Peter Weir Stafford Robinson

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Peter Weir  (1915 - 1978)

 

Also known as:

Peter Weir Stafford Robinson

Noel Stafford Robinson

 

~ 1915

B1.          PETER WEIR STAFFORD ROBINSON was born 28 January 1915 in Gosforth, Northumberland.

The birth was registered in the 1st quarter (Jan-Feb-Mar) of 1915 in the Castle Ward registration district of Northumberland.

Father:     Noel Stafford Robinson

Mother:     Margaret Chamber Johnston

 

The date of birth came from the death certificate.

 

From the England & Wales, Birth Index:

Name: …………………………………… Peter W S Robinson
Mother's Maiden Surname: …….. Johnston
Date: …………………………………….. Jan-Feb-Mar 1915
Registration District: ……………… Castle Ward
County: …………………………………. Northumberland
Vol.: ……………………………………… 10b
Page: …………………………………….. 723

 

It is believe that the name Noel was added to his name in memory of his father after his death in World War I.

 

~ 1920's to 1940's

Peter Weir Stafford Robinson spent the period of 1920's to 1930's and probably part of 1940's living in the New Forest at Burley, Hampshire living with his mother and sister.

 

~ 1949

The book, "The Island" a novel written by Noel Stafford Robinson under the name "Peter Weir" was published in 1949.

From the Catalog of Copyright Entries.  Third Series, 1950:

Page 198

[Robinson, Noel Stafford]
The Island, a novel by Peter Weir [pseud.] [Drawings by William McLaren] 118 p. © Harvey and Blythe, ltd., London; 26Oct49; 2c 13Mar50; AIO-311.

 

~ 1950 and 1952

After Robert and Valerie English left for Northamptonshire, Valerie's brother Noel Stafford Robinson took over the Mayfly Cottage in Fordingbridge, Hampshire.

From the British Phone Books for 1950:

-1950, Image No. 287

Page 123

Stafford Robinson N, Mayfly cott ……………………… Fordingbridge  3265

The listing for 1952 is identical to 1950.

 

~ 1951

Noel Stafford Robinson who is described as an Author, had his name changed legally to Peter Weir.

From the newspaper, The London Gazette, of 21 December 1951:

Page 6675

Notice is hereby given that by a deed poll dated the 10th day of December 1951 and duly enrolled in the Supreme Court of Judicature on the 17th day of December 1951 PETER WEIR of Mayfly Cottage Fordingbridge in the county of Southampton Author a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies by birth renounce and abandoned the names of Peter Weir Stafford Robinson and Noel Stafford Robinson. - Dated this 11th day of December, 1951.

Jackson and Sons, 24, Market Place, Ringwood.  Hants, Solicitors for the said Peter Weir.

 

~ 1953

Peter Weir married JOAN M. HOPKINSON  in the 1st quarter (Jan-Feb-Mar) of 1953 in the Fulham registration district of London.

From the England & Wales, Marriage Index:

Names: …………………………… Peter Weir / Joan M Hopkinson
Date: ……………………………… Jan-Feb-Mar 1953
Registration District: ………. Fulham
County: ………………………….. London
Vol: ……………………………….. 5c
Page: ……………………………… 1152

 

~ 1954

In 1954, Peter and Joan Weir had a son born name Simon T. Weir.  The birth was registered in the 2nd quarter (Apr-May-Jun) of 1954 in the Salisbury registration district of Wiltshire.

 

~ 1957 to 1967

In the phone directories P. Weir is also listed at 3 Needs Ore in Beaulieu, Hampshire.

From the British Phone Books:

1957, Image 429, Page 197

Weir P, 3 Needs ore Beaulieu…………………………. Bucklers Hard  276

The directory listing is the same for 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967

 

~ February 1957

Peter and Joan Weir were involved in breeding and exhibiting dogs for several years in the 1950's and 1960's.

In 1957, Mrs. P. Weir of Needs Ore, Beaulieu, Hampshire was listed exhibiting her dogs in the Cruft's Dog Show.

From the 1957 catalogue, "Cruft's Dog Show":

 

Front Page

Catalogue Cruft's Dog Show

The Grand and National Halls, OLYMPIA, Kensington, W.14

8th February 1957 (First Day)

Page 104

Whippets - continued.

WEIR, Mrs. P., Needs Ore, Beaulieu, Hants.

592  Arolla Wild Rosemary, Entered in Classes 105, 110.

 

Page 109

Whippets - continued.

592  Mrs. P. Weir.  Arolla Wild Rosemary, b. Born 11 March, 1956.  Breeder, Mrs. M. Hingley.  By Int. Ch. Wingedfoot Ringmaster - Speedlite Prunella.

 

Page 113

Whippets - continued.

Class 110.  Special Beginners, Dog or Bitch.

(592)  Mrs. P. Weir.  Arolla Wild Rosemary.

 

~ July 1957

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

John Alexander Weir Johnston was Peter Weir's Uncle and he died at Flaunden House in Hertfordshire.

Peter attended the memorial service held.

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.

 

~ 1958

In 1958 or earlier, Peter Weir returned to Burley, Hampshire, the place of his youth.

