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51 Jennifer will was probated in Bodmin,Cornwall,England Feb 8 1875.
Will of Jennifer Grigg proved, Effects under 100 pounds. 
Rowe, Jennifer (I361)
He was the older son of G.N. Grigg (5196) and after attending Waihi
School was in School House from 1966 to 1970.
Jeremy farmed Glengyle at Mount Somers during which time he was
involved with Scouts (as a leader), squash, golf and the Mt Somers
Rugby Club (as manager). He was well respected in the district for his
support in these activities, the generosity with his time and his
never-ending enthusiasm.
He died in Christchurch on 27 September 2001 and is survived by his
mother Rosemary, brother James (8360), sisters Felicity and Nicky, his
father Giles (5196) having predeceased him. 
Grigg, Jeremy Arthur Nattle (I379)
53 John and Gilbert are twins.

:John Hutton Grigg Farmed 3,000 acres .
He has kept up the Longbeach tradition and the farm remains today one
of the most productive areas in the world. It carries 6,000 sheep ,200
beef cattle and about 300 acres of crops.
Horses, too, for Longbeach has never been without them, Mr Grigg still
has more than 30 saddle horses, brood mares and foals and several
horses bred on the estate have been raced successfully.
The house it self is surrounded by several acres of lawn, gardens and
shrubs ringed by trees planted when the estate was first settled. From
most of the windows can be seen clusters of English trees a lasting
reminder of John Grigg's success in transplanting to New Zealand a
small part of his native Cornwall.
The broad drive to the red brick farmhouse winds between a lily pond
and an artificial lake that is home for wild ducks during the season.
The lake is fed by a stream of clear water that winds through the
trees and gardens in which one may catch the gleam of thousands of
gold fish.
It is spanned here and there by rustic bridges , one of which leads to
a quiet corner of the grounds where stands a small wooden church
shaded by large Sycamores , Australian gums and Laurels. it is nearly
as old as the estate itself John Grigg brought it to the property by
bullock wagon in 1872, and ever since then it has been used as a place
of worship by successive families of Grigg's and their workers.
The house is a home rather than a show place . A New Zealander has
said of it; It has an atmospher of cool comfort and complete lack of
ostentation ; its seclusion and a sence of peacefulness will make it a
perfect spot for the Royal Couple Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
to rest from the stenuous bustle of their visit (1952)
Well known farmer and race horse owner, died in Christchurch,
Longbeach was his home until two years ago when his son-in-law Dr DT
Thomas took over. He and his wife moved to Haswell.
Owner of Grand National Steeplechase winner, Streamline in 1954.
John served in the military in New Zealand,1914 Served as a Lieutenant
in the North Irish Horse and the royal Field Artilery.s 
Grigg, John Hutton (I150)
54 John Charles Nattle Grigg,29, batchelor, born Otahuhu, farmer and
Alice Montgomerie Hutton, 26, spinster , born Malta married at St
Michaels, Christchurch daughter of Prof. F.W.Hutton. 
Family F82
55 John Grigg aged 19 and Thomas Grigg aged 15,unassisted passengers,
arrived in Melbourne August 3rd 1858 abourd "Donald Mackay" 
Grigg, John (I510)
56 John Grigg his grandson believes that Henry comes from Duloe,
Cornwall. He certainly remembers cousins from New Zealand visiting
their home in London during the Second World War.
These would be the Duloe Griggs. He also thought that Henry was born
in Ceylon, the son of a minister of religion. Henry died April 5 1895
at 53 years of age. British resident in Travancore and Cochin, India.
He was a student in Guernsey, Channel Island, England,c1850. School;
Elizabeth College. He received a degree in Oxford, England, 1864.
Oxford Alumni Henry Bidwell Grigg, third son Thomas Nattle Grigg of
Theberton, Suffock, cler, Queens College, matric Feb 78 1861, aged 19,
BA 1864, MA 1881, of the Middle temple 1863.
Henry was honoured in India, Jan1890. Awarded the companion of Indian
Empire, No 217 , Jan 1890.
Henry's occupation: Director of Public Instruction in India, 1892.
Henry Bidwell Grigg, CIE, MA, Director of Public Instruction and
Commissioner of the Uncovenanted Civil Service Examinations - on
leave. Henry received the CIE ,ICS and graduated MA. 
Grigg, Henry Bidewell (I97)
57 John was a Visiting Fellow,Adelaide, Sth Australia, April 1985.
Article of John Grigg as Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Adelaide
Discusses his research and writing about Lloyd George. Also discusses
his title and disclaiming it in 1963.
