Elizabeth Kemp-Welch 1906-2000
Eliabeth "Betty" Kemp-Welch was
born 14 Jul 1906 in Cadogan Gardens England daughter of Brian Charles Durant Kemp-Welch and Verena Georgina Venour. Elizabeth
was 3rd great granddaughter of Martin Kemp shipping magnate in Poole England. Elizabeth married Captain Peter Kenward 1932
in St Margaret's, Westminster, England. They had one known child James. Elizabeth & Peter divorced in 1942.
KENWARD, who has died aged 94, was better known as the columnist "Jennifer" whose "Diary" indefatigably chronicled the social
activities of the English upper classes for almost half a century. Jennifer's Diary appeared first in Tatler, then Queen and
then Harpers & Queen. In tone it was somewhat suggestive of the ramblings of a retired nanny obsessed with "Society" -
and indeed at one stage Mrs Kenward, who came from minor landed stock, had worked as a "dame" (or house matron) at Eton. Her
claimed advantage over her competitors was her entree into exclusive parties, which she achieved mainly because of her fathomless
discretion and her determination never to speak ill of anyone - save only, perhaps, of her avowed enemy Margaret, Duchess
of Argyll. Heavily powdered and immaculate in pearl choker and kid gloves, her lacquered honey-coloured hair drawn back into
a stiff bouffant held in place with a distinctive velvet bow, Betty Kenward would sail through social gatherings like a pocket
battleship, never missing anyone she considered important. "I have long believed Mrs Kenward to be the second finest reporter
in Britain after Max Hastings," a Daily Express columnist once wrote. Her unorthodox punctuation and bland reportage may have
attracted a certain ridicule, but her persistence and accuracy always won a degree of admiration. Celebrated for her claim
on Desert Island Discs, "I am a true Cockney, I was born in Cadogan Gardens", she was born Elizabeth Kemp-Welch on July 14
1906, the only daughter of Brian Kemp-Welch of Kineton, Warwickshire, from a family noticed in Burke's Landed Gentry. Her
father insisted that young Betty be educated by a governess, and she later attended a finishing school at Les Tourelles, Brussels.
She did not have an easy childhood; in her memoirs published in 1992 she revealed that her mother had had many affairs, the
dire social consequences of which had become apparent to Betty during her third term at finishing school. She had become friends
with a girl called Bunty with whom she hoped to share a room the next term; but when Bunty arrived back "she told me very
sweetly that her aunt would not let her share a room with me as my mother was living with a man who was not her husband".
Betty was "shattered, but it made me realise early on what a lot high standards mean in life". In 1932, Betty married, at
St Margaret's, Westminster, Captain Peter Kenward of the 14/20th Hussars. The next day the wedding received 106 lines in the
social page of The Daily Telegraph. Divorced in 1942, Betty Kenward was left to bring up her nine-year-old son, Jim. With
no obvious career prospects, she secured Jim's schooling at Winchester by working first, it is said, in a munitions factory,
and later as a dame for the Eton housemaster Cyril Butterwick. Jim Kenward, who would qualify as a chartered accountant and
later move to Canada, was to prove a constant source of inspiration for Jennifer's Christmastide greetings, though she admitted
that his children were less than enthusiastic about visits from strict "Granny London". During the Second World War, Betty
Kenward began writing a social column for Tatler after it had paid her 10s 6d for her account of a local flower show. Initially
entitled "On and Off Duty in Town and Country", the column changed its name in 1945 to "Jennifer's Diary" because the editor
thought Betty Kenward "looked like a Jennifer". In 1959 Jennifer moved to Jocelyn Stevens's rejuvenated Queen magazine which
in 1970 was amalgamated with Harpers Bazaar. She continued writing for Harpers & Queen until her retirement, aged 84,
in 1991. "Sometimes I wonder whether she keeps a tape-recorder hidden behind that bow of hers," the party-planner Lady Elizabeth
Anson once remarked. In fact, Betty Kenward would not even use a notebook but relied on her memory to produce lengthy lists
of the previous day's engagements. Her memory, as well as being efficient, was carefully selective; scandal had no place in
Jennifer's Diary. "If Betty wanted to be a different kind of reporter, by God she could write a column," observed Jocelyn
Stevens, her proprietor at Queen - though he recognised that "she knows it all in order not to print it". Remorselessly, she
stuck to an all but vanished view of the social order. Arrivistes - journalists, politicians (except Sir Ian Gilmour, Bt),
writers (except John Julius Norwich), advertisers and publishers - had no place in her column. While the landowning classes
capitulated to upwardly mobile executives and debutantes gave way to night-clubbing nymphettes, Jennifer's Diary remained
the last bastion of the structured pre-war class system. The shires were Jennifer's spiritual heartland; county families would
invite her to their weddings if for no other reason than that she had dutifully written up their parents' marriage ceremony
a quarter of a century before. It was from these county families that Jennifer drew most of her "dear friends", that privileged
few granted the special dignity of remaining nameless in her column. How close these friends were is a matter of some doubt.