The current Weir family continues to be living in Burley today (2012).

 

~ 1958 to 1966

P. Weir is listed at Turf Croft cottage in Burley, Hampshire in the phone books of the time.

From the British Phone Books:

1958, Image No. 262

Page 256

Weir P, Turf Croft cott……………………………………………. Burley  2152

1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 are all identical to the one for 1958.

 

The one for 1966 has a change in the phone number.

1966, Image No. 293

Page 291

Weir P, Turf Croft cott……………………………………………. Burley  2352

 

So it would appear that Peter Weir owned two places the Turf Croft in Burley and the cottage at 3 Needs Ore in Beaulieu both in the New Forest of Hampshire.

 

~ 1962

Peter and Joan Weir were involved in breeding and exhibiting dogs for several years in the 1950's and 1960's.

In 1962, Mrs. P. Weir of Turf Croft, Burley, Hampshire was listed exhibiting her dogs in the Cruft's Dog Show.

From a 1962 catalogue, "Cruft's Dog Show":

 

Page 1 (Front Page)

Cruft's Dog Show

The Grand and National Halls, Olympia, Kensington, W.14

9th February, 1962 (First Day)

Poodles, Hounds, Terriers and Toys

 

Page 68

Whippets - continued.

WEIR, Mrs. P., Turf Croft, Burley, Ringwood, Hampshire.

345  Vahlay Cinnamon Sedge.  Entered in Classes 46, 47.

346  Vahlay White Fire.  Entered in Classes 53, 54.

 

Page 70

Whippets - continued.

Class 46. Junior, Dog.

345  Mrs. P. Weir.  Vahlay Cinnamon Sedge. d. Born 3 Sept., 1960. Breeder, Exhibitor.  By Vahlay Goosey Gander - Vahlay Volare.

 

Page 71

Whippets - continued.

Class 47. Novice, Dog.

(345)  Mrs. P. Weir.  Vahlay Cinnamon Sedge.

 

Page 74.

Whippets - continued.

Class 53.  Novice, Bitch.

346  Mrs. P. Weir.  Vahlay White Fire. b. Born 8 Aug., 1960.  Breeder, Exhibitor.  By Ch. Ladiesfield Topaz - Arolla Wild Rosemary.

 

Page 75

Whippets - continued.

Class 54.  Graduate, Bitch.

(346)  Mrs. P. Weir.  Vahlay White Fire.

 

~ mid 1960's

Somewhere in the mid 1960's Peter and Joan Weir's marriage ended in a divorce.

Peter Weir moved and lived at the place at 3 Needs ore, Beaulieu, Hampshire and Joan Weir remained at Turf Croft, Burley, Hampshire with her son.

 

~ 1967

Joan M. Weir married Arthur Edward De La Tour Mallett in the 2nd quarter (Apr-May-Jun) of 1967 in the Christchurch registration district of Hampshire.

From the England & Wales, Marriage Index:

Names: ………………………….. Joan M Weir / Arthur E De La T Mallett
Date: …………………………….. Apr-May-Jun 1967
Registration District: ……… Christchurch
County: …………………………. Hampshire
Vol: ………………………………. 6b
Page: …………………………….. 479

 

~ 1974

Noel Stafford Robinson had a play written.

The title "Glasstown: a play" published by French in 1974.

It probably he had it published under his old name because by then there was a more famous "Peter Weir" the film maker in Australia who made many hit movies.

 

~ 1978

Peter Weir died at the age of 63 on 7 March 1978 at 3 Needs Ore Cottages Warren Lane St Leonards Beaulieu in Hampshire.

He was found dead in his cottage and the coroner has it stated "that he took his own life".

According to the certificate, Peter Weir was a retired solicitor.

From the death certificate:

Registration district - New Forest

Sub-district - Lymington

County of Hampshire

Date and place of death -  Found dead on Seventh of March 1978 at 3 Needs Ore Cottages Warren Lane St Leonards Beaulieu

Name - Peter Weir

Date and place of birth - 28 January 1915 Gosforth Northumberland

Occupation and usual address - Retired Solicitor 3 Needs Ore Cottages Warren Lane St Leonards Beaulieu

Cause of death - Pentobarbitone (Nembutal) and Alcoholic Intoxication  That he took his own Life.

 

From the London Gazette, 28th March 1978:

Page 3822

Name of Deceased / Address, description and date of death of Deceased / Names, addresses and descriptions of Persons to whom notices of claims are to be given and names, in parenthesis, of Personal Representatives / Date before which notices of claims to be given

WEIR, Peter / Needs Ore Cottages, Beaulieu, Hampshire, Solicitor (Retired).  7th March 1978. / Lloyds Bank Limited, Southampton Trust Branch, 18 High Street, Southampton, SO1 0DF. / 29th May 1978    (039)

 

 

 

Children of Peter and Joan M. (Hopkinson) Weir

 

B11.          SIMON T. WEIR, the birth was registered in the 2nd quarter (Apr-May-Jun) of 1954 in the Salisbury registration district of Wiltshire.

