The Lineage of John Kevin Gordon, Lord Plender
(excerpted and annotated by Dennis E. Power)
(Excerpt from 105th edition of Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 1970)
The Earl of Plender, Glamorgan (John Kevin Gordon, DSC, SS, DSO, KCB,)
Marquis of Dunstanburgh and Viscount Sandbourne, Viscount Lochinvar, and Baron Montagu of Montagu, of England, Laird of Shaws, Cramden, Esquire of Woodbury, Tasmania. Privately educated Commonwealth of Australia; served World War II late Captain US Army Corps, assigned Office of Strategic Services detached duty in India, China, Burma, Philippines, Indochina, b. November 22, 1919. M. 1948 to Sharon Ann, dau. of the late Alexander Hunter, fmr Representative of US Congress, NY district and of his wife, Bianca Carter, of Carterville, Virginia, and by her had issue,
Robert Alan Gordon b.1949 educated, Eton, Royal Military
Academy Sandhurst, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts,
acted in several motion pictures before taking residence in Equatorial
His Lordship assumed the title of Earl of Plender in 1955, succeeding his distant cousin, Sir Harrison
Gordon who perished in
THE PATERNAL LINEAGE
The father of John Kevin Gordon (also
known as Lord Plender or Jongor) was Robert Gordon. Robert
Gordon was born near
Robert Gordon and Elizabeth married in 1915. When the War between the Central Powers and the Allies broke out, the Reades sent Frank III and Kate to assist the British and French. Robert and Elizabeth accompanied them. However the generals were reluctant to utilize their radical inventions and the Reades had to confine their genius to helping design better mundane airships. Kate and Elizabeth volunteered to be nurses as well as flying medical supply drops in their own planes.
After the Armistice was signed Kate asked Robert and
Elizabeth to go on a working vacation to
By the time that they had reached
In late 1920 Robert Gordon married Margaret Dundee Gordon, a
recent widow. They along with the infant John Gordon disappeared while flying
Robert Gordon’s father Lochinvar
(Lucky) Gordon was born on
Shortly after his arrival in the St. Louis Lucky one evening
he was riding in
Lucky realized that he knew of this man, his parents had met him briefly. He was Mr. John Brainerd, an inventor. He became fast friends with the older man and his wife.
In 1891 Lucky attended a soiree given by the prominent Smith family and saw a beautiful woman who immediately entranced him. As he approached to write on her dance card he was shocked to discover the girl was Heather Moore. One year had transformed this gawky tag along into a stunning young woman.
To Lucky’s surprise, Heather was
not very pleased to see him. Her former puppy like admiration for Lucky had
faded away and she much preferred the company of the Comte Philippe Natta, a Neapolitan nobleman on tour in the
Heather’s infatuation, combined with her own adventuresome spirit nearly resulted in tragic consequences. When invited to inspect a riverboat that the Comte was thinking of purchasing she found herself locked away in a cabin upon the riverboat.
After Heather had disappeared, Lucky confronted the Comte Philippe who denied knowing what happened to her. After having observed the Comte lead another young woman onto the riverboat, Lucky tried to board it. He was thrown overboard by several stevedores. As he swam to shore the riverboat took off. Lucky went to Brainerd who equipped him with a couple of guns and piloted his steam powered submarine close enough for Lucky to board it.
Through guile and determination Lucky was able to incapacitate the riverboat crew. He freed the imprisoned girls and fought a sword duel with Comte Phillipe. Lucky tripped over a footstool during the course of the duel and avoided a cut that would have torn open his throat. Off balanced by Lucky’s fall, the Comte stumbled directly onto Lucky’s sword.
After this Lucky realized he was not the adventuresome type,
and Heather realized that she should not have let her head be turned by the
exotic Frenchman, who as it turned out was a
Lochivar Gordon’s father Percival
Gordon was born in 1848 at The Shaws,
When Percy Gordon arrived in
They were part of the lawsuit and the men who had beaten him were hirelings of their Uncle James. The case proved to be a morass of suit, counter-suit, claim and counter claim with neither side willing to compromise. His stipend was barely enough to keep him alive and his fee was based on contingency. There were established lawyers in McGregor who handled most of the legal work, although he managed to scraped together a few cases on his own they barely covered his expenses. He took a second job as town constable, with the hope that he would run into his attackers once again.