He wrote books. Published three books on Lloyd George with two in the
pipeline. Published biography on Nancy Astor , Published on World War
11, " The Victory That Never Was"
John was honored in England, 1955. Became the 2nd Lord Altricham at
the death of his father. (Disclaimed the title in 1963)
He resided in London.England Aug 1957, "John Grigg (Lord Altringham)
writes an article in The National and English Reveiw about the Queen,
accusing her of being eletist. He says the Queen is too closely
associated with the upper class and that particularly dislikes her
presentation parties when debutantes are received in court. He says
Monarchy is " complacent" and "out of touch"
Grigg's planned appearance on the BBC program "Any Questions" is
cancelled. Robin Day of Independent Telivision News interviews, an
angry man approaches Grigg and punches him.
John was elected in London, England, 1985. Chairman of the London
Library, John Edward Poydner Grigg 2nd Baron Altricham; born April 15
1924; succeeded to title in 1955; educated at Eton and New College,
Oxford. Is editor of National and English reviews and Chairman of
Periodical Publications Ltd.
European War 1939-1945 as Lt Grenadier Guard; unsuccessfully contested
W Div of Oldham (C) in October 1951 and May 1955.
John Grigg was born in 1924, he read history at New College, Oxford
winning the Gladstone Memorial Prize.
As a journalist he wrote a column in the Guardian for ten years, and
had also been a political correspondent for the Spectator and a staff
writer for the Times.
He won the Whitbread Award for Lloyd George; 'The Peoples Champion
1902-1911' and the Wolfson Prize for Lloyd George; 'From Peace to War
1912-1916 '. His other books include -' Nancy Astor ; Portrait of a
Pioneer , 1943 '; 'The Victory that Never Was 'and volume six of 'The
History of the Times', covering the period of the Thompson ownership.
He was Chairman of the London Library from 1985-1991, and is now it's
President. He is married with two sons and lives in London.
[BO:Politics obituaries
John Grigg
[IT:Political biographer who renounced his peerage and attacked the
Queen's 'complacent entourage:IT]
[BO:Geoffrey Wheatcroft
Wednesday January 2, 2002
The Guardian:BO]
A lifetime later, it seems almost unimaginable that the writer and
historian John Grigg, who has died at the age of 77, was once regarded
as a dangerous radical. Denounced more than 40 years ago as a
crypto-republican and subverter of established order, he seemed by the
21 st century - as an Englishman, an Anglican and a Tory - to be a
survival from some remote period, with his courtesy, decency and high
Maybe he himself recognised that he was an anachronistic figure, and
turned, in his later decades, from public controversy
to history, above all his life of David Lloyd George, which is one of
the finest political biographies of our time.
John was the son of Edward Grigg, a Times journalist associated with
the imperialist circle of Joseph Chamberlain and Lord Milner, a
soldier, Conservative MP, governor of Kenya, and member of Churchill's
wartime government, who was created first Baron Altrincham in 1945.
After Eton, the young man followed his father into the Grenadier
Guards (1944-47), and to New College, Oxford, where he won the
Gladstone Memorial Prize. In paternal footsteps once more, he aspired
to journalism and politics, editing the English And National Review
(1954-60) as his father had done, and standing, unsuccessfully, as
Conservative candidate for Oldham West at the 1951 and 1955 general
He was a conspicuously liberal Tory at a time when that phrase did not
seem a contradiction in terms, though, even then, his distaste for his
party's hanging and flogging brigade - and for late-imperial
adventures like Suez - made him distrusted by many Conservatives.
In 1955, Grigg's father died, and he succeeded as Lord Altrincham, the
name by which he was known for the next eight years. A resolute critic
of the hereditary House of Lords, who still hoped to become an MP, in
1963 he reverted to John Grigg by following Lord Stansgate, who had
disclaimed his peerage to
become Anthony Wedgwood (subsequently Tony) Benn once more.
He had already acquired national notoriety in 1957 by writing an
article criticising the Queen - he called the court "complacent" and
"out of touch", and deplored the way a monarchy that should have been
truly national and above class divisions was, in practice, intimately
associated with the upper classes. There was an uproar: Altrincham was
dropped by the BBC from Any Questions, the Duke of Argyll said that he
should be hanged, drawn and quartered, and, after he had gently
reiterated his strictures in a television interview with Robin Day, he
was assaulted in the street by an angry royalist.
