Mr Thomas Barber.

Mrs Thomas Barber.

Mr Philip Barber.

His eldest son is Mr. Thomas Philip Barber, a County Councillor. He volunteered on the outbreak of the Boer rebellion for service in South Africa in the South Notts Hussar of the Imperial Yeomanry, and was gazetted on the 27th of November, 1900, as having since the 27th of September been promoted to a lieutenancy in the 3rd Battalion of the Imperial Yeomanry, with the temporary rank of lieutenant in the army.

His mother, the widow of the late Mr. Thomas Barber is a descendant from Admiral Sir Edward Spragge, of whom Pepys in a footnote on page 142 of his Diary says: He was a distinguished naval commander who perished in a boat which was sunk in an action with Van Tromp in 1673, while he was preparing to hoist his flag on board a third ship, having previously lost two in the engagement. There is a monument to his memory in the Chapel of St. John the Evangelist in Westminster Abbey, as recorded in Stow’s Survey of London and Westminster, book 6, p. 21, which bears the inscription: Sir Edward Spragge, Kt., a brave and valiant Sea Captain, who lost his life in a sea fight against the Hollanders, 1673.

Other members of the same family had, as the same work of Stow in his perambulations describes, memorials in the old Parish Church of Chelsea.

Throsby incidentally mentions the Barber family in his history of Bilborough and the coal mines there. We have lately visited that Church and also made a register search there; but the only entry which we met with was that Francis Barber, gentleman, was buried there on the 18th of June, 1782. That was sufficient to prove that he was a member of the Greasley family of that name. A tomb in Greasley churchyard, in which (from the four brass-plates on it) several members of the family have been buried, bears the date 1710. The family are on Lady Hutchinson’s side related to the Hutchinsons of Overthorpe repute, the once residence of the Governor of Nottingham Castle in the civil wars.

The great autumn attraction of Moorgreen is the Annual Show of the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies, which attract people from many miles round, as well as from Nottingham and other places. They pass the turnstile in thousands, and every available place in the neighbourhood of the show is utilised to accommodate (if possible), the many conveyances of various descriptions which with their passengers turn Moorgreen into a miniature Derby. The show has for some years past continued rising in the estimation of our localities and neighbourhood, owing in a great measure to the liberal pecuniary contributions of Earl Cowper and some other minor gifts and subscriptions, from which liberal prizes are given to successful exhibitors.