Despite the seeming impropriety of it, he became friends
After two years with no movement on the MacGregor
case, Percy felt frustrated and restless. He told Hannah he was thinking about
moving on. She asked where they were going since, to be sure, he was not about
to leave her behind. They decide to go to
In 1878 a drunken dentist botched a tooth pulling on Hannah. The dentist was contrite when Hannah confronted him and even promised to give up the practice. However he became resentful of the Gordons and began to make disparaging remarks about Percy and Hannah, seeking to goad them into a confrontation. Percy’s friend Ed Masterson told him to avoid John Holliday at all cost, he was rattlesnake mean but also rattlesnake quick with a gun.
After Ed Masterson was killed Percy and Hannah decided it
was time to make their way west. They however decided to travel to
They stopped in at Buckskin,
Hannah shrewdly decided that they should spend what little
they had of their savings on extra supplies before going into
However it was not long before various factions in town
began vying for control of the burgeoning vice trade. After their friend Lester
was gunned down at his post at the Wells,
Enroute to their new ranch they
The Gordons reached their ranch,
which was located near
Percy Gordon passed away in 1945, preceded by his wife of many years, Hannah who died in 1933.
The parents of Percy Gordon were Alan Gordon born 1820 at The
As was his father’s wish, Alan attended
He made the acquaintance of Miss Delhi Darcy, a young woman
of exceedingly good family. At the time Miss Darcy was arranging to return to
Her father had suffered drastic financial reverses that had
nearly depleted the family’s wealth. This had occurred after her older sister
had married. While her family was not destitute, they could no longer provide
her with a proper dowry. Her grandfather, Fizwilliam
Darcy, had suffered a stroke and suffered some incapacity. He had reluctantly
turned the family finances over to her father in 1825. At first Fitzwiliam
Bennet Darcy’s investing in the Indian trade had been
a rousing success.
After his initial successes he began investing in many different “country” ships relying on his partners in these ventures to arrange for the routes and cargo. They invested heavily in opium, and unbeknownst to Mr. Darcy, in black ivory. The opium ships and cargos were seized at the start of the first Opium War and the slave ships were stopped by the Royal Navy with their cargoes seized or destroyed. In addition to the loss of the cargoes, the holding company holding title to the ship’s registry was fined penalties. To offset the losses Fitzwilliam Bennett Darcy needed to sell most of the family’s income providing estates. He chose to keep the family’s estate at Pemberley House instead of a smaller one that also provided revenue in a misguided attempt to assuage his parent’s disapproval. This proved to be a futile attempt. Although Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett Darcy continued to live at Pemberley Hall their relationship with their son became distant and chilly.
Delhi Darcy angrily rebuffed Alan Gordon’s offer to pay for
her passage to
An experienced tracker from the
Only a few of the bandits had any fight in them and were killed. The rest tried to flee when confronted with armed men. Under questioning they learned that the women had been abducted to be sold as prostitutes or wives. Although Captain MacLean had seemingly taken the breaking of their engagement very well, this had only been for public consumption. Privately he yearned for revenge so he had arranged for Delhi Darcy’s abduction. He also hoped to realize enough money from this venture to square some of his gambling debts. Although frightened, the women had not been molested.
Because the evidence against Captain Maclean was slim, no charges could be brought. Alan Gordon challenged him to a duel which Delhi Darcy begged him to call off. His honor and outrage at Miss Darcy’s abduction would not allow him to do so. Maclean was a well known swordsman and so had chosen that weapon believing that he would have an advantage over Gordon who was not that proficient with the saber. However Gordon chose to use his claymore which he was familiar. He broke MacLean’s sword and in the second stroke hamstrung the now cowardly Maclean. Gordon rendered a coup de grace that left Maclean alive but ended any chance his lineage would continue.
Captain Maclean’s father had
influential friends and so Alan Gordon was given a choice to either resigning
his position and leaving
Miss Darcy said she found the first choice to be an acceptable one. Alan Gordon’s father was disappointed that Alan’s career in the East India Company had been so brief; however he did not fault him for his actions. Alan took a position at the Balfour Shipping company, training for the day he would inherit it. Alan Gordon inherited Balfour Shipping in 1860. He also became Laird of Shaws, Cramden, and 11th Viscount and Laird of Lochinvar.
Alan Gordon and Delhi Darcy had issue, David b. 1844.
INSET DAVID GORDON AND HIS DESCENDENTS: After a distinguished
military career that saw action in the
Harrison Gordon b. 1871 at
As he no longer had any heirs the titles Harrison Gordon had accrued through inheritance or marriage were deemed extinct. They were however restored and conferred upon his distant kinsman, John Kevin Gordon, in 1955.
The parents of Alan Gordon were George Gordon of Earleston, Kemure and Lochinvar and Catriona Balfour of the Shaws, Cramden.
