Author Archives: Liz Jack

Prince Bariatinsky’s Organ

Whilst transcribing some entries from the account books of Theodore Gwinnett, a Cheltenham solicitor,  I came across the following, dated 1809 April 26:

“Paid coachfare in London at different times to Portland Place, etc., making enquiries after Lord Kensington and others and also to Mr Frost, etc., respecting Prince Bariatinsky’s organ.”

Who was Prince Bariatinsky and what or where was his organ?  Does anyone know?


Happy New Year!

A Happy New Year to one and all.

Whilst browsing through the Gloucestershire Archives catalogue on the topic of New Year, I came across the letters written by Maynard W. Colchester-Wemyss of Westbury on Severn to the King of Siam, in the early part of the 20th century.  I found one which began:

“30th Dec. 1919


The day after tomorrow is New Year’s Day and I am reminded by the girls that the 1st January is your birthday, so I take the opportunity of wishing you many happy returns of it, and I sincerely hope the coming year will be a happy and pleasant year to yourself and a peaceful and prosperous one for Siam. “

He went on to discuss the state of Europe after the ending of the First World War.  Unfortunately, the response of the King of Siam is not included in the collection but the letters contain many interesting comments on local life as well as world affairs.  G.A. Ref:  D37/1.