John Alexander Weir Johnston

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Major John Alexander Weir Johnston   ( 1879 - 1957 )

 

 

 

~ 1879

A.          JOHN ALEXANDER WEIR JOHNSTON was born November 17, 1879.

Father:       Sir John Barr Johnston

Mother:     Isabella Weir

 

~ 1913

John Alexander Weir Johnston married ENID MARY SIMPSON  in the 3rd quarter (Jul-Aug-Sep) of 1913 in the Settle registration district of Yorkshire.

From the England & Wales, Marriage Index:

Names: ………………………….. John A W Johnston / Enid M Simpson
Date: ……………………………… Jul-Aug-Sep 1913
Registration District: ………. Settle
County: ………………………….. Yorkshire West Riding
Vol: ……………………………….. 9a
Page: ……………………………… 11

 

~ 1918

John and Enid had a daughter, Isobel Barbara Weir Johnston, born in 1918.

 

~ 1925 to 1927

John A. W. Johnston was listed in the British Phone Books as living at 35 Hollycroft Avenue in Hampstead London.  He was listed as a K.C. (King's Counsel).

From the British Phone Books:

1925 and 1926

Hampstead… 2231  Johnston John Alexander Weir, K.C. … 35 Hollycroft av N.W.3

1927

Johnston John A. W, K.C, 35 Hollycroft av N.W.3…………… HAMpstd. 2231

 

~ 1935

The Johnston family are now living in the Flaunden House in Flaunden, Hertfordshire.

John A. W. Johnston immediately filed to have the Flaunden House registered in the H. M. Land Registry as was shown in the newspaper of January 25, 1935.

From the newspaper, London Gazette, 25 January 1935:

Page 627

H.M. LAND REGISTRY.

The following land is about to be registered.  Objections (if any) should be addressed to "H.M. Land Registry, London, W.C.2," before the 8th day of February, 1935.

FREEHOLD.

(14)  Flaunden House, Flaunden, Herts, by J. A. W. Johnston of that address.

 

~ 1936

John and Enid Weir Johnston listed in the London Electoral Registers as living in Flaunden House, Nr. Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire starting with the 1936 electoral Registers.

From the London Electoral Registers:

2

Polling District of Middle Temple (AA).

BRICK COURT.

AA1550 / Dw / - / Johnston, Enid Mary Weir / 1 / (Abode - Flaunden House, Nr. Hemel Hempstead, Herts)

AA1551 / B / O / Johnston, John Alexander Weir / 1 / (Abode - Flaunden House, Nr. Hemel Hempstead, Herts)

 

~ 1947

John A. W. Johnston had land at Flaunden, Hertfordshire registered through the H. M. Land Registry according to notice in the London Gazette of 18 March 1947.

From the newspaper, The London Gazette, 18 March 1947:

Page 1280

H.M. LAND REGISTRY.

The following land is about to be registered.  Any objections should be addressed to "H.M. Land Registry, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, W.C.2," before the 1st day of April, 1947.

FREEHOLD.

Page 1281

(23)  Land at Flaunden, Herts, by J. A. W. Johnston, Flaunden House, near Hemel Hempstead, Herts.

 

~ June 1957

John Alexander Weir Johnston died at the age of 77 on 3 June 1957 on board the ship S. S. Duke of Rothesay in Heysham Harbour, Lancashire.

 

Date of death and probate mentioned.

From the England & Wales, National Probate Calendar:

Page 1016 -- 1957

JOHNSTON John Alexander Weir Q.C. of Flaunden House Flaunden near Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire died 3 June 1957 on board S.S. Duke of Rothesay Heysham Harbour Heysham Morecambe Lancashire Probate London 31 July to Isabel Barbara Carless (wife of William John Carless).

Effects £78291 12s. 7d.

 

An obituary on Major J. A. W. Johnston in a newspaper.

From the newspaper, The Times, Thursday, June 6, 1957:

MAJOR J. A. W. JOHNSTON

Major John Alexander Weir Johnston, Q.C., died suddenly on Monday at the age of 77.

He was born on November 17, 1879, the only son of Sir John Johnston, of Londonderry.

Educated at Shrewsbury and Trinity College, Dublin, he was called to the Irish Bar in 1903.  He practised for some years on the north-west circuit of Ireland and stood as Unionist candidate for South Down in general elections in 1910 and 1918.

