James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants
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Sir William Duthie, M.P.

Late in 1939 Betty and Elsie rented a small farm in Llanrhaiadr-ym-Mochnant, Montgomeryshire; my mother visited them there as did Elsie’s mother. After two years they were unable to renew the lease and for about ten years they lived in various rented properties in Montgomeryshire and in Derbyshire, including one at Ingleby Toft, near Melbourne, Derbyshire where their paths crossed that of John Morgan-Owen and his family.

Elizabeth Duthie, c1946 It was in the 1945 election that Bill became the Conservative MP for Banffshire; having become increasingly involved in Government business, this was but a small step. He was an MP for almost 20 years, eventually retiring at the General Election of 1964. His special interest was the fishing industry and from October 1961 until November 1963 he sat as an Independant having opposed the Sea Fish Industry Bill and had his party whip withdrawn.

While he was Chairman of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fisherman from 1954 until 1972 he greatly improved its structure and finances. In 1959 for his Parliamentary and Public work Bill was made a Knight Bachelor. On becoming Sir William Duthie his children gave him a jar of bicarbonate of soda, For use on windy knights - like many politicians, he was something of a windbag!

In 1951 the family bought a sheep farm Inverchapel Lodge by Dunoon, Argylshire and in 1958 a smallholding, Sandlings Farm, Lydeard St. Lawrence near Taunton, Somerset, where they remained until Bill had fully retired from public life. In 1974 they bought, in their daughter Betty’s name, another small place near Insch, Aberdeenshire, where they lived out the remainder of their lives.