George Gordon was the third son of Edward Gordon, the Viscount of Earleston, Kemure and Lochinvar and Margaret Gordon of Gight. Edward Gordon could trace his lineage back from Alexander Gordon (1587-1653), the second son of William de Gordoune, the sixth Lord of Lochinvar. According to Philip Jose Farmer Jongor was also a descendent of the youth immortalized by Sir Walter Scott in Scott’s epic poem, Marmion. Some accounts speculate the Lochinvar character to be based on William de Gordoune, others propose it was his son James. Margaret Gordon was the daughter of George Gordon of Gight and Catherine Innes. George Gordon was a descendent of King James I. He was the maternal grandfather of the famous poet Lord Byron, making Margaret Lord Byron’s aunt.
George Gordon received an appointment as a midshipman in the
Royal Navy in 1807 and was assigned to the HMS Belle Poule
and shared in her many victories and captures of French and American ships.
George Gordon was among the officers that remained aboard the ship when it was
re-commissioned as a troop ship in 1814. It was in this capacity that he was a
participant at the Battle of New Orleans. After the HMS Belle Poule was de-commissioned Lieutenant Gordon was
assigned to the recommissioned HMS Alceste. He was aboard the ship when it ran
aground in the
Catriona Balfour’s parents were Alan Balfour, Laird of the Shaws and Mary Byron.
Mary Byron was a distant kinswoman of George Gordon, Lord
Byron. Her parents were the Honorable Reverend Richard Byron, the Rector at Haughton
Alan Balfour was the son of David Balfour and Catriona Drummond MacGregor. Catriona was the granddaughter of the notorious Scottish outlaw Robert Roy MacGregor, through his son James Mor. David Balfour was the hereditary Laird of the Shaws.
George Gordon and Catriona Balfour’s match was agreeable to both their parents and they m in 1819. They had issue, Alan b. 1820, Katherine b. 1821, James 1924. He resigned his commission from the Royal Navy and joined Balfour and Associates, as a ship’s captain. When Catriona’s father David Balfour retired in 1830 George assumed control of the company. When David Balfour died in 1837, George Gordon assumed ownership of the company and became the Laird of the Shaws. Because the sons of his two elder brothers died without issue, George Gordon also inherited his father’s title.
THE MATERNAL LINEAGE
The mother of John Kevin Gordon also known as Lord Plender or Jongor, was Elizabeth Rivers. Elizabeth Rivers
was born in
Bright and energetic
Robert Gordon and Elizabeth Rivers married in 1915. When the
War between the Central Powers and the Allies broke out, Frank III and Robert went
After the Armistice was signed Kate asked Robert and
Elizabeth to go on a working vacation to
By the time that they had reached
Elizabeth Rivers’ parents were Patrick Rivers and Nyad Drummond.
Nyad Drummond was the daughter of John Drummond of and Oread Butler of Charleston, South Carolina.
Nyad Drummond was born on
Nyad Drummond was the baby of the family and so her parents tended to indulge her, however when she wrote a paper that compared the similarities between chattel slavery practiced by the Americans, it’s replacement tenant farming and how the natives of the British colonies were treated, her parents realized they may have over indulged her.
In 1868 they began seeking a strong older man for Nyad to wed and curb her sprightly personality. While they did not tell her of their intentions she began to have her suspicions when her parents began to frequently call upon Erasmus Butler, a distant kinsman and Dominic Bouchard of the wealthy family of Arms manufacturers.
After several visits with both Nyad was given an ultimatum to choose one of them as her husband. When she refused her parents threatened her with being disowned. Although saddened this tactic, she refused to give in. Her parents unable to explain her behavior had her examined by a doctor who diagnosed that she was suffering from severe hysteria. He recommended that she be placed in a private asylum until she was once a healthy and obedient child.
Her parents made arrangements for her to be placed at the Sunlight Gardner Sanitarium. Nyad planned to avoid being committed by running away the day before her scheduled departure, however her parents deliberately misled her about the dates. Nyad was accosted and manhandled by two large burly men who pushed her into an enclosed carriage and locked it behind her. Her parents were no where to be seen, unable to bear the sight of their daughter being sent away. As the two men pushed her into the carriage, Nyad scratched on their arms. Although it appeared that she had done so with her nails she had actually done so with a broken hairpin she hid in her fist. The pin was impregnated with a solution derived from oleander seeds, morning glory sap and lupin seeds which she had collected during her travels. She hoped it would be strong enough to be effective but not strong enough to kill. She also used the hairpin to open the locked door.
