Sunday, 6 August 2017

Old Photograph Fountain Market Street St Andrews Fife Scotland

Old photograph of a flower seller by the fountain on Market Street in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. Lady Catherine Melville ordered the erection of the fountain in 1880, in memory of her son George John Whyte Melville, a Victorian novelist and horseman, who was killed in a riding accident in 1878. George was born in 1821, at Mount Melville near St Andrews. He was a son of Major John Whyte Melville and Lady Catherine Anne Sarah Osborne and a grandson on his mother's side of the 5th Duke of Leeds. His father was a well known sportsman and Captain of St Andrews Golf Club. George was tutored privately at home by the young Robert Lee, then educated at Eton, entered the army in 1839, became captain in the Coldstream Guards in 1846 and retired in 1849. He married The Charlotte Hanbury Bateman in 1847, and they had one daughter, Florence Elizabeth, who went on to marry Clotworthy John Skeffington, 11th Viscount Massereene and 4th Viscount Ferrard. By a strange accident, Whyte Melville lost his life in 1878 whilst galloping quietly over a ploughed field in the Vale of White Horse. Having moved to Tetbury in Gloucestershire. England, in about 1875, the better to follow the Beaufort and V.W.H hunts, he was buried in the churchyard of St Mary's, Tetbury, within a few feet of his property, Barton Abbotts.

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