What seems astonishing now is how much rage Grigg's reflections
provoked, and how mild they were. As he said in the programme The Real
Queen, shown last night on Channel 4, by the 1950s the idea had
somehow crept in "that you couldn't say a word against the royal
family, let alone the Queen". And yet, he had quite obviously spoken
not as a revolutionist but as an enlightened Tory, and as a strong
believer in constitutional monarchy. He had no wish to be disloyal,
still less unchivalrous; and much of what he suggested later came to
Even so, Grigg contined to lament 20 years ago, at the 30th
anniversary of the Queen's accession, the way that her entourage
"should still be unrepresentative not only of the Comonwealth, but
even of the United Kingdom. To put it bluntly, there are no black or
brown faces in prominent places at court, and this contradicts what
the monarchy ostensibly stands for".
The Commonwealth was another of the causes to which Grigg gave his
heart. He hated any form of racism, and advocated a strenuous
multiracial policy for the Commonwealth, even if it meant (as it did)
the departure of apartheid South Africa. He knew and loved India, and
suggested that Gandhi was a more appropriate patron saint for the
Commonwealth than St George.
From 1960-70, Grigg wrote a column in the Guardian, as he did in
1986-93 for the Times, and he was, for a time, political columnist of
the Spectator. But he was, in truth, not a particularly exciting
newspaper writer, and his fastidiousness and modesty meant that
workaday journalism was never quite his metier.
In any case, he was increasingly disillusioned by politics, or at
least by the Conservatives. Throughout the 1970s, he continued to
oppose attempts to reintroduce the death penalty, but, in the end,
gave up hopes of entering parliament, and, in 1982, left the Tories
for the SDP. Apart from a little volume, Two Anglican Essays (1958),
he was in his 40s before he published a book. When he did so, he soon
emerged as one of the best historians of his time.
There was a 1980 biography of the formidable, and not very lovable,
Nancy Astor, the first woman to sit in parliament, and 1943: The
Victory That Never Was (also 1980), a fascinating exercise in
counter-factual history, which argued - convincingly that Churchill
had held back too long from the invasion of northern Europe, which
should have taken place a year earlier than 1944, and ended the war
Grigg also held that the first of the two world wars had been "the
nobler war". In defiance of the prevailing liberal view of the
interwar years - that Germany had been more sinned against than
sinning - he argued that Wilhelmine Germany had been aggressive,
militaristic, anti-democratic and bent on the domination of Europe,
and had indeed been responsible for the war that began in 1914. This
is now something like the accepted view among historians of the
As for the senseless slaughter of the trenches, those who died were,
at any rate, soldiers. Whereas in the "people's war"' of 1939/45, it
was the people who suffered; what made that war so distinctive was not
the millions of combatants who died, but the tens of millions of
civilians. Grigg abhorred the waging of war on women and childen,
notably in the British terror-bombing campaign of Germany.
The masterpiece for which he will be remembered, however, is his life
of the man whom AJP Taylor called the greatest prime minister of the
20th century. Three volumes have been published: The Young Lloyd
George (1973), Lloyd George: The People's Champion (1978, when it won
the Whitbread Award for biography), and Lloyd George, From Peace To
War 1912-1916 (1983, winning the Wolfson prize).
Biographer and subject might have seemed an unlikely pairing. Grigg
was the antithesis of the fiery, word-intoxicated radical who stormed
across the political stage and then became a great war leader. But he
showed a remarkable sympathy, and even affinity, for the Welsh wizard,
despite the fact that their domestic personalities were very
Grigg, who had once skittishly said that "autobigraphy is now as
common as adultery and scarcely less reprehensible", was, in public
and private life, a truly virtuous man, whose virtue was occasionally
just this side of priggishness. While recognising Lloyd George's
political stature, he might easily have been shocked by his ceaseless
lechery; in fact, he was relaxed and uncensorious on the subject, only
- and justly - deploring the unconscious cruelty of the male
philanderer who doesn't recognise that sexual attachments may mean
more to the women he seduces than to himself.
He was more sharply critical - and with reason - of Lloyd George's
financial adventures, reckless, unscrupulous and, on occasion, plain
dishonest. Even then, he could not help warming to the man's humour,
and leonine vitality.
In later years, Grigg was stricken by cancer, and went through the
usual cycle of treatment, remission, and recurrence. Sadly, this
affected his work, but, before his death, he had nevertheless returned
to Lloyd George and the years of his premiership in 1916/22. It is to
be hoped that some further volume of this grand work may yet appear.
