My Real Name Is Andrew Clutterbuck

Andrew Lincoln - The Walking Dead

The Late Show interview with David Letterman (Feb.16/12)

Thanks to John B. Clutterbuck for sending us the link to this YouTube.

Indian Princess Clutterbuck?

The mystery of the Indian Princess of Tasmania

by Kirstin Duffield, Clutterbuck Genealogy Researcher

There has been a rush on queries in the last few months about a lady by the name of Ann(e) Clutterbuck who lived and died in Tasmania.

It appears many descendants have been told a story of Anne being the unwanted daughter of an Indian Maharajah or an Indian Princess. The English/Indian Aristocracy is fairly well documented and any reference she may have used to refer to herself as Anglo/Indian may be purely down to having grown up there. At the age of 19 she travels as a servant to a Ship’s Captain’s Wife – not a great standing of a lady or Princess. And all other evidence goes a great way to undermining any such story as being based on truth and may merely be a fanciful tail once told that was taken as fact and passed down.

What is known is:

1. An Ann listed as Anglo/Indian arrived on the barque “Research” from Calcutta, India on 14 Dec 1831. This was a convict ship from Fort William in Bengal. It would be very odd for any lady to be on board unless she was connected as a companion or in the employ of a senior ranking officer. Ann (who was listed on her journey as Anglo/Indian), along with two others, was listed as a servant to a Captain Davidson who was accompanied by his wife.

The manifest clearly states that “Passengers from India were Mrs Davidson and Servant”

So this is how Ann came to Hobart. As all Indian servants were listed as “Native Servant” we can assume combined with the name Clutterbuck, Ann stands very very little chance of being anything other than English, and most certainly not a daughter of a member of the Aristocracy unless she had in some way disgraced herself from her English Family. She may have been born in India, or be the daughter of a stationed officer, but why she should then take off to Hobart and almost immediately fall in love and marry a convict is perhaps still to be clarified.

There was a Clutterbuck Family in West Bengal Samuel and Sarah who had a daughter Dorthea in 1818.

2. A William Kingston was transported by The Adrian Ship from England (Convicted in Buckinghamshire on 27 July 1829) leaving to New South Wales 27 Apr 1830 from Portsmouth arriving NSW 20 AUG 1830 with 169 men embarking sailing for 115 days with Wm sadler as master and G H Weatherhead as Surgeon.

but some entry states William Kingston came to Australia aboard WOODMAN in 1826 as a convict but there is no record of this on the NSW Government State records.

3. Ann Married William Kingston who was born in 29 MAY 1803 in Staffordshire. They married in Hobart Town by William Bedford, Senior Chaplin on 21 May 1832.

4. William was a convict at the time of the marriage but received a pardon and the couple settled on a farm he purchased at Bream Creek. Ann ran the farm for a while William went to the Goldfields in Victoria and is listed as a shareholder of the Ballarat Mine, Victoria in 1868 (Source: Government Gazettes in the Genealogy Society of Victoria)

5. They had children

a. William George 21 OCT 1835-29 APR 1917 who married Elizabeth Dunbabin 28 JUL 1856 (1839-1909) daughter of John and Anna (Eccles)

b. Stephen 25 SEP 1837- 15 APR 1881 m Jane Williams b1843 (8 Children)

c. Lucy Ann 1841-1888 m Harry Smith 6 OCT 1857 (12 Children)

d. Charles 1 FEB 1844-31 OCT 1922

Sadly noting there was only a month between the death of William Kingston and his daughter Lucy Ann and as her last child would only have been 6 at the time it would have also left Harry with a great deal of children and no wife. Then Stephen who dies in 1881 left his wife Jane with their children prematurely with the youngest of the 8 being only 2 years old. It was surely hard times.

6. Ann died of Debilitus 11 Aug 1879 in Sorell, Tasmania, Australia, and is buried with her husband in Marion Bay Cemetery. William died 10 Aug 1888.

So it is well documented what happened to Ann and William After they arrived in Australia, and some of William’s past, however the mystery is where was Ann from.

However other sources make a connection with the English Royal Family. In fact a John Clutterbuck married Mary Anne Lyon, daughter of the Hon Thomas Lyon and Mary Elizabeth Wren on 31 OCT 1821. He lived at Warkworth, Northumberland. There is a well-documented connection of Thomas Lyon and the current Queen’s Mother through the Bowes Lyon line. However this John was born in 1784 which is along time to have a sister born 1811. There is an Anne in his siblings but it appears she was born in the 1780’s. And for Anne to be a servant to a Ship’s Captain’s wife would be a fall in society somewhat!

