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July 29, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

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2015-09-02, WO Foster portrait

WO Foster portrait by Sir Francis Grant, wearing an orange tie pin

2016-07-04, Stock pin collection from Corinna

WO Foster’s tie pin collection

Portrait of Mrs W O Foster, source - Hamilton archives 1

Mrs W O Foster portrait

Several times a day when at home in Shropshire, I look at larger-than-life portraits by Sir Francis Grant of WO Foster & his wife Isabella (nee Grazebrook of Liverpool). They bought the Apley Estate in 1867 & passed it onto WH Foster who in turn passed it on to AW Foster. It passed to the Goulburn family (AWF’s sister Grace married a Goulburn) & in turn to Gavin’s father Lord Hamilton of Dalzell. About a year ago, my mother in law gave me a box of a selection of Foster family tie pins & [detachable] shirt buttons. Over the year of wondering what to do with them (too special to wear out riding), I suddenly recognised the orange coral (?) one in the box is the one worn by WOF in his portrait (so I suppose it was one of his favourites). Nice it’s lasted over 150 years of being handed down through generations, when things so often get lost, sold, given away or thrown away.

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  1. Richard Poole / Jul 30 2016 10:56 pm

    Do you have any more information regarding Isabella Glazebrook of Liverpool. I am related to Richard Glazebrook (born Ironbridge about 1808).. He had a family in Chester, Liverpool and Birkenhead. Most of the children are on the 1851 and 1861 census. My ggggm Isabella Glazebrook was chr. in Madeley 1783 She married Thomas Poole in 1806. Looks suspiciously like a relative !

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