Marchioness of Lincolnshire/Lady Carrington

Welcome to the start of the Yellow trail in Wycombe Cemetery. You will now be standing at the Priory Road entrance.

Stop number YELLOW 1: There is no grave here for the Marchioness of Lincolnshire/Lady Carrington as she is bured elsewhere, but the Carrington family were not only involved in the establishment of this cemetery back in the 1850s but Lady Carrington was heavily involved in Red Cross fundraising during WW1 and was to lose her only son at the Front.

Standing at the cemetery gate read her story below and when you are ready to move on click on the dot/circle for Rev Baines.
Daws Hill House Wycombe Cemetery
Daws Hill House (SWOP RHW08374) Wycombe Cemetery (SWOP BFP06228)
Cecilia Wynn-Carrington, Marchioness of Lincolnshire 1856-1934

I was born Cecilia Margaret Harbord but I married, in 1878, Charles Robert Wynn-Carrington, Marquess of Lincolnshire. Thus I became the Marchioness of Lincolnshire. My husband and I lived in Australia between 1885-1890 where he was the Governor of New South Wales. We were highly respected there and the town of Harbord is named after me. But I am here today because this land was once Carrington owned land.

By the mid-1800s High Wycombe desperately needed somewhere new to bury their dead because the graveyard at All Saints Parish Church was completely full. An 1853 burial act meant that it was essential that a plot near the town could be found. So the then Lord Carrington sold this land for the cemetery in the early 1850s.

Although there are some Carrington cousins buried here (under the pink granite box tombs at the bottom of AB Con) members of our immediate family are either buried in the family vault at All Saints Parish Church or in our burial plot at Moulsoe which is our family seat in the north of the county.

We had five daughters before producing our only son and heir Viscount Wendover in 1895. He was educated at Eton and became a Lieutenant in the Royal Horse Guards. On 13th May 1915 (at what became known as the Second Battle of Ypres) my dearest son Lieutenant Albert Wynn-Carrington was badly wounded in his thigh and left arm during the charge of the “Blues” 10th Hussars and Essex Yeomanry near Ypres in Flanders. He was taken to Boulogne where they amputated his arm, but gangrene set in and he died on 19th May. We rushed to his bedside and were with him when he died. His body was brought back to England and he is buried at Moulsoe (where I will also be buried).

He was one of the last men to be brought back to this country for burial before the government changed the rules. It simply wasn't practicable or affordable for the repatriation of bodies in time of war. From then on all soldiers killed in action were buried in the locality of where they fell.

We were naturally distraught at his loss. He was our only much loved son, heir to the Carrington estates. However, we were determined to make sure that his memory would never be forgotten and Wendover Way, on the Rye, will be given to the town in his memory.

During the war I was the President of the Buckinghamshire branch of the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St John of Jerusalem. We campaigned vigorously for funds to support the provison of Red Cross hospitals and ambulances. The Wycombe branch raised sufficient funds for an ambulance boat for the river Tigris which was named 'The Wycombe Swan', and which was used to transport injured soldiers from the battle zones to medical units in Mesopotamia for treatment.

(My husband, Charles Robert Wynn-Carington, 1st Marquess of Lincolnshire KG GCMG PC DL JP was known as the Lord Carrington from 1868 to 1895, and as the Earl Carrington from 1895 to 1912. He was made a Knight of the Garter in 1906 and in 1912 he was further honoured when he was made Marquess of Lincolnshire. He died in 1928 at Daws Hill House ending this particular Carrington dynasty. The title passed to his brother.)

Please note that in the photo below I am wearing a cream summer dress ready for a summer garden party which was held just as WW1 was declared. After my son died I naturally went into black.

Lady Carrington researched by Sally Scagell and performed by Fi Bingham, Chesham Museum
Lady Carrington researched by Sally Scagell and performed by Fi Bingham, Chesham Museum

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