Tamsin Blight, the White Witch of Helston, William Jones Chapman (1808-1872)
Oil on canvas, English School, 1856. A portrait of an elderly woman wearing a bonnet and shawl, seated in a chair. Thomasine Blight (1793-1856), known locally as Tammy Blee, was the best remembered of the pellars or witches of West Cornwall. Sometimes known as a cunning-person or conjurer, she was thought to perform only good deeds, notably the removal of curses of black witches and numerous cures. Even when she was on her death bed people were carried in to see her, some on stretchers. It was said that the sick lay beside her 'only to rise up and go down over the stairs perfectly cured'. She was also known as a fortune teller. Tammy's second husband, James Thomas, had similar occult powers and there was considerable rivalry between them. W.J. Chapman was a Cornish portrait painter who was active between 1840-1860. This portrait was painted in the year of Blight's death in 1856.
The Lennox-Boyd family. Around 1912
Studio photograph of Alan Tindal Lennox-Boyd with his brothers and mother, Florence Annie Begbie (1870-1949). Standing: George Edward Lennox-Boyd (1902-1943); seated children, from left to right: Alan Tindal Lennox-Boyd (1904-1983), Francis Gordon Lennox-Boyd (1909-1944), Donald Breay Hague Lennox-Boyd (1906-1939). Born on 18th November 1904, Alan was the son of Alan Walter Lennox-Boyd and Florence Annie Begbie. Educated at Sherborne School, Dorset, and Christ Church, Oxford, he married Lady Patricia Florence Susan Guinness on 29th December 1938 and died on 8th March 1983. He held the office of Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Mid-Bedfordshire between 1931 and 1960, holding the positions of Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour in 1938, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Aircraft Production in 1943, Minister of State for Colonial Affairs 1951-1952, Minister for Transport and Civil Aviation, 1952-1954 and Secretary of State for Colonial Affairs, 1954-1959. He gained the rank of Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1940, was admitted to Inner Temple in 1941 and entitled to practise as a Barrister at Law. Appointed Privy Counsellor in 1951, he held the office of Deputy Lieutenant of Bedfordshire between 1954 and 1960, was managing director of Arthur Guinness & Sons between 1959 and 1967 and appointed Companion of Honour in 1960. He was created 1st Viscount Boyd of Merton in September 1960 and that same year, his wife, Patricia, Viscountess Boyd, purchased Ince Castle in St Stephens by Saltash, Cornwall. In 1965, Viscount Boyd held the office of Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall. He died on 8th March 1983. The Boyd family lived at Ince Castle until 2018. George, a Major in the Highland Light Infantry, died in a military hospital in Scotland; Donald, a Captain in the Scots Guards, died in custody in Germany in events leading up to the Second World War; Francis, a Major in the Royal Scots Greys, was killed in action at Normandy, France, during the Second World War while leading 22nd Independent Parachute Company. Photographer: Debenham & Gould, Bournemouth.
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Marin Marais, 1704 (engraving) (b/w photo)
XIR326178 Marin Marais, 1704 (engraving) (b/w photo) by Bouys, Andre (1656-1749); Private Collection; (add.info.: Marais (1656-1728) French composer; viol player; master of the basse de viol; appointed 'ordinaire de la chambre du roi pour la viole'; studied composition with Jean-Baptiste Lully; bass viol; viola da gamba; viole de gambe;); French, out of copyright
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