In 1958, Grigg married Patricia Campbell, who survives him with their
two sons.
John Edward Poynder Grigg, writer and historian, born April 15 1924;
died December 31 2001.
John Grigg
[BO:(Filed: 02/01/2002) (That's January 2nd to us colonials):BO]
JOHN GRIGG, who has died aged 77, was a journalist, author and
his three-volume life of David Lloyd George was widely acclaimed as
one of
the most brilliant biographies of recent times.
Grigg's father, Sir Edward Grigg (created Lord Altrincham in 1945),
had been
Lloyd George's Private Secretary in 1921-22, and John Grigg was given
to some 2,000 letters from Lloyd George, mostly to his wife.
Grigg cast a critical eye at the stock assumptions about Lloyd George,
losing sight of the man behind the politician, nor forgetting that
was the dominating passion of his life. Despite the financial and
scandals that dogged his career, Lloyd George emerged with his
Of the three volumes in the series - The Young Lloyd George (1973),
George: the People's Champion (1978) and Lloyd George: From Peace to
(1985) - the second won the Whitbread award and the third the Wolfson
literary prize. The historian Norman Stone described Grigg's biography
"worth reading from cover to cover".
Among the general public, however, Grigg was less well known as a
than as a polemicist. A Tory for most of his life, he combined a
belief in
the enduring value of historic institutions with a radical temperament
led him to argue that such institutions needed to adapt themselves to
changing realities in order to retain their vitality.
Claiming to be a reformer rather than a rebel, during the 1950s Grigg
made a
series of proposals for institutional and constitutional change.
During the 1950s, as editor of the National and English Review, Grigg
a series of minor sensations with articles critical of the English
Establishment. Then in August 1957 he excited outrage with an issue
to "constructive" criticism of the monarchy, suggesting in his own
that the Queen was cut off from the majority of her subjects by her
The Queen, Grigg went on, was obliged to read from texts carefully
by others, giving her a speaking style that was "a pain in the neck",
the personality of "a priggish school girl".
Grigg claimed that his article was offered with "no intention other
than to
serve the monarchy, to strengthen it and to enable it to survive"
"It is too precious an institution to be neglected. And I regard
acceptance of its faults as a form of neglect."
His critics, however, saw his article as a personal attack on the
Queen, and
Grigg soon found himself being pilloried as a heretic in the press,
challenged to a boxing match with Henry Cooper, struck in the face by
member of the League of Empire Loyalists, subjected to all sorts of
bloodcurdling threats from fellow members of the aristocracy and
as "very silly" by Dr Geoffrey Fisher, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
In the face of this onslaught, Grigg repeated what he had actually
said and
refused to withdraw his remarks; the letters he received began to
until they were three to one in his favour. Much later, Lord Charteris
Amisfield, Private Secretary to the Queen in the 1970s, declared that
had done the monarchy a great service with his article.
By the 1990s Grigg's views on the monarchy were widely respected.
During the
public orgy of grief and recrimination that followed the death of
Princess of Wales, Grigg leapt to the Queen's defence, describing her
subsequent broadcast to the nation as "the best I have ever heard from
He condemned the vengeful tone of the press in its coverage of the
Family on the grounds that it was unfair and would cause further
while hazarding the suggestion that the experience might encourage the
monarchy in future to try to anticipate rather than follow changes in
John Edward Poynder Grigg was born in London on April 15 1924, the
son of Sir Edward Grigg, who had been Military Secretary to the Prince
Wales during his tours of Canada, Australia and New Zealand in 1919-21
before becoming Private Secretary to the Prime Minister David Lloyd
Sir Edward was National Liberal MP for Oldham at the time of his son's
and the next year was appointed Governor of Kenya Colony. From 1933 to
he was Conservative MP for Altrincham and would be created a peer as
Altrincham in 1945. Lady Grigg (nee Dickson-Poynder) was the only
child of
the first and last Lord Islington.
>From Eton, where he was Captain of Oppidans, John Grigg went straight
the Army. Commissioned in the Grenadier Guards in 1943, he found
himself an
officer of the Guard at St James's Palace and Windsor Castle.
In 1944 his dislike of corporate worship saved his life when a flying
hit the chapel at Wellington Barracks, where most of his fellow
officers and
their families had gone for morning service. Later that year, as a
commander, he was involved in holding the German offensive in the
He became an intelligence officer and ended the war in Hamburg.