There is no connection of Clutterbuck’s women or men in India at the time for Anne to be born. The Indian records are surprisingly good especially in respect of the military and the English living there.

So what other Anne’s do we have in England:

1810 daughter of Thomas and Eleanor in Watford Northumberland, through tracking other records I don’t find a death/burial nor a marriage nor a census return for this Anne, which if she were to leave the UK somehow than maybe that would be a reason.

My conclusion is that she is either the daughter of Thomas and Eleanor, but how she came to be in India is still a mystery or she is the daughter of Samuel and Sarah who we do at least know were in India at around the right time. There is a Samuel Clutterbuck who married Sarah Bishop in 1797, it would be possible Sarah was still having children in 1818 i.e Dorthea (and Anne along the way in 1811.)

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Connecting New Zealand

by Kirstin Duffield, treemad at btinternet dot com

I have been researching Clutterbucks for nearly 15 years now, I have collected a database of over 7000 people, 1800 marriages and covering 11 generations. The sources range from the traditional sources such as the IGI to my permanent subscription to deluxe membership combined with valuable contributions from other researchers, passenger lists, obituaries, local paper archives, family bibles, photographs and family tales. Looking through the obvious for logical behaviour, cross references, from multiple sources and just plain old common sense has helped me to help loads of Clutterbucks who are interested in their family history. Added to this of course the privilege of the kind gift I received a couple of years ago of my own personal copy of “An Account of the principal branches of the Family of Clutterbuck”, Witchell and Hudleston – my eternal thanks to Mr Jones Who’s aunt married a Clutterbuck, the son of Henrietta Louisa Clutterbuck and Archie Kirkman Lloyd.

So when I was approached by Sonja from Australia who had the mystery of William Clutterbuck apparently born in 1832 in Hull (as it stated on his marriage certificate) who married Lydia Baker in January 1859 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Sonja was a descendant of their first surviving daughter Lydia Clutterbuck who travelled with her parents to New Zealand in the early 1860s first to Dunedin then later to Nelson.

Independently I have known Ian Clutterbuck who lives in New Zealand and he in turn knows Jenifer who is descendent of the second surviving daughter of William and Lydia, Frances who married Thomas Barnett.

But the two families had apparently lost touch and the living relatives appeared to have no knowledge of each other.

I started with the marriage certificate, William Clutterbuck aged 27 born in Hull son of Joseph and Frances nee Drew and Lydia Baker aged 24 born in Collumpton, Devon. But as far as I could see from every combination of search I could manage there was no possibility of William from Hull 1832 – not that was absent from England by the 1861 census as he was in Australia by then. I did find Lydia living with her parents in Collumpton, that was easy.

So I continued to look for William b1831/2 and his parents Joseph and Frances in any 1841 or 1851 census but to no avail. In the meantime I collected the information from Sonja (Including a family photograph) and Jenifer (through Ian) and collated what I could from the birth cert of Lydia, the death cert of William and Lydia’s first daughter Mary Ann and the birth cert of their son William jnr. I know from Ian that their second daughter Frances was born in New Zealand in 1862, and as William their son was born Dec 1861, we only had a small window to look at movements between Australia and New Zealand. I found a William Clutterbuck on the voting registers of Dunedin in April 1862, so the window was even shorter. But passenger lists between Australia and New Zealand are not as comprehensive as those from England to down under.

Figure 1 Family of Lydia Clutterbuck b1860 and William Lester and 12 children
But in my searches of passenger lists I did find a 21 year old Lydia Baker sailing from Plymouth to Geelong in 1857 on the Thomas Arbuthnot, but no sign of William so far. Looking further ahead I found a listing page from the local Nelson, NZ paper of the 1860’s which not only listed other children of William and Lydia but also Williams own demise on 2nd August 1875. In total William and Lydia had 7 children but definitely lost four of those in childhood. So far it is only the line of Lydia b1860 and Frances b1862 that we have connected up, what happened to William is still unknown although he is suspected to have also died young. What the obituary entry did introduce was that William snr was in fact William Blacksely Clutterbuck, the first time the middle name had been seen. He was known to be the only 40 something aged William in Nelson and married to Lydia, there was no confusion on who he was, but what it did mean was there was for the first time a secure connection to The Book, because on page 125 there in black and while was William Blakesley son of Joseph Clutterbuck and Frances. The IGI confirmed a marriage between Joseph and Frances in 1825 in Stonehouse, Gloucs. Added to this Sonja confirmed the Blacksley name came from Frances Drew’s mother’s maiden name so again another firm connection. The names are rare anyway, and the Drew name was not native to Gloucestershire except one line from which Frances Descends.