"Although one reads of the dear friends," a colleague observed, "they don't really exist. She's not a very friendly person."
Certainly, Betty Kenward could prove insufferably snobbish and crotchety. Her telephone manner could be brusque towards anyone
she judged her social inferior, and she was prone to long-running feuds. Her notorious distaste for Margaret, Duchess of Argyll
dated from 1963 when the judge presiding over the Duchess's divorce case branded her "wholly immoral" and "completely promiscuous".
The Duchess sullied Jennifer's Diary no more. Less easily explicable was Betty Kenward's grievance against Peter Townend,
the social editor of Tatler from the late 1960s. Whenever she found herself attending the same party as Mr Townend, it was
a matter of some principle that she must be placed on the top table while he sat with the press. Least auspicious of Mrs Kenward's
rows was that with Antony Armstrong-Jones. When working as society photographer on Queen magazine, he once made the mistake
of approaching her at a function. "My photographers never speak to me at parties," Mrs Kenward insisted testily. A year later,
Mr Armstrong-Jones (now the Earl of Snowdon) became engaged to Princess Margaret. On hearing the news, Betty Kenward is said
to have spent the afternoon in her office, kicking her waste paper basket disconsolately and intoning: "What a turn up this
is." Her column proved the ideal means of revenge. For many years, she described the royal couple's presence at parties without
mentioning Lord Snowdon's name; for example: "Princess Margaret; her husband," and then the name of some eligible male. She
was also notably prickly when dealing with young staff; few of her secretaries lasted longer than four months. Her ideal secretary
had to be smart enough to know what Jennifer was talking about, but not so smart that she would appear at the same parties.
Clergymen's daughters were ideal, but by the mid-1980s the right sort were in short supply. Betty Kenward's requirements for
her secretaries were strict; they must write with pens, not ball-points; they should not have red hair or smoke, and they
should not be Irish - unless, of course, they hailed from the Ascendancy. One advertisement sought a girl with "no, repeat
no, ambitions to write". There were, though, some perks. Secretaries were released from their duties at lunchtime every Friday,
to ensure that they arrived at country house parties before nightfall. Secretaries quickly learned that "Mrs K" always travelled
first-class by train and insisted on travelling with her back to the engine because, oblivious to the end of the steam era,
she explained, "otherwise one gets so dirty". The key to Betty Kenward's extraordinary mental processes lay in her writings.
They were ostensibly a dull catalogue of names and places, as for instance in an extract from a description of the aftermath
of a Harrow School Songs concert at the Albert Hall: "I stayed on for supper in the Boissier box, where, besides Mr and Mrs
Roger Boissier, I met his brother and sister-in-law Mr and Mrs Martin Boissier, and their attractive daughter Miss Susan Boissier;
their cousins Mr and Mrs Peter Boissier, and their sons Commander Paul Boissier, who commands a submarine, with his wife Susie;
and Mr John Boissier, and his wife Annie. Also Roger and Bridget Boissier's son Mr Rupert Boissier, and Miss Isabelle Barratt.
Sadly Roger and Bridget Boissier's daughter Miss Clare Boissier was not present as she is in New Zealand." But behind such
bathos lay a secret code full of prejudices, careful omissions and damning phrases which only the keen student of her column
could ever hope to comprehend. Another feature of Betty Kenward's copy was the idiosyncratic system of punctuation she developed,
in particular her pointed use of the semi-colon and the comma. In lists of those who attended a party, the Royal Family and
others of special importance would be cordoned off from the lowly with a semi-colon, and even in mid-sentence the Queen, received
an honorary comma. Adjectives were carefully graded. Party hostesses were always "generous", "tireless" and "extremely pretty".