Within the hour the orderlies were incapacitated by nausea,
stomach cramps and diarrhea. As they stumbled off the road, Nyad unhitched the
horses and drove all but one away. She climbed aboard the horse and rode back
Dressed in understated traveling clothes, Nyad went into
While enroute to
When she arrived in
Nyad balked at this and once again tried to persuade the schoolmistress to increase her duties. The schoolmistress asked her many pointed questions about her background, many of which were rather specific to Nyad, when Nyad refused to answer some of her questions the schoolmistress excused herself. Nyad found the door locked. There was a window but it opened onto a balcony. Nyad climbed onto the roof from the balcony and then down to the street by climbing down some convenient vines. As Nyad returned to her boarding house, she learned that some men from the Pinkerton Detective agency were making inquiries about a young runaway who matched Nyad’s description.
She asked her friend to arrange an interview with Miss Francine. Nyad was pragmatic enough to realize that working at a school was not an option, at least not at that time. Although Miss Francine cultivated an air of French sophistication, Nyad heard the slightest touch of Irish brogue to her accent. Nyad allowed a trace of Scottish burr to color her accent. Although Nyad did not have much experience as hostess her ability to speak French, Spanish, Italian and Greek won Miss Francine over.
As it turned out Nyad only served food and drink for a couple of weeks before she started dealing cards. When one of the dealing girls left to get married Nyad asked to try out. Nyad not only dealt quickly and accurately, she knew when and what type of conversation would keep a game civil.
One of Francine’s close friends and customers was Yancy de la Rougierre who was often accompanied by his Pawnee companion, Pahoo-Ka-Ta-Wah. From Pahoo, Nyad learned the Indian sign language.
One evening in 1871 as she walked home from Miss Francine’s Club two men tried to abduct her on the street. She shot one with a derringer she carried. The other fell at her feet with a knife in his back, thrown by Pahoo. Yancy and Pahoo examined the bodies and discovered papers that allowed these two men from the Sunlight Gardiner Sanitarium to take Nyad Drummond into custody.
After Yancy Derringer and Pahoo disposed of the bodies, Yancy, Miss Francine and Nyad had a discussion about her future. Yancy offered her a position as a dealer on his Riverboat, The Sultana. She could live on the boat and would have the protection of the crew. While it was not a long term solution to her problem it would keep her safe for a while. Nyad stayed on the Sultana for eight months before tiring of being on the riverboat.
While dealing cards was a remunerative profession for her, she
did not plan to make it her life’s work. Traveling along the river and seeing
the variety of people had renewed the sense of purpose that she had put aside
during her flight from enforced marriage. With Yancy’s
contacts she gained entry to
Upon her graduation in 1873, she began teaching at one of
the four schools in
Her efforts to alleviate the disparity of funding for black
and white children had given her a reputation as a troublesome radical so no
As they compared life stories Patrick Rivers told her that
he believed that her background and skills could be very useful in the Indian
territories. Each tribe had a school system and there was also a need for
teachers for freedmen. Intrigued, Nyad
decided to accompany Deputy Marshal Rivers to the
Nyad found a position at Park Hill Seminary for Girls in Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation. Marshal Rivers courted her over the course of the next two years and they were married in May of 1879. Over the course of the next four years she learned to speak Cherokee, Choctaw, Seminole, Powatomi. In 1885, she gave birth to their first child Michael. Their second child, Elizabeth arrived in 1895.
When Judge Isaac Parker and his wife wanted to set up a
public school system in the
The Rivers were opposed to the creation of the
In Readesville, Pennsylvania Nyad
joined the Readesville Academy of Higher Learning
specializing in languages and linguistics. She wrote grammars and dictionaries
on Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, Seminole and Comanche. She learned Nahuatl from an Aztec woman that the Reades
Patrick Rivers was the son of Rev. St. John Rivers esq. of Marsh End and Hemakshi Jangli, Rani of Vanpur.
Patrick was born near
They chose to hunt the buffalo on horseback rather than on a train because the train excursions were more costly. They also agreed that it just did not seem all that sporting. While hunting they became surrounded by a vast buffalo herd. Lt. Lee panicked and began shooting at the buffalo surrounding him. The buffalo stampeded and the three hunters were caught up in the mad rush. Early Lee jumped from his horse and was trampled to death. Captain Woodville and Patrick Rivers kept on their horses and tried to keep with the flow of the stampede. Captain Woodville’s horse tripped and the Captain jumped clear. As Patrick struggled to pull Captain Woodville onto his horse the horse panicked and threw Patrick. Both he and Woodville were near the edge of the stampede and although trampled were able to fight clear of it. However they were both injured and without horses or supplies.
