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William Kennedy Lidderdale

Born: October 31, 1871
Hampstead, Greater London, London, Middlesex, England
Died: May 5, 1949
Cotswold, Gloucestershire, England
Kezia Morris
1842 - 1911
Edward Morris
Ann Morgan
8 Jul 1806 - 1843
Charles Sillem Lidderdale
28 Sep 1830 - 1895
John Lidderdale
18 Apr 1782 - 4 Jan 1845



Norah Beatrice Roberts

Born:  June 9, 1879
Died:  February 12, 1955, Kensington, London, England
Marriage: 1908, Hampstead, Greater London, London, Middlesex, England
    Sex   Birth   Death
Jane Hester Lidderdale   M   July 21, 1909
Hendon, Middlesex, England
  September 7, 1996
Kensington and Cheslea, London, England
Patience Elizabeth Mary Lidderdale   F   March 18, 1911
Hampstead, London, England
  December 8, 1969
Halliday Adair Lidderdale   M   June 18, 1917
Hampstead, London, England
  December 8, 1969

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He was born October 31, 1871. On leaving Uppingham, where he was in the house of its famous headmaster, Thring, William entered the Bank of England on the initiative of his uncle William, who became its Governor in 1889. He remained in the Bank for most of his working life, being too old to enlist when war broke out in 1914. Towards the end of the war he was seconded by the Bank to the Ministry of Munitions and when that work came to an end he decided, with his wife's full support, not to return to the Bank. He was, in fact, not cut out to be a banker. When, in 1922, a post as Foreign Sales Manager in a Birmingham firm, Morland & Impey, was offered to him by a brother-in-law who was its managing director, he accepted it, and later became Secretary to the firm. But commerce, like banking, was uncongenial to him and in 1929, when he retired, he was at last able to give himself wholly to the pursuits that really interested him - golf, music, bridge, billiards, gardening - and to visiting regularly his beloved brother, Hal and his New Zealand wife, Molly, of whom he was very fond - very fond also of the delicious oyster pie with which she greeted his visits.

He married Norah Beatrice, daughter of Frederick George Adair Roberts, of Oakhill Lodge, Hampstead in 1908. William and Norah had three children: Jane Hester, Patience Elizabeth Mary, and Halliday Adair.

Freemasonry had been a great interest while he was still a Londoner and he became Master of his Lodge there. He loved London (and its music halls) and found the move to the Midlands very difficult, but gradually warmed to the social life in Edgbaston which he and Norah built up. He was happy, too, at Woodstock, near Oxford, to which they moved after the outbreak of war in 1939. After a stroke in his beloved walled garden there, he died peacefully on May 5, 1949 in the panelled drawing room of their little Cotswold house in his seventy-eighth year.

The Ruridecanal Magazine of Woodstock, Oxon, and the following appreciation written by the Rector (Canon Harold Pickles). The sincere tribute of a good friend. He said "Our good friend collapsed while tending his well-loved garden on May 4th and died early the following morning. A very large congregation attended the funeral service (Requiem) to pay the last respects due to one who had endeared himself to all, through the use of his great gifts which he made available to serve the Church and Town. He was always approachable and obviously took great pleasure in the company of other people. He sought and found good in them, and was the first among us to appreciate wit and good humour. Of his work for the Church, his reading of the lessons... and his sound advice will long be gratefully remembered. Music, literature and the garden were among his greatest delights. His pride in all things beautiful was an example to us all. The Scouts and National Savings Association will treasure the valuable help he rendered them." He then mentions his devotion as a husband, father, and that he was a dear friend to all who knew him and ends, "He was worthy of the greatest honour we could pay him. I am proud to have been accounted one of his friends."

Reprinted from:
• Lidderdale, Robert Halliday, An Account of the Lowland Scots Family of Lidderdale, 1950.
• Lidderdale, Halliday Adair, The Descendants of John Lidderdale 1783-1845, 1988, unpublished manuscript.

Other Sources:
• Daniel Morgan's Genealogy Pages, Descendants of Thomas Morgan (http://www.mit.edu/~dfm/genealogy/morgan.html) and Descendants of William Lidderdale (http://www.mit.edu/~dfm/genealogy/lidderdale.html)

1881 England Census
Dwelling: 117 Abbey Road
Census Place: Hampstead, London, England
Public Record Office Reference: RG 11/172 page 9
Name Relationship Marital
 Age   Sex  Occupation Birthplace
Charles S. Lidderdale   Head Married 50 M Artist Painter (British Subject), Russia
Kezia Lidderdale Wife Married 39 F   Whitchurch, Middlesex, England
Anne E. Lidderdale Daughter Single 19 F   Marylebone, Middlesex, England
William K. Lidderdale Son   9 M Scholar Hampstead, Middlesex, England
Robert H. Lidderdale Son   7 M Scholar Hampstead, Middlesex, England
Alberta E.H. Noyes God Daughter Single 17 F   Marylebone, Middlesex, England
Susan Hayward Servant Widower 35 F Cook Norwood, Surrey, England
Annie Aldridge Servant Single 21 F Housemaid Broughton, Hampshire, England
1891 England Census
Dwelling: 76 Park Rd.
Census Place: Hampstead, London, England
Public Record Office Reference: RG 12/109 pages 8-9
Name Relationship Marital
 Age   Sex  Occupation Birthplace
Charles Sillem Lidderdale Head Married 60 M Artist Painter St. Petersburg, Russia
William K. Lidderdale Son   19 M Bank clerk London, England
Harriet Wilkes Servant Widower 44 F Domestic cook Andover, Hampshire, England
Jane Williams Servant Single 19 F Domestic housemaid Lledrod, Cardiganshire, Wales
1901 England Census
Dwelling: 34 Well Walk
Census Place: Hampstead, London, England
Public Record Office Reference: RG 13/120 page 32
Name Relationship Marital
 Age   Sex  Occupation Birthplace
William K. Lidderdale Boarder Single 29 M Bank clerk St. Johns Wood, London, England
Church of Latter Day Saints, Genealogical Office (www.familysearch.org)
Birth: William Kennedy Lidderdale October 31, 1871 Hampstead, London, England
Death: William Kennedy Lidderdale May 5, 1949 Cotswold, Gloucester, England
England and Wales General Register Office, England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes
Birth: William Kennedy Lidderdale Oct - Dec, 1871 Hampstead, Greater London, London, Middlesex, England Vol. 1a Page 583
Marriage: William Kennedy Lidderdale and Norah Beatrice Roberts Oct - Dec, 1908 Hampstead, Greater London, London, Middlesex, England Vol. 1a Page 1307

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