On this day, March 19th, 1915, Lord Barrymore and his family gathered for the funeral of his mother at the Church in Great Budworth, Cheshire. She was Lady de Tabley, a title she received on her second marriage. She was 93 when she died.
Lady de Tabley was born Elizabeth Jacson, in 1823 to Captain Shallcross and Frances Jacson. She married James Hugh Smith Barry in 1841 and they had four children, Arthur Hugh (Lord Barrymore), James, Geraldine and Maud. Lord Barrymore’s father died in 1856, leaving Elizabeth a widow with four children ranging in age from thirteen to six. However, she did not remarry until 1871, thirty years later. He second husband was George Fleming Warren, 2nd Baron de Tabley of Tabley House, a widower of two years. They travelled a great deal in Europe and Africa. He died in 1887.
At Lady de Tabley’s funeral, a procession of carriages and motor cars left Marbury Hall (the Smith Barry seat in England) at eleven o’clock. Among the mourners were her children, sons and daughters-in-law and grandchildren. As it was during WW1, two of her grandsons, Robert Smith Barry (Flying Corps) and Lord Willoughby de Brooke were in uniform. Interestingly, flowers were sent by some of the Belgian refugees who had been housed in the area earlier in the war. Among the many titled gentry at the funeral, newspaper accounts also note the attendance of many of Lady de Tabley’s and Lord Barrymore’s tenants and staff, including her butler Mr Perry, Mr Jones, Head Gardener and Mr Hindley, Gamekeeper from Marbury Hall.
The featured photograph shows four generations of the Smith Barry family, with, from left, Arthur Hugh Smith Barry, Mrs Jacson, his Grandmother, Geraldine Smith Barry, his daughter, and Mrs James Hugh Smith Barry, his mother, later Lady de Tabley.