MacKENZIE, Miss Beryl Maria Baskerville

1866 - 1949

Born at Dumphries, Scotland in 1866, only child of Edward Phillippe MacKenzie and his wife Helen Jane née Baskerville. In 1871, Edward Mackenzie purchased Downham Hall, Santon Downham, Suffolk who had the Hall put into good order and in 1879 was described as a 'noble mansion built of white Suffolk brick, situated in a well-timbered park...the heart of an extensive game preserve, and the gardens are laid out in the Italian style'. In 1881 the family were living at their London home at 14 Seymour Street, Marylebone, with 14 year old Beryl, her parents, 39 year old Edward, who was born in France, and 37 year old Helen, with six indoor servants. As Miss B. MacKenzie of Downham Hall, she exhibited an oil painting 'Studies from the Round' at the 1882 Bury & West Suffolk Fine Art Circle exhibition. They were the last family to live at the Santon Downham estate and in 1918 it was sold for 75,310 and a short time after the Hall was demolished. Beryl married at All Saints', Langham Place, London on 30 August 1890, Major General Sir Geoffry Barton (1844-1922) and they had three children, Philip born London 1891, Charles born Downham 1893 and Joanna born Croxteth Park, Norfolk in 1894, but all three were baptised at Downham. Geoffry Barton retired from the British Army in August 1904 and settled in Craige, Dumfrieshire, Scotland. Beryl died at Western House, Marlow, Buckinghamshire on 4 October 1949. There was a portrait of Mrs Geoffry Barton at Downham Hall 'Seated, body and face full, straw hat on head, white dress and nursing a dog'