Effie (Gladstone) Lysaght
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Elizabeth Stavert (Gladstone) Lysaght (1866 - abt. 1956)

Elizabeth Stavert (Effie) "Aunt Bessie" Lysaght formerly Gladstone
Born in Nailsea, Somersetmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 26 Jun 1890 in Londonmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Braunton, Devon / Castleford, Chepstowmap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 21 Mar 2012
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Effie was born in 1866. Effie is the child of John Gladstone and Euphemia Harris. [1]

She was a very keen photographer, using her own high quality camera and darkroom facilities to process her black and white photographs.

For much of her married life, she lived at Castleford (Chepstow) until the death of her husband, William Royse Lysaght, after which she moved to Braunton in North Devon where she died.

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Rebecca Winter wrote on 17 May 2017:

I received the following information today from a very helpful gentleman named Richard at Weatherbys,

"Hi Rebecca,

I have been able to find out the following...

Bessborough won the Chepstow Summer Cup on the 7th and was owned by Mr W. R. Lysaght and ridden by J. K. Robertson. He was sent off at 7/1 and won the race by a head."

How exciting to know the name of the jockey, the odds and how much Bessborough won the race by!!

Kindest regards,


posted 20 May 2017 by Michael Thompson   [thank Michael]
Terry Morgan's mother has now died, but he has found old papers amongst her possession which are worth recording. One is a letter from Effie Lysaght to his mother, transcribed here written from Saunton Millstones, near Braunton, North Devon on 21st November 1949:

"My dear Molly, I am so sorry that you have never been paid for cleaning the silver, you did it so beautifully too. I am writing to Mr Frances and I will ask him to see that you have the money. I am so glad that you are looking after Castleford and Mr Desmond. Mr Desmond says how good you are. I can't bear to think what Castleford must look like now, it is so sad after all our years there. However, I am getting on very comfortably here and was very lucky to have Millstones to come to, and to have so many friends and relations near me. With best remembrances, yours very sincerely, E.S. Lysaght".

Terry goes on to say:

"I also have more accurate information about the horse in the large painting in the drawing room at Castleford House.

This horse called Bessborough was owned by W R Lysaght and won a race on the first day that Chepstow racecourse was opened. Both Mr W R and Mr Francis (the Chepstow solicitor mentioned in the letter) were two of the ten “gentry” and businessmen who owned and set up the racecourse in 1925. W R also owned Chepstow Castle before that was transferred by the family to the Ministry of Works in the 1950’s.

I am still clearing out my mother’s flat and, if I find anything else of interest, I will contact you again."

posted 27 Aug 2013 by Michael Thompson   [thank Michael]
Terry Morgan wrote in September 2012:

THE LYSAGHTS OF CASTLEFORD My mother, Mollie Morgan, went to work at Castleford House in her late teens for a brief period as a domestic servant. Then, in about 1944, she was asked to return as they were short of staff because of the war effort. She continued to work there, finally staying on as housekeeper to Desmond Lysaght, until the house was sold in 1949. In 1946 we moved into a house in Elmdale (on the opposite bank to Chepstow Castle) belonging to the Lysaght estate where the rental was about 7/- per week. Mother bought the house many years later for about £700. On numerous occasions we would stay overnight at Castleford and I was allowed to roam both the grounds and the house when the Lysaghts where not there, provided I didn’t touch anything! When the Anderson grandchildren came to visit I was allowed to play with them, I particularly remember the miniature steam railway set out in the grounds and the croquet on the lawn. During the summers my mother went on working “holidays” to Millstones in Saunton with Mrs Lysaght and to the Anderson family at Summers in West Clandon. We travelled to Saunton via the Beachley-Aust Ferry in the big family car either driven by Bill King, the chauffeur, or Miss Morgan, companion to Mrs Lysaght. I would play down on Saunton Sands and watch a Duck (DUKW), left over from the Second World War, race up and down the beach carrying paying customers. At Summers I was fascinated by the goldfish in the little ponds in front of the house and helped to collect apple windfalls from the orchard with the gardener. We travelled there by various trains from Chepstow Station. Back at Castleford, Desmond Lysaght worked at John Lysaght ironworks in Bristol and travelled daily by car to Severn Tunnel Junction, then by train to Bristol. When the house was sold, my mother and I were able to choose some mementoes – I still have a rattlesnake’s tail and a glass cabinet containing two stuffed curlew sandpipers from the wonderful museum. I have recently discovered that Desmond donated the bird collection to Birmingham Museum. The museum was a wonder to me containing many large stuffed animals and birds and drawers of butterflies and moths. When it was being cleared, I remembered helping to carry a large boa constrictor down into the boiler room to be burnt – sacrilege! I was also given a copy of Jane’s Fighting Ships 1939, which has pencil entries (presumably by Desmond Lysaght) of the ships lost in the Second World War. I was also fascinated by a huge oil painting of a racehorse called Bessborough, which I have just located online in the General Stud Book, born in 1845. Memories came flooding back in recent years when visiting Castleford (now a nursing home) to see old friends. If my mother has to go into a care home she insists that it has to be Castleford! Terry Morgan 30/09/12

Terry's mother is now aged 97.

posted 1 Oct 2012 by Michael Thompson   [thank Michael]
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