Anyone vaguely pulchritudinous was "pretty"; plain debutantes and ugly brides were "radiant" or at least "spirited"; in the
most desperate cases, Jennifer would describe their "beautiful dress" instead. In the open-plan Harpers & Queen office,
only Betty Kenward and her two assistants were graced with a special room, which looked like a Wendy House, with a curtained
port-hole. Driven to work by her indulgent chauffeur - "dear Peter" - Betty Kenward would make a brief appearance before lunching
at Claridge's. After spending an afternoon filing her copy for the previous evening, she would generally go on to attend a
nightly average of two cocktail parties and one formal dinner. Although Betty Kenward was only paid a small retainer by her
employers, she enjoyed an impressive expense account. Her clothes, her food, her travel and even her pied-a-terre in Hill
Street, Mayfair, were for many years provided and maintained for her. Even when quite seriously ill, Betty Kenward never failed
to produce her copy. She would write from her hospital bed about her "tireless" nurses and would attend functions a day after
enduring painful surgery. Betty Kenward was appointed MBE in 1986. She never married again, though she claimed that "three
kind gentlemen" had asked for her hand in marriage. Her son survives her. - From the London Daily Telegraph http://www.nysocialdiary.com/archive/kenwardobit.html
John Kemp-Welch 1810-1885
John Kemp-Welch was born 27 Jun 1810 in Poole, Dorset,
England son of Martin Kemp-Welch & Elizabeth Watts. John married Maria Ransford Cooper (1816-1885 )they had eleven children.
John was grandson to Martin Kemp (1723-1772).
John was a Merchant of London residing at Clapham Common.
John Kemp-Welch along with partner William Evill bought the J. Schweppe & Co, extending the product range to include
flavoured soda drinks such as lemonade.
1885 John Kemp-Welch dies which precipitated the formation of Schweppes as
a limited company the following year, 1886.
John moved to Sopley 1868 where he bought the Estate. He was well known
throughout England, a non-conformist, one of his last acts was opening the Bazaar at the Wesleyan
Schools in Poole.
Kemp-Welch died on 28 Jan 1885 in Christchurch, Hampshire, England.
John Kemp-Welch (Sir) 1936-
John Kemp-Welch was born 31 Mar 1936 England to Peter
Wellsbourne Kemp-Welch & Peggy Penelope Hunter. John married Diana Elizabeth Leishman 1 Jul 1964 England. John & Diana
have one known child.
Sir John KEMP-WELCH is the 4th great grandson of Martin KEMP (1723-1772).
was bestowed on John Kemp-Welch, Chairman of the Stock Exchange and Chairman of the King's Medical Research Trust, for services
to financial regulation and services.
John joined BDC Venture Capital in January 1997. He has over twenty years of
investment management experience with early stage technology companies. From 1987 to 1997, John held progressively senior
investment management positions at Innovation Ontario Corporation; a venture capital firm involved in early stage technology
investments. In that role, he worked closely with the board and management of over thirty early stage technology companies.
From 1981 to1986, John was an investment manager with the Ontario Energy Corporation, which invested in a variety of energy-related
technology and oil and gas companies. In addition to CPAS, John is currently on the Board of three other BDC portfolio companies.
John Kemp-Welch holds Bachelor degrees in both Economics and Geography from McMaster University.
Stock Exchange, partner in Cazenove and Co, stockbrokers.
Senior Investment Manager
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK OF CANADA
Since 1997, John Kemp-Welch has been an Investment Manager in the Venture
Capital Division of
the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). Mr. Kemp-Welch is one of five Investment
in the Toronto office responsible for BDC’s venture capital activities in Ontario. The
Venture Capital Division
of BDC, one of the largest venture capital funds in Canada, focuses on
identifying and financing high-growth-potential
Mr. Kemp-Welch has over 19 years of experience with early-stage technology companies and has
held progressively senior investment management positions at Innovation Ontario Corporation
and the Ontario Energy
In addition to Kaval, Mr. Kemp-Welch serves on a number of other BDC portfolio companies
KEMP-WELCH, knighted 1999. Director HSBC Holdings since 2000. Chairman, London Stock Exchange 1994-2000 (Director 1991-2000)
born 31st March 1936. Son of Peter Wellesbourne Kemp-Welch, OBE and Peggy Penelope Kemp-Welch. Married 1964 Diana Elizabeth
Leishman, one son and three daughters. Educated Abberley Hall, Worcs. Winchester College.
