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17 Bettine at School at Hatherop Castle 1921
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17 Bettine at School at Hatherop Castle 1921

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In 1921 Bettine was at School at Hatherop Castle near Fairford in Gloucestershire. It was a school for upper class ladies and seems to have been popular with the Scottish aristocracy. The document above records the signatures of some of her class mates and people who attended a house party there.

One of the most interesting signatures is that of Nancy Mitford More details about her and the other signatures below

The Pictures above show:
1. Page from Bettines diary for 1921 about Hatherop Castle
2. Etching of Hatherop Castle
3. Photo of the Hatherop Class showing Bettine and Nancy (Nancy Mitford)
4. Photo of the Mitford sisters in 1935. Jessica, Nancy, Diana, Unity, and Pamela Mitford. The youngest sister Deborah is missing.

Hatherop Castle was a school for upper class young ladies near Fairford in Gloucestershire. In 1867 it was bought by Thomas Sebastian Bazley (d 1919), who inherited the baronetcy of Tolmers (Herts) in 1885. By 1900, Sir Thomas had conveyed the estate to his son Gardner Sebastian Bazley (d 1911). Gardner's trustees retained the Hatherop estate until the mid-1930s, when it passed to his son Sir Thomas Stafford Bazley.

Children of Gardner Sebastian Bazley and Ruth Evelyn Howard. They signed the document.
Elizabeth Rachel Bazley b. 6 Jan 1904
Frances Catharine Ruth Bazley b. 16 Dec 1905, d. 1985
Sir Thomas Stafford Bazley, 3rd Bt.b. 5 Oct 1907, d. 14 Apr 1997
Rachel Constance Bazley b. 2 May 1909
Anthony Gardner Bazley b. 4 Jun 1911, d. 23 May 1937

The Forbes Sisters’ signatures. Veronica Forbes and Bettina Forbes are also there.

Nancy Mitford (from her biography)
In 1921, after years of pleading for proper schooling, Nancy was allowed a year's boarding at Hatherop Castle, an informal private establishment for young ladies of good family. Laura Thompson, in her biography of Nancy, describes Hatherop as not so much a school, "more a chaste foretaste of debutante life" Here Nancy learned French and other subjects, played organised games and joined a Girl Guide troop. It was her first extended experience of life away from home, and she enjoyed it. The following year she was allowed to accompany four other girls on a cultural trip to Paris, Florence and Venice; her letters home are full of expressions of wonder at the sights and treasures: "I had no idea I was so fond of pictures ... if only I had a room of my own I would make it a regular picture gallery"

Nancy was one of the famous Mitford Sisters. The ‘It Girls’ of the 1930’s

The Mitford siblings
Nancy Mitford
(28 November 1904 – 30 June 1973)
Nancy Mitford, was an English novelist, biographer and journalist. One of the renowned Mitford sisters and one of the "Bright Young People" on the London social scene in the inter-war years, she is best remembered for her novels about upper-class life in England and France and for her sharp and often provocative wit. She also established a reputation for herself as a writer of popular historical biographies.
During the 1950s Mitford was identified with the concept of "U" (upper) and "non-U" language, whereby social origins and standing were identified by words used in everyday speech. She had intended this as a joke, but many took it seriously, and Mitford was considered an authority on manners and breeding—possibly her most recognised legacy

Pamela Mitford ("Pam") (25 November 1907 – 12 April 1994)
John Betjeman, who for a time was in love with her, referred to her in his unpublished poem, The Mitford Girls, as the "most rural of them all", due to the fact she preferred to live quietly in the country. They met when she was managing Biddesden in Hampshire, the house of her brother-in-law, Bryan Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne. In 1936 she married the millionaire physicist Derek Jackson.

Thomas Mitford ("Tom") (2 January 1909 – 30 March 1945)

Diana Mitford (17 June 1910 – 11 August 2003)
Diana, Hon. Lady Mosley (17 June 1910 – 11 August 2003), born Diana Freeman-Mitford and usually known as Diana Mitford, was one of Britain's noted Mitford sisters. She was first married to Bryan Walter Guinness, heir to the barony of Moyne, and upon her divorce from him married Sir Oswald Mosley, 6th Baronet of Ancoats, leader of the British Union of Fascists. Her second marriage, in 1936, took place at the home of Joseph Goebbels, with Adolf Hitler as guest of honour. Subsequently, her involvement with Fascist political causes resulted in three years' internment during the Second World War.

