BEGBIE, Hugh Hope-Grant

1886 - 1964

Hugh Hope-Grant Begbie, was born Framsden, Suffolk on 2 April and baptised at Framsden St Mary church, near Ipswich on 4 July 1886, son and sixth child of Revd Alfred John Begbie and his wife Mary Constance née Fosbery, who married at Milverton, Warwickshire, on 8 May 1878. In 1891, Hugh was a 5 year old living at The Street, Framsden with his seven siblings, Mary Emily 11, born Brighton, Grace Constance 10 and Evangeline A. both born at East Meon, Hampshire, Isabel Ruth 8 born Hertfordshire, Alfred Vincent 6, Olive Maud 3 and Irene Beatrice 1, all born at Framsden and they were looked after by five indoor servants. By 1901, they had moved to The Rectory, Horton, Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire where 52 year old Alfred was the local rector. In 1901, Hugh entered St Lawrence College, Ramsgate and on leaving in 1903 enlisted in the Royal Navy and in 1911 was living in Portsmouth and promoted Lieutenant in 1909. During the First World War a Lieutenant Commander based at the Naval Training Establishment at Shotley, near Ipswich and was mentioned in dispatches, retiring with the rank of Commander. A landscape artist in watercolour and exhibited seven works at the Royal Watercolour Society 1932-1935. He married at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in 1937 Ella M Lockwood and they had a daughter Rosemary Georgiana [Campbell]. Hugh Begbie died at Willow Field, Little Sodbury, near Bristol on 6 October 1964.