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Lincolnshire Life February/March 1964 (Vol. 4, No. 1)

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    COUNTY COMMENTARY THE LINCOLNSHIRE CONNECTIONS OF LADY DOUGLAS-HOME JUST NORTH OF Binbrook, in a valley of the Wolds, lies the tiny village of Swinhope, with its beautiful 18th century house. This village has been since the 17th century the seat of the Alington family, to which the Prime Minister's wife, Lady Douglas-Home, belongs. During the 19th century the Alingtons of Swimhope were very well known in North Lincolnshire. They were described as the "untitled nobility" of Swinhope. It was also said that there were more Church of England clergymen in the Alington family than in any other family in England ! In the 1860's members of the Alington family were incumbents in over a dozen parishes in North Lincolnshire. For example at Swinhope, William Alington was rector there from 1785-1837, then his nephew, the wellknown ornithologist, Richard Pye Alington, was rector from 1837-84, and then his nephew, Charles Argentine Allington, was rector and the Tord of the Manor of Swinhope from 1884-1899. The last mentioned had been rector of Muckton with Burwell since 1852; he had also been a missionary in Central Africa working with David Livingstone from 1863-69. Swinhope House was built in the late 18 th century by Lady Douglas-Home' s great-great grandfather, the Rev. Marmaduke Alington, Rector of Stenigot and Walsoken, Norfolk. He died in 1840, aged 82. This man had five sons, two became priests, Richard Pye and John Alington; the eldest son, George Marmaduke Alington, inherited Swinhope in 1840. He was the father of C. A. Alington and Admiral Alington. The second son of Marmaduke Alington was called Henry. In 1826, in accordance with a will, he changed his name to Pye. He was the father of the famous Victorian composer "Claribel." This Henry Alington Pye carried out the reclamation of over 300 acres of fitties on the coast between Donna Nook and Grainthorpe Haven, in 1843. The cost of the adventure contributed to Pye's downfall and he fled the country in 1868, heavily in debt as a lawyer to his clients and to the County of Lindsey, whose treasurer he was. Lady Douglas-Home's great grandfather was the Rev. John A lington of Candlesby, who was the third son of the builder of Swinhope House. Four of his sons became clergymen; the second son, Lady Douglas-Home's grandfather, was the Rev. Henry Giles Alington, for many years Eller Majesty's Senior Inspector of Schools. He did not take up parish duties until he was 65 when he took over his fa th e r' s old parish of Candlesby. That was in 1902. Lady Douglas-Home's father, the Very Rev. Cyril Argentine Alington was born in 1872. He had a very distinguished career, being Headmaster of Shrewsbury School 1908-16, Headmaster of Eton College I 9 1 6-3 3, Chaplain to the King 1921-33 and then from 1933 until his death he was Dean of Durham. In 1904 he married the Hen. Heater Margaret, youngest daughter of the 4th Baron Lyttleton (she was a neice of William Gladstone). Their second daughter is now Lady Elizabeth Hester Douglas-Home, wife of tile Prime Minister of Great Britain. There are no longer any Alingtons living in Lincolnshire, though they are still connected with Swinhope being Patrons of the living, etc. But there are still evidences of them having lived here They had the churches of Swinhope, Candlesby, Burwell, Muckton, Ludford, Stenigot and M'est Rasen either restored or rebuilt. The Talbot Inn at Swinhope, takes its name from the crest of the Alingtons. Before the Alingtons came to Lincolnshire they lived in Cambridgeshire, where they held many important posts. One was Treasurer of Ireland and Burgundy for Henry V, one was Speaker of the House of Commons in 1470, and two were Sheriffs of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire. -D. R. J. NEAVE RIDING CORSE The only one of its kind in Lincolnshire, Lincoln and District Riding Club is organising a course to improve riding and teach memhers to become amateur instructors. This is planned for early April, when the British Horse Society' s National Instructor, Mr. Brian Young, F.B.H.S., Will be available for instruction.

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The monthly Lincolnshire Life magazine was founded in April, 1961 with the intention of championing the cause of Lincolnshire by recording its history, folklore, culture, personalities, dialect, art, etc.

The magazine has 'thumbnail' sketches of the history of all the county's towns and many of its 700-plus villages, histories of its major houses and castles and profiles of many of its smaller houses, in private occupation. There are accounts of major and minor incidents in the county's history, augmented through the magazine's correspondence columns and details of the lives of many of the county's personalities both past and present.

By recording aspects of the county's life which were happening at the time but which no longer exist, the magazine now has the only written account of some of these customs or events.


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