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Famous Clemitsons ...

John Graham Lough 1798-1876.  Son of William & Barbara Clemitson, John Graham Lough came to London in 1824 to study the Elgin Marbles at the British Museum.   He created the colossal statue of Milo of Croton, which so impressed London society that it brought him scores of patrons and established his career.

Other famous works by Lough include a statue of Lord Collingwood in Tynemouth, and the bronze George Stephenson memorial of 1863, near the High Level Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne.  He died in 1876, and is buried in Kensal Green cemetery, London.

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Statue of George Stephenson - Photograph by Jacqueline Banerjee
Statue of George Stephenson

Robert Midgley Clemitson, Teacher, school administrator, and farmer.

Robert Midgley Clemitson, 1843-95, son of Thomas Clemitson & Sarah Midgley, from "branch 1" of the family, left Hexham in the 1860s, and settled in Canada, where he was instrumental in the establishment of the settlement of Grande Prairie, now known as Westwold.

Further reading on Grande Prairie & Westwold - "Quelle Grande Prairie", Margaret Young, (Wayside Press, Vernon BC, 1994)

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Richard (Dick) Harrington Clemitson - the Clemitson Cup, 1.4.1905 - 8.11.1987.   Dick was born in Mafeking, South Africa, one of 12 children to Richard Lough Clemitson and Louisa (Fillmore). During the war years he worked as a fitter on naval guns in Durban, and subsequently moved to Bahrain together with his second wife Dolly and their young daughter Joyce, where he worked in the Oil industry.

He was an expert golfer, and presented the 'Clemitson Cup' to the Awali Golf Club, which is still awarded annually, to the player with the lowest net score during the season.

My thanks to Onny Martin of Awali for passing on this information.

Famous Clemitsons - first  Day Cover, with Admiral Clemitson's signature
First Day Cover, with Admiral Clemitson's signature

Rear Admiral Clemitson - Francis Edward Clemitson, 1899-1981, son of William David Clemitson and Helen Louisa Clemitson, from "branch 3" of the family, m 1933, Kathleen Farquhar Shand, two daughters.

He entered the Royal Navy as Cadet, 1917, where he was present as a midshipman, at the surrender of the German Fleet. He and rose through the ranks - Lieut (E), 1921; Commander (E), 1933; Capt. (E), 1943; Rear-Adm. (E), 1949; Deputy Engineer-in-Chief of the Fleet (Admin.), Admiralty, 1950–53.

He received the CB in 1952, retiring in October of the following year.

Ivor Malcolm Clemitson, politician and priest: 1931-97; ordained deacon 1958, priest 1959; Industrial Chaplain, St Albans diocese 1964-69; Director of Industrial Mission, Singapore diocese 1969-70; Research Officer, National Graphical Association 1971-74; MP (Labour) for Luton East 1974-79; married 1960 Janet Meeke (one son, one daughter); died 24 December 1997.    Obituary (The Independent)

Publication: A life to live.  Ivor Clemitson and George Rodgers; foreword, Neil Kinnock (Junction Books, 1981)

A stained glass window was installed St Mary's Church in Harlington in 2009 in his memory.

Famous Clemitsons - the Ivor Clemitson Window in St Mary's Church in Harlington - Photograph by Steve Goble -
The Ivor Clemitson window in St Mary's Church in Harlington
Lord Walton of Detchant
Lord Walton of Detchant
courtesy of the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre

Lord Walton of Detchant - Professor John Nicholas Walton, 1922 - 2016, grandson of Rebecca Esther Clemitson b.1848, was a leading neurologist and the only person to have been president of the British Medical Association, the Royal Society of Medicine and the General Medical Council during his career; he also served as Warden of Green College, Oxford, from 1983 to 1989.

Having been knighted in 1979, he was created a life peer on 24 July 1989 as Baron Walton of Detchant.

Obituary (Daily Telegraph)