He served during the 1914-18 War with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and headed the British Ordnance Mission to Canada.

In 1919 he was called to the English Bar by the Inner Temple, and became a K.C., Northern Ireland, in 1923.  He was Crown prosecutor for Tyrone for five years after the war, and was honorary consul to the Irish Free State for Latvia and Bolivia.

He later practised in England on the south-east circuit.  He was a member for many years of the panel of referees for England and Wales under the Landlord and Tenant Act, 1927, and was a director of several companies.

He married Enid Mary, daughter of William Simpson, of Settle, Yorkshire, by whom he had a daughter.

 

A friend, "N. McE.", of Major Johnston writes a letter to The Times.

From the newspaper, The Times, Tuesday June 18, 1957:

MAJ. J. A. WEIR JOHNSTON

N. McE. writes: -

Others are better qualified than I to write of W-J's political, professional, and business attainments; but it is as a friend and a sportsman that I shall always remember him.

Nearly 60 years ago he was a contemporary of my father at the Irish Bar, but in spite of the fact that he was years older than I, I think I can claim that, in recent years, I got to know him really well, and to know him was to love him.

Whether hunting, racing, by the ringside at the Dublin Show, or just walking round his paddocks at Flaunden, he was the most delightful and stimulating companion.

For years he was a mainstay of the Pegasus Club, and was never so happy as when winning one of the Bar races at the annual point-to-point meeting at Kimble.  If one was fortunate enough to ride a winner for him his delight, and enthusiasm, knew no bounds, but in defeat he was invariably the first to congratulate the victor.

It is sad to think that we will hear his soft brogue and infectious laugh no more, for he leaves behind him a host of friends who mourn the passing of a lovable and kindly man.

 

~ July 1957

A memorial service was held for Major J. A. Weir Johnston on 1 July 1957 at the All Souls', Langham Place.

From the newspaper, The Times, Tuesday, July 2, 1957:

MEMORIAL SERVICES

MR. J. A. WEIR JOHNSTON, Q.C.

A memorial service for Mr. John Alexander Weir Johnston, Q.C., was held yesterday at All Souls', Langham Place, W.  The Rev. J. R. W. Stott officiated, and the lesson was read by the Hon. James Philipps (chairman, Tote Investors Ltd.).  Those present included: -

Mrs. B. Carless (daughter), Mrs. I. M. Kelleher and Mrs. K. M. Patteson (sisters), Dr. M. D. Kelleher, Mr. Peter Weir, Mrs. V. Witherby, Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Ackroyd-Simpson, Miss K. P. Johnston, Mrs. M. Stone, Mr. J. W. Weir.

Sir Reginald Blair, Sir Humprey de Trafford, Sir Lynden Macassey, Q.C., Colonel Alan Dower, M.F.H. (representing Old Berkeley Hounds), Mr. H. C. Norton (chairman, Old Berkeley Hunt committee), Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Batchelar, Mr. G. S. B. McNaughton (secretary, Race Course Betting Control Board), Mr. John Marnan, Q.C. (representing Pegasus Club), Mr. Harold Sebag-Montefiore, Mr. John Burrow Hill, Dr. and Mrs. M. P. Leahy, the Rev. C. W. Jackson, Miss G. Bairstow, Miss M. Bairstow, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Norwood, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Bloxham, Mrs. I. MacDonald, Mr. Evelyn Clark, Mr. John Kelly, Mr. F. M. Atkinson, Mr. P. A. Godbolt, Mrs. George de Chair, Mr. E. A. Morrison, Mr. G. W. Robertson, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph da Casa, Mr. M. H. Gow, Mr. H. Ward-Jackson, Mr. Cyril Harvey, Mr. H. E. G. Richardson (Suchy Holdings), Mr. R. C. V. de Wesselow (representing Raceform), Mr. John Ross (representing Convoy Woollen Co.), and members of the staff of Tote Investors Ltd.

 

Among the relatives mentioned above, Mr. Peter Weir and Mrs. V. Witherby, are the son and daughter of Major J. A. Weir Johnston's sister, Mrs. Margaret Stafford Robinson, who died in 1943 in Burley, Hampshire.  In 1957, Peter Weir was living again in Burley, Hampshire.

