Companion to What Did It Mean?

23.   What Did It Mean? Centers around the preparations (primarily in Northbridge) for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Lydia Merton is chairman of a committee that includes Miss Pemberton, Mrs. Villars, Mrs. Paxon, and others, who plan to perform a pageant of scenes from English history (scenes of the committee meetings and rehearsals are hilarious). Lydia also arranges a performance of a play by Aubrey Clover and Jessica Dean, who, after meeting him at a dinner party, ask the diffident, gangling Lord Mellings to perform with them, giving his self-confidence a much-needed boost. Highlights: a visit to Pomfret Towers, where the family now live in one corner of the huge, inconvenient structure, and Sam Adams makes Lord Pomfret a generous offer to use most of the rest of the main house as office space for his far­flung enterprises; a river party at Northbridge; when Leslie Minor tries to climb the Mertons' monkey puzzle tree; a party at the Deanery, marred by the presence not only of the Bishop and his wife, but by the arrival of Francis and Geoffrey Harvey; Miss Pemberton's struggle against illness, and her lodger Mr. Downing's reunion with Mrs. Turner; the Coronation Pageant, where Aubrey Clover's grand accompanist condescends to make the production even more than expectedly successful. The whole is loosely held together by a prophetic rhyme recited by old Mr. Nandy, the parts of which come true one by one, sometimes in surprising ways.

Book title and abbreviation

High Rising HR1
Wild Strawberries WS
The Demon in the House DH
Mrs. Morland and Son MMS
August Folly AF
Summer Half SH
Pomfret Towers PT
The Brandons B
Before Lunch BL
Cheerfulness Breaks In CBI
Northbridge Rectory NR
Marling Hall MH
Growing Up GU
The Headmistress HM
Miss Bunting MB
Peace Breaks Out PBO
Private Enterprise PE
Love Among the Ruins LAR
The Old Bank House OBH
County Chronicle CC
The Duke's Daughter DD
Happy Return HR2
Jutland Cottage JC
What Did It Mean? WDIM
Enter Sir Robert ESR
Never Too Late NTL
A Double Affair DA
Close Quarters CQ
Love at All Ages LAA
Three Score and Ten 3S&T

Character, description and book abbreviations

Adams

Sam Adams's father. Chief engineer in HMS Carroway, Adm. Hornby’s flagship. Killed when he fell under a lorry while intoxicated.

HM, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, WDIM

Adams, Heather

b. 1928. Daughter of Sam Adams. First seen as a large, awkward, red-faced, graceless student at the Hosiers' Girls' Foundation School. Infatuated with Freddy Belton, but Freddy was definitely not attracted to red-haired, pimply, lumpish Heather, despite having pulled her out of an ice-covered pond. Great mathematical ability. Mrs. Belton and Miss Bunting helped improve her social graces out of all recognition. She won a maths scholarship to Cambridge, developed into a capable, intelligent, "Lucy Marlingish" person who helped her father in his business. Married Ted Pilward, son of Hogglestock brewing magnate. Two children, elder was Edward Belton Pilward.

HM, MB, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, WDIM, ESR, DA, CQ, 3S&T

Adams, Samuel

b. 1902. At first appearance he was a widower with daughter Heather. At first he was definitely "one of the people" and proud of it, and of his rise from poverty to wealth and power as owner of iron works and rolling mills at Hogglestock. He was loud, flamboyant, socially inept and convinced that money can do anything. He improved greatly by association with county families, especially Mrs. Belton. Married Lucy Marling (almost as overwhelming a personality as himself), bought the Old Bank House at Edgewood, had daughters Amabel Rose and Leslie, and son William. Became solidly conservative and used his money to foil unnecessary "progress" and liberal inroads. Leased part of Pomfret Towers to use as a central office. Defeated Sir Robert Fielding as Labour candidate for Parliament, but became a Conservative and joined Church of England.

HM, MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Agnes

Elderly aunt of Mrs. Dunsford. Went into a decline and died.

WDIM

Appleyard

Landlord of flats where Aubrey and Jessica (Dean) Clover lived.

WDIM

Arbuthnot, Peggy

b. 1919. Widow of dashing and unfaithful Indian Army captain Fred Arbuthnot. Fair-haired, pretty, not especially bright. Reminded Noel Merton of Mrs. Brandon as she must have been in her younger days. Father a retired Indian judge, mother an admiral's daughter; lived in Devonshire. After attracting numerous suitors, especially Colin Keith, she married Francis Brandon. Daughter Effie and a pair of twins.

PE, LAR, OBH, CC, HR2, JC, WDIM, CQ, LAA

Barton, Alice

Daughter of Walter and Susan Barton of Nutfield Village. Delicate, timid, romantic and studious, she attended her first house party at Pomfret Towers and was attracted by the repulsive Julian Rivers, an "artist," then came to her senses and married big, protective Roddy Wicklow. Three children: Guy, Alice, Phoebe.

PT, BL, CBI, MH, HM, MB, PE, OBH, WDIM, ESR, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S& T,

Barton, Guy

Son of Walter and Susan Barton. Briefly engaged to Phoebe Rivers in PT. Later married daughter of the Archdeacon. Was in RAF in the war, then partner in his father's architecture firm.

PT, CBI, MH, PE, JC, WDIM, ESR, CQ, LAA

Barton, Susan

Author of historical novels about obscure bastards of Popes and Cardinals. Lived more in the 16th century than in the present. Husband Walter, children Guy and Alice.

PT, CBI, MH, PE, CC, WDIM, ESR, DA, CQ, LAA

Barton, Walter

Resident of Mellings House in Nutfield on Pomfret Estate. Senior partner of architecture firm Barton and Wicklow. Wife Susan, children Guy and Alice. His firm repaired Hiram's Hospital. Author of Minor Domestic Architecture of East Barsetshire.

PT, BL, CBI, NR, MH, HM, PE, OBH, WDIM, ESR, DA, CQ, LAA

Beasley, Commander

Royal Navy, Ret. Elderly and crotchety resident of Tork Cottage in Northbridge. No one ever got up nerve to ask about the cottage's name because he was so cross. While pretending to be a gas case in a drill during the war, got fed up and went home to write to the Times. Believed the key to the past and the future was to be found in Cleopatra's Needle, and explained all occurrences thereby.

NR, WDIM, DA

Beauxcilsz, Ghismon

Native of Provence who deserted one woman to seek favors of another. Later found dead in the Puy de Stryges with mark of cloven hoof on his chest.

WDIM

Belton, Charles Thome

b. 1922. Younger son of Fred and Lucy Belton of Harefield. First seen as haphazard, energetic, self-centered, immature. In Army artillery during war. Married Clarissa Graham after long on-again- off-again engagement in which Clarissa, unsettled by her grandmother Lady Emily Leslie's death, behaved badly. They were married on New Year's Day, 1952. Charles taught at Beliers Priory School, later at. Harefield House School. one son, one daughter.

HM, MB, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, DA, CQ, 3S&T

Belton, Freddie

b. 1910. Elder son of Fred and Lucy Belton. Commander in Royal Navy, worked at Admiralty for much of war and at War Office afterwards. Rose to Rear Adm. Early in war served in cruiser Barsetshire and destroyer Gridiron. Was engaged to a WREN who died in an air raid. Married Susan Dean, lived in Dowlah Cottage in Hallbury. Son Frederick, daughter.

HM, MB, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, WDIM, CQ

Belton, Lucy Thorne

Wife of Fred Belton of Harefield. Children Freddie, Elsa, Charles. Descendant of fine old county family (Trollope's Dr. Thorne). Acted as good influence to wear down the rough edges of Sam Adams.

HM, MB, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Bent, Miss

Friend of the rather terrifyingly masculine Miss Hampton. Resided with her at Adelina Cottage, Wiple Terrace, Southbridge. Much more feminine and fussy than her companion, a bit folksy-artsy, scraggly in appearance and somewhat domestic.

CBI, GU, MB, PBO, PE, OBH, CC, JC, WDIM, NTL, CQ, 3S&T

Birkett, Amy

Wife of William Birkett, headmaster of Southbridge School. "Ma Birky" to the schoolboys. Daughters Rose and Geraldine. Close friend of Laura Morland, the novelist.

HR1, DH, SH, CBI, NR, GU, MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, HR2, JC, WDIM, 3S&T, MMS

Birkett, Rose

Older daughter of William and Amy Birkett. Beautiful but mentally negligible. Engaged six or more times, including to Philip Winter in SH until she threw her ring at him at the Keiths'. Always had an oft- repeated catchword (perfectly foul, meager, dispiriting, shattering, etc.) In CBI married John Fairweather of the Royal Navy, who could control his "elegant nitwit" well. Stationed abroad most of the war in Washington, S. America, Portugal, etc. Returned to England after war and became much more sensible, often helping others with their problems. Children Henry, Amy, two others all born 1940-1946.

HR1, SH, CBI, GU, MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Birkett, William (Henry?)

Headmaster of Southbridge School. Usually called William, but is called Henry in GU and 3S&T. Had been assistant master and Head of the Prep School before becoming Headmaster. Retired in 1947 and took the Dower House at Worsted.

HR1, SH, CBI, NR, GU, MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Bishop's wife

Unpleasant, inhospitable, snobbish. One son.

MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, LAA, CQ, 3S&T

Bishop of Barchester

Never mentioned by name. Parsimonious, low-church, unpopular. One son, said to be "in mission field" but really worked in office at Westminster. Preached love for Germans, Communists, etc., and was a Liberal. Nicknamed "Old Gasbag." Worthy successor to Trollope's Bishop Proudie. Never made on "on-stage" appearance.

SH, B, BL, CBI, NR, MH, GU, HM, MB, PBO, PE, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Bodger,

"Old Bodger" from Starveacre Hatches. Like his father before him, a ratcatcher on the Pomfret estates. Recommended by Mr. Belton to Sam Adams. Killed 15,000 rats.

