Hill and Bishop's Castle were put up for sale, Alix ordered most of the family furniture, pictures, household effects and moveable property trucked off to her own home at Vaynor Park. Through their respective lawyers, Billie and Alix fought vendictively with each other over every personal item in the houses that Billie wished to lay claim to. And to add insult to injury, Alix had bills for repairs on her motor car sent directly to Billie for payment as well as charging him for the wages of servants to pack the belongings for shipment to Vaynor Park.

      Unwisely, Billie had great blocks of the Garnett-Botfield land holdings put up for sale at the same time...thereby lowering their market value. Tenants were offered first right to purchase the lands they occupied, and the remainder was auctioned off at a fraction of their real value. It seems Billie was in very desperate straights financially.

      It can charitably be said that Billie did not have a good head for business, and he placed too much trust in his advisors, land agents and especially in his lawyer Mr. Salt [who seems to have greatly profited from Billie's inexperience and gullibility].

      On June 22, 1912, he married his first wife, Elspeth Chisholm DICKSON, fourth daughter of David Dickson of Travant, Midlothian. She died May 12, 1937---there were no children by this marriage.

      In the same year (August 19, 1937), he married his second wife, Vera Dorothy HETHERINGTON, elder daughter of Charles Hetherington of Kingston, Surrey.

      They also had no children.

      Billie [at age 79] died on May 4, 1961 at Surbiton Hospital, Surbiton, Surrey of Carcinomatosis [cancer of the rectum]. His home address at time of death was #1, Endsleigh Gardens, Surbiton and his occupation was listed as "of private means". The informant was G. W. Hetherington, his brother-in-law.

      There is absolutely no trace of either a will or administration being probated for William McLean Garnett-Botfield---there is no registration of any such documents in the Annual Calendars of Probate from 1961 to 1995. Perhaps he died bankrupt, or had given away all of his possessions prior to his illness and death to avoid the ravages of British death duties and inheritance taxes.

      When William McLean Garnett-Botfield finally succumbed to the ravages of caner in 1961, the Garnett-Botfield name, and the great wealth the family had once possessed was at an end. He was the last of the breed...the end of the line.



      William McLean GARNETT- BOTFIELD, was the eldest son of William Egerton
      GARN ETT-BOTFIELD] and Elizabeth Clulow HOWARD-McLEAN the only daughter of
      John Ho ward-McLean of Aston Hall, Salop.
      William McLean Garnett-Botfield was born Dec ember 29, 1881---eleven years
      before his only brother, Alfred Clulow FitzGer ald Garnett-Botfield. In
      addition to this one brother, William McLean also had a sister named
      Helen Stella Alexandrina who married Fredrick Feilden CORB ETT-WINDER of
      Vaynor Park, Berriew on January 7, 1919.
      William McLean was ed ucated at Cheam School, Eton and Trinity College
      Cambridge where he received an M.A.
      When his father died prematurely in 1906, young Billie [as he was
      p opularly known] inherited the family estates at Decker Hill and
      Bishop's Cas tle. But he had little interest and talent for managing the
      family propertie s, and entrusted the day-to-day operation of the estates
      to his agent and pro perty manager [a man named Harvey] and his solicitor,
      Salt & Sons.
      Billie fi rst went to Canada in about 1912, and purchased a farm near
      Edmonton, Albert a which he named Decker Hill Farm. He intended to build
      a farm house there a nd hired an architect to draw up blueprints. But he
      had to return to England shortly afterwards, partly to obtain money and
      attend to the demands of the Shropshire properties.
      Billie evidentally planned to return to Canada, but th is was hindered
      first by his falling gravely ill with typhoid fever, then by the outbreak
      of war in Europe. Billie, as well as his younger brother Clulow enlisted
      as officers in the British army. Clulow was killed fighting in Fra nce in
      May of 1915, but Billie managed to avoid front line duty and so survi ved
      the war.
      Perhaps relations between Billie and his mother and sister wer e never on
      good terms, but they took a definite turn for the worse when Billi e
      inherited all the Botfield properties under his father's will.
      The squabbl ing soon erupted.
      Billie's mother received none of the Botfield properties, al though she
      was supposed to retain use of "The Hut" at Bishop's Castle as a re sidence
      for the duration of her life. The Hut, despite its humble name, was a
      hug two story residence consisting of 7 bedrooms on the second floor; a
      d rawing room, library, dining room and smoking room on the first floor,
      two ki tchens, scullery, larder and boiler house in the rear. The house
      itself was on a 10 acre plot of land, with an adjoining 11 acres on one
      side. There wa s a three-stall stable, harness room and double coach
      house also on the prope rty. A separate parcel of land, comprising the
      182 acre Star Farm was locate d adjacent to The Hut and was also owned by
      the Garnett-Botfields.
      As the ol dest male heir, Billie was legally entitled to
      everything---lock, stock and b arrel. But under the vague terms of his
      father's will, Billie was providin g The Hut as well as an annual stipend
      to his mother. The records show that Billie was annually paying half of
      all the income from the Botfield estates t o his mother, thus leaving an
      insufficient remainder for proper upkeep on the farms.
      Billie was always strapped for cash in those days. Taxes were high on
      the properties. Paying his mother stipend was bleeding him dry
      financiall y.
      The ill-will created by this feud over property and inheritance certianly
      did not died with the demise of Billie's mother in January, 1921. Mrs.
      Garn ett-Botfield left everything she had power of appointing or disposing
      of to h er daughter Alex, and nothing to Billie. "Very rough on him as
      he get neith er stick nor sliver of anything belonging to his father or
      Decker Hill pictur es, furniture or silver unless Alix wishes" says a
      letter from Harvey to Sal t on January 20, 1921 after the reading of Mrs.
      Garnett-Botfield's will.
      The wrangle then continued between Billie and his sister Alix. When the
      houses at Decker Hill and Bishop's Castle were put up fo


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