 

~ November 1957

Enid Mary Weir Johnston died only a few months after her husband.  She died 8 November 1957 in Horton General Hospital in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

From the newspaper, The Times, Monday November 11, 1957:

DEATHS

WEIR JOHNSTON. - On 8th November, 1957, in Horton General Hospital, Banbury, ENID MARY WEIR JOHNSTON, beloved mother of Barbara Careless.  Funeral at Giggleswick Parish Church on Wednesday, November 13th, at 11 a.m.  No letters, please.

 

 

 

Children of John A. W. and Enid Mary (Simpson) Johnston

 

 

A1.     ISOBEL BARBARA WEIR JOHNSTON, her birth was registered in the 3rd quarter (Jul-Aug-Sep) of 1918 in the St George Hanover Square registration district of London.

 

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Sources:

1.     1913 marriage of John A W Johnston and Enid M Simpson in the index.  England & Wales, Marriage Index online at Ancestry.com.  Date: Jul-Aug-Sep 1913; Registration District: Settle; County: Yorkshire West Riding; Vol: 9a; Page:  11.  Searched on August 2, 2012 Thursday 3:14 PM.

2.     1918 birth of Isabel B W Johnston in the index.  England & Wales, Birth Index online at Ancestry.com.  Mother's Maiden Surname: Simpson; Date: Jul-Aug-Sep 1918; Registration District: St George Hanover Square; County: London; Vol:  1a; Page:  513.  Searched on August 4, 2012 Saturday 1:58 PM

3.     1925 to 1927 John A. W. Johnston residing in Hampstead, London.  British Phone Books online at Ancestry.com.  London Surnames A-Z Apr: 1925 - Image 635 - Page 593 / 1926 - Image 702 - page 652 / 1927 - Image 665 - Page 633.   Searched August 1, 2012 Wednesday 8:25 PM.

4.     1935  the Flaunden House being registered by the H. M. Land Registry.  The London Gazette, 25 January, 1935.  Page 627.  Online at http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34127/pages/627/page.pdf.  Searched on August 1, 2012 Wednesday 8:00 PM.

5.    1936 John and Enid Weir Johnston listed at Flaunden House.  London, England, Electoral Registers online at Ancestry.com.  City of London, City of London, 1936, Image No. 729.  Searched on August 1, 2012 Wednesday 8:35 PM.

6.     1947  land at Flaunden, Hertfordshire registered by the H.M. Land Registry by J. A. W. Johnston.  The London Gazette, 18 March, 1947, Pages 1280-1281.  Online at http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37908/supplements/1280/page.pdf.  Searched August 1, 2012 Wednesday 7:53 PM.

7.     1957 death date and probate mentioned for John Alexander Weir Johnston.  England & Wales, National Probate Calendar online at Ancestry.com.  1957, J, Jo, Image No. 23, Page 1016.  Searched on August 1, 2012 Wednesday 6:09 PM.

8.     1957  the obituary of Major J. A. W. Johnston.  The Times Digital Archive online at http://infotrac.galegroup.com.   The Times, Thursday, Jun 06, 1957; pg. 16; Issue 53860; col A.  Searched on August 2, 2012 Thursday 4:58 PM.

9.     1957 a letter from a friend of Maj. J A. Weir Johnston to the newspaper.  The Times Digital Archive online at http://infotrac.galegroup.com.  The Times, Tuesday, Jun 18, 1957; pg. 13; Issue 53870; col E.  Searched on August 2, 2012 Thursday 5:58 PM.

10.     1957 memorial service for Major J. A. Weir Johnston.  The Times Digital Archive online at http://infotrac.galegroup.com.  The Times, Tuesday, Jul 02, 1957; pg. 10; Issue 53882; col C.  Searched on August 2, 2012 Thursday 5:22 PM.

11.     1957 death of Enid Mary Weir Johnston in the newspaper.  The Times Digital Archive online at http://infotrac.galegroup.com.  The Times, Monday, Nov 11, 1957; pg. 1; Issue 53995; col A.  Searched on August 2, 2012 Thursday 5:50 PM.

 

 

1st. version dated - September 10, 2012 Monday 2:11 PM

 

 

 

Researched and Compiled by William Wallworth

 

 

 

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