Although the spelling of Blakesley sees a couple of variants: Blakesely, Blacksley, Blackesly, the name is unique in the Clutterbuck line and it now firmly connects the New Zealand Li from William and Lydia to the Clutterbucks of Stroud. Within that group was Joseph Clutterbuck b1788 Rodborough (m Sarah Roberts 1817) the Civil Engineer, his son John William Clutterbuck the Wool Merchant, Captain Henry Clutterbuck of the Royal Lancaster Regiment b 1874 killed at Mons in France 1914 of whom the Times Paper wrote a spectacular epitaph on September 8th George William Clutterbuck b1858 the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary and author of In India/Bombay the Beautiful and his three achieving children: George William b1882 who appointed the chief assistant to the Clerk of the London Committee during the formation of the National Insurance Scheme, Sgnt Albert Ernest Clutterbuck b1883 of the 10th Middlesex Regiment and Millie Gertrude b1891 won 1st prize in Advanced English at Royal Society of Arts, and worked for the Air Ministry.

Figure 2 Joseph Clutterbuck b1788

Figure 3 John William Clutterbuck b1833

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Clutterbuck's Antarctic Expedition

What's the thing with Clutterbucks and mountains?

Just when we thought we'd seen it all, when we read here about Brits Dan and David Clutterbuck climbing Mount Clutterbuck in the Canadian Rockies, we saw this news about another adventurous Clutterbuck from the UK.

Peter Clutterbuck is setting out this week on an Antarctic expedition aiming to climb some of the unclimbed peaks in the Ellsworth mountains to raise money for the cancer information charity Cancerbackup. He will be accompanied by Simon Garrod a former British Antarctic Survey commander and now a professional mountain guide.

Peter is raising money for Cancerbackup because of the support he has received from the charity when a number of close family members have been diagnosed with cancer. This includes his mother who sadly died from the disease and his wife, Bonnie who is currently receiving treatment for breast cancer.

Peter is an experienced mountaineer and sailor with previous expeditions including climbing in the Alps, Andes, Himalayas and Arctic Greenland and sailing across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

During the trip Peter will be relaying information back to the UK by satellite phone giving updates on his position, altitude and how the challenge is going. These will be posted on Cancerbackup's website every day at

Bonnie Clutterbuck will be at home looking after their two sons, Richard (9) and Mike (14) and preparing for a great Christmas when Peter returns.

Peter Clutterbuck said, "This is a challenging expedition but I look forward to being home for Christmas with my family having climbed a mountain no-one has ever stood on before and having raised a good amount of money for Cancerbackup."

Bonnie Clutterbuck added, "Of course the boys and I will miss Peter while he's away but we know he's doing it for a great cause and he'll come back with some fantastic tales to tell of his adventures at the bottom of the world."

Kate Shanley, Head of Fundraising at Cancerbackup said, "We are always grateful to everyone who takes part in fundraising events on behalf of Cancerbackup whether it's organising a jumble sale, doing a parachute jump, running a marathon, or climbing huge mountains in the freezing cold of Antarctica."

Photos of Peter and Simon on previous expeditions are available on request.

Other challenges

If you're looking for a challenge which is a bit different from the well worn paths along the Great Wall of China or on the Inca Trail (though Cancerbackup provides those too) and would like to raise money for charity to help people with cancer Cancerbackup is the place to come.

Climbing the world's highest active volcano, mount Cotopaxi in Ecuador, riding on horseback through Mongolia, cycling through the Mekong Delta or skiing the Milky Way Challenge in the Alps are just a few of the charity challenges Cancerbackup can offer.

These give people the chance to explore spectacular locations all over the world, and raise money to help Cancerbackup provide information and advice to people with cancer and their family and friends.

For those with less time, or who are a little less adventurous, there are a number of shorter events in the UK and Europe which can be achieved over a long weekend including climbing Ben Nevis, trekking over lava fields in Iceland or scaling Mount Etna in Sicily.

Cancerbackup also offers the chance to take on other challenges such as white water rafting and parachuting, and if your idea of fun isn't included in our list of events, the charity can offer groups of 10 or more their own tailor-made expedition.


