Pictures of the Busfield Family in the late 19th century

I have been lucky enough to have been donated a series of 3 photograph albums by John Clarke. John’s great aunt Marion was married to Major Johnson Atkinson Busfield who was born in 1875 and died in 1960. Major Busfield was a grumpy old man in later life probably because of wounds suffered in the Boer war, but he left his estate to Hugo Ferrand and this wonderful collection of early photographs to the Clarke family. Some of the captions have not stuck so I describe. The picture below features Stafford Ferrand and his brother Amias in 1899, below that we have Rev. Dr. Johnson Atkinson Busfield and his wife Elizabeth (Priestley). Louisa Busfield and her cousin Victoria Crispin, Upwood House, Bingley, Walker Busfield and his wife from Somerset, and lastly the 3 Busfield cousins William, Johnson and William Harris, soon to become Ferrand.

Cousins at Upwood

Cousins at Upwood

J.A. Busfield & wife Elizabeth Priestley 1873 Louisa Busfield & Victoria Crispin Nov. 1869 Upwood House Bingley 1872 Walker & Marianne Busfield 1873 WH Busfield (Ferrand) and cousins William & Johnson 1889

William Busfield (Ferrand) from 1890

William Busfield (Ferrand) from 1890

Caroline Busfield

Caroline Busfield

Louisa Busfield

Louisa Busfield

Aysgarth school 1891 soon after its opening in Newton-le-Willows

Aysgarth school 1891 soon after its opening in Newton-le-Willows

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Stafford Ferrand’s Military career

Stafford Ferrand, as you will see, on reading the article below, written by his son David, is quite remarkable. he entered the Great War in Jan 1915 as a Lieutenant and by the armistice had obtained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Read on:

Lieutenant-Colonel Stafford Hubert Ferrand DSO MC (1888-1975) youngest son of William Ferrand of St. Ives (1838-1927)

« Commissioned into the army as a regular soldier in July 1908, he joined the King’s Royal Rifle Corps (KRRC) and left for India with his Regiment December 1908. Returned to England in November 1914. The regiment marched from winchester to Southampton on 20 December 1914 to board a troop ship, arriving in France the following day, to join the British Expeditionary Force.

Stafford went to the trenches for the first time on 7 January 1915. Unfortunately, he became afflicted by frostbite in his feet, and was invalided back to England, returning to France in July 1915. Meanwhile, he had been promoted Captain in February 1915, and was awarded an M.C. for gallantry in the field in January 1916. He was promoted Major in August 1916 and acting Lieut. Colonel in December 1916 on being given command of the 11th battalion of the E. Yorkshire Regiment from Hull.

Stafford was awarded the DSO in the Birthday Honours of June 1919 for Distinguished Service in France and Flanders. He retired from the Army in 1926 and latterly lived in Spennithorne near Leyburn. »

Stafford would never talk about his experiences in the Great War, even to his family, having found the experience too horrific. I remember his display on his desk full of medals but Stafford would never explain the significance, preferring to change the subject on being questioned.

Ferrand of St. Ives


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Two Old Yorkshire Families


Above: Michael Ferrand & Sir Thomas Ingilby

I wanted to evoke the longstanding friendship between  the Ferrand and Ingilby families. The Ingilbys can trace their family lineage with certainty back to the 13th century, and whilst there is evidence to suggest that the Ferrands arrived from France during the reign of Henry 1 we can only trace the family with certainty since 1550. During the civil war, the Ingilby family was staunchly Royalist (read the story of the holding of Cromwell at musket point by the then Mrs. Ingilby on the Ferrands sat on the fence, though we suspect that Robert Ferrand and his son Benjamin leant towards the Parliamentarians. In both cases both families were lucky to escape, after the end of  the Restauration, with their estates still intact.

Both families have blessed to possess lads in idyllic settings. there a few views more beautiful and impressive than that from the mansion of St. Ives, or from the top of the golf course, in Yorkshire. Ripley Castle, largely unchanged since the 17th century, has justifiably been used for many a film set, and there are few more romantic settings that the author has had the pleasure to visit.

For the last 100+ years different generations of the families have enjoyed a close friendship. Billy Ferrand (the last Ferrand owner of St. Ives) and Bill Ingilby (4th Baronet) attended Eton College together and later shot game together and played Bridge 2-3 times per week. The shooting was of the highest standard, as Yorkshire, at the time, was reputed to possess the most « sporting » birds in Great Britain. The two gentlemen were inseperable ( we assume that the respective wives also had a close friendship) together with the then Lord Harewood and one or two others.

As a result, in spite of their 7 year age difference, Geoffrey Ferrand and Jos Ingilby (5th Baronet) carried on the family ties. Both, like their fathers, enjoyed field sportsand lawn tennis. Jos shared a complicity with Geoffrey with his courtship of Yorkshire beauty Kitty Stapylton and after Geoffrey’s death, Kitty returned to Yorkshire and renewed acquaintance with the Ingilbys.

Michael Ferrand and Thomas Ingilby are exactly the same age. Both attended Aysgarth School near Bedale and continued their education together at Eton College. Michael and his sister spent many happy summer holidays at Ripley, and were very happy to welcome Thomas on many occasions to the family home in Scotland. Thomas became Sir Thomas

Sir Thomas Ingilby 3/2/2013

Sir Thomas Ingilby 3/2/2013

much too soon and assumed the responsibility of running the castle and estates at a very early age, something Michael, thanks to Billy’s selling of St. Ives between the wars, has never had to do.

The photograph shows the reunion of Thomas and Michael 40 years after leaving Eton. Long may the friendship between the two families continue!


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Opening of St Ives Visitor’s center 6 of October 2012

« The big event was the official opening of the new visitor centre and herb garden. The guest of honour was Michael Ferrand, head of the family that owned St Ives from 1636 to 1928 and built most of the estate that we see today … »

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« Located near Bingley in West Yorkshire, St Ives Estate is a country park of 500 acres belonging to Bradford Metropolitan District Council with Public access to a large part of the area… Sources : « Friends of St Ives »

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Opening of St. Ives Visitor’s centre and Herb Garden 6/10/12

Opening of St. Ives Visitor’s centre and Herb Garden 6/10/12

by Michael C.W. Ferrand


Opening of St. Ives Visitor’s centre and Herb Garden 6/10/12

The Speech…


I would like to thank the “Friends of St. Ives” for inviting me to open this magnificent visitor’s centre and nascent herb garden. I am deeply honoured and touched to be given this task, as, in my opinion, the Ferrand family left St. Ives and the area in rather inglorious circumstances. More later, – however, with more than 80 years of hindsight the decision to sell up and leave was absolutely the right one. How happy, St. Ives’ most famous resident, WBF, would have been to know that his beloved estate can now be enjoyed by the whole community. WBF was a great sportsman and he certainly would have derived much pleasure from knowing that golf, archery, equine sports and, no doubt, many others could be enjoyed on his doorstep. As an M.P., WBF was a man ahead of his times, and he would have appreciated that in today’s world, the countryside must be respected and shared by all. I am the great, great grandson of the last Ferrand resident of St. Ives. This is the 4th time I have visited the estate, and I find the grounds magical, full of atmosphere and I am falling in love with the place as have many of my ancestors before me.

The original St. Ives was, of course, a house in the valley and this house was called Harden Grange. At the end of the 18th century, Benjamin Ferrand, desirous of a rather grander residence, and appreciating the peace and calm of Harden, decided to swap the names and build and develop on this site. Benjamin died a bachelor in his 70s, and left an extensive and precise will, which determined the owners of the estate for the next 100 years. His nephew Edward and his wife Frances lived at St. Ives, which was a large house near Bingley Grammar School,  for over 30 years, and they gradually made improvements to the estate. When Edward died in 1837, the estate was inherited by his sister, Sarah, who was married to Currer Fothergill Busfeild, and who had lived in nearby Cottingley Bridge in relative poverty. Such were their circumstances that their eldest son, William, was brought up by his uncle Walker Ferrand who lived at Harden Grange. When Sarah inherited the estate, having changed her name from Busfeild to Ferrand, she embarked on a spending spree. Sarah bought much expensive furniture and installed the stained glass windows, which are now installed in the south part of the mansion. Sarah entertained liberally and there are accounts of guests passing a few felicitous weeks at St. Ives in the 1840s.

Upon Sarah’s death in 1854, the estate was inherited by her son, William. William’s relationship with his mother was, at best, turbulent and, we believe, one of his first acts was to destroy the portrait of his mother painted by the famous Bradford artist, Robert Simpson R.A. William not only inherited the St. Ives estates but also Harden Grange which he inherited from his uncle Walker Ferrand. By this stage, William had married his second wife, Fanny, daughter of Lord Blantyre. William was comfortably installed in Harden and now had the money to create a true mansion worthy of a gentleman M.P. He therefore demolished the old St. Ives in the valley and changed the name of this house, Harden Grange, to St Ives and continued to live here whilst embarking on lavish alterations and extensions. We believe that it was William and Fanny who built the original herb garden, greenhouses and the various walks that surround the mansion and the estate. He and his family evidently loved the estate and we believe that the mansion was often used for entertaining fellow M.P.s and local gentry. William was a large bearded gentleman with a loud voice, fiery temper and a sense of humour.

When William Busfeild Ferrand M.P. (he also had to change his name) died in 1889, the estate passed to his nephew also called William Ferrand. I know little of my great, great grandfather except that I believe that he was, like his father, who was chairman of the governors of Bingley Grammar School for 25 years, somewhat of an academic, specialising in the law. He held a senior position with Leeds Crown court at the end of the 19th century. Like many others, the estate suffered at the beginning of the 20th century and worse was to come with the outbreak of the Great War. The War wiped out a whole generation of young men, and by 1919 the world was a very different place. Not least of the problems was finding labourers for the estate, but most estates were losing money and because of losses during the War, high taxes and a general feeling that the end of the world was nigh, half the estate was sold in 1919. William was in his 80s when he died in 1926.

Up till the middle of the 19th century, all the Ferrands had been educated at Bingley Grammar School, which had been subsidised by the family in return for them choosing the vicar who was also the headmaster. His eldest son, William Harris Ferrand, had been educated at Eton and Christ Church Oxford, where he had met many of his friends. William Harris had lived in Harrogate for many years to be near his great friends and fellow bridge players, Lord Harwood, who was married to the princess Royal, and Bill Ingleby of Ripley Castle. He was steward of York Racecourse and lived for Field Sports. He was reputed to be one of the 3 best shots in Yorkshire. When his father died, William Harris was in his 50s, his life was very comfortable and why should he change everything to come and live in a cold, expensive house with all the incumbent responsibilities? For him, the only attraction was the grouse moor which, as an excuse, he said was being ruined by the increasing population of Airdale enjoying their walks on his land and scaring the grouse! He helped himself to all the best furniture and porcelaine, auctioned all the goods and chattels and sold the mansion and estate to Bingley Municipal council in 1929. My father, who was brought up by his grandfather, spoke little of St. Ives, probably because his grandfather, in his heart of hearts was a little shameful of having sold the family seat for hundreds of years. They rarely, if at all, returned to Bingley. One man’s loss is another’s gain, and how wonderful that thanks to my great grandfather’s egotism this magical estate can be enjoyed by all.

Since 1929, I know that the mansion and estate have known some ups and downs, but now they are definitely on the up. What a joy that the some seriously handicapped patients in the mansion can enjoy the grounds and, thanks to the “Friends”, the rest of the estate can give so much pleasure to so many. I am delighted that the visitor’s centre can inform all of the history of St. Ives. I am equally glad that the herb garden can transport visitors back in time to appreciate 19th century plants. I am sure that WBF, Fanny and their family are smiling at the resurrection of the estate thanks to the dedication and hard work of ALL the volunteers.

With these few thoughts, I am happy to declare the visitor’s centre and herb garden open!

Michael C.W. Ferrand


Stephen, David Ferrand, Kath, Peter, Pam, Deputy Lord Mayor and his wife, Michael Ferrand and Susan

Ferrand Family Tree

William Harris Ferrand, Christopher Ferrand, Nanny, Geoffrey Ferrand

Amias Ferrand, Stafford Ferrand, Noel Hanbury, Dick Woodman, Geoffrey Ferrand (St Ives, August 1921)

Emily (Lily) Harris-Ferrand

Christopher Ferrand and Rosemary Ferrand-Baker-Cresswell (Wedding 1953, Embleton)

Ferrand Family Tree WHF v1

William Harris Ferrand

Ferrand Family Tree Hudig to WF

William Harris & Emily-Mary Ferrand

Ferrand Family Tree OP branch

Michael, Christopher, Camilla, Hugh and Rosemary Ferrand (1971) Scotland

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Original granting of Arms to William Ferrand by Queen Elizabeth 1 1586

Original granting of Arms to William Ferrand by Queen Elizabeth 1 1586

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The Story of Captain Crispin by MCW Ferrand

  Sarah Ferrand, heiress of St. Ives estate from 1837, and Currer Fothergill Busfield had 13 children. Her 7th daughter, Caroline was probably born in 1824 and unlike 4 of her sisters grew to adulthood. On 15 April 1845, she married Captain William Crispin R.N. A.D.C. to H.M. Queen Victoria and Master of the Royal Yacht. On 13 February 1846 Caroline died giving birth to twin daughters, one of whom survived to adulthood. It is said that Queen Victoria was so saddened by the death of Caroline that she wanted to adopt the 2 little girls as her own, but was persuaded not to proceed by her advisors. Instead she and the Prince Consort stood sponsors of the twins and the attached photograph is the Christening cup offered by the royal Couple.

Stories differ as to what happened to the daughters, one story leads to believe that the twin daughters were separated; one, Albertina, being brought up by a catholic family in Northamptonshire, and the other, Victoria Caroline was brought up by a family in Devon close to where her father retired latterly. A more plausible story is that the daughters were brought up near where their father lived in West Lulworth, Doset. In any case Albertina died just before her 14th birthday, in 1862, and is buried in West Lulworth cemetry next to her mother and Grandfather. History relates that Victoria, married Valentine O’Connor and had offspring, one of whom, William, moved to Minnesota, USA, in 1891.

MCW Ferrand

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