Rivers had suffered a broken leg and although Woodville only appeared bruised he began coughing up blood. Woodville splinted River’s leg and went to look for Early Lee. Rivers never saw him again. Rivers started towards the direction of Dodge hoping he would encounter a Buffalo Hunter’s camp on the way. After a couple of days without food or adequate shelter he passed out.
He awoke in a skin tent surrounded by Indians of both sexes. At least one of them spoke English. He told Rivers that his grandfather had found him laying on the prairie but had never seen a man of his tribe, so he brought him back to camp. Rivers owed his life to not having any weapons or supplies and to his East Indian mother. He told them he was of the Vanpur tribe which was far to the west. His name was Rivers. The young Indian whose name was Hósa, translated for him. The old man grunted and said it was a good name for the River would be important in his life. The old man, Three Rabbits, said he was his guest.
Patrick Rivers stayed with the Arapaho for six months as his injuries healed. Doing so awakened a long buried curiosity about the history, culture and religions of indigenous people. This was an interest which his father had curtailed as being unseemly. The task was to bring God to the heathen not to encourage heathenism among the Godly.
Within six months Patrick Rivers had learned enough Arapaho
Patrick Rivers found a buffalo hunter’s camp and fell in with the young group of hunters among whom were Bill Tilghman and his brother Dick. Patrick Rivers only remained a hunter for a little over a year, although he did work with folks such as the Masterson and Earp brothers and odd fellow named Dave Mathers. He did not mind hunting bison for the Army since most of the meat was rendered but found strictly hide hunting distasteful and wasteful. His short time among the Arapaho had given him a respect for the bison.
He obtained a position as a laborer on John Wesley Powell’s
1871 survey expedition. With this experience he took a position as a laborer
and interpreter for the 1873
When a prospector was killed the others were all ready to waylay the nearest Indian and string him up. Patrick was not convinced that the prospector had been killed by an Indian. After examining the site of the murder, he discovered that someone had tried to fix blame on the Indians. He proved to the others that it had been someone who had tried to claim jump the prospector. The guilty party was lynched over Patrick’s protests. He was informed that there weren’t any laws in the territories.
Patrick Rivers decided to take what gold had found and travel to the east to once again take up his long delayed education.
While traveling east he passed camped with a group of
buffalo hunters he had known. They were attacked by a group of Sioux and Dick Tilghman was killed.
Afterwards Patrick traveled through the
Rivers brought back both of the men alive. The Tom Fagen, the
Fagan told him that although the pay was not very good they were doing important work, ensuring and enforcing the peace in the territory so that relations between the Americans and Indians could prosper. He convinced the idealistic young man to join up.
Patrick Rivers’ temporary job as a deputy marshal lasted for
the next twenty years. At first he was enthusiastic about helping to shape the
He admired how the girl had handled the situation which
could have easily turned into a bloodbath. He arranged an introduction and
discovered that Nyad Drummond was also n British expatriate. Upon learning her
background he suggested that she try to obtain a position in the
Patrick had a long adventure filled career as a
Some of the
highlights of his distinguished career as a
1875 Took into custody a triple murderer whose actions had the set two trail drive camps against one another. The two camps were the Culpepper Cattle Company and one led by renowned trail boss Matt Savage.
1875 He and fellow U. S. Deputy Clint Adams had to hold off a lynch mob while waiting for circuit judge Mark Colt.
1877 Solved a series of bizarre cattle mutilations. Assisted by stock detective Sam Benbow,
1877 He worked with Sheriff Go A Head Rider of the Cherokee nation on several occasions, most notably when they arrested the serial arsonist known as Prairie Fire.
1877 Failed to bring in fugitive family killer, Tom Martin alive due to interference of vigilante known as El Diablo.
1878 Captured the notorious, and seemingly bulletproof, outlaw Jebediah Kent after he successfully wounded him in a shootout by literally finding a chink in his armor.
1879 Solved a series of murders of young women and Chinese laborers that most lawmen refused to believe were connected.
1879 He first encountered Franke Reade Jr. during the incident of the Wind Clipper Pirates.
1880 Worked with US Marshal Sam Buckhart to track down accused murderer Shoz-Dijiji who had taken refuge on the Kiowa-Apache territory. Their search was hampered by Ke-Woh-No-Tay, who aided Shoz-Dijiji
1881 A long running feud between female bounty hunters Calamity Jane, Cinnamon Manser and Charity Rose, stemming from the women continually stealing each other’s bounties broke out into a combination brawl and gunfight. He subdued and arrested all three.
