James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

The marriage of Edwin James Owen

Edwin and Beatrice’s marriage was registered at North Leith, on 11 March 1887 and the registration document indicates that the marriage had taken place the previous day "by Declaration”. The witnesses were Beatrice's parents and the place of marriage appears to be a misspelling of 7 Hamburgh Place, according to Slater’s commercial directory, the address of the George Begbie Forman, the Registrar of North Leith District. Edwin, 25, of 5 Nelson Street, Edinburgh, was Minister of the Episcopal Mission, Edinburgh, and Jessie Beatrice Paterson, 22, of 6 Wardie Road, Wardie, Leith, was a spinster. The required Sheriff’s Warrant was a “Warrant of Sheriff-Substitute of the Sheriffdom of Lothian and Peebles”, dated 11 March.

Beatrice had been born at Ardleigh, Essex [Tendring 1864, 3rd qt], but the Paterson family, with a seat, Castle Huntley, near Dundee, Scotland, (the castle is now an open prison, HMP Castle Huntley!) boasted a distinguished Scottish line of descent and was thought to be descended from Henry VII. Although the marriage was legal and registered, Augustus, a one time captain in the 41st regiment, would have wanted to avoid any scandal caused by the birth of a grandchild less than two months after the marriage of her parents - hence Ivy's birth on the other side of the country - but it is a mystery why, for example when Edwin and Beatrice moved to Cornwall later in 1887, Ivy was not reunited with and raised by her natural family.

Following their move to Cornwall and perhaps concerned about the legality in England of their 'irregular' marriage in Scotland, Edwin and Beatrice were married by Licence on 13 November 1888 at St Marylebone Parish Church, London [Marylebone 1888, 4th qt]. On 9 November 1888 Jessie, had made the required marriage allegation (the document in which the couple alleged - or often just the groom alleged on behalf of them both - that there were no impediments to the marriage). It was unusual for the bride to do this; perhaps it was again Augustus who orchestrated matters since it was he who provided the information on Ivy’s birth certificate and it was he who in 1889 arranged Ivy’s ‘adoption’ by Charles Syrett, a veterinary surgeon, and his wife, Millicent. Ivy would subsequently have contact with her natural family but she would be raised in Ealing by the Syretts.