Nobility and Gentry (continued)

Ley.Francis Ley, J P., Manor House, Epperstone, Notts; only son of George Ley, of Burton-on-Trent; born 1846. A Justice of the Peace for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, and Lord of the Manor of Epperstone; Vice-President and Vice-Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society; interested in many important commercial undertakings and controls and directs Ley's Malleable Castings Company, Ltd., at Derby, which is one of the largest enterprises of its kind in Europe. Married, first, 1870, Georgina, daughter of the late George Willis, of Aislaby Hall, Yorks, and second, Alison Catherine, daughter of the late John Jobson, J.P., of Spondon, Derbyshire; has issue, by first wife, one son, H. Gordon, and two daughters, Agnes Willis and Ethel, and by second wife, two sons, Christopher Francis Aden, and Maurice Aden.

Masterman.His Honour Judge William Masterman, J.P., M.A., D.C.L., Clifton Old Rectory, Nottingham; eldest son of the late Henry Masterman, of Wanstead, Essex (second son of the late John Masterman, M.P. for the City of London), born April 28th, 1846; educated at Winchester College, and Wadham College, Oxford (B.A. 1868, M.A., B.C.L., 1871; D.C.L., 1878). Called to the Bar at the Middle Temple, 1870; Master of Skinners' Company, London, 1889-90; a Governor of Tunbridge School and other schools administered by the Skinners' Company; Judge of County Courts, 1891, of Nottinghamshire and Yorks West Riding; member of Council of Yorkshire College, Leeds; Chairman of Nottinghamshire Church Schools Association since 1897; a Freemason; Deputy Provincial Grand Master, March, 1899; Grand Superintendent, July, 1896; and Grand Mark Master, March, 1899, of Nottinghamshire Freemasons; also Past Grand Deacon of England, etc.; J.P. for Notts.

Mills.Philo Laos Mills, D.L., J.P., Ruddington Hall, near Nottingham; son of Philo Laos Mills, of New York; born at New York, 1832. Came to England for business purposes in 1873, and for a period resided at Wilford Cottage, near Nottingham; purchased Ruddington Hall and estate in 1880 from Messrs. Cross, of Bolton, Lancashire; since then engaged in farming and stock breeding on an extensive scale, having now upwards of one thousand head of pedigree stock of various kinds; the estate has grown to over one thousand acres, and is divided into five farms, and the buildings for the housing of the shire horses, shorthorn cattle, Shropshire sheep, etc., are probably the most complete of anything of the kind in the Kingdom; there is also in connection with the estate a large building site in Manor Park, Ruddington, which the new railway intersects, and near which modern villa residences are being erected as fast as possible. Mr. Mills is a past President of the Shorthorn Society of Great Britain, and permanent Chairman of the Notts Agricultural Society; High Sheriff of Notts, 1897-98; Deputy Lieutenant and a Justice of the Peace for the county. Married, in 1857, Susan Neilson, daughter of Dr. J. A. McVickar, of New York.

Oakes.Captain Gerard Roseingrave Oakes, Felley Priory, near Eastwood, Notts; son of Charles Henry Oakes, of Riddings, Derbyshire; born at Riddings, August 6th, 1861; educated at Shrewsbury School. Captain 3rd Battalion Derbyshire Regiment; member of Notts County Council. Married Margaret Ethel Peel, daughter of Captain Peel, late 14th Hussars. Club: Junior Carlton.

Oates.Captain William Coape Oates, J.P., Besthorpe, Newark-on-Trent; eldest son of Mr. W. H. C Oates, of Langford Hall; born at Besthorpe, July 7th, 1862; educated at Harrow, and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Was twelfth man Harrow Cricket XI. in 1880; Captain of Sandhurst Cricket XI. in 1882; joined the Royal Minister Fusiliers in September, 1882, and served with the 2nd Battalion in the Burmah Campaign, 1885-87; served in the Boer war, 1900, with the 1st Battalion, and was severely wounded at the battle of Bethlehem, July 6th, 1900; made Justice of the Peace for Notts in 1897.

Otter.Robert Charles Otter, J.P., Royston Manor, Clayworth, Notts; Justice of the Peace for the county of Notts. Royston Manor was built in 1588, and has been occupied by members of the Otter family almost continuously throughout its existence; few traces of the original building are, however, left.

Platt.—Frederick Platt, D.L., J.P., Barnby Manor, Newark, and Upper Breinton, Hereford; son of John Platt, M.P., D.L., J.P.; born at Oldham, April 27th, 1849; educated at Harrow. Justice of the Peace for the North Riding of Yorks and county of Notts, and parts of Kesteven, Lincolnshire; Deputy-Lieutenant for the county of Hereford; High Sheriff of Notts, 1888; Hon. Major (retired), Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry; patron of the living of Beckingham. Married Florence Eliza, youngest daughter of Frederick Bedwell, of East Moulsey, Surrey, and has issue two sons and one daughter.

Platt.Algernon John Frederick Platt, Trent View, Newark; only son of Frederick Platt, D.L., J.P., Barnby Manor; born at Carr House, Doncaster, June 11th, 1876; educated at Eton, 1889-91. Late Captain of the 4th Battalion Sherwood Foresters, Derbyshire Regiment; hunts with the Blankney, Belvoir (Duke of Rutland's), and Lord Harrington's hounds. Married Norah, eldest daughter of Charles J. Cunningham, D.L., J.P., Kelso, Roxburghshire, and has issue Margaret Florence, born March 8th, 1901. Clubs: Bath Club, London, and Notts County.