1. Cancerbackup is the only national charity that specialises in providing information on all types of cancer.

2. All Cancerbackup services are free to cancer patients, their relatives and friends.

3. Cancerbackup Freephone Information Service: 0808 800 1234 (Mon-Fri, 9am-8pm). Cancerbackup Centres can be found in St Bartholomew's Hospital, Charing Cross Hospital, the London Clinic, The Christie Hospital, Ipswich Hospital, Nottingham City Hospital, Coventry's University Hospital and Jersey. The charity's website can be found at

4. Cancerbackup, as a charity, receives 54% of its funding from individuals, 11% from charitable trusts, 5% from grants, 14% from companies, 2% from investments and 14% from its trading company. Pharmaceutical companies contributed 9% of the total 2005/06 income.

5. In April 2006 Cancerbackup changed its name from CancerBACUP, so that the charity's name better represents the service the charity provides: information, understanding and support to anyone affected by cancer.

The Clutterbuck Family Map

If you've arrived at this corner of the worldwide web because you're a Clutterbuck or by any other name a member of the Clutterbuck gene pool, you really should take a minute to leave your marker on the Cluterbuck Family Map.

This particularly cool guest map application is based on Google Maps, with all the features of "click and drag" maps, zoom in and out, from street level maps to satellite views.

Just "click and drag" the map to center on your part of the world map, and "zoom in" using the sliding scale on the upper left corner of the map to find your exact location in "street map view" before putting your precisely located mark on the map.

If you find you've made a slight error on your first try, just do it over again and our map editors will delete your earlier mark. It's easy and fun to leave your mark on the world.

Eventually, we hope to get to know all the Clutterbucks in the world. Why? We're all collaborating on a revision of the Clutterbuck Book.

Look who we've found so far.

UWO Mustangs Yates Cup 2007 Champions

Congratulations, Ryan Clutterbuck 89

Clutterbucks on Clutterbuck Mountain

by Dan Clutterbuck

Every year for the past 20 years my father, David Clutterbuck, has learnt a new sport. This year – to celebrate his 60th birthday – he decided to take up mountaineering. But rather than do his first outdoors climb on a simple slope in England, he opted to climb one of the most remote and inaccessible mountains in Canada’s British Columbia. Why? Because of its name – Mount Clutterbuck, which we discovered on this blog.

Named by the Canadian Government in the 1930s after an intrepid explorer, who wrote about British Columbia in the mid 1800s, Mount Clutterbuck lies in the centre of the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy. There are no roads and even rescue helicopters are not permitted to land. Grizzly bears, brown bears, mountain lions and wolverines, along with elks, caribou, mountain goats and other prey, are the only inhabitants. The explorer after whom it was named wrote a wonderful account of the area in 1887, suitably named '1887 BC', which we read as we followed some of their footsteps. As soon as my father and I saw Mount Clutterbuck on, we were determined that we were going to climb it!

David and myself are both experienced walkers, having trekked previously in the Andes, Himalayas and other high altitude ranges. Yet just getting to the base of the mountain needed three days. For two of these, the bulk of our gear was carried on horseback – along with a chain saw to remove fallen trees from the path. For the third day, the ground was too rough for horses, so along with our two mountain guides, we were forced to “bushwhack” through boulder fields covered with a dense tangle of live and dead trees and alder bushes, with visibility in many places no more than two yards. The treacherous conditions were made worse by the heavy packs we were carrying, by the constant attention of vicious mosquitoes (David alone received around 200 bites on his back, through his clothing, that day) and the need to cross swollen, fast-flowing glacial rivers.

Base camp was beside a small, cold lake at the foot of Mount Clutterbuck’s glacier, a full kilometre beneath the summit. The ascent and descent took 13 hours of continuous effort. We set off in darkness, with head torches to guide our feet, and reached the edge of the glacier at dawn. After roping together for protection in case one of us fell into any of the crevasses, we forged ahead up the glacier. The last few hundred feet consisted of a steep rib of rock, which involved a combination of scrambling and full-on climbing - which is something David has never done outside of an indoor climbing wall. Finally, around 1pm, we achieved the summit and were sitting on the top of the world, both amazed and stunned that we had done it!

Many mountains in Canada have a summit register at the top, to record who has climbed it. Due to it's remoteness and technical difficulty, this mountain has only rarely been climbed and did not have such a register. In fact we could only find evidence of one other ascent (by the Kootenay Mountaineering Club). To record this - and our own substantial efforts in reaching the peak, we established a summit register and even left a flag with the Clutterbuck family cloth mark printed on it (the symbol printed on every bolt of cloth when our ancestors set up the first cloth mills in the UK’s West country, in the mid-1500s).

David says it was one of the toughest things he has ever done, and won’t be drawn about what he might do to celebrate his 70th!

To see a fabulous selection of the trip photos, please visit our online photo albums here and here.

