WOODHOUSE, Isabel Hervey

1857 - 1911

Isabel Woodbouse

Born at Westminster, London on 6 December 1857 and baptised Isabel Hervey Woodhouse at St George's Hanover Square, London on 4 January 1858, only child of William Hervey Woodhouse (1823-1859), a Liverpool wine merchant, and his wife Sarah Ellen née Cole (1837-1884). William Hervey Woodhouse, died at Irnham Hall, Bourne, Lincolnshire in 1859, his manor and estate at Irnham passed to his young daughter, Isabel. In 1861, Sarah was a 24 year old widow, born Birkenhead, land holder, living at 9 Cannon Place, Brighton with daughter Isabel and kept two indoor servants. Isabel's mother married again at St Andrew's, Hove, Sussex on 19 December 1867, Alexander Crowe, a wealthy East India merchant, living at 45 Hyde Park Square, London. Their children, all born around Westminster, were Charles Alexander (1868), Alice Rosina (1870), Matilda Emmeline (1872), Cecil Hervey (1873) and Elizabeth Mary (1874). By 1881 they had moved from London to Pinewood, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire where 23 year old Isabel was living with her 45 year old step-father, who was blind, and 44 year old mother with three step-siblings and they kept eight indoor servants. Sarah died at home on 10 August 1884, aged only 47 and by 1891 Alexander had moved to East Blatchington, near Seaford, accompanied by his sister-in-law, Catherine Cole, and he died on 2 September 1894. As Isabel Woodhouse, a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1884-1890 exhibiting from 6 Queen's Terrace, Windsor in 1886 two oils 'Two-Decker Salute' and 'The Old Windmill', in 1887 'The Winter Walk', 'Brig Entering Port', 'Abondoned' and another, in 1888 'H.M.S. Mercury', 'H.M.S. Inconstant' and H.M. the Queen, at the Review 1845' and in from Pinewood, Stoke Poges a watercolour 'H.M.S. Eurydice' and another. She married at Windsor, Berkshire on 30 April 1889, Capt. John Gordon Wolrige-Gordon (1859-1925), Isabel was the principal landowner and lady of the manor at Irnham. In 1891, they were living at Manydown, Somerset Road, Farnborough, Hampshire when 31 year old John Gordon was a Justice of the Peace and they had an 8 month old son Gordon (1890-1939). She died at 53 Queensgate, Kensington, London on 28 February 1911, aged 53. Her husand, a retired colonel in the army and Chief of the Clan MacLeod of Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, died at Ellon, Scotland on 30 September 1925. Isabel's maiden name is sometimes given as Wodehouse or Woodehouse.