Employment :- Hoare & Co
1954-58. Cazenove & Co 1959-94 (Jt Sen Partner 1980-94) Chairman Scottish Eastern Investment Trust 1994-99 (Dir 1993-99).
Lowland Investment Co 1993-97 (Dir 1963-97). Claridges Hotel 1995-97. Martin Currie Portfolio Investments Trust 1999-2000.
Director Savoy Hotel 1985-98. Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Group 1994-99. British Invisibles 1994-98. Pro Share 1995-97.
Dep Chairman Financial Reporting Council 1994-2000. Director SFA 1994-97. Accoundancy Foundation 2000-01. Member City Capital
Markets Committee 1989-94. Panel on Takeovers and Mergers 1994-2000. Member Stock Exchange 1959-86. Vice Pres Federation of
European Stock Exchanges 1996-98. Member Exec Cttee, Federation Internationale des Bourses de Valeurs 1994-98. President Investor
Relations Soc 1994-2000. Securities Industry Mgt Assoc 1994-. Member Lord Mayor of London”s City No 1 Consultancy
1994-2000. Council London First 1994-96. President Reed”s School Foundation Appeal 2003- Oct 2004. Governor Ditchley
Foundation 1980-. North Foreland Lodge Sch 1980-92. Chm Kings Med Res Trust 1991- (Trustee 1984-). Trustee KCH special Trustees
1997-99. KCH Charitable Trust 1998-99. Trustee and Mem Council Game Conservancy Trust 1990-94 (Hon Res Fellow 1998-). Mem
Adv Council PYBT 1996-2000. Trustee Sandford St Martin Trust 1994-99. Dulverton Trust 1994- (Dep Chm Finance 2001-). Farmington
Trust 2002-. St Pauls Knightsbridge Foundn 2002-. Chm Lucy Kemp-Welch Meml Trust 1965-. Memb Highland Soc of London 1992-.
Hon FSI (MSI 1992, FSI 1996). CCMI (CBIM 1984). FRSA 1989. Hon DBA London Guildhall Univ 1998. Joseph Nickerson Heather Award,
Joseph Nickerson Heather Improvement Foundn. 1988. Recreations :- The hills of Perthshire. Country Life. City of London history.
Cricket nostalgia. Champagne and Claret. Lucy Kemp-Welch paintings. Heather moorland management.
Address 4 Park Place,
St James”s SW1A 1LP London.
Clubs White”s, City of London, Pilgrims, MCC, Essex.
Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch 1869-1958
Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch was
born 20 Jun 1869 in Bournemouth, Dorset, England to Edwin Buckland Kemp-welch and Elizabeth Oakes. Lucy never married but
lead a very prolific life.
She studied art at the school run by von Herkomer in Bushey, Hertfordshire. She has left
a vivid record of Herkomer's rather extreme behaviour, his irascibility, sarcasm, and severity. Happily she also records another
facet of his character-his unstinting encouragement of what he regarded as promising work Lucy Kemp-Welsh regarded Herkomer
as her mentor, and when his health started to deteriorate shortly before the First World War, she became principal of his
She was an animal painter, largely of horses, and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1894. From the standpoint
of the early 21" century it appears incomprehensible that Lucy Kemp-Welsh, like a number of other highly-talented women painters
was not elected even an Associate of the Royal Academy.
One of her pictures "Colt hunting in the New Forest" was purchased
by the Chantrey Bequest for the nation. She became the first president of the Society of Animal Painters, formed in 1914,
was a member of The Pastel Society from 1917, and a member of the Royal and British Colonial Society from 1920.
the First World War in 1921 Miss Kemp-Welch exhibited at the Paris Salon, and was awarded a bronze medal, in the following
year exhibiting again at the Salon, and was awarded 5 silver medal. In 1938 she had a one-woman exhibition in Bond Street
She was born on the 20th June 1869. Her father, Edwin Buckland Kemp-Welch, was a partner in the family firm of solicitors
of Watt and Kemp-Welch of Poole, and the Kemp-Welchs lived first at Beaumont and then Branksome Terrace before moving to a
house called 'Dinmore' in Westbourne in 1879.
