Una Rawnsley

Female 1904 - 1984  (80 years)

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  • Name Una Rawnsley 
    Born 1904  Laleham, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened Crosthwaite Church, Keswick Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Life Story Una Rawnsley, daughter of Noel and Violet Rawnsley, was born at Staines, Middlesex, but grew up with her younger brothers at Weald Height, Seven Oaks, Kent, where she recalls riding their ponies around Knowle Castle and galloping over the long rides between ancient beech and oak trees. Riding was a Rawnsley tradition. As she put it "I never remember learning to ride; I always rode." One of Canon Rawnsley's brothers at the age of seventy, rode a horse that he bred himself in the local hunt "Point-to-Point" and won the race. At the time he was still Master of the Hounds.

    Una was christened by her grandfather, Canon Rawnsley, at Crosthwaite Church in Keswick, and throughout her childhood made frequent visits to him and his wife at Carlisle and their cottage "Dunnabeck". Amongst the Canon's poems as an affectionate one to her as a child. He delighted in the companionship of his grand-children and with them climbed the fells, rowed on the lake and bathed in the becks; while his wife Edith fostered their love of art. Una was especially gifted and when she grew up attended Polytechnic Art School and the Royal Academy School of Art. She also studied marble carving in Venice. Among her instructors were Jacob Epstein and Frank Calderon the famous animal artist. She exhibited frequently at the Royal Academy and Salon d'Autonne.

    With particular affection, she remembers the Canon's twin sister Frances who never had a day's illness and lived to 90. She was a great character, somewhat awe-inspiring to the young undergraduates who were invited to take tea on Sundays at her house in Oxford where she lived for many years with her sister Ethel. She was always most kind and financially generous to Una and her daughters in later years.

    In January 1926 Una married in St. Ethelburga's Church in the City of London, Anthony Henry Robert Culling Hanbury, of White Rouse, Stoke Green, Buckinghamshire, whose history is recorded elsewhere. He was then in his twenty-fourth year and a Member of the London Stock Exchange. For a while they lived in Kensington, London, where their two daughters were born, Diana on Sept.2/1927 and Jillian on August 11/1930, both being christened at St. Etherlburga's Church. In October, 1930, they moved into the country at "Derbyfield", North Warnborough, Hampshire, about 6 miles East of Basingstoke, where they enjoyed the possession of a large garden and stables for their own horses. Here, the girls became expert horsewomen, rode to hounds with their parents, and in the Summertime showed their horses.

    On the outbreak of World War II in 1939, Anthony joined up, becoming a Captain in the Royal Artillery; and early in 1940, Una decided to take the girls, then 13 and 10, out of England, going first to Canada where Diana was left in the Trafalgar School, Montreal (later transferring to the Riverbend School in Winnipeg) while Jillian continued on with her mother to Bermuda. There Diana joined them in 1941. Meanwhile Anthony, whose Army service had ended with the development of heart trouble, also joined the family in Bermuda early in 1941; but the separation had brought about an estrangement and after a few months he returned alone to London a divorce ensuing in 1945.

    In the Autumn of 1943, Diana, just turned 16, went back to school in Canada, at Branksome Hall, Toronto, Una and Jillian remaining in Bermuda until 1944 when they moved to Washington, D.C., living first with Robert Frost's daughter and then in Georgetown. For the next twelve years, Una made her home in Washington engaging in real-estate business in her own name and starting the movement to remodel the slums around Capitol Hill. As will be told presently, Diana went on from Canada to London University, while Jillian attended American schools and George Washington University. During these years, Una kept up an active interest in the Arts and in 1947, while the girls were away at school, spent several months among the Pueblo Indians of New Nexico, living in the Pueblo of San Ildefonso and studying their arts and mode of life.

    Realising that Washington was becoming her permanent home, she bought her own place, "The Trees", 5035 Eskridge Terrace, N.W., which is still her home. At about the same time, Una became an American citizen, Jillian later following her example in 1954; whereas Diana, whose schooling was almost entirely British, has remained a British subject.
    Also Known As Una Hanbury Coatsworth 
    Died 1984 
    Person ID I12812  Simpson & Elder
    Last Modified 21 May 2013 

    Father Noel Hardwicke Rawnsley,   b. 14 Dec 1880, Wray, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1952, Capri, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Violet Hilton Cutbill,   b. 19 Oct 1876,   d. 11 Apr 1967, Anacapri, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married Jul - Sep 1903  Bromley, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F518  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Anthony Henry Robert Culling Hanbury,   b. 23 Jul 1902, 'Sunnyside', Farnham Common, Bucks Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Jan 1926  St. Ethelburga's Church, City of London Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Diana Hanbury,   b. 2 Sep 1927, Kensington, London Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Jillian Hanbury,   b. 11 Aug 1930, Kensington, London Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 21 May 2013 
    Family ID F520  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Gp. Capt. Alan Coatsworth Brown, DSO, OBE, DFC, CdeG, RCAF,   b. 9 Aug 1914, Winnipeg, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1956 
    Last Modified 21 May 2013 
    Family ID F529  Group Sheet

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