After his release from the Army in 1945, Grigg went up as a scholar to
College, Oxford, to read Modern History. He gained a reputation as
both a
brilliant academic and an iconoclast. In 1948, he won the University
Gladstone Memorial Prize with an essay on The Social and Political
and Influence of Frederick Denison Maurice (the founder of Christian
Socialism); a few months later he was fined £5 for knocking off a
policeman's helmet on Guy Fawkes Night.
After Oxford, Grigg became associate editor of the National Review,
journal of Conservative thought and opinion which his father had
bought. Lord Altrincham was nominally editor, but as he grew frail,
took on most of the administrative and editorial duties.
The journal's name was changed in 1950 to the National and English
and when his father retired in 1954, Grigg became editor. By then, he
already stood unsuccessfully as the Conservative candidate for Oldham
Lancashire, in 1951; he did so again, without success, in 1955.
His succession to the Altrincham peerage on his father's death in
1955 seemed to end his hopes of entering the Commons, as at the time
was no mechanism for renouncing a peerage. Nevertheless, by refusing
apply for a writ of summons, he abjured his right to take his seat in
Meanwhile, his father's death gave him a freer hand as editor of the
and he began to turn the magazine into an organ of a more radical
brand of
Conservatism. In 1956, he launched a scathing attack on the
government over its handling of the Suez crisis, accusing it of doing
immense damage to the country and calling for an immediate withdrawal
British troops from Port Said.
Later the same year, he predicted that if the House of Lords was not
reformed, it would have to be abolished. He suggested that hereditary
should have no automatic right to sit in the Lords but that a few
should be
chosen to sit either by election among their fellow peers or through
The following year, in an article in Crossbow, a new Tory ginger group
magazine which he helped to found, he urged other hereditary peers to
his lead and boycott the House of Lords: "a little more voluntary
absenteeism, and attendance would sink to a point at which the House
be unable to function".
In 1957, he launched into the Church of England with a call for the
introduction of women priests, arguing that "those who say that women
unfit to be priests belong in spirit to the vanishing world of tribal
superstition and taboo".
In 1958 he published Two Anglican Essays, a book in which he called
for a
radical change in the form and spirit of Anglicanism, including the
of doctrinal tests, the substitution of dialogues for sermons, the
appointment of bishops on a septennial basis as well as the ordination
women. Among other things he likened Confirmation to a "kind of
sheep dip - a brief interlude of priggishness and religiosity in a
of indifference".
During the furore that followed, Grigg protested that he would "die
for the
Christian faith" and said that it was only because he cared about it
passionately that he had written the book.
By 1960, the National and English Review was in financial difficulties
it ceased publication in June that year. An unsigned account of his
editorship, probably written by Grigg himself in the magazine's final
edition, spoke of a man who had "suffered even more than his
from the tension between a radical temperament and the conventional
of Toryism".
Grigg went on to become a regular columnist for the Guardian, and
wrote for the Times and The Spectator.
He continued to ruffle Tory feathers: in 1960, he accepted an
invitation to
become chairman of the London Boycott Committee, campaigning for a
on goods imported from South Africa. In 1962, in an article apparently
designed to be helpful to the Conservatives, he described Harold
as "a consummate actor" who had "exploited the blind loyalty and petty
ambition of men whom he must secretly despise".
When in 1963, following a campaign by Viscount Stansgate (then, and
subsequently, Anthony Wedgwood Benn), Parliament passed the Peerage
enabling peers to disclaim titles, Grigg became the second peer to
advantage of the new law.
But he never achieved his ambition of entering the House of Commons.
slaughtered whole herds of Tory sacred cows over the previous decade,
found constituency associations less than enthusiastic to endorse his
candidature. In 1975, his name was removed from the Party's central
candidates' list and it caused no surprise when, in 1982, he announced
was joining the new SDP.
He followed his first two volumes of his biography of Lloyd George
1943, the Victory that Never Was (1980), a polemical work in which he
that the Mediterranean strategy adopted by the Allies in 1943 had been
tactical mistake and that they should have concentrated instead on
north-west Europe.
In Nancy Astor: Portrait of a Pioneer (1980), Grigg painted a vivid,
sympathetic picture of the brilliant but unpredictable, and frequently
impossible, woman who became Britain's first female MP.
During the 1980s, Grigg became a regular columnist on the Times and
on the paper's obituaries page. He was acting obituaries editor in
during the public outcry over the obituary of the ballet dancer and
choreographer Sir Robert Helpmann, in which Helpmann was described as
been a "