1882 With the assistance of White Duck a Choctaw policeman, Patrick Rivers was able to round up some notorious mail train robbers, the notorious Beagle brothers
1883 Patrick and Heck Thomas investigated several rustlings on ranches near the Circle K ranch. Although evidence pointed to the Lance Schmidner, the owner of the ranch, Heck believed that Lance was being framed. They soon discovered that the rustling was being carried out by members of a criminal gang led by a man named El Head. El Head was suspected of spearheading criminal activity in several western states and territories. Although they arrested several gang members the head of the gang remained elusive.
1884 Arrested the infamous Trinity brothers and brought them in, despite their penchant for escaping. Through no fault of his, they escaped before they could be brought to trial.
1885 Once again became involved with Frank Reade jr. in the
1886 Tracked and arrested the western adventurer Old Shatterhand for the murder of Albert Santer, a respected businessman.
1886 When Deputy Marshals Marshals Custis Long and Jed Cooper trailed after bounty hunter Josh Randall and a prisoner he refused to hand over Patrick Rivers had to take both Randall and the prisoner into his custody first to prevent them from killing each other.
1887 An encounter with notorious bounty hunter Jonah Hecks in a dispute over a wanted fugitive left Patrick with a broken shoulder that would ache in the cold.
1889 Had a third adventure with Frank Reade jr. in Flying Locomotive. (Lana Benson from WWW Night of the Falcon) ,Torres from Night of the Steel Assassin,
Patrick and his son, Michael Rivers had grown apart over the
territory and state issues. Michael Rivers had become an accountant and wanted
to make himself a man of substance in
Dave Bliss was backshot in 1905, the killer was identified as the son of a man he had brought to justice. Michael and Mary had one son named Conrad who was born in 1914. Oil was discovered on the Bliss Ranch and Michael was able to parlay that into a nice fortune. Michael had joined the frenzy of speculation and lost almost everything in stock market crash of 1929. He retained the ranch but when drought struck in 1930 the pastures and cattle began dying off. Michael committed suicide in 19 31 by shooting himself in the head. He had chosen to do the deed while his wife was sleep. The bullet passed through his head and smashed a lamp setting his den on fire. The books and papers went up Mary was overcome by smoke attempting to rescue her already dead husband and died before the fire brigade put out the blaze. The ranch house, the one piece of property that Michael had not put up as collateral was utterly destroyed.
Conrad Rivers became a hand on the Joad
farm and developed a strong bond with Rose of Sharon Joad.
Like his father Conrad had a talent for dreaming big dreams and convincing
people that what he dreamed could come true. He considered himself a college
student however his college was a correspondence school. Once Rose became
pregnant he did the honorable thing and married her. However like many other
people during the Depression the Joad’s lost their
farm. Tom Joad, an ex-con convinced everyone to
The trip to
The parents of Patrick Rivers were St. John Rivers of Marsh End and Hemakshi Jangli, the heredity Rani of Vanur.
St. John Rivers Bt. DD. B 1809 educated at
St. John Rivers arrived in
St. John Rivers set off for the interior of India but
refused to travel in a caravan believing that he would have better success in
making converts by walking all the way. Near
When he was formally introduced to the Rani Hemakshi he appreciated not only her Christian devotion and intellect but also her great beauty. She possessed fine Eurasian features and a voluptuous form. Yet her most striking attributes were hypnotic, gold flecked eyes. As he regained his strength, he learned that Rani Hemakshi had sat by his bedside most days and read to him as he lay wracked with fever. This he realized explained many of his fever dreams.
As so often happens nurse and patient formed an intimate emotional bond. Additionally both were delighted with the other’s intellect and devotion. His newfound passion for life was fanned by her own. As he regained strength, she offered to aid his missionary work with a generous endowment. He could if he wished start a mission near her home or she would enable him to travel. As he had with Jane Eyre, he asked Hemakshi to accompany him, only in this instance he made certain that she realized he wanted her not only as a companion but as his wife. While Jane’s refusal had stung him, her refusal devastated him. He begged her for an explanation and she finally relented, telling him about her family’s past and expecting him to reject her for it.
As Hemakshi told him about her
family the old
St. John Rivers convinced the Rani
Hemakshi that her family did not matter to her. They
were married in early 1839. By her he had issue, Robert b. 1839, Jane b.1841,
Hannah 1845 and Patrick b. 1851. They established a missionary school near her
holdings. Each year they would take missionary trips to different parts of
They announced their intention to slay her entire family
before her eyes. Hemakshi told the rebels she would
willingly give her self over to them if they would allow her family to go
unmolested. The leader of the rebels agreed to this bargain but told her that
her family would have to watch her humiliation before they were allowed to
A rag tag band of soldiers and volunteers led by a Captain Alexander Sheridan drove the rebels away saved the Reverend Rivers and his daughters from death however part of St. John Rivers died inside. The torturers had removed his left eye, three of his fingers and his manhood. They had cut and burned his flesh leaving his torso, arms and legs dotted with scars and cicatrices. He felt that God punished him for falling into temptation and so he became determined never again to allow his baser nature rule over him.