If there are any other Clutterbucks out there who feel the inspiration to climb Mount Clutterbuck, I would be happy to discuss our trip and provide any advice where I can. (I can be contacted via my website at this link.)

In any case, a good place to start would be to get in contact with our guide - Matthew Reynolds (Box 1223, Jasper, Alberta, Canada,T0E 1E0 - Tel. (780) 852-5042). I can provide his email on request. As well, you can try contacting our outfitters at Findlay Creek Outfitters.

We highly recommend this trip to any budding mountaineers out there; it is one of the most stunning and remote mountains in Canada and, although technical enough to require a guide, well within the grasp of a moderately experienced hiker.

And we look forward to hearing from you.

Dan Clutterbuck and David Clutterbuck

Richard Lewis Clutterbuck, 1917-1998

Since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, and again in the aftermath of the terrorist bombings of the London Underground transportation network, we've often thought how much the world of counter terrorism has changed since the death Major General Richard Lewis Clutterbuck, whose career was devoted to defeating terrorism.
From War Zone to Classroom

Richard Clutterbuck, who has died aged 80, distinguished himself in two separate, if overlapping, careers. For 35 years he was a professional soldier, rising to the rank of major-general, and for the remaining 25 years he was an academic specialising in indeed almost inventing - the study of violence in politics.

Like his father and grandfather before him, Clutterbuck was a sapper, commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1937 after graduating in mechanical sciences from Cambridge. After Dunkirk, he went through both the Western Desert and Italian campaigns with no wound other than a front tooth knocked out when the driver of his scout car had to break suddenly and reverse.

I met him first in Germany towards the end of the second world war, when he arrived to take over 245 (Welsh) Field Company, Royal Engineers, the scruffy, piratical, matey territorial outfit in which I was a raw sapper. The Welsh mafia who really ran the company were at first suspicious of this English professional soldier, but were grudgingly impressed when, in the early days of peace, he hired a comely young German woman, Frau Schumacher, as his secretary.

Because he was a regular officer, Clutterbuck soon left us to go to a regular unit, 55 Field Company. This happened to be going to Trieste, and in retrospect this was the move which planted in him his future interest. Trieste was the site of the very first of the little civil wars and near-wars which have flared up since the big war. It had all the ingredients: political jockeying between Tito's communists and their enemies, ethnic tensions between Slavs; and Italians, and violence that included the assassination of a British brigadier.

The army helpfully sent Clutterbuck to a further 13 hotspots over the years, from Palestine (1947) during the Irgun Zvei Leumi's terrorist campaign, to a comic opera crisis in Anguilla.

In 1956, up against Chinese communists, Lt-Col Clutterbuck shed his rank badges to go on patrol as an ordinary soldier. As chief engineer Far East, 1966-68, Brigadier Clutterbuck put into practice in northeast Thailand the counter-terrorist philosophy he was gradually evolving.

Isolated villages were pre guerrillas. He got his sappers to build a road linking the villages to each other and the rest of the country. "Suddenly they had a bus service," he told me, "and there's a Latin American guerrilla saying that when the bus comes along it's time for the guerrilla to move out." His next job after Thailand was the top one, as Engineer-in-Chief (1968-70) at the Ministry of Defence. While in the Far East, however, he had started to read for a PhD in politics. In 1968, he enrolled at London University. It was pleasing to think of the E-in-C popping round to see his tutor in the Official staff car embellished with a major general's two stars on a crimson plate, I suggested. Sadly, not true, he said; he went by tube.

His last army post was back in the specialisation he had created for himself, as chief army instructor of the Royal College of Defence Studies, devoted to peacekeeping or "low-intensity Operations" as they were now termed. His Who's Who entry gave his recreations as "sailing, canoeing and the study of revolution". On retirement in 1972 he became Dr Clutterbuck, and marched straight into the Post of lecturer in political conflict at Exeter University.

Though the revolutionary fervour of the late 1960s had played itself out, students remained suspicious of military men. One piece of student journalism written ahead of Clutterbuck's arrival was so libellous that it had to be retracted. Once he was in. stalled, not surprisingly, his students found him refreshing, and judged his lectures unmissable. They found him enthusiastic and eccentric, with spectacles colour-coded according to their strength and a wallet so Often repaired with tape that the original leather had disappeared. He retired from teaching in 1982 but remained an honorary research fellow of Exeter. By now he was a world authority in his field, constantly in demand at conferences and the author of a score of books, beginning with Protest and the Urban Guerrilla in 1972, followed by Riot and Revolution in Malaya and Singapore, and gradually extending the borders of his subject to take in crime and other recourses to violence. His last work, completed shortly before his death, is Families, Drugs and Crime. Under the pen name Richard Jocelyn he also wrote a novel Across the River (1957), based on his experiences as a sapper officer in the Italian campaign.