HM, MB, OBH, WDIM

Bond, Alured

d. 1952. 2nd Lord Bond. Resident of Staple Park near Worsted. Wife Lucasta, son C. W. Strongly opposed Sir Ogilvy Hibberd's purchase of Pooker's Piece in BL. Small, round, with white mustache. Fond of Gilbert and Sullivan. A bit overshadowed by his masterful wife. During the war he gave Staple Park to a boys' school and lived at the White House. Traced ancestry back to King Alfred with a "gap of only 30 generations." Surprisingly, a Liberal. Dead by time of WDIM.

AF, BL, MH, GU, MB, PE, LAR, OBH, DD, WDIM, ESR, DA, 3S&T

Bond, Cedric Weyland (C.W.)

Son of Lord and Lady Bond of Staple Park. Attended Hacker's public school. In AF was fond of Betty Dean, but this was ruined by "excessive parental enthusiasm." Became engaged to Daphne Stonor in BL. Lived in the White House next to Laverings after the war. Two sons.

AF, BL, LAR, OBH, WDIM, ESR, LAA, 3S&T

Bond, Lucasta

Wife of Lord Alured Bond of Staple Park. "Benevolent Tyrant." Half-sister of Lord Stoke. An organizer and go-getter for causes she believed in. In ESR lived in Bath, then in 3S&T moved to Cheltenham to live with Old Lady Norton.

AF, BL, MH, GU, MB, LAR, DD, HR2, WDIM, ESR, NTL

Bonescu, Gradka

Unattractive and lumpish Mixo-Lydian. Acted as cook-housekeeper to Fieldings at Hall's End in Hallbury. Father was a university professor. Alternately cringing and arrogant. Studied to pass English exam. Miss Bunting achieved an amazing transformation and earned Gradka's undying gratitude by helping her become a competent and self-assured person (compared to the rest of her countrymen.) Disliked her fellow-Mixo-Lydian refugees. Returned to Mixo-Lydia to found the Bunting College of English, later was Mixo-Lydian ambassador.

MB, PBO, LAR, CC, DD, WDIM, DA, CQ, 3S&T

Brandon, Florence Edith ("Effie")

b. 1947. Daughter of Francis and Peggy (Arbuthnot) Brandon

CC, HR2, WDIM

Brandon, Francis Oliver

b. 1915. Son of Lavinia Brandon. 23 at first appearance in B. Became engaged to Peggy Arbuthnot in PE. Although charming, could be selfish and self-centered. Had tendency to flirt with pretty women. Hurt both his mother and wife before getting his comeuppance from Lady Cora Palliser. Much of his bullying of his wife occurred when his business underwent a financial crisis. Three daughters, Effie and twins.

B, CBI, PE, LAR,, OBH, CC, HR2, JC, WDIM, CQ

Brandon, Lavinia Oliver

1891-1961. Attractive and languid widow, in early middle-age at first appearance in B. Son Francis, daughter Delia. Absent-minded, inattentive, apt to say anything that came into her mind. Originally lived at Stories in Pomfret Madrigal (used as a nursery school for evacuees during war.) One gathers that Mrs. Brandon, along with Mrs. Morland, is something of a self-portrait of Mrs. Thirkell as she saw herself. Expert at looking languidly beautiful and falling asleep at inappropriate moments, and at rejecting unwanted suitors. Beautiful hands, graced by a diamond given to her by Aunt Sissie Brandon because she was just the sort of woman Fred Brandon would have liked. Became engaged to Bishop William Joram in CC, moved to the Cathedral Close on their marriage.

B, CBI, MH, GU, HM, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Bunce

d. 1957. "Old Bunce," the ferryman at Northbridge. Claimed the war would start in the fall because he knew the signs. Daughters Effie and Ruby. Foul-mouthed domestic tyrant, suspected of beating his daughters (who probably deserved it.) Probably meant to be a descendant of Trollope's Bunce, senior bedesman in Hiram's Hospital, though Old Bunce represents all the negative traits of the "lower orders," unlike Trollope's Bunce.

SH, CBI, NR, MB, PE, OBH, JC, WDIM, DA, LAA, 3S&T

Bunce, Effie

Came by the day to do for Miss Pemberton in Northbridge. Worked at Master's Dairy near Hallbury in MB. Had several illegitimate children by unknown fathers.

SH, NR, MB, OBH, WDIM, NTL, DA, LAA, 3S&T

Bunce, Mrs.

Wife of "Old Bunce" the ferryman, but in reality never married him, Died of excessive quantities of gin.

SH, NR, MB, PE, WDIM, LAA,

Bunce, Ruby

Like her sister Effie, she was slovenly but hard-working, amoral, haphazard, and near illiterate. Had several illegitimate offspring by unknown fathers.

SH, NR, WDIM, NTL, DA, LAA, 3S&T

Bunce, Sid

Mrs. Dunsford's gardener in Northbridge. Head of the Wolf Cubs.

WDIM

Bunce, Young

Son of "Old Bunce." He was 63 and was hit with a mattock by Hibberd for digging a grave in "Hibberd's churchyard" while Hibberd was delirious with flu. Cowman for the Mertons at Northbridge.

SH, NR, OBH, WDIM, 3S&T,

Cabron, Madame

Ghismon Beauxcilsz sought her favors after deserting the Dame Aiguesdouces.

WDIM

Carter, Angela

b. 1940. Daughter of Everard and Kate (Keith) Carter. Aged 2 in GU.

GU, PBO, PE, OBH, CC, JC, WDIM, LAA, 3S&T

Carter, Everard

b. 1909?. Southbridge School History master and Housemaster who succeeded Mr. Birkett as Headmaster. Became engaged to Kate Keith in SH. Cambridge man. Retired by time of 3S&T. Lived at Northbridge Rectory after retirement

SH, B, CBI, GU, MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Carter, Philip

b. 1942. Son of Everard and Kate (Keith) Carter. Just born in GU.

GU, PBO, PE, OBH, JC, WDIM, LAA

Carter, Robert Philip "Bobbie"

b. 1938. Son of Everard and Kate (Keith) Carter. Aged 1 in CBI.

CBI, GU, PBO, PE, OBH, CC, JC, WDIM, LAA

Chapman, Bert

Illegitimate son of Bob Chapman and "Mrs." Chapman. Served in Merchant Navy. During war, found himself a mess waiter in same regiment as his father. Reported missing in Far East, but ran away with native girl while stationed there. Sent Mrs. Chapman a postcard evey Christmas.

NR, WDIM

Chapman, Mrs. Bob

"Mrs." by courtesy. Cook for the Villarses at Northbridge Rectory. Son Bert was originally in the Merchant Navy. Effie Bunce's aunt.

NR, WDIM

Chiffinch, Nurse

Known as "Squiffy" to her nursing friends, Sisters Heath and Ward. First seen in PT caring for those ill of influenza. Drove Julian Rivers to distraction by being motherly. Later was nurse to Mrs. Keith and Lady Emily Leslie. Was at Cottage Hospital in MB. Shared apartment with Sisters Heath and Ward, and they planned to open a nursing home for wealthy patients needing unnecessary care.

DH, PT, CBI, MH, GU, HM, MB, PBO, CC, DD, HR2, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T MB

Clifford, Mr.

Village schoolmaster at Northbridge.

NR, WDIM

Clover, Aubrey

Actor-writer-producer for London stage. Wounded at Dunkirk -"shrapnel in tummy." Name was really Caleb Lover, but his writing of "C. Lover" was so often mistaken for Clover that he changed it. Playwright ofOut Goes She, Three for a Letter, etc. Married Jessica Dean, had daughter Sarah Siddons. Rather protean type who could be almost any character without seeming to have much personality of his own.

PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, WDIM, ESR, NTL, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Clover, Sarah Siddons

b. 1949. Daughter of Aubrey and Jessica (Dean) Clover.

CC, WDIM, ESR, 3S&T

Coates, Adrian

Publisher of Laura Morland's books. Lived in London and had some "Jewish blood." Proposed to Mrs. Morland under the influence of a motor wreck and George Knox's punch, was refused (to his relief), later married Knox's daughter Sibyl.

HR1, DH, PT, B, CBI, NR, MH, MB, PBO, LAR, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, LAA, 3S&T, MMS

Crawley

Eldest son of Dean Crawley. Had a cure of souls in a mining district.

WDIM

Crawley, Josiah

Canon, Dean of Barchester. First seen as a friend of Lady Pomfret in PT. Eight children, 17 grandchildren in PE. Had shared digs with George Knox at Oxford. Once blackballed Sir Ogilvy Hibberd for Polyanthus Club. Grandson of Josiah Crawley, curate of Hogglestock in Trollope's novels. Opposed Bishop's parsimony and low-church, Liberal views.

DH, SH, PT, B, CBI, NR, MH, GU, HM, MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Crawley, Mrs.

Wife of Josiah Crawley, Dean of Barchester. Gave lavish teas to county families, subtly underscoring the miserliness of the Bishop and Bishopess at the Palace. Two sons, six daughters, including Secunda, Tertia, Octavia.

SH, BL, CBI, NR, MH, GU, HM, MB, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Crawley, Octavia

Youngest daughter of Dean Crawley. Competent, managing, hard-working. Interested in nursing. Married Rev. Tommy Needham and was a conscientious clergyman's wife. Numerous children.

CBI, NR, MH, GU, HM, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, WDIM, ESR, DA, LAA, 3S&T

Crowder, Miss

Lived at Glycerine Cottage, Northbridge, with Miss Hopgood. They were maiden ladies who were convinced they were spiritually French, so went to the Riviera each year and mystified the natives with their language.

NR, WDIM, DA

d'Aiguesdouces, Dame

Deserted by Ghisman Beaucilsz for another woman.

WDIM

Dale, Dora Maud

b. 1949. Younger twin daughter of Robin and Anne (Fielding) Dale.

CC, WDIM, DA, LAA

Dale, Isabel

b. 1920. Underling to Eleanor Grantly at Red Cross Library. Cousin to Robin Dale. From Allington. Resigned her Red Cross post in CC. Tall, fair-haired, blue-eyed with oval face. Was engaged to a man (John) who was killed in Italy, later married Lord Silverbridge. Son Gerald (1950), second son in 1952. Under pseudonym Lisa Bedale, wrote detective novels featuring Gerry Marsden.