His daughters had suffered beatings and rape but they did
not experience any lasting physical damage. They reminded
Whereas Robert only bore a hint of his Indian heritage in
his perpetually bronzed skin, Patrick was the male equivalent of his sisters
and also inherited his mother’s eerie golden flecked eyes. He sent Patrick to
live with his sister Diana and her family until he reached the age of admission
to public school. Robert Rivers his father much changed and protested the harsh
treatment his siblings had received. Relations between
His increasingly puritanical and harsh sermons led to his removal as Vicar of Morton in 1870. St. John Rivers died in 1879 and at his wishes was buried in a potter’s field. Prior to his death he divested himself of his business holdings and with the earnings he created a foundation to fund his various charities.
Robert Rivers b. 1839 d. 1889. Educated at
During one of his trips home he returned with a three year old girl Claudia whom Sir Hector claimed was a niece.
Unlike her sister Frances Rivers did not marry into wealth.
She married Michael Geste, a printer, bookseller and
social activist. Geste was the scion of an
aristocratic French family whose family had fled the Revolution, aided, it is
said, by the legendary Scarlet Pimpernel. Their fortune however did make it
intact. They had three children, Michael and Digby
born 1880 and John born in 1881.The bookstore and the house above it suffered a
fire in 1884, As Michael fought the fire,
Patricia raised the three orphaned boys as her own.
Since John Rivers was the only male child he fared slightly
better than his sisters. What money his parents could spare for education were
endowed upon him. He attended
In 1899 the Geste boys disappeared from Brandon Abbas and eventually only John would return. He m Isobel Rivers, his cousin in 1901.
Sir Hector Brandon died alone in
The parents of the Reverend St. John Rivers were Charles
Rivers, b. 1770 and Diana Eyre b, 1780. Charles Rivers was the second son of,
Richard Rivers a prominent industrialist of
Through contacts that he made in
Although Charles’ father would almost certainly alleviated Charle’s debt, Charles refused to seek his aid. Robert Rivers had suffered a stroke just prior to the financial crisis and his affairs were temporarily out of sorts. Charles elder brother was currently in His Majesty’s Navy serving on the staff of Admiral Jervis and so could not be reached to take control of the family’s finances.
Isaiah Eyre offered to discharge the debt if Charles Rivers would release his daughter from marriage so she could find a more suitable husband. Diana Rivers however did not wish to be released and so Charles refused. This caused a great rift between the Rivers and Eyre families. Charles Rivers was taken to a sponging house and kept there for a year until the bulk of his debt could be discharged.
Upon his release Charles was given the deed to Moor House by his elder brother so he would never be without a home. However Charles’ disgrace prevented his brother from allowing him a position with the family business. Over the next fifteen years Charles Rivers found positions as a clerk, solicitor and tutor. Although never wealthy he did provide his children with educations but his financial means prevented him from providing his daughters with adequate dowries.
Diana Rivers died of blood poisoning in 1817. Charles died in 1830 leaving Moor House.
The parents of Charles Rivers were Robert Rivers b. 1742 from
the prominent family of
Robert Rivers was privately educated and was from an early age trained to take over his father’s substantial holdings in mining, agriculture and shipping. His father had become acquainted with Douglas Campbell during his military service and remained in contact over the years. They arranged the union of the two families. Robert Rivers and Alys Campbell m. in 1760 and had issue, Robert b. 1762, Alice 1764, Maude 1767, Charles 1770 and Frances 1771.
In addition to being an intelligent and forthright man of business with an impeccable reputation for honesty and fair practice, Robert Rivers was also renowned as a sporting gentleman who was a superlative horseman and noted marksman with either firearms or bow. He was also known for his good and judicious eye for breeding horse flesh and game cocks.
Robert Rivers suffered a debilitating stroke in 1797 which left him incapacitated. He finally succumbed to this malady in 1800.
Francis joined the Regiment as it returned to
In 1725 the 17th Foot was stationed on
THE VANPUR LINEAGE
In 1839 St. John Rivers married Hemakshi Jangli, the hereditary Rani of Vanpur. In doing so he was marrying his distant kinswoman, although neither he nor his wife ever knew of their familial ties.
b.1810 was the natural daughter of William Savage and Hema,
the hereditary Rani of Vanpur.
