Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Georgina de Bellasis Bowen-Colthurst (1855 - 1921) - Irish

Georgina was born on 2nd March 1855 in Cork, Ireland.  Her parents were Alfred Greer and Peggy Bowen-Colthurst.   She married Robert Walter Travers Bowen-Colthurst on 15th August 1872 and the couple had four children:  Mary, John, Peggy and Robert.   They lived at Oakgrove and Dripsey Castle in Carrignamuck, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Georgina's WW1 Collection 'It is for Man to choose' was published by Elkin Mathews in 1920.  It was dedicated to the memory of her son, Robert Macgregor, who was born in 1883.  He was a Captain in the 1st Battalion Leinster Regiment and was killed in action on The Western Front.  The inscription read: 'To my grandson, Patrick, in memory of his dearly-loved father, killed at St. Eloi, 15th March 1915, in the World War.'

Captain Robert Macgregor Bowen-Colthurst is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in France.

Georgina died in 1921.

James (Jimmy) Taylor contacted me a few days ago to explain that Georgina was Irish and not Britsh, so I have corrected my list of female poets.  He very kindly sent me some of Georgina’s poems to share with you.  Jimmy Taylor is the official biographer of Georgina’s son John C. Bowen-Colthurst.

The poems are taken from 'Two Minutes' published in London in 1927 and co-written with Peggy Colthurst (1815 - 1880) and Mary B.C. Cottingham, Georgina's daughter.

The photograph of Georgina when she was presented at Court to the King and Queen is by kind permission of Georgina’s Granddaughter, Georgiana Sutherlin.