In his last years he suffered heart trouble and feared that his mental powers might be endangered. But his family believe he had completed all that he wished to achieve. He is survived by his wife, Angela, their sons Peter, Robin and Julian, and three grandchildren.

Philip Purser

Paul Wilkinson Writes: Richard Clutterbuck's gift for teaching flowered at Exeter University, but his strengths as an educator reached far beyond the walls of the campus. There can be few senior military and police officers who have not at some stage benefited from Richard's mastery of his subject and his patience and good humour in tackling the most difficult questions.

As if these achievements were not enough for one lifetime, he also helped to pioneer the development of he Control Risks Information Service, briefing business and industry on political violence around the world. The success of this work can be gauged by the number of security companies and businesses which depend on the methods of security analysis and briefing which he developed.

Richard was that rare combination; an intellectual former soldier who made a major contribution to a fresh field of academic study and succeeded in the wider work of Public education through his books and contributions to the media.

Richard Lewis Clutterbuck, soldier and student of revolution, born November 22, 1917, died January 6,1998.

Extract from The Guardian, Friday 9th January 1998. page 16
Richard Clutterbuck wrote several books, and his work is often cited whenever the subject of terrorism and counter insurgency is studied. Dr Richard Clutterbuck, a pioneering scholar in the field and a former member of their advisory council, generously willed to the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews his invaluable collection of research materials, books and periodicals covering the whole field of terrorism and political violence.

In Terrorism in an Unstable World, "Richard Clutterbuck examines the changes in terrorist tactics since the end of the Cold War. He analyzes the possible threat posed by new terrorist groups which are the products of ethnic tensions. He explores how Islamic fundamentalism has become the primary motivating factor for terrorism and how the West has used improved technology to counter terrorist activity. He also explores the connection between terrorism and drug trafficking. of civil liberties. Clutterbuck argues for better international cooperation by the police, intelligence, and armed forces."

It's perhaps a tragic irony of history that Richard Clutterbuck, who devoted so much to the study of the Troubles, did not live to see the current peace in Northern Ireland. In "Northern Ireland: The Time And Place For Urban Terror CSC 1985" a paper by the US Marine Corps reprinted online at, the writer takes notes of Clutterbuck's thoughts:
As Richard Clutterbuck, a well-known author of several works on terrorism to include Northern Ireland, observes in Guerrillas and Terrorists, "All those who write (on Northern Ireland) are, with varying degrees of passion, partisans of one side or the other."1 In the midst of Clutterbuck's substantial contributions to the literature and his numerous revealing insights, this concise observation is perhaps his most profound. In one brief sentence he describes the emotions, the biases, the polarity and distorted objectivity which confront the uninitiated researcher and leave him dazed and wandering like the legendary Irish traveller wading through a pasture of Ireland's mythical "sleepy grass."

Give Me A Home Where?

With the end of fox hunting, whatever is to become of Hornby Castle?

Good news from the Yorkshire Post Today, which published this wonderful article by Brian Dooks.
Julia and Roger Clutterbuck have introduced the bison – better known as the buffalo of Hollywood westerns – to Hornby Castle, near Bedale.

They are to be farmed alongside the castle's 180 red deer to produce high-quality meat being sold from the Clutterbucks' shop and to local restaurants.

Mr Clutterbuck said: "Bison meat is the most heart-friendly you can buy, with the lowest cholesterol level and very little fat. It has a very distinctive taste – sweeter and richer flavour than beef. Once you taste it you won't forget it."

So far Hornby Castle has six bison cows and one bull – the only ones in the North of England. There are only 124 in Britain.

They should not be confused with the European water buffalo, pioneered in North Yorkshire by Paul and Kate Langthorne, of Brompton, near Northallerton, which produce meat and milk to make mozzarella cheese.

Mr Clutterbuck said: "They are gentle giants, but they have a tendency to be single minded – a full-grown one weighs almost one ton and you can't tell them where to go. However, they are remarkable because they will not cross a line, whether it's a single strand of wire or a railway line."

The Clutterbuck family bought Hornby Castle in 1936 after the estate was broken up by the Duke of Leeds, whose ancestors had passed it down through marriage since 1179. Recently the land has grown arable crops but it is reverting to grassland under a 20-year restoration programme following a Countryside Stewardship agreement.