She was educated at Miss Warrender’s Academy for
Young Women in
When some of her subjects carried St. John Rivers to her estate in 1839, she had little expectation than to nurse him back to health. However she became strongly attracted to him and fell in love with him. He claimed that his cold reserve had been burned away by his fever and the warmth of her devotion. Having been resigned to spending her days alone, she now wished to spend the rest of her days with him but felt obliged to tell him everything about her and her family’s past so that he could make an informed decision.
They wed in 1839 and had four children, Hemakshi felt that her marriage and her children could not only restore her family’s good name but it could provide an example of harmonious Anglo-Indian relations. Her children were educated in both English and Indian culture by private tutors. Hemakshi aided her husband in his mission school and also aided in him in making sound financial investments.
When able, Hemakshi accompanied
her husband on his annual missionary trips, they were able to gauge more
accurately than most the rising tide of resentment against the British. Their
missives to the Company administrators went unheeded. Although they knew there
was serious resentment against the English, even
They attempted return to their estate but were captured by some rebels. They express particular loathing for Hemakshi and her daughters, since she was a British concubine and they were half castes. Hemakshi offered herself to the rebels if they would leave her husband and children alone. She was perhaps fortunate to perish as they violated her and so never knew her self sacrifice was in vain.
The parents of Hemakshi Jangli were Hema Chauvelin and William Savage.
William Savage, b.
William Savage was descended from Jason Savage one of the
first English colonists in
Served with distinction with the Royal Artillery during the
1st Kandyan War. In 1808 a dueling
incident led to William resigning his commission and leaving
While stationed in Sagthali in
1809 William made the acquaintance of Hema, a
Eurasian tawaif of some notoriety. “The tawaifs were female entertainers. They were in
many ways similar to the geishas of
British colonials tended to conflate the tawaifs with nautch girl or nach-wali which were common dancing girls. This was an occupation often equated with prostitution. William Savage became romantically involved with Hema. She trusted him with her secret, that she was a Rani. Most men would have humored Hema, thinking this was the equivalent of a prostitute claiming she was really a princess.
Hema was the daughter of a French
officer and an Indian princess. Her parents had been killed during one of the
many skirmishes between
William took leave and put together a small party of
ex-soldiers and Indians. Enroute to the lost city of
Infuriated at the suggestion, Lucian Carnahan,one of the two remaining Englishman wanted to torch all of the scrolls. Savage killed him rather than let him do so. After a thorough search of the site they divided the small amount of treasure. One of the two remaining Indians decided to stay behind and do a more extensive search.
A few nights later, Hector Slingsby the last Englishman slit the throat of the remaining Indian, stabbed Savage and abducted Hema. Savage stitched up his wound, tracked down Slingbsy and killed him. Hema insisted that Slingsby had not touched her, William however had his doubts. While he was burying Slingsby, Savage found an iron box buried amongst a pile of bones. The box was filled with a great number of gems. Hema and he debated whether they should re-bury the box or if fate had led them to the box.
At the end they decided to take the gems. As they returned to Sagthali, William proposed marriage to Hema. She refused. Such a marriage would damage his military career or any prospective career in government service. Although the money might allow him to move further up the social ladder, she would never be accepted. Eventually he would come to resent her and their child. Also, despite her assurance. William would never be certain that the child she carried was his.
Hema used a portion of her
treasure to build an estate near
The parents of Hema Chauvelin, Rani of Vanpur were Francois Louis Armand Chauvelin, hereditary Comte D’Joirie, and Vishakha, the Rani of Vanpur.
Francois Chauvelin b. 1760 was the
heir to the Comte D’Joirie. According to tradition
the ruling family of D’Joirie went back to the
ancient Veneti and Bituriges,
Celtic tribes of
In 1777 Francois attained a commission in the 107th
Infantry Regiment. He took part of the defense of
Since Tipu Sultan knew Francois
did not have a wife as of yet, he chose him. As an aristocrat Francois was not
a stranger to the concept of a political marriage. He agreed to the marriage in
1789. He was recalled to Pondichery in 1790 and it
there that Vishakha gave birth to a daughter, Hema. She was so named because she had her father’s gold
flecked eyes. In 1792, Francois lost his title as a consequence of the
abolition of the nobility. In 1793 after the king’s execution there was discord
in Pondichery, which the British used to their
advantage and laid siege to the city. Francois Chauvelin
had received a summons from the ruling committee of the National Convention and
had been prevented from leaving by the British blockade. Having learned of the
King’s fate he was determined to return to
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