Stafford.Thomas Stafford, Marnham Grange, near Newark; born at Long Bennington, Lincolnshire, in 1808; educated at Stamford Grammar School. Mr. Stafford in his ninety-third year is a hale, hearty man, and as an agriculturalist and country gentleman has had an interesting career; he has probably made a record from the fact that he has taken out a game certificate seventy-three years in succession. Married, in 1840, Katherine, daughter of Edward Lawrence Thompson, of Tallington, Lincolnshire.

Tennant.Major Charles Richard Tennant, J.P., St. Annes Manor, Sutton Bonnington, Nottingham; son of Captain Tennant, R.N., of Needwood House, Burton-on-Trent; born at Needwood House in 1851; educated at Wellington College. After leaving school joined the Royal Dragoons and subsequently the 2nd Life Guards, retiring with the rank of Major; served in the Egyptian campaign of 1882, medal and clasp, Tel-el-Kebir and Khedive's bronze star. Married, in 1886, the Hon. Ruth Adamson Brooks, daughter of Lord Crawshaw, of Whatton House, Leicestershire. Justice of the Peace for Nottinghamshire; hunts chiefly with the Quorn hounds now.

Thorpe.Colonel James Thorpe, D.L., J.P., Coddington Hall, near Newark, Ard Cricknish, Loch Awe, Argyllshire, and 59, Eaton Place, London, S.W.; son of James Thorpe, of Coddington, J.P. for Newark; born at Newark, August 28th, 1823; educated at Newark, Sleaford and Brighton. Interested in malting businesses at Newark and elsewhere; Justice of the Peace for Notts; Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for Argyllshire; Deputy Chairman of Quarter Sessions for the county of Notts, Newark Petty Sessional Division. Club: Junior Carlton.

Webb.Weston Fulford Marriott Webb, Gedling Manor, Gedling, Notts; third son of Charles Knighton Webb, M.D.; born at Southernhay, Exeter, in 1851; educated at St. John's Hospital, and Eastman's Royal Naval Academy, Southsea. Lord of the Manor of Burton Joyce and Gedling; late Lieutenant in the 1st Notts Robin Hood Rifles. Married, in 1876, first, Emily, eldest daughter of Frederick Cowell, of Brighton, second, Agnes Josephine, youngest daughter of Dr. Joseph Littlewood, J.P., Notts, by whom he has one son, Ronald Beresford Weston, born 1899.

Whitaker.—Benjamin Ingham Whitaker, D.L., J.P., Hesley Hall, North Notts; son of Joseph Whitaker, of Hesley; born August 16th, 1838. Received a commission as Lieutenant in the Yorkshire Yeomanry Cavalry, October, 1869; appointed Justice of the Peace for Nottinghamshire in 1877, and Justice of the Peace for the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1888; appointed Deputy-Lieutenant for the county of Notts, 1892; High Sheriff for the county of Notts, 1893. Club: Conservative, London.

Willey.—Major Francis Willey, J.P., Blyth Hall, Blyth, Notts; son of John Willey, Moor House, Bradford; born at Moor House, Bradford, February 27th, 1842; educated at the Moravian College, Fulneck. Justice of the Peace for Notts; many years member of the Bradford Chamber of Commerce, two years Vice-President; Chairman of the Bradford Conservative party, and member of the National Council of the Association. Married Florence, daughter of Frederick Chinnock, of Portland Place, London, and Dinorben Court, Hants.

Wordsworth.Robert Walter Wordsworth, Whitemoor, Ollerton, Notts; son of Charles Wordsworth, Bishop of St. Andrew's, founder of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, and who also played in the first University cricket match as one of the Oxford Eleven; born at St. Andrew's, July 30th, 1849; educated at Trinity College, at Glenalmond, Perthshire, and at Winchester College. Estate agent to Earl Manvers since 1883; District Councillor for the parish of Perlethorpe-cum-Budby; churchwarden for the parish of Perlethorpe; Fellow of Surveyors' Institute; made life member of the Highland Agricultural Society, 1876; member of the Royal Agricultural Society; was first trained under Mr. J. Ritchie, C.E., Perth, 1869-73; worked on the Earl of Wemyss's estates, East Lothian, 1873-75; factor at Gartmore, Perthshire, 1875-78; agent at West Dean, Chichester, 1878-83. Married, July 14th, 1886, Blanche Amelia, second daughter of Sir Robert Fraser Turing, Bart., of Chilgrove, Chichester, and has issue Blanche Katharine, born May 17th, 1887, and Robert James, born July 28th, 1888.

Wright.Charles William Wright, J.P., Edwalton, Notts, and Saxelby Park, Melton Mowbray; son of the late William Wright, of Wollaton, Notts, and Saxelby Park: born at Harewood, Leeds, May 27th, 1863; educated at Charterhouse and Trinity College, Cambridge; M.A., 1884; played in the University cricket eleven four years 1882-85; average forty-eight in eight innings against Oxford; member of of Lord Hawke's team in America and Canada, 1891-94; in India, 1892-93, and in South Africa, 1895-96;: played for Notts County for several years; Justice of the Peace for Leicestershire and Notts; County Councillor for the Radcliffe Division of Notts since 1897; Major in South Notts Imperial Yeomanry; Fellow of the Surveyors' Institute. Married, April 22nd, 1897, Frances, the eldest daughter of the late Sir Joseph Terry. Clubs: United University and Bath.

Wright.Colonel Francis Vere Wright, J.P., Shelton Hall, Newark-on-Trent, son of the Rev. J. Banks Wright, and Sophia, nee Dashwood; born in 1835; educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge. Justice of the Peace for the county of Notts; farms his own land; late Colonel commanding 4th North Staffordshire Regiment; served under General Masi in 1860 and 1861 in the then Papal States of Umbria, with what is now the 52nd Regiment of the Royal Italian Army, and lost two fingers of the left hand in action; Knight Officer of Crown of Italy.