The bison have been established with the help of a Rural Enterprise Scheme grant. Yorkshire's first "native" bison should be born next summer and when the breeding herd is established they will be sold on to other farmers. Income will fund restoration of the historic parkland, which is attributed to a pupil of Capability Brown.

Mrs Clutterbuck said: "Much of the original parkland had been given over to growing arable crops or grazing stock. As a result it's been broken up with stock fences. Our plan is to remove these and return it to grass. Once this is under way, most of the area will be opened up for riders and walkers to enjoy and explore.

"It's difficult to get a clear picture what it would have originally looked like. The estate was broken up in the 1930s and most of the original documents were lost. What we are recreating is an approximation of the original, but it will be as close as we can get it and will certainly look very different to its current appearance."

Rural Development Service spokeswoman Rebecca Clarkson said: " It is exciting to see a combination of old and new coming together at Hornby Castle to provide it with new income for the future. The new business adds authenticity to the park and the bison are a novel introduction. Both will help fund restoration work and provide alternative income."

Bill Langhamer, of Business Link York and North Yorkshire, said: "This is a great example of diversification. Farming faces many challenges and the Clutterbucks have spotted a niche. They are building the market for heart-friendly meat and providing a novel new food."

We Get Postcards

Recently, we linked to some historic Clutterbuck letters submitted by Timothy Walker, who has now sent in some interesting Clutterbuck postcards addressed over a hundred years ago to Clutterbucks in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

1). Dated 1902. Posted Goucester. To Miss Clutterbuck, Russell Street Stroud, Glos. A photo of Gloucester Cathedral with a personal note and signed N.R.P.

2) Dated 1902. Posted what appears to be SORN BRW. To Mrs A. Clutterbuck Russell Street Stroud Glos. A photo of National Gallery London. with a personal note and signed G.

3) Dated 1903. Posted Bridgewater Somerset. To Mrs Clutterbuck 2 Russell Street Stroud Gloucestershire. A photo of Cheapside London. With a personal note and signed M.

"These three postcards were purchased in the mid 1990s at a car boot sale by a friend of mine, who knew of my interest in the family of Clutterbuck," wrote Tim Walker, a Cluterbuck descendant and genealogy researcher who sent us these wonderful digital images.

Thanks so much, Tim. It would be interesting to learn from Clutterbucks who might be reading this blog, if they are perhaps related to the people who sent or received these postcards.

The Hounds of Hornby Castle

Hundreds of supporters gathered to watch the 110-year old hunt and its harrier hounds meet at Hornby Castle, for the last time, before the ban on hunting with dogs came into force earlier this year.

Surrounded by his pack of baying dogs, whose ancestors had hunted throughout the area over 100 years, Master of the Hunt, Clive Richardson, also voiced his anger at the ban.

"I am heart broken, this is the end of everything - it is part of our life and our history. I cannot understand this government that wants to stop everything that is English," he said, according to local reports of the final hunt.

In the latter part of the most recent century the estate of Hornby Castle was owned by Roger Clutterbuck, Esquire, who figures among the contemporary people of distinction in the updated edition of Burke's Landed Gentry and was featured in Issue 26 of Country Life in 1989. R.E.H. Clutterbuck was actively involved in the historic sport of fox hunting, not only granting permission for the use of Hornby Castle for numerous hunts, but also as a judge.

But the Vale of Lune Harriers have had their historic last hunt and are now chasing scented fell runners, after the ban on hunting with dogs became the law of the land. Here's how one local paper described the end of an era.
The hunt gathered at Hornby Castle where the Vale of Lune Harriers officially began 110 years ago.

Clive Richardson, master huntsman who bred the hounds, said: "I have bred every hound here today and when I take them back to the kennel it will be for the last time."

However, the Vale of Lune Harriers will continue to hunt using a pack of the Three Counties Bloodhounds which follow a scent without killing the animal.

On Saturday a fell runner was given a 20-minute head start and the hounds were released. The bloodhounds followed the scent of the runner's shoes.

Mr Richardson said: "This is as close as you can get to replicating the hunt, but it is the unpredictability of the hunt that attracts people. "With the bloodhounds it is now just a cosmetic exercise."

Hounds used in the hunt will be continued to be bred at the kennels in Hornby to keep the original lineage alive.

Mr Richardson said: "Hunting has to survive until a day when the tradition can be reinstated."