From the England & Wales, Birth Index:

Name: …………………………………. Simon T Weir
Mother's Maiden Surname: …… Hopkinson
Date: …………………………………… Apr-May-Jun 1954
Registration District: ……………. Salisbury
County: ……………………………….. Wiltshire
Vol: ……………………………………… 7c
Page: ……………………………………. 578

 

 

 

 

Sources:

1.     1915 birth of Peter W S Robinson in the index.  England & Wales, Birth Index online at Ancestry.com.  Name: Peter W S Robinson; Mother's Maiden Surname: Johnston; Date: Jan-Feb-Mar 1915; Registration District: Castle Ward; County: Northumberland; Vol.: 10b; Page: 723.  Searched on February 17, 2012 Friday 8:20 PM.

2.     1949  book "The Island" a novel by Peter Weir mentioned.  Catalog of Copyright Entries.  Third Series: 1950.  Publisher Copyright Office, Library of Congress, 1951.  Page 198.  From Google Books online.  Searched February 3, 2012 Friday 7:45 PM.

3.     1950 & 1952 N. Stafford Robinson listed in phone books in Fordingbridge, Hampshire.  British Phone Books online at Ancestry.com.  1950 - Image No. 287 - Page 123 / 1952 - Image No. 327 - Page 139.  Searched on January 24, 2012 Tuesday 3:41 PM.

4.     1951 Noel Stafford Robinson has name changed legally to Peter Weir.  London Gazette Issue 39414 published on the 21 December 1951.  From the London Gazette online at http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/39414/pages/6675.  Searched on Friday, January 27, 2012, 6:16:18 PM.

5.     1953 marriage of Peter Weir and Joan M Hopkinson in the index.  England & Wales, Marriage Index online at Ancestry.com.  Date: Jan-Feb-Mar 1953; Registration District: Fulham; County: London; Vol: 5c; Page: 1152.  Searched on August 4, 2012 Saturday 3:42 PM.

6.     1954 birth of Simon T Weir in the index.  England & Wales, Birth Index online at Ancestry.com.  Mother's Maiden Surname: Hopkinson; Date: Apr-May-Jun 1954; Registration District:  Salisbury; County: Wiltshire; Vol: 7c; Page:  578.  Searched on August 4, 2012 Saturday 3:37 PM.

7.     1957 to 1967 Peter Weir listed in the phone books in Beaulieu, Hampshire.  British Phone Books online at Ancestry.com.   1958 - Image No. 1191 - Page 4197 / 1960 - Image No. 1216 - Page 4208 / 1961 - Image No. 1233 - Page 4217 / 1962 - Image No. 2136 - Page 4193 / 1963 - Image No. 1224 - Page 4204 / 1964 - Image No. 1248 - Page 4212 / 1965 - Image No. 1328 - Page 4228 / 1967 - Image No. 1515 - Page 263.  Searched August 16, 2012 Thursday 3:10 PM.

8.     1957 Mrs. P. Weir mentioned in a dog show catalog.  From a 1957 catalogue, "Cruft's Dog Show online at www.thekennelclub.org.uk.  Searched September 8, 2012 Saturday 6:33 PM.

9.     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.

10.     1958 to 1966 we have a P. Weir listed at Burley Hampshire.  British Phone Books online at Ancestry.com.  1958 - Image No. 262 - Page 256 / 1960 - Image 272 - Page 268 /1961 - Image No. 251 - Page 247 / 1962 - Image No. 1184 - Page 251 / 1963 - Image No. 265 - Page 261 / 1964 - Image No. 271 - Page 265 / 1965 - Image No. 280 - Page 276 / 1966 - Image No. 293 - Page 291.  Searched on August 4, 2012 Saturday 3:03 PM.

11.     1962 Mrs. P. Weir mentioned in a dog show catalog.  From a 1962 catalogue, "Cruft's Dog Show online at www.thekennelclub.org.uk.  Searched September 8, 2012 Saturday 6:03 PM.

12.     1967 marriage of Joan M Weir and Arthur E De La T Mallett in the index.  England & Wales, Marriage Index online at Ancestry.com.  Date: Apr-May-Jun 1967; Registration District: Christchurch; County: Hampshire; Vol:  6b; Page: 479.  Searched on August 4, 2012 Saturday 4:02 PM.

13.     1978 death of Peter Weir in the index.  England & Wales, Death Index online at Ancestry.com.  Birth Date: 28 Jan 1915; Date of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar 1978; Age: 63; Registration District: New Forest; County: Hampshire; Vol: 20; Page:  0408.  Searched on August 4, 2012 Saturday 2:26 PM.

14.     1978 copy of death certificate of Peter Weir.  From the General Register Office, PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2JD United Kingdom.  Received August 15, 2012 Wednesday 9:45 AM.

15.     1974  "Glasstown: a play" by Noel Stafford Robinson was published in 1974.  Blurbs on the internet.

16.     1978  notice given out on Peter Weir's estate.  The London Gazette, 28th March 1978.  The London Gazette online at http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/47500/pages/3822.  Searched on August 16, 2012 Thursday 3:51 PM.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Researched and Compiled by William Wallworth

 

 

 

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