PAPERS OF HENRY RICHARD NOEL-HILL, 7th BARON BERWICK
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- Held At: Shropshire Archives
- System Reference: X112/20
- Document Reference: 112/20
- Date: 1867-1900
- Level: Section
- Description: This section includes material relating to the 7th Lord Berwick's twin brother and their sisters.
- Related People:
- Creator Name: Noel-Hill, Richard Henry
- Creator Name: Noel-Hill, Thomas Henry
- Creator Name: Noel-Hill, Harriet Maria
- Creator Name: Noel-Hill, Anne
- Creator Name: Noel-Hill, Ellen
- Related Materials: Additional information relating to Henry Richard Noel-Hill is available in other sections of this catalogue, for example in the financial and estate sections (112/6-10)
- Admin History Henry Richard Noel-Hill (1847-1897, frequently referred to as Richard Henry) was the first son of Rev Thomas Henry Noel-Hill (1804-1870) and Harriet Rebecca Humffreys, and twin brother to Rev Thomas Noel Noel-Hill (1847-1888), who was to succeed their father as Rector of Berrington. He was commissioned as an ensign in the 21st Regiment of Foot in 1866 (later transferred to the 34th) and inherited the barony from his uncle William Noel-Hill on the latter's death in 1882. Very little is known about the life of Henry Richard Noel-Hill other than that he spent years more or less living on board his yacht 'Clio' and that in 1869 he married one Ellen Nystrom. She applied for a judicial separation in 1871, based on an affidavit cataloguing a number of instances of physical abuse. The financial consequences of their separation involved the executors of his will in several legal cases after his death (details of which appear in papers of the eighth Lord Berwick). He died childless in 1897 and the barony passed to his nephew Thomas Henry Noel-Hill (1877-1947). The standard pedigree of the Noel-Hill family has Ellen, Lady Berwick as the daughter of a 'brukspatron' (works owner) of Malmö, Sweden. However, the couple's St Marylebone marriage register entry presents her father as Henry Nystrom, a "captain, merchants' service". In fact, her father was by then deceased, but at the time of Ellen's baptism he was a 'steward of an Indaman'. The son of a Swedish sailor who settled in London, he eventually set himself up as a grocer in Walworth, Surrey. Following the death of his wife in 1857 he put his daughters in the care of his sister-in-law in Southampton.
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