Clutterbuck's role in the early days of NATO

In a column written a few years ago, a Canadian journalist noted the diplomatic role of a Clutterbuck in the discussions leading up to the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
It was a letter delivered by the delightfully named Sir Alexander Clutterbuck, the British high commissioner to Canada, that set things rolling. In that letter, British Prime Minister Clement Atlee formally proposed to [Canada's Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie] King a meeting with the United States on a North Atlantic alliance.

Talks got under way in earnest in Washington in the spring of 1948, and, from that point on, Canada, having done its usual matchmaking gig, moved obediently to the sidelines.
You can read more about Sir Alexander Clutterbuck here, too.

A Night at the Academy Awards

It's Oscar Night in Hollywood. And you'll find a Clutterbuck behind the scenes for one nominee, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Harry Potter and his friends, Ron and Hermione, return for their third year at Hogwarts School, where Harry learns that a dangerous escaped prisoner is searching for him. While terrifying creatures known as Dementors patrol the school, Harry and his fellow students learn to defend themselves under the tutelage of a new professor who has his own dark secret to hide.
Working with Roger Guyett, Tim Burke, John Richardson and Bill George and the Visual Effects team for this film was CGI Supervisor, Simon Clutterbuck of The Moving Picture Company (MPC). Here is Simon's filmography.

Victoria History of Gloucester

There's lots of information of interest to Clutterbuck researchers in the Victoria History of the Counties of England, which is part of the greater British History Online.

A History of the County of Gloucester in volumes V, X, and XI, covering the period from 1100-1900, is probably a good place to start. But a quick search for Clutterbuck in this tome reveals countless references to the name.

Some researchers will enjoy poking around the website, looking for snippets of information about their ancestors and people from bygone days who share their very same name. Here are a couple of excerpts that caught my attention:
Manor and other estates of Leonard Stanley

A small farm-house, later called STANLEY DOWNTON FARM, west of the road at Downton, apparently occupies the site of the house of Richard Clutterbuck of Downton, yeoman (d. 1629), (Footnote 36) and was apparently rebuilt in the 1660s by his third son, John Clutterbuck (d. 1677). (Footnote 37) By 1701 it had probably passed to John's nephew, Richard Clutterbuck of Peckstreet House, King's Stanley, who then had property in Leonard Stanley, (Footnote 38) and in 1830 Richard's descendant, John Clutterbuck of Peckstreet House (d. 1839), owned Stanley Downton Farm with 68 a. (Footnote 39) The house is of coursed rubble with a gable and some stone-mullioned windows on the west; the windows on the east were replaced in the 19th century. In the late 19th century extensive stables in variegated brick were built north of the house.
Manor and other estates of Great Stanmore

The Clutterbucks had held property in the parish at least since 1749, when a messuage was granted to Thomas Clutterbuck, a brewer. (Footnote 4) In 1762 he had acquired the Vine at the top of Stanmore Hill and in 1763, on behalf of his son Thomas, a brewery which stood a few yards farther north on the opposite, western, side of the road. (Footnote 5) Although not large landowners in Great Stanmore, the family had acquired many buildings, including the Crown in 1769, the Black Horse on a lease in 1851, and the Load of Hay in 1868, as well as many wastehold parcels. (Footnote 6) The purchaser of the manor was described as of Great Stanmore in 1844, of Red Hall (Herts.) in 1847, and of Micklefield Hall in 1851. (Footnote 7) The manor passed in 1895 to his son Thomas Meadows Clutterbuck (d. 1919) and to his grandson Captain Rupert Clutterbuck (d. 1933), both of Micklefield Hall. (Footnote 8) Many manorial rights were sold in the 1920s, including those in the common and Stanmore marsh, for which Hendon R.D.C. paid £1,000 in 1929. (Footnote 9) The last rights were extinguished by Captain Clutterbuck's widow and her co-executor, in whom the manor was vested, in 1935-6. (Footnote 10)
In the Victoria History there are also references to the significant estates of Frampton Court and Newark Park, about which we will save much more for another day on the blog.

Clutterbuck Computer Clutter Challenge

Andy was looking on the Internet for pictures of computer desks to see what kinds of environments people compute in. What did he find?
All these people proud of their sleek and stylish workspace. All these modders living their clutter-free G33k lives within their Sheng Fui'd desktops. A tidy mind is a productive mind.
He posted a picture of his own computer desk, and challenged others to come clean with photos of their own. Check out the competition for the most-cluttered computer desk as it enters Rounds 8 & 9.

If anyone should win the Clutterbuck Computer Clutter Challenge Cup, it really ought to be one of us, don't you think? You know who you are!

Blimey, Andrew Clutterbuck in Halifax, Canada, now has his own entry in the Clutterbuck Computer Clutter Challenge.