In 1884 Lucy's grandfather died, 'Woodlands' was sold and Lucy's Aunt
Janet moved to Weston-Super-Mare. Over the next few years Lucy's father began to succumb to the tuberculosis that had dogged
him for some years, and he eventually died in 1888. Soon afterwards Lucy's mother's health broke down, and in 1890 the family
followed Aunt Janet to Weston-Super-Mare. Now Lucy's ambitions to further her artistic ambitions changed up a gear: her aunt
encouraged both her and her sister to follow the example of a cousin and study at Hubert Herkomer's art school at Bushey in
Hertfordshire, and to this end the sisters sent an application in, only to be rejected with the advice that they should improve
their drawing at a local art school. The advice was taken, and the two sisters spent a year at the School of Art back in Bournemouth,
and on re-applying for places at Herkomer's, both were accepted.
The school in Bushey where Lucy was to really get
to grips with her studies was run by Hubert Herkomer, a member of the Royal Academy and an artist who specialised in social
realist pictures that did not flinch from showing the harsher side of Victorian life. Herkomer encouraged his students to
develop their own styles and a certain Bohemian atmosphere permeated the school. However, the students were expected to work
hard and submit their work to a weekly session of criticism under the eyes of Herkomer himself. Lucy flourished in this atmosphere:
in 1895 she presented Herkomer with a 4ft by 8ft canvas entitled Gypsy Horse Drovers, and her mentor was so impressed by her
efforts that he told her to send it to the Royal Academy, where it was duly accepted and hung in the exhibition of that year.
Two years later and her exhibit Colt Hunting in the New Forest was to cause a sensation.
With the triumph of 'Colt
Hunting' Lucy's career blossomed. Commissions streamed in and her reputation as a painter of horses went from strength to
strength. In 1915 J M Dent published an edition of Black Beauty illustrated by Lucy that sold in its tens of thousands and
brought her work to the attention of a new generation of horse lovers. Nor was Lucy content to rest on her laurels. At the
end of the 1914-18 War, Lucy's increasing interest in light and colour, her 'discovery' of the Impressionists, especially
Monet, and a trip to Cornwall in 1919, saw her work taking on a new vibrancy, her brush marks a greater freedom. Her subject-matter
gradually expanded from her staple of working horses and wild ponies to include the world of the circus, a subject that artists
like Edward Seago and Laura Knight were also captivated by during the 20s and 30s.
Lucy lived on until 1958. She died
aged 89, a largely forgotten figure, her work ignored by the snootier critics as being old-fashioned and not challenging enough
to be regarded as 'important'. Yet the pendulum swings, and today, thanks to the efforts of a small band of admirers that
includes art historians and dealers, not to mention several avid collectors, Lucy's remarkable talent is slowly being rediscovered.
Certainly her story could serve as an early example of the 20th century's gradual recognition that women could have a career:
Lucy Kemp-Welch emerged from a middle-class background in Bournemouth at a time when women could aspire to little more than
marriage and child-rearing to become one of the greatest animal painters Britain has ever produced.
Kemp-Welch died in 1958.
Notes: This article was taken from the September 2000 issue of Dorset magazine.
Martin Kemp-Welch 1804-1887
Martin Kemp-Welch was born on the 15th of
July 1804 to Martin Kemp-Welch and Elizabeth Watts. Martin married Elizabeth Sophia Forrest in 1827.
He was a prominent
local educational pioneer and was strongly interested in the movement for parliamentary reform. He was one of the chief founders
of the Poole Gas Company which was largely responsible for providing the town's water supply. As clerk to the Christchurch
Temple Co. he provided the money to obtain an Act of Parliament to erect a bridge from Poole to Cherbourg and provided the
first telegraph line between Poole and Bournemouth. At his own expense two schools were opened in Leyland St. The citizens
of Poole showed their appreciation of his services by electing him alderman in 1874 and Mayor in 1874/5. He died at "Woodlands",
Parkstone in 1884.
Martin 1804 was a Solicitor at Poole Corporation and in partnership with
Solicitor John Durrant. He was solicitor for the "Poole Bridge Bill" in
1833, Clerk to the Peace 1836 and Mayor 1873/4.
He loved at "Woodlands",
Parkstone, Poole and died 1887. He had 3 known sons and two daughters.