OBH, DD, H R2, JC, WDIM, ESR, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Dale, Priscilla (Gresham)

d. 1949. Isabel Dale's mother. A "horrid lump of selfishness," a hypochondriacal invalid. Died in CC. Her money came from Mary Thorne-Frank Gresham fortune. Left her house to Robin Dale (where he started a prep school) and money to Isabel.

CC, WDIM

Dale, Roberta Fielding

b. 1949. Older twin daughter of Robin and Anne (Fielding) Dale.

CC, WDIM, DA, LAA

Dale, Robin

b. 1919. Son of Dr. Dale, Rector of Hallbury. Lost a foot at Anzio after going through N. Africa and Sicily. Was Jr. Classics master at Southbridge. After his injury he started a prep school for small boys at Hallbury. Married Anne Fielding, returned to teach at Southbridge where he was Jr. Housemaster. Left to start a prep school at Allington.

MB, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, HR2, WDIM, ESR, DA, LAA, 3S&T

Dean, Betty

b. 1917. Second daughter of Frank and Rachel Dean. 18 at first appearance in AF. Scholarship to Oxford, took first in Greats, did post-graduate work at Bryn Mawr. Fond of C. W. Bond, but their relationship was "spoiled by excessive parental enthusiasm." Matured from self-important, obnoxious, ostentatiously agnostic teen who psychoanalyzed everyone and had the usual schoolgirl crushes on educated women, to a competent if masterful type. Worked for the Red Cross during war. Married wealthy American Woolcott Van Dryven. Three children.

AF, BL, GU, PE, LAR, HR2, WDIM, LAA

Dean, Frank

b. 1874. Head of engineering firm. Resided at Manor House, Worsted. Wife Rachel, children Laurence, Helen, Betty, Susan, a pair of twins, Gerald, Robin and Jessica.

AF, GU, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Dean, Jessica

b. 1925? 1932? Youngest daughter of Frank and Rachel Dean, Child of 3 or 4 at first appearance in AF, but was an actress in PE; confused chronology unless she was a stage veteran at 16. Collected salvage and learned jujitsu during war. Married producer-writer Aubrey Clover, who wrote sophisticated small cast plays for her with his music and lyrics. Had daughter Sarah Siddons. Clever, voluble, sympathetic with shy people like Ludo Lufton. Interfered in people's lives for their own good.

AF, BL, GU, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Dean, Laurence

Eldest son of Frank and Rachel Dean. Became engaged to Margaret Tebben in AF. Did liaison work with Poles during war. Later became partner in father's engineering firm.

AF, BL, GU, PE, LAR, HR2, JC, WDIM

Dean, Rachel

Wife of Frank Dean of Worsted. Sister of Mrs. Palmer. Languid and attractive; like Mrs. Morland and Mrs. Brandon, enchanting to younger men. Used the excuse of "having a heart" to avoid unpleasant tasks. Ran land army for area during war.

AF, GU, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, WDIM, ESR, LAA, 3S&T

Dean, Susan

b. 1919. 3rd daughter of Frank and Rachel Dean. Sixteen at first appearance in AF. Worked with prisoners of war at Oxford during war. Red Cross Librarian for Barchester after war. At one time fond of Colin Keith, but became engaged to Freddie Belton in LAR.

AF, GU, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, CQ

Dixon, Mrs.

Lived at Starveacres, reputed to be a witch who would magic a fox away if she didn't get five shillings on Michaelmas Day.

PT, WDIM

Dodder

Well-known Law Lord.

WDIM

Doppelganger, Lincoln Fish

Graduate of Porter Univ. in Porterville, TX. Sponsored a series of lectures at his alma mater after making a fortune during war.

WDIM

Downing, Harold

b. 1886. Writer on Provenç:al literature of Medieval Period. Rented room from Ianthe Pemberton in Northbridge, and was practically imprisoned by her possessiveness. Was compiling anthology of 12th-century Provençal lyrics, had written life of poet Reynault Camargou. Almost married Poppy Turner in NR, did so thirteen years later in WDIM.

NR, PBO, PE, CC, HR2, JC, WDIM, DA, 3S&T

Dunsford, Barbara

Lived with widowed mother in Hovis House at Northbridge. Daughter of Gen. Dunsford. Helped with spotting duties on church tower on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

NR, PE, WDIM, DA, CQ, LAA

Dunsford, Mrs.

Along with her daughter, helped with spotting duties on church tower, but only on Mondays. Typical country widow of middle class family. Distantly related to the Hallidays.

NR, PE, WDIM, DA, CQ

Egouts, Vidarne de

Provençal resident of Middle Ages. Made his wife eat her lover's heart, according to novel by Prof. Gawky, though according to Miss Pemberton it was his lungs and liver.

NR, WDIM

Fairweather, John

Younger brother of Geoffrey. Attended Southbridge School where he was opponent of Smith-Hetherington in HR1. Became a Lt. in Royal Navy. Married Rose Birkett, had common sense she lacked and was able to control her idiocies and tolerate her pouting. Later was Naval Attache at Las Palombas, was stationed in Washington during war. Captain by time of CC. two sons, two daughters.

MB, PBO, PE, CC, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA

Fewling, Father George"Tubby"

Former Naval chaplain (Commander), son of a successful merchant. Anglo-Catholic priest in Northbridge. Rector of St. Sycorax and head of boy scouts. Later became Vicar of Greshamsbury and Honorary Canon of Barchester. Fond of Margot Phelps but she married Donald Macfadyen, the large-scale market gardener. After Macfadyen's death he married her.

NR, PE, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Fielding, Anne

b. 1928. Daughter of Sir Robert and Lady Fielding (Dora). Rather delicate, shy, and studious. When well enough she attended Barchester High School, but, tutored by Miss Bunting she became an enthusiastic and omnivorous reader of history, English literature, and Latin. Married Robin Dale, Housemaster at Southbridge School, had twins Roberta Fielding and Dora Maud, and a son

MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, HR2, WDIM, ESR, DA, LAA, 3S&T

Fielding, Lady Dora

b. 1900. Wife of Sir Robert. Very intelligent and competent, on all sorts of committees during war.

MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, DA, LAA, 3S&T

Fielding, Sir Robert

b. 1887. Chancellor of Diocese of Barchester. Had house in Cathedral Close and one at Hall's End in Hallbury. Was defeated by Sam Adams for seat in Parliament.

MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, DA, LAA, 3S&T

Finch

Uncle of odd-job man at Pomfret Towers. One of worst poachers in county , but would only poach on Lord Pomfret's land.

PT, WDIM

Finch

Servant at Pomfret Towers. Formerly boot-and-knife boy, then odd-job man.

PT, WDIM

Ford, Dr. James.

Kindly, garrulous and gossipy old G.P. at High Rising. Proposed to Anne Todd and was refused in HR1. Proposed to Sylvia Gould in DH, married her 20 years later after she had a broken engagement in GU. Could be very brusque to those he disliked.

HR1, DH, B, CBI, GU, MB, PE, OBH, CC, DD, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T, MMS

Foster

Parlormaid at Northbridge Rectory. Tyrannical and disapproving.

NR, PE, WDIM

Foster, Edith, Lady Pomfret

d. 1938. Wife of 7th Earl, Old Lord Pomfret. Mother of Lord Mellings, who was killed in border skirmish in India. Nee Thorne. Once beloved of Lord Stoke. Invalid, living mostly abroad. Died before BL.

PT, BL, CBI, MH, HM, MB, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, JC, WDIM, DA, LAA, 3S&T

Foster, Giles (Gillie)

8th Earl of Pomfret. Cousin to 7th Earl, and his heir since there were no nearer relations. Became Lord Pomfret in CBI. Married Sally Wicklow. Originally employed by a firm of picture dealers. Mother dead, father died in PT. Though not physically strong, worked to excess for his county, watched over with constant concern by his Sally. Became Lord Lieutenant of Barsetshire. Children Ludovic Lord Mellings, Emily and Giles.

PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Foster, Giles, Lord, 7th Earl

d. 1940. Old Lord Pomfret. Resided at Pomfret Towers. Fabled for rudeness, boring dinners, and efforts to prevent modernization of the surrounding countryside. Brother of Lady Emily Leslie and Lady Agnes Foster. Married Edith Thorne. Author of A Landowner in Five Reins. Bought Pooker's Piece to keep Sir Ogilvy Hibberd from building on it. Died in May, 1940, in CBO, with the names of his dead wife and son on his lips.

PT, B, BL, CBI, NR, MH, GU, MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Foster, Lady Emily

b. 1940. Daughter of Giles and Sally Foster. Strong, graceful and athletic like her mother, headstrong like Old Lord Pomfret. Wanted to go into raising vegetables; assumption is that she got job with Adams at Amalgamated Vedge. Attended Barchester High School.

MH, HM, MB, PE, LAR, OBH, DD, JC, WDIM, ESR, DA, LAA, 3S&T

Foster, Ludovic Neville Eustace Guido (Lord Mellings)

b. 1938. Son of Giles and Sally Foster. Shy and frail like his father, with same painful conscientiousness, sense of honor and duty. Oxford, Sandhurst and Guards Regt. Brought out of much of his shyness by friendship with Jessica Dean. Married Lavinia Merton in final Thirkell book.

BL, MH, HM, MB, PE, LAR, CC, DD, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA

Foster, Major

d. 193?. Father of Giles, 8th Earl of Pomfret. One gathers he was something of a wastrel. Lived much of his life in Italy.

PT, MH, OBH, DD, WDIM, ESR, DA, CQ, LAA

Foster, The Hon. Giles

b. 1942. Younger son of Giles and Sally (Wicklow) Foster. Strong, graceful, athletic, and an excellent horseman like his mother. Trained to be an estate agent with his uncle Roddy Wicklow.

