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The Findlay and Gueritz Connections

As per the links below to the hand-drawn family tree meticulously draughted by my late Uncle Alexander (Sandy) Waddell, and the various biographies (for which I'm extremely grateful to my brother Simon) that Sandy put together from various sources. Unfortunately, no information subsequent to this is available at the moment.

Please note in the table below that familiar names are used rather than given forenames, where appropriate. These may be diminutives, alternative names (ekenames or nicknames) or simply subsidiary forenames, and I've tried to indicate these various possibilities in italicised parentheses. In every case only the first distinguishing name is given.

#IndividualSpouse / PartnerFamily
‑3Charles Findlay Annie Cosby Valentine(3, Val)

‑2Val FindlayElton GueritzJohn



Edward (Teddy)
‑2Hannah Findlay Robert Waddell Walter (Wardlaw, William)

Robert (Robin)

Alexander (Sandy)


‑1John Gueritz Mary Gardner Caroline(2)



‑1Lucy Gueritz Gerard(2) Burton Clare



‑1Eleanor Gueritz Richard(2) Feaver Richard
‑1Teddy Gueritz Pamela Jeans Amanda

0Clare BurtonStephen Pallis (?)Timothy


0Eleanor BurtonJohn Hawse (?)James

0Edmund BurtonAngela PartingtonEdward
0Amanda GueritzRichard Hawkins 

The Rude Forefathers (Part 1)

The earlier Gueritz lineage is very intriguing, and equally distinguished. I'm indebted to the website www.thepeerage.com for the details of the Elton family displayed in this next table:

#IndividualSpouse / PartnerFamily
‑5Sir Charles Abraham Elton, 6th Bt
(31 Oct 1778 – 1 Jun 1853)

son of Rev. Sir Abraham Elton, 5th Bt. and Elizabeth Durbin
Sarah Smith
(m 27 Feb 1804)
Julia Elizabeth Elton
(d 27 Apr 1881)

Lucy Caroline Elton
(1810 – 30 Apr 1885)

Mary Elizabeth Elton
(d 26 Sep 1840)

Abraham Elton
(d 20 Sep 1819)

Charles Elton
(twin? d 20 Sep 1819)

Caroline Lucy Elton
(d 16 Apr 1882)

Laura Mary Elton
(d 24 Mar 1848)

Katherine Maria Elton
(d 3 Jul 1876)

Maria Katherine Elton
(d 24 Dec 1899)

Jane Octavia Elton
(d 27 Nov 1896)

Sir Arthur Hallam Elton, 7th Bt.
(19 Apr 1818 – 14 Oct 1883)

Edmond William Elton
(14 Dec 1822 – 2 Dec 1859)

Rev Henry George Tierney Elton
(6 May 1825 – 12 Oct 1905)
‑4Lucy Caroline Elton
(1810 – 30 Apr 1885)
Rev William Tierney Elton
(1803 – 30 Aug 1874)
(m 2 Jan 1828)

son of Isaac Elton and Catherine Bayard
Lt Col Frederick Cockayne Elton VC

Frances Matilda Elton
(d May 1908)

Louisa Elton

Lucy Octavia Elton
(1847 – 13 Sep 1915)

Henrietta Sophia Elton
(d 10 Dec 1922)

Commander William Hallam Elton
(1837 – 25 Nov 1910)

Maj Gen Henry Strachan Elton
(30 Dec 1841 – 25 Aug 1934)

Charles Tierney Elton
(1852 – 11 May 1919)
‑3Lucy Octavia Elton
(1847 – 13 Sep 1915)
Rev José Fortescue Lawrence Gueritz
(Oct 1851 – 18 Oct 1945)
(m 20 Jun 1882)
Elton Lawrence Gueritz
(1884 – 11 Jul 1931),

Charles Mamerto Gueritz
(1887 – 1892)
‑2Elton Lawrence Gueritz
(1884 – 11 Jul 1931)
Eleanor Dixon Valentine Findlay
(Jan 1881 – 12 Apr 1960)
(m 17 Jul 1910)
John Elton Fortescue Gueritz
(8 May 1911 – 1975)

Lucy Valentine Gueritz
(12 Aug 1915 – 1993)

Eleanor Elton Gueritz
(7 Nov 1916 – 1990)

Edward Findlay Gueritz
(8 Sep 1919 – 21 Dec 2008)

The Rude Forefathers (Part 2)

But where did the family name originate? Rather like that of Michael Portillo, the best Prime Minister Britain never had, it was Spanish in origin. I'm indebted to the website www.familylink.com for most of the details of the Gueritz family displayed in this final table:

#IndividualSpouse / PartnerFamily
‑5José Gueritz
(1798 – 1832)

Born in San Felipé, Valencia, Spain.
Buried in Plymouth
Antonia Josepha Hermogenes Moxica Iparagheri
(1797 – 1879)
Mamerto Gueritz
(1823 – 1912)

and two siblings
‑4Rev Mamerto Gueritz
(1823 – 1912)

Born in Spain, naturalised British.
Ann Derby Lawrence
(1820 – 1902)

Born in Devon, SW England

All children born thereabouts
Mamerto George Gueritz
(b 1850)

José Fortescue Lawrence Gueritz
(Oct 1851 – 18 Oct 1945)

Mary Louisa Gueritz
(b 1854),

Edward Peregrine Gueritz
(b 1855)

? Henry Francis Gueritz
(b 1856)

Antonia Anne Gueritz
(b 1860)
‑3Rev José Fortescue Lawrence Gueritz
(Oct 1851 – 18 Oct 1945)
Lucy Octavia Elton
(1847 – 13 Sep 1915)
(m 20 Jun 1882)
Elton Lawrence Gueritz
(1884 – 11 Jul 1931),

Charles Mamerto Gueritz
(1887 – 1892)
‑3Mary Louisa Gueritz
(b 1854)
Rev Reginald Arthur Mortimer
(1851 – 2 Jul 1904)
John Lawrence Mortimer
(28 Aug 1880 – 23 Mar 1920)
‑2Rev John Lawrence Mortimer
28 Aug 1880 – 23 Mar 1920)
Helen Ida Burton
(b 1892)
(m 31 Dec 1913)

But these are deep waters, Watson. The dates all dovetail neatly, but the circumstantial details (such as are available) are mutually conflicting. For example, one José Fortescue Gueritz is said1,  2 to have been rector of St Margaret's church in Templeton from 1879–87 and subsequently (at the 1881 Census) vicar of St James' church in Swimbridge (the first vicar of which had been the famous sporting parson, the Reverend John (Jack) Russell (1795–1883)). However, the website www.thepeerage.com confidently asserts that José Fortescue Lawrence Gueritz, at the time of his marriage to Lucy Octavia Elton, on 20 June 1882, was the Rector at St. Mary's church, Montrose, belonging to the episcopal Church of Scotland.

It's even suggested that the Rev José Fortescue Gueritz was in fact Mamerto's brother, quite distinct from Mamerto's son the Rev José Fortescue Lawrence Gueritz! The jury's got to remain out on that – but it would at least be consistent with the assertion1,  2 that Mamerto was in fact the second son of José and Antonia (and that José Fortescue Lawrence Gueritz was a priest in the Anglo-Catholic (ie Episcopal) church of Scotland).

Also of interest is the origin of the forename Fortescue – when and why did it first appear in the family? An obvious, but not totally convincing, link is with the Fortescue1,  2 family themselves, who occupy to this very day their ancestral home at Castle Hill House just north of the village of Filleigh and about 6 miles ESE of Barnstaple – just a mile or two further than Swimbridge itself. Wow – a considerable coincidence, but it doesn't close the loop for me.

A link has to be sought much earlier, between the Fortescues (ie Hugh Fortescue the 2nd Earl) and the Rev Mamerto Gueritz's parish – wherever that was at that time – in the very early 1850's, when names were being considered for Mamerto's second son prior to baptism. Hugh Fortescue was notedly philanthropic, so perhaps he had just paid for the church roof to be repaired, or for a new stained glass window to be installed! Perhaps the noble lord had agreed to be godfather to the little lad, even. There's plenty of scope for further investigation.

But meanwhile, a rather curious coincidence has elbowed its way to the front of my field of inner vision, and successfully jostled for attention. My father was introduced to his future second wife Jane Hoste by his cousins John and Mary Gueritz back in the mid 1960's. But the connection went much further back that that, certainly unbeknownst to any of them. For in 1891, Dorothy Augusta Hoste, grand-daughter of Capt Sir William Hoste RN, married John Bevill Fortescue, son of the Hon George Matthew Fortescue, himself son of Hugh Fortescue 1st Earl Fortescue. George's elder brother was Hugh, 2nd Earl Fortescue, of whom we've just been hearing, and his younger brother was Rev John Fortescue – a possibly even likelier protonym for José Fortescue Lawrence Gueritz!

It's things like this that enliven the family chronicler's day, apart of course from watching Countdown.