Unity Valkyrie Mitford ("Bobo") (8 August 1914 – 28 May 1948)
She was an English socialite best known as a devotee of Adolf Hitler. Both in Britain and Germany, she was a prominent supporter of Nazism and fascism, and formed part of Hitler's inner circle of friends. Following the declaration of World War II, Mitford attempted suicide in Munich, and was officially allowed safe passage back to England in her invalid condition, but never recovered.

Jessica Lucy Mitford ("Decca") (11 September 1917 – 22 July 1996)
Jessica turned her back on her inherited privileges and ran away to become a communist. Jessica's memoir, Hons and Rebels, describes their upbringing. Jessica married the nephew of prime minister Winston Churchill

Deborah Vivien Mitford ("Debo") (31 March 1920 – 24 September 2014)
Deborah married the nephew of prime minister Harold Macmillan. In the early 1980s, Deborah became politically active when she and her husband Andrew Cavendish, 11th Duke of Devonshire joined the new Social Democratic Party.

The other signatures are:
Joan Cholmondeley born February 1, 1906 (82) in Corhampton, Hampshire, death: December 22, 1988 Weymouth, Dorset, England, Daughter of Reginald Harry Cholmondeley and Florence Sophia Mills, Sister of Mary Florence Cholmondeley; Essex Cholmondeley; Hester Jane Cholmondeley; Captain Reginald H Cholmondeley and Hugh Cholmondeley

Mary Juliana Milnes-Gaskell
Birth: 1906 died 1999. Father: Evelyn Milnes-Gaskell b: 1877 Mother: Constance Harriet Stuart Knox b: 1885

Jane Minney Gordon-Duff b. 21 Apr 1906, d. 27 Sep 1960 was the daughter of Archibald Hay Gordon-Duff who was the son of Lachlan Duff Gordon-Duff, 8th of Drummuir

Lady Margaret Drummond-Hay formerly Douglas-Hamilton is the daughter of Alfred Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 13th Duke of Hamilton. She married Major James Drummond-Hay

Commander Francis Charles Cadogan was born 1 January 1885.He was the son of Captain Hon. Charles George Henry Cadogan and Henriette Wilhelmina Montgomery. He married Ruth Evelyn Howard. (Signature Ruth Cadogan) He was step son to Henry Hinton below

Henriette Wilhelmina Montgomery was the daughter of Henry Montgomery. She married, firstly, Captain Hon. Charles George Henry Cadogan, son of Henry Charles Cadogan, 4th Earl Cadogan and Mary Sarah Wellesley, on 20 June 1874. Charles died in 1901.She married, secondly, Henry Hinton on 25 November 1903. She died on 24 September 1913.
Henry Hinton was born circa 1857. He married Henriette Wilhelmina Montgomery, daughter of Henry Montgomery, on 25 November 1903. He died on 16 April 1948. He lived at Funchal, Madeira, Portugal where he had a monopoly for crushing sugar in his Funchal Factory. The king of Portugal called henry the ‘uncrowned King of Madeira

Maria das Dores de Sauvayre da Câmara Birth circa 1860 in Madeira
Daughter of João Sauvayre da Câmara de Vasconcellos and Mathilde Lúcia de Sant'Anna e Vasconcellos Moniz de Bettencourt. Presumably she was a friend if not partner of Henry Hinton in Madeira

John Scott, 3rd Earl of Eldon was born on 8 November 1845. He was the son of John Scott, 2nd Earl of Eldon and Hon. Louisa Duncombe. He married Henrietta Minna Turnor, on 1 July 1869. He died on 10 August 1926 at age 80.
He succeeded as the 3rd Earl of Eldon, co. Durham on 18 September 1854. He succeeded as the 3rd Baron Eldon, of Eldon, co. Durham on 18 September 1854. He succeeded as the 3rd Viscount Encombe, of Encombe, co. Dorset on 18 September 1854.

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