BL, HM, MB, PE, LAR, OBH, DD, JC, WDIM, ESR, DA, LAA,3S&T

Gadson

Piano tuner from Beechwood who was 1/8 tone too high in C according to Aubrey Clover's accompanist._

WDIM

Garagon, Numa (M. Bontemps)

12th-century Provencal poet to whom Miss Pemberton attributed authorship of The Andalhou. An ardent Filibriste, maire of small commune near Lille.

NR, CC, WDIM

Gawky, Prof.

Female Provençal scholar who wrote historical novel, Gaily the Troubadour, about the Vidame des Egouts. Had communist views.

NR, WDIM

George

Deceased uncle of the Marlings. Collected French snuffboxes.

WDIM

Graham, Clarissa

b. 1931. Second daughter of Sir Robert and Lady Agnes (Leslie) Graham. Neat, precise, and delicate-appearing. Marked resemblance to grandmother, Lady Emily Leslie. Dark cloudy hair, dark eyes, fair skin. Educated at Cambridge, then confused about what to do with herself. Greatly affected by Lady Emily's death, she behaved badly, with precocious condescension, to her fiancé Charles Belton and others. Married Charles on New Year's Day, 1952. one son, one daughter.

WS, BL, MH, MB, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Graham, Edith

b. 1937. Spoiled youngest daughter of Sir Robert and Lady Agnes (Leslie) Graham. As a child she recited poems which she invented. Admired by John-Arthur Crosse and George Halliday, but they both later married other girls. Married William Harcourt. One child, Gwendolyn Sally.

WS, BL, MH, GU, HM, MB, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Graham, Emily (Emmy)

b. 1927. Eldest daughter of Sir Robert and Lady Agnes (Leslie) Graham. Strong, boyish, and boisterous. Five years old in WS. Fair hair, blue eyes. Cow-minded, in PBO she was breeding bulls with cousin Martin Leslie at Rushwater. Married Tom Grantly. Children James and Agnes.

WS, BL, MH, MB, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, LAA, 3S&T

Graham, John

b. 1929. Second son of Sir Robert and Lady Agnes (Leslie) Graham. In Army Guards Regt., captain by time of LAX Described by Nannie Allen as a "tow-row boy just like his Uncle David."

WS, BL, MH, GU, HM, MB, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, LAA, 3S&T

Graham, Lady Agnes (Leslie)

Wife of Sir Robert Graham, daughter of Henry and Lady Emily Leslie. Children James, John, Robert, Emily, Clarissa and Edith. Lived at Holdings in Little Misfit. Air-headed, obsessed with her children, called by her brother David a "divine idiot." As she aged she became more like her well-intentioned, interfering mother, but with more practical results.

WS, BL, MH, GU, HM, MB, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Graham, Sir Robert

Husband of Lady Agnes (Leslie). Made first "On stage" appearance on last page of ESR. Became General in WWII, apparently high in command and diplomatic structure. Constantly absent on some mission or other. Retired in 1954. Fifteen years older than Agnes, who said he always knew what was best to be done.

WS, BL, MH, HM, MB, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Grant, Hilary

Son of Felicia and Edward Grant, was reading classics with Rev. Miller at first appearance. Was writing a book on Jehan le Capet. After recovering from infatuation with Mrs. Brandon, married her daughter Delia. Son Freddie, daughter Felicia. Apparently became an archaeologist after the war. Author of "A Diabolist of the Reformation."

B, CBI, MH, HM, PE, OBH, CC, HR2, WDIM

Grantly, Eleanor

b. 1924. Daughter of Rev. Septimus and Mary (Carter) Grantly. Secretary to Susan Dean in LAR. Married Colin Keith and took job in London.

LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, WDIM, LAA

Grantly, Grace

b. 1931. Younger daughter of Rev. Septimus and Mary (Carter) Grantly. First seen as a boisterous and argumentative product of Barchester High School, with rather modern ideas. Showed great improvement, married Ludovic Lufton in HR2

OBH, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Grantly, Mary (Carter)

Wife of Rev. Septimus Grantly of Edgewood. Children Tom, Eleanor, Henry, Grace.

OBH, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, DA, 3S&T

Grantly, Rev. Septimus

Great-great-grandson of old Bishop Grantly. Vicar of Edgewood, near Chaldicotes. Wife Mary.

LAR, OBH, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, DA, CQ, 3S&T

Grantly, Tom

b. 1920. Elder son of Rev. Septimus and Mary (Carter) Grantly. Major during war, returned to Oxford and got a poor degree in Greats. Went through a long period of soul-searching and indecisiveness, including working under Geoffrey Harvey at the Bureau of Red Tape and Sealing Wax and a brief infatuation with Lady Cora Palliser. Married Emmy Graham; they lived in MacPherson's old house at Rushwater and raised cows. Children James and Agnes.

OBH, DD, HR2, WDIM, ESR, DA, 3S&T

Gresham, Frank

b. 1937. Son of Francis and Jane (Palliser) Gresham of Hallbury. Close friend of John Leslie's boys.

MB, PBO, HR2, JC, WDIM, DA, CQ

Gresham, Jane (Palliser)

b. 1915. Daughter of Adm. Palliser of Hallbury. Husband Francis a POW of Japan during most of war. Son Frank, born before war, daughters Mary and Jane (and possibly Beatrice) born afterwards.

MB, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, DA, CQ

Gresham, Lt. Francis

Lost with one of the Far East battleships Repulse and Prince of Wales . Prisoner of war for several years, unknown to wife Jane and son Francis whether alive or dead. Returned safely and settled in Hallbury , later moved to Greshamsbury

MB, PBO, CC, DD, JC, WDIM, DA, CQ

Grubaker, Rev.

Preached at Woolcott Van Dryden's home church in Texas.

WDIM

Hacker, Percy

b. 1921. First encountered in SH as a very silent Southbridge student, friend of Tony Morland. Had pet chameleon named Gibbon, which he once offered to Philip Winter for coaching him before a scholarship exam. Once left the hot tap running and nearly flooded the lower dorm. In Ministry of Information during war. Became fellow and senior classics tutor at Lazarus College, later Latin Chair at Redbrick Univ. Author of well-known Latin text.

SH, CBI, GU, MB, PBO, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, 3S&T

Haella

Thane for whom Hallbrook stream was named.

NR, WDIM

Hampton, Miss

Hard-drinking, masculine spinster. Resided at Adelina Cottage in Southbridge with friend Miss Bent. Author of earthy novels, usually selected by the Banned-Book-of-the-Month Club. Drove ambulance in Northern France in WW I. Helped support four nephews - two in Army, one Navy, one in Consular Service.

CBI, NR, GU, MB, PBO, OBH, CC, HR2, JC, WDIM, NTL, CQ, 3S&T

Hart, Miss

Northbridge schoolmistress who helped organize the children's  performance for Queen Elizabeth's coronation festivities.

WDIM

Hartletop, Dowager Marchioness

Miss Bunting was companion to her on the Riviera one year.Married Lord Hartletop when he was still Lord Dumbello.

CBI, MH, WDIM

Harvey, Frances,

Tall, fair, and not quite young sister of Geoffrey Harvey. Determined, pushy and domineering. Worked at Regional Commissioner's Office. In censorship during War. After War was secretary to Lord Aberfordbury (formerly Sir Ogilvy Hibberd). Almost got Oliver Marling to propose by chasing him flagrantly, but he escaped. Also served in Dept. of Efficiency and Purging at Gatherum Castle. Mr. Marling said she looked like "an educated rocking horse."

MH, HM, PBO, LAR, CC, DD, HR2, WDIM, NTL, 3S&T

Harvey, Geoffrey

Worked at Regional Commissioner's Office with John Leslie. Obnoxious communist who thought Russia was wonderful. Tall, thin, long hair. Greatly admired by Oliver Marling when he was young and impressionable. Related to the Nortons. Brother of Frances. Artistic and effeminate. Wrote novel about Pico della Mirandela. Rented Red House in Marling. Later returned to Red Tape and Sealing Wax in London, and then became head of PEUGI in Paris. Mistakenly called Oliver in LAA.

MH, HM, PBO, LAR, CC, DD, HR2, WDIM, NTL, LAA, 3S&T

Head, Miss

Literature mistress for Hosiers' Girls' School. Became Head of Barchester Prep. School.

HM, WDIM

Heath, Sister

"Heathy" who shared apartment with Sister Ward and Sister Chiffinch. Nurse. Acted as paying guest to care for Miss Pemberton in her last days.

DH, MB, PBO, CC, DD, HR2, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, 3S&T

Hibberd, Doris

Worked for Mrs. Turner at Northbridge (probably daughter of the sexton). Had illegitimate child.

NR, WDIM

Hibberd, Sir Ogilvy

Unpleasant man who wanted to buy Laverings Farm. A Liberal, with heretical opinions on the Root Vegetable bill. Finally bought The Cedars, Muswell Hill. Bought "Pooker's Piece" in Before Lunch and wanted to put up a garage and tea shop there, a move strongly opposed by local gentry. A Lloyd George peer, something to do with shipping - from Goole. Finally sold "Pooker's Piece" to Lord Pomfret. Created Lord Aberfordbury by end of WW II. Like the Bishop, an offstage villain. Also thwarted when he tried to buy Wiple Terrace and build a factory

BL, HM, MB, PBO, LAR, OBH, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Hicks

Daughter of Mrs. Bessie Hicks. Housemaid at Northbridge Rectory.

JC, WDIM

Hicks, Mrs. Bessie Bunce

Tubby Fewling's housekeeper. Niece of "Old Bunce." Was once in service at Gatherum Castle. Rented rooms.

NR, JC, WDIM, DA, CQ, LAA

Hickson, Roger

Former butler at Pomfret Towers, about whom Gillie and Sally found a letter asking for a character. Only at Pomfret Towers briefly because of involvement with a housemaid.

WDIM

Highmore, Florence Peel

Mother of Rev. Henry Highmore, was once in South Wembly Drama Club with Mrs. Paxon of Northbridge. Later president of Wembly Amateur Dramatic Society.

WDIM, DA

Highmore, Rev. Henry Peel

Replaced Tubby Fewling as priest-in-charge at St. Sycorax after WW II. Shy, awkward, and a bit gauche. A graduate of Lazarus College, fond of amateur theatricals.

WDIM, DA

Hoare

d. 1942. Estate agent for Old Lord Pomfret in PT. Came to Towers as under-agent when he was 30. Succeeded by Roddy Wicklow.

PT, HM, LAR, OBH, DD, WDIM, CQ

Holden, Lt.

b. 1907. Lieutenant in Barsetshires billeted on Villarses in NR. Was in Adrian Coates' publishing firm before war, was also assistant master in school headed by Gregory Villars. Was sentimentally attracted to Mrs. Villars. Promoted to Capt. and transferred Became Adrian Coates' partner after the war. Married with three children in WDIM.

NR, JC, WDIM, DA

Holman

Proprietor of Holman's Phospho-Manuro, the artificial fertilizer. Also made Washington's Vimphos and Corbett's Bono-Vitasang, all of which contained the same ingredients.

LAR, OBH, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, DA, 3S&T

Honeybell, "Auntie"

Pen name of a gentleman who wrote a coronation poem recited by a repulsive little girl at the Northbridge children's performance. Contributed occasional verse to a children's comic-strip paper.

WDIM

Hooker, Rev.

Visited Barchester Hospital on Thursdays. The Bunce girls met him and pronounced him a "lovely man."

WDIM

Hopgood Helen

Called Florrie in WDIM. Known as "Miss Hopgood's aunt," resident of Northbridge. Large, competent woman with badly-cut clothes. Widow of American astronomer who discovered the star Porter Sidus in the constellation Algareb while working at Matthew Porter observatory in Texas. She supplied a telescope for the airplane spotters on the Northbridge Church tower.

NR, PE, JC, WDIM, DA

Hopgood, Miss Miriam

Occupant of Glycerine Cottage, Northbridge, which she shared with Miss Crowder. They were maiden ladies convinced that they were spiritually French, so they visited the Riviera each year, stayed in a pension that catered to the English, and spent most of their time mispronouncing French words and cooking bad imitations of French meals.

NR, PE, JC, WDIM, DA

Hopper, Mr.

Less popular of the two Northbridge cobblers. Avowed communist and atheist.

NR, WDIM

Iou Cabrou, Madon

Woman for whom Ghisman Beaucilsz abandoned Dame d'Aiguesdouces.

WDIM

Joram, Bishop William

Retired colonial bishop. Appeared to be mentioned first in CBI as Mbang-Ngango (English Roly Poly Witch Doctor) as he was called by natives. Rented rooms from Mrs. Tomkins when first in Barchester, and told hilarious stories of his work with natives. Became canon of Barchester and married Lavinia Brandon in CC. Plump, good-humored, earnest and intelligent.

CBI, MH, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, WDIM,DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Keith, Catherine

b. 1935. Daughter of Robert and Edith (Fairweather) Keith.

SH, GU, WDIM

Keith, Colin

b. 1912. First seen in SH as a new master at Southbridge School, then read law with Noel Merton. Gunnery officer with Territorials in war, served in N. Africa. Became successful barrister, author of Keith on Lemon on Running Powers, the last word on railway law. Briefly infatuated with Peggy Arbuthnot and fond of Susan Dean; finally became engaged to Eleanor Grantly in OBH, proving sister Lydia wrong when she dubbed him a "perpetual uncle."

SH, B, GU, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, WDIM, CQ, LAA

Keith, Edith Fairweather

Wife of Robert Keith, sister of John and Geoffrey Fairweather.Mother of Catherine, Henry and another. Former Head Girl at Barchester High School and a favorite of Miss Pettinger. Hearty and athletic, was once captain of school cricket and hockey.

SH, CBI, GU, PE, OBH, WDIM

Keith, Helen

Mother of Robert, Kate, Colin and Lydia. Boring and domestic, not very intelligent. Lived at Northbridge Manor. Had "a bit of a heart." During war went to Bournemouth to live with her sister Kate. Dead by WDIM 1954.

SH, B, CBI, NR,GU, PE, OBH,HR2, JC, WDIM

Keith, Henry

d. 1939. Resident of Northbridge Manor. Wife Helen. Killed when struck by a lorry when leaving Old Lord Pomfret's funeral. Country-squirish landowner and solicitor.

SH, B, CBI, PE, LAR, OBH, HR2, WDIM, CQ, LAA

Keith, Henry

b. 1932. Son of Robert and Edith (Fairweather) Keith.

SH, CBI, GU, WDIM

Keith, Kate

b. 1916. Became engaged to Everard Carter in SH. Boring and domestic but nice. Children Bobbie, Angela, Philip and Noel.

SH, B, CBI, GU, MB, PE, OBH, CC, DD, JC, WDIM, CQ, LAA<, 3S&T

Keith, Lydia

Tomboyish younger sister of Robert, Kate and Colin. Awkward, gauche, boisterous and energetic, until marriage to Noel Merton moved her energy into constructive channels. Children Lavinia, Harry, Jessica. During war she miscarried her first child because of overwork. Hurt by Noel's flirtation with Peggy Arbuthnot in PE but was reconciled to her husband, whom she loved dearly.

SH, B, CBI, NR, U, HM, MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Keith, Robert

Brother of Kate, Colin and Lydia. Wife Edith. Senior partner of Keith and Keith law firm. Bought home in Nutfield in GU and sold Northbridge Manor to brother-in-law Noel Merton.

SH, CBI, NR, MH, GU, PE, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, WDIM, ESR, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Knox, George

Pompous, verbose historical novelist who could turn a single sentence into a discourse of parenthetical expressions. Widower, lived in High Rising with his daughter Sibyl. Escaped the clutches of his secretary, Una Grey, and became engaged to Anne Todd in HR1.

HR1, DH, B, CBI, MH, GU, MB, PE, CC, DD, HR2, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, LAA, 3S&T, MMS

Koska, Madame

Main character in series of romantic suspense-thrillers by Mrs. Morland. Ran a designer dress shop and repeatedly saved the British Empire.

HR1, DH, MH, MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, SR, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T, MMS

le Biau, Guibert

Provençal 12th-century poet to whom Harold Downing attributed authorship of the Andalhou.

NR, WDIM

Leslie, Clive (Minimus)

b. 1939. Youngest son of John and Mary (Preston) Leslie. Always at bottom of any trouble at Southbridge Prep School. Got stuck on top of Rushwater "temple" at reunion. Wanted to enter Air Force.

LAR, CC, DD, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, 3S&T

Leslie, Henry (Major)

b. 1936. Eldest son of John and Mary (Preston) Leslie. Nice but dull. Attended Southbridge School, collected Empire stamps, and ostentatiously carried a Greek New Testament to church. Showed promise of becoming more interesting when he corrected (subtly) the Latin pronunciation of Miss Banks, the Latin mistress.

BL, PBO, PE, LAR, CC, DD, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, 3S&T

Leslie, John

b. 1899. Oldest surviving son of Henry and Lady Emily Leslie. Widower, deceased wife's name was Gay. Became engaged to Mary Preston in WS. Regional Commissioner during war. Bought Old Rectory at Greshamsbury as home.

WS, BL, MH, BO, PE, LAR, BH, CC, DD, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ

Leslie, John Jr. (Minor)

b. 1938. Second son of John and Mary (Preston) Leslie. At Southbridge he climbed all the way around School Chapel. Also climbed to the top of Rushwater House and into Siddons' room, to the top of the "temple" at Rushwater; tried to climb the Mertons' monkey puzzle tree. Put the bell back up in the Palace fish pond so the fish could ring for food (the Bishop had ordered it taken down).

BL, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, 3S&T

Leslie, Lady Emily (Foster)

1868-1948. Sister of Old Lord Pomfret, wife of Henry Leslie of Rushwater . Children Martin (killed in WWI), John, Agnes and David. Delightfully unpredictable, interested in painting and arranging other people's affairs with benevolent intent. Supposedly based on AT's acquaintance Mary, Lady Wemyss, whose family was not amused by the affectionate portrayal. Beginning to age at first appearance in WS, became progressively more absent-minded and ethereal as series progressed, Died in OBH, calling her deceased husband and son to wait, she's coming with them.

WS, BL, MH, GU, HM, MB, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL<, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Leslie, Martin

b. 1915. Grandson of Henry and Lady Emily Leslie, raised by them because as son of their oldest son he would be owner of Rushwater after Henry's death. His mother had remarried and lived in America. First seen preparing for his 16th birthday in WS. In N. Africa, then wounded at Anzio in war. Received the George Cross for doing something gallant with a bomb. Went to War Office because of bad leg wound, later had to resort to a crutch (in one book he is mistakenly said to have lost a foot.) Became engaged to Sylvia Halliday in PBO . Raised cattle and prize bulls.

WS, BL, MH, MB, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, DA, LAA, 3S&T

Lover, Mrs. Audrey

d. 1947. Mother of Aubrey Clover (Aubrey C. Lover). Widow of a bank manager. Didn't approve of the theatre.

PE, LAR, CC, WDIM

Lufton, Justinia

b. 1923. Daughter of the widowed Lady Lufton. Secretary to Dean Crawley. Small and elegant. Resembled Lucy Robarts, her great-grandmother. Married Eric Swan in 1952.

DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Lufton, Lady Mary

Gentle, anxious mother of Maria and Justinia. Completely lost and bewildered by widowhood. Married the late Lord Lufton in 1921, and he did everything for her.

GU, OBH, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, CQ, 3S&T

Lufton, Lord Ludovic

b. 1924. Only son of Lady Lufton. Tall, anxious, shy young man who inherited the title very young. Demobbed from army in 1946, farmed with Roddy Wicklow for a while. Friend of Eric Swan and Charles Belton. Married Grace Grantly.

DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, LAA, CQ<, 3S&T

MacFadyen, Donald

d. 1960. Manager of Amalgamated Vedge. Great gardener, rented half of Lufton Park at Framley. A Scot from near Perthshire. Father was killed in Boer War, mother lost her house because his pension was too small. Quite fond of Lady Lufton, but conscious of social gap between them. Married Margot Phelps. Died, apparently of cancer, in CQ.

DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

MacPherson

1868-1950. Estate agent for the Leslies at Rushwater. Verrry Scottish. Came to Rushwater at age 30, stayed over fifty years. Same age as Lady Emily, he died with his Bible on his knees, opened to a page with a picture of Lady Emily, whom he had loved and served all his life. Left his house to Emmy Graham Grantly.

WS, MH, PBO, LAR, OBH, DD, WDIM, ESR, DA, 3S&T

Margett

"Old" Margett. Crusty old cottager of Anglo-Saxon type with a great store of folk tales, many rather earthy, and some of which he invented. Lived in a crusty old cottage. Once ate three live frogs on a wager.

BL, GU, OBH, WDIM

Margett the  builder

Builder at Worsted. Sister was cook at Holdings, first cousin to Jasper. Nephew of "Old" Margett.

DD, WDIM

Margett, Jasper

Head keeper at the Priory. Expert poacher. Gypsy blood made him good with horses. Flirted with Selina Crockett.

GU, LAR, OBH, DD, JC,WDIM, ESR, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Marling, Amabel (Hon.)

Daughter of Lord Nutfield, wife of William Marling of Marling Hall. Children Bill, Lettice, Oliver and Lucy. Connected with most of Barsetshire families by ties of kinship. Lived up to aristocratic tradition of service, energy, efficiency, and self-confidence.

MH, GU, MB, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, WDIM, DA, LAA, 3S&T

Marling, Lucy Emily

b. 1918. Younger daughter of William and Amabel Marling. Loud, bossy and boisterous, but mellowed with age, hard work and troubles. Favorite phrase "I'll tell you what." Married out of her class to Sam Adams. Very efficient and knowledgeable, helped administer the agricultural side of Sam's business empire. They lived in The Old Bank House at, Edgewood and had daughters Amabel Rose and Leslie, son William.

MH, HM, MB, PBO, LAR, OBH,CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR,DA, CQ, LAA,3S&T

Marling, William

Squire of Marling Hall. Wife Amabel. Opinionated, irascible and forgetful, but genuinely fond of his family. Had five brothers and sisters, all dead. Greatly saddened by deterioration of his way of life. Apparently still alive in 3S&T, with an entry in the Barchester Agricultural.

MH, HM, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, WDIM, ESR, DA,CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Mellings, Lord Harry Ludovic

Son of Old Lord Pomfret. Killed in a border skirmish on the NW frontier.

PT, BL, PBO, LAR, OBH, WDIM,DA, LAA,3S&T

Merriman, Dorothea Frances

"Merry," Old Lady Pomfret's secretary in PT at first introduction. Very efficient, self-effacing and conscientious. Had an invalid married sister whom she sometimes visited. Was secretly and quietly in love with Gillie Foster. When he married Sally Wicklow and became Lord Pomfret, she went as companion to Lady Emily Leslie. Returned to, Pomfret Towers after Lady Emily's death to help with county business and ease the load on the frail but hard-working earl. Married Rev. Herbert Choyce in DA. One of AT's most memorable and sympathetic characters.

PT, MH, HM, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL,DA, LAA,3S&T

Merton, Harry

b. 1946. Son of Noel and Lydia (Keith) Merton. Studied science at Cambridge. As articulate as his father.

PE, OBH, WDIM, LAA, 3S&T

Merton, Kate Jessica

b. 1948. Daughter of Noel and Lydia (Keith) Merton. Called Kate in early appearances, Jessica after entering school.

LAR, OBH, WDIM, LAA, 3S&T

Merton, Lavinia

b. 1943. Daughter of Noel and Lydia (Keith) Merton. "As much of a flirt as Lavinia Brandon," for whom she was named. Married Ludo Foster, Lord Mellings.

HM, MB, PBO, PE, OBH, WDIM, LAA, 3S&T

Merton, Noel

First seen in SH as a young barrister, Married Lydia Keith having fallen in love with her gradually while watching her grow up. Had miraculous escape at Dunkirk, convalesced at Beliers Priory near Worsted. Later in Military Intelligence. He and, Lydia bought her old home, Northbridge Manor. Had flirtation with Peggy Arbuthnot in PE which caused rare friction with Lydia. (Jessica Dean straightened him out.) Became a QC, ran for Parliament in 1952. Became Sir Noel after Queen Elizabeth's coronation.

SH, B, CBI, NR, GU, MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, JC, WDIM, ESR, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Morland, Dick

b. 1911. Son of Henry and Laura Morland. Serving in, China before war. Mentioned as serving in destroyer Flatiron during war.

HR1, DH, B, CBI, GU, MB, OBH, CC, DD, JC, WDIM, 3S&T

Morland, Gerald

b. 1917. Son of Henry and Laura Morland. Explorer in Mexico. Married just before war, had unspecified children. Attended Southbridge School.

HR1, DH, B, CBI, GU, MB, OBH, CC, DD, JC, WDIM, LAA, 3S&T

Morland, John

Son of Henry and Laura Morland. Stationed in, Burma. In Navy during war. Married, attended Southbridge School.

HR1, DH, B, CBI, GU, MB, OBH, CC, DD, JC, WDIM, LAA, 3S&T

Morland, Laura

b. 1891. Widow of Henry Morland, sons Dick, John, Gerald, and Tony. Lived at High Rising. Author of Madame Koska mystery thrillers, which she began writing to support herself and sons. Also wrote two books anonymously. Attractive but rather scatter-brained, tended to lose glasses and hairpins. Acted as unofficial secretary at Southbridge School during war. It is generally thought that she is at least partially based on the author herself, though AT was, by repute, a more sardonic personality than Laura Morland.

HR1, DH, SH,B, CBI, NR, MH,GU, MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL,DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T, MMS

Morland, Tony

b. 1921. Son of Henry and Laura Morland. Student at Southbridge School at first appearance, major interest was model trains. Became Sr. Monitor at Southbridge. Talkative, self-centered, well- intentioned with frequently disastrous results, one-track mind when a child. Attended Oxford. In Army in, Burma during war. Worked for Red Tape and Sealing Wax Office after war. Married with four children.

HR1, WS, DH, SH,B, CBI, NR, MH,GU, MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, LAA, 3S&T, MMS

Mowbray, "Miss M"

Daughter of an East Barsetshire doctor. Kept house for Aubrey and Jessica Clover.

CC, WDIM, 3S&T

Mpumpo

Public name of Native chief in Mngangaland who had both legs bitten off by a lion. He was a splendid professing Christian, according to Bishop Joram Actual name was Melba, but it was a secret. Had 80 sons and was in London on VJ Day.

PBO, PE, LAR, CC, WDIM, 3S&T

Nan

Nurse to Jessica Dean, later with Lydia Merton.

AF, PE, LAR, WDIM

Nandy, Adam

Henry Nandy's great-great-grandfather. Lived in a cottage at Adamsfield and had seven children but never married.

OBH, WDIM

Nandy, Henry

Aged resident of Mellicent Halt. "Drinks and smokes all day long and lives in one room and it simply stinks. He's supposed to be rolling in money." Lived to get his "beer and baccy".

MH, LAR, OBH, WDIM

Needham, Tommy

Secretary to Dean Crawley. In war stationed first in Iceland, then in N. Africa where he lost an arm. Married Dean Crawley's daughter Octavia and became Vicar at Worsted. Eight children by the time of 3S&T, including fraternal twins born in that book.

CBI, MH, HM, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, DD, HR2, WDIM, ESR, DA, LAA,3S&T

Norton, Lady Victoria

Known by most of Barsetshire as the "Dreadful Dowager." Face like a well-bred horse, domineering personality, thought herself the best gardener in the county. Author of Herbs of Grace about gardening. Clothes tended to imitate the Queen Mother. Lived in Cheltenham, Lady Bond moved in with her in 3S&T.

WS, B, CBI, MH, GU, HM, MB, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Norton, Lord

Deceased husband of Dowager Lady Norton. A vegetarian because of gastric troubles. A Lloyd George peer.

B, HM, CC, DD, WDIM, CQ

Norton, Lord George

Son of Dowager Lady Norton. Wife Eleanor. Not very intelligent, gave boring dinners. Under thumbs of both wife and mother.

B, MH, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, WDIM, ESR, NTL, LAA

O'Seianmhe, Dhoidreagh

Real name was Bert Hobson. Modern playwright who wrote the "Morality Play" to be performed at the Palace during the Coronation festivities.

WDIM

Packer

Proprietor of Packer's Roundabout that appeared at numerous fetes, fairs and festivities.

B, LAR, CC, WDIM, ESR, LAA, 3S&T

Palliser, Admiral

Resident of Hallbury House, Hallbury. An engineer. Widower with 2 sons, 2 daughters, (including Jane Gresham). Worked during war at engineering firm in Barchester.

MB, PBO, HR2, JC, WDIM, NTL, DA

Palliser, Lady Glencora (Cora)

b. 1919. Daughter of present Duke of Omnium. In WVS during war. Won Croix de Guerre as driver for officers. Was engaged to a man who was killed in action. Married Sir Cecil Waring.

MH, MB, CC, DD, JC, WDIM, ESR, LAA

Palliser, Louise

Present Duchess of Omnium. Daughters Arabella (mentioned only once) and Glencora, sons Geoffrey and Gerald (three sons are mentioned once, but only two are ever named or talked about). Voluble and flighty with ample figure.

MB, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR

Palliser, Plantagenet

Present Duke of Omnium. Great-grandnephew of the "Great Duke." Dreamy and impractical, lost in the modern world, very kindly.

MB, PBO, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, LAA, CQ, 3S&T

Palmer

Parlourmaid for the Keiths at Northbridge Manor.

SH, CBI, PE, OBH, WDIM, LAA, 3S&T

Palmer, Fred

Major landowner around Worsted and Skeynes. J.P. Owner of dairy herd. Brother of Rachel Dean. Called Henry by Rachel Dean in AF.

AF, BL, GU, MB, PE, LAR, OBH, DD, WDIM

Paxon, Mr.

Husband of Minnie Paxon. Worked in Barchester as bank manager. A bit lower class, and something of a nonentity compared to his energetic wife.

NR, WDIM

Paxon, Mrs. "Minnie"

Called "Minnie" because she played Minnehaha in Hiawatha with the South Wembly Amateur Choral Society. Ran almost every war-related organization in Northbridge, with a uniform for each. Small and wiry. Maddeningly conscientious about rationing. A bit lower class. Flirted outrageously and facetiously with Col. Passmore. Real name was Florrie Paxon.

NR, WDIM

Pemberton, Ianthe

Spinster of Northbridge. Wrote a life of Elizabeth Rivers, Edward IV's queen, as well as essays on Umbrian landscape. Short and ugly, necessarily parsimonious, she wore homespun sackcloth-looking dresses, a felt hat, and carried an alpenstock for poking dogs into the gutter. Lived at Punshions Cottage, rented room to Harold Downing, whom she bullied possessively and jealously. Was dead by mid-1950's.

NR, MB, PBO, CC, HR2, JC, WDIM, DA, LAA

Perry, "Mrs. Bob"

Wife of Dr. Bob Perry. Daughter of London consultant Dr. Featherly Hargreaves. Elegant, correct, attractive, and rather humorless. Granddaughter of old Bronson-Hewbury in Berkshire.

LAR, HR2, WDIM, CQ, LAA

Perry, Bob

Son of Dr. and Mrs. Perry of Harefield. Received Smallbones Anatomical Award at Knight's. Eldest son by 15 months, slightly darker hair. Replaced brother Jim as Knight's house physician, later went into practice in Harley Street. Married daughter of Dr. Featherly Hargreaves.

HM, LAR, DD, HR2, WDIM, CQ, LAA

Peters

Friend of Wickham in County Down. Ran six illegal stills, the product of which he sent to Wicks. Expert at anagrams.

WDIM

Peters

b. 1898. Butler at Pomfret Towers. His sister was Nannie Peters, the Pomfrets' nurse; another sister married one of the Margetts and was Jasper's mother. Worked briefly for Lord Norton in his London flat. Later married and worked for Lord Crosse.

PT, OBH, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, 3S&T

Peters, Nannie

Nannie for Giles and Sally Pomfret at Pomfret Towers. Sister of the old Towers butler. Later with Roddy and Alice Wicklow, finally went with Ludovic, Lord Mellings and Lavinia Merton when they married.

PBO, OBH, WDIM, LAA, 3S&T

Pettinger, Bertha

Headmistress of Barchester High School. Highly unpopular. Known to the girls as "The Beast." Had tired waved hair and painted her face. Madeleine Sparling lived with her before the Hosiers' Girls' School moved to Harefield Park. Received OBE when she retired.

SH, B, CBI, NR, GU, HM, MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, DD, JC, WDIM, 3S&T

Phelps, Admiral "Irons"

Retired Rear Admiral. Small, dry-faced, quiet and efficient worker on vital Committees. Lived at Jutland Cottage in Southbridge. Secretary of British Legion, Boy Scouts, and District Nursing Association, and churchwarden. Wounded at Battle of Jutland. Not well off financially. In increasingly poor health. Died in CQ.

CBI, NR, GU, PE, JC, WDIM, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Phelps, Margot

b. 1912. Daughter of Adm. and Mrs. Phelps. Large, not very attractive, efficient and industrious. Devoted to her parents. Was transformed into passable swan by Rose Fairweather and others, who taught her how to dress and make herself up attractively. Received two proposals, married Donald Macfadyen of Amalgamated Vedge and after his death became engaged to Tubby Fewling in CQ.

CBI, PE, JC, WDIM, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Phelps, Mrs.

Wife of Adm. Phelps, mother of Margot. Wore slacks. A great, bouncing masterful woman who treated everyone in the village as inferior officers and crew. Head of ARP and Village Red Cross in war. In increasingly poor health after war. With her husband and daughter, made cheerful best of life of poverty. Died in CQ.

CBI, PE, JC, WDIM, CQ, LAA

Pickthorne, Miss

Sam Adams' secretary. Competent and courteous. During war was in Regional Commissioner's Office, had a sister in the Red Cross.

LAR, OBH, CC, DD, WDIM, 3S&T

Pilward, Bert

Owner of Pilward and Sons Brewery. Son Ted, 2 other sons, 3 daughters.

B, MB, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Pilward, Ted

Son of Bert Pilward of Brewery. Married Heather Adams. Son Edward Belton Pilward born in 1950. One other child.

MB, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, WDIM<, DA, 3S&T

Pomfret, (Alured?), Lord, 1st Earl

Awarded the title for services to Prince of Orange in 1689. Older brother of Eustace. Also described as Eustace's father.

PT, WDIM, LAA

Pomfret, Lord, 6th Earl

"Affectionate husband and father," children Giles, Emily, and Agnes. One of the "most insufferable prigs of Victoria's reign." Rebuilt Pomfret Towers, inspired by St. Pancras Station at cost of £100,000. Eyes like a pig and fringe of red hair around bald head. Used to swear at the footmen. His wife was author of the shocking A Step Too Far.

WS, PT, PBO, PE, OBH, HR2, WDIM, ESR, LAA

Pomfret, Giles, Lord, 7th Earl

d. 1940. Old Lord Pomfret. Resided at Pomfret Towers. Fabled for rudeness, boring dinners, and efforts to prevent modernization of the surrounding countryside. Brother of Lady Emily Leslie and Lady Agnes Foster. Married Edith Thorne. Author of A Landowner in Five Reins. Bought Pooker's Piece to keep Sir Ogilvy Hibberd from building on it. Died in May, 1940, in CBO, with the names of his dead wife and son on his lips.

PT, B, BL, CBI, NR, MH, GU, MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Porter, Walter Concord

American who put up the money for publication of Biographical Dictionary of Provence by Harold Downing and Ianthe Pemberton. Owned most of Porterville, endowed observatory where Miss Hopgood's aunt's husband used to work.

NR, CC, HR2, JC, WDIM, DA

Preston, Mary

b. 1911. Daughter of the late Col. Preston and Mrs. Preston (Sir Robert Graham's oldest sister and a great hypochondriac.) Became engaged to John Leslie in WS after thinking she was in love with his brother David. 3 sons, John, Henry and Clive. Lived in Old Rectory in Greshamsbury. Said mistakenly to have daughters in MH.

WS, BL, MH, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ

Pridham, Sir Edmund

b. 1866. Elderly country squire type, J.P. at Pomfret Madrigal, close friend of Lavinia Brandon -- even proposed to her once in a friendly way. Childless widower, commanded Barsetshire Yeomanry in WWI, had crippled leg from war wound. Knew everybody in the county and all their relationships. "Doyen of the county in years and service ... Had an eye that had frightened the toughest troopers in the Barsetshire Yeomanry out of their wits and made the Bishop, who was saying the Russians were our brothers, wilt uneasily into a mumbling explanation."

B, BL, CBI, MH, GU, MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Pucken

1857-? "Granny" Pucken, resident of Northbridge who lived to be over 100.

WDIM

Pucken

Cowman for the Mertons at Northbridge.

WDIM

Scatcherd

Old storekeeper in Northbridge. Brother of the Hatch End artist. Had muttonchop whiskers. Daughter Hettie, one son.

NR, PBO, WDIM, ESR

Scatcherd, Mr.

Partner in Barchester catering firm Scatcherd and Tozer. By 1949 had been bedridden for several years.

CBI, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Scatcherd, Mr.

Resident artist in Hatch End. His pen-and-ink drawings were well known, especially "Rising Rambler" series. Lived in hideous little house called Rokeby with his niece and housekeeper, Hettie. All his pictures had a tendency to look exactly alike. Dressed and acted the part of the typical artist of the late 19th century.

PBO, LAR, WDIM, ESR, DA, 3S&T

Sowerby, Miss Hilda

Old but vigorous lady who owned the Old Bank House in Edgewood. She sold it to Sam Adams and went to live with her widowed sister in Worthing. Told Sam the house needed a mistress. Loved gardening and was envied by Old Lady Norton for her ability to grow the rare Palafox borealis.

OBH, CC, DD, HR2, WDIM, 3S&T

Stareleigh, Mr. Justice

Noel Merton and Colin Keith criticized his ruling in Regina vs. Stickleback.

WDIM

Stoke, Lord Thomas

b. 1866. Ancient and eccentric antiquarian, half-brother of Lucasta Bond. A bachelor who once loved Edith Thorne (who married Old Lord Pomfret). Traveled by horse and carriage or on horseback in defiance of modern age. Was convinced that everything he dug up was Viking remains. Extremely and conveniently deaf. In NTL, he is called Algernon Courcy Stoke and is said to have been born in 1876.

HR1, DH, PT, B, BL, CBI, MH, GU, MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T, MMS

Stonor, Denis

Stepson of widowed Lillian Stonor. Twentyfive years old in BL. Wrote music, took himself too seriously and was full of self-pity for his poor health. Was infatuated with older, married Catherine Middleton.  Went on to become successful composer after ballet produced with money loaned by Lord Bond. Wrote ballet music in U.S, during war when his health wouldn't let him join armed forces. Returned to England briefly in LAR. Teamed up with Aubrey Clover for successful two-man show. Improved greatly during and after BL to become a likable sort.

BL, MB, LAR, CC, DD, WDIM, 3S&T

Swan, Eric

b. 1921. First seen as Southbridge School student who irritated Philip Winter by "looking at him through his spectacles." Friend and classmate of Tony Morland and Percy Hacker. Went to Cambridge. Married Justinia Lufton after once being in love with Grace Grantly. Was in Africa during war. Became master at Beliers Priory School, later replaced Everard Carter as head of Southbridge School.

SH, CBI, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Talbot, Miss (Marjorie)

b.1891. Lived at Aloes in Northbridge with younger sister Dolly and elderly father Prof. Amorel Talbot. In appearance, similar to her sister. Their enthusiasm for the Church is a severe cross borne by Father Fewling. Pillars of the Red Cross.

NR, PE, WDIM, DA

Talbot, Miss Dolly

b.1892. Lived at Aloes in Northbridge with her sister Marjorie and elderly father Prof. Amorel Talbot. Gray hair, battered tweeds and brogues

NR, PE, WDIM, DA

Talbot, Prof. Amorel

(1860-1945) or (1857-1952) or ? Father of Miss Talbot and Miss Dolly Talbot of Northbridge. Expert on Medieval Church. Had brothers Sir Alwyn and Dr. Tufnell. Mind not what it once was. Dead by time of PE. Dead again by WDIM, and again by DA (1957) -- Wow!

NR, PE, WDIM, DA

Talbot, Sir Alwyn

1857-1945. Brother of Prof. Talbot of Northbridge and Dr. Tufnell Talbot. Former principal of the Board of Tape and Sealing Wax.

NR, WDIM

Tebben, Gilbert

Husband of Winifred, father of Margaret and Richard. Resident of Lamb's Piece near Worsted. Civil servant, interested in old Norse history and epics.

AF, BL, GU, MB, PE, LAR, OBH, DD, WDIM

Tebben, Margaret

Daughter of Gilbert and Winifred Tebben of Worsted. Married Laurence Dean, later mentioned as having son and daughter.

AF, BL, GU, MB, PE, LAR, JC, WDIM

Tebben, Richard

b.1914. Son of Gilbert and Winifred Tebben of Worsted. First seen as self-centered, obnoxious and unsympathetic, considered courtesy a type of hypocritical snobbery.Ashamed of his hard-working, well-meaning parents. Infatuated with Rachel Dean in AF. Saved Jessica Dean from the Leslies' bull,Rushwater Rubicon, so was given a job in Dean's engineering firm (in spite of his poor showing at Oxford).ddle East during war, invalided out with tropical disease. Later married domineering Petra Krogsborg and got a job with Mr. Adams. Improved somewhat, but never very likeable.

MB, PE, LAR, OBH, DD, WDIM

Tozer, Mr.

Representative of Scatcherd and Tozer, caterers, of Barchester. A mess waiter on Salisbury Plain during WWI.

CBI, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, CQ, LAA,3S&T

Tristram, Prof

Fellow who went "'round discovering murals on church walls that aren't there."

WDIM

Trowell

Builder in Northbridge.

NR, WDIM

Tudor, Glamora

Seemed to be the star of every motion picture at the Barchester Odeon, including "Moonlight Passion," "Lips of Desire," "They Loved Too Well," etc. Always with a different leading man.

B, BL, CBI, NR, MH, MB, PBO, LAR, OBH, CC, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Turner, Betty

Young niece of Mrs. Poppy Turner of Northbridge, with whom she and her sister lived after their parents died of influenza. First encountered on a picnic in B. Began each new statement with her favorite word, "Ackcherly." Married Capt. Crosby Topham, lived in Norfolk after war.

B, CBI, NR, MB, PE, WDIM

Turner, Cecil

Deceased husband of Poppy Turner. An unmitigated cad and waster until death removed him after a year of marriage. Spent his final days in a home for alcoholics.

NR, JC, WDIM

Turner, Poppy

Resided at The Hollies in Northbridge with her two nieces, Betty and "Mrs. Turner's other niece." A sprightly and energetic widow. Ran communal kitchen during war. Harold Downing was attracted, but was prevented from marrying her first by his dominant landlady's possessiveness (Miss Pemberton) and then by his belief that his studious life was not suited for Mrs. Turner. Mrs. Turner lived with Betty and her husband after war, but returned to Northbridge and married Downing in 1953.

CBI, NR, MB, PE, JC, WDIM, DA

Twicker

Gardener for the Keiths. Married the Keiths' old Nannie. Name is spelled "Twitcher" in some books. Dead by time of LAA.

SH, PE, WDIM, LAA

Twicker, Nannie

The Keiths' Nannie. Married the gardener before the war. Thought poorly of her own grown children because they weren't gentry.

SH, GU, LAR, OBH, DD, WDIM, ESR, LAA

Van Dryven, Woolcott Jefferson

Wealthy American who married Betty Dean. He "looks after his money and does a spot of archaeology." Had a Classical Excavation diploma from U. of Pittsburgh.

BL, PE, LAR, WDIM, LAA

Verger

Dean Crawley's butler.

PE, WDIM, DA, 3S&T

Vidler

Poulterer in Northbridge.

NR, PBO, WDIM

Vidler, Mrs.

Northbridge shopkeeper. Sister-in-law of the poulterer, probably the aunt of Mrs. Hubback of Little Misfit.

WDIM, ESR

Villars, Rev. Gregory

b. 1886. Vicar of Northbridge. Former headmaster of Coppin's School. Canon of Barchester by LAX

SH, CBI, NR, GU, MB, PE, CC, JC, WDIM, DA, CQ, LAA

Villars, Verena

b. 1892. Wife of Rev. Gregory Villars, vicar of Northbridge. Typical languid, middle-aged, attractive Thirkell heroine. Had "a bit of a heart." Two sons.

SH, CBI, NR, GU, MB, PE, DD, JC, WDIM, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Ward, Sister

Nurse "Wardy," who shared an apartment with Sisters Heath and Chiffinch.

DH, MB, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, CQ, 3S&T

Waring, Cecil

Cousin and heir of Sir Harry Waring. Brother of Leslie. Parents had been killed in an accident. Lt. Commander in Royal Navy. Tall and spare with hawk's nose and light blue eyes. Had a bit of shrapnel in him from D-Day, which came loose, but he was rushed to Barchester Hospital by Cora Palliser, whom he later married. Inherited Beliers Priory, farmed the land, also started a prep school for naval orphans.

GU, LAR, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, CQ, LAA

Waring, Gen. Sir Harry

(1866-1949) Resident of Beliers Priory before war. Son George (deceased), wife Harriet. Was in 408th Regt. in Boer War and WWI. Although he had been a general, he hated making tough decisions. Lived in servants' quarters during war while most of the Priory was a convalescent hospital. Died by the time of DD.

GU, MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, WDIM, ESR, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Waring, Lady Harriet

(1878-1949) Wife of Gen. Sir Harry Waring. Tall and distinguished. Competent, hard-working, intelligent and well educated. Never truly recovered from the death of her son in 1918.

GU, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, WDIM, CQ

Waring, Plantagenet Cecil

b.1952. Son of Sir Cecil and Lady Cora Waring. At first mention called Harry.

HR2, JC, WDIM

Wheeler

Aunt of housemaid at Pomfret Towers. Figured in an amusing story about a folding fire escape at Pomfret Towers. Apparently also the aunt of Bill Wheeler.

PT, WDIM

Wheeler

"Old Wheeler," a Keith retainer at Northbridge.

PE, WDIM

Wheeler, Bill

"Wheeler's cousin" at Little Misfit, the only man who really understood the Pomfret Towers chimneys. "Old Wheeler" of the Pomfret estate.

PT, HM, LAR, OBH, CC, HR2, JC, WDIM, CQ, LAA

Wheeler, Sarah (S.)

Nurse-housekeeper for Beltons at Harefield House. Only grudgingly admitted to having a first name; the Beltons only knew the initial "S." The Sarah was extracted by Government Officialdom. Aunt of Ellen Humble.

HM, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, WDIM

Wheeler, Sid

Landlord of the Nabob's Head in Harefield.

HM, LAR, HR2, WDIM

Wickham

b.1898. Middle-aged naval man invalided out after Dunkirk. Acted as estate agent for Noel Merton at Northbridge Manor. Known as "Wicks." Was a farmer between service in both wars. An avid birdwatcher with a remarkable capacity to absorb alcohol, large quantities of which were sent him by naval friends all over the world. Nephew of Mr. Johns, publisher. Proposed to and was refused by Effie Arbuthnot, Isabel Dale, and Margot Phelps (in each case the refusal was a great relief!)

PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Wickham

Uncle of Wickham (the Mertons' estate agent) over Chaldicotes way. Died and left Wicks £600 a year. Supposedly a brother of Wickham's mother, but unless she married a Wickham that doesn't seem right. Possibly a brother-in-law?

WDIM

Wicklow, Alice

b.1944. Daughter of Roddy and Alice Wicklow. Attended Barchester High School, planned to be a vet.

PE, OBH, WDIM, LAA

Wicklow, Guy

b.1941. Son of Roddy and Alice Wicklow. Planned to enter forestry.

PE, OBH, WDIM, LAA, 3S&T

Wicklow, Phoebe

b.1943. Daughter of Roddy and Alice Wicklow. Planned to attend art school.

PE, OBH, WDIM, LAA, 3S&T

Wicklow, Roddy

Son of Mr. Wicklow of Barton and Wicklow, Architects. Assistant estate agent to Mr. Hoare at Pomfret Towers, later took over the estate himself. Big, good-natured, he married Alice Barton and became invaluable assistant to his brother-in-law Giles, Lord Pomfret. Wounded in leg, which kept him out of most of war, but returned to fight in Belgium near war's end.

PT, B, BL, CBI, MH, GU, HM, MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, DD, WDIM,  ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Wicklow, Sally

b.1914. Daughter of Mr. Wicklow the architect. Enthusiastic outdoorswoman who loved horses and dogs, "the best hands in the county." Married Giles Foster, who became Lord Pomfret, and took much of the burden of duties over from him because of his poor health. Children Ludovic, Emily, Giles. Conscientious and hard-working, she was on every important committee during and after the war.

PT, B, CBI, MH, HM, MB, PBO, PE, LAR, OBH, CC, DD, HR2, JC, WDIM, ESR, NTL, DA, CQ, LAA, 3S&T

Yardley

Maths master at prep school attended by Ludovic, Lord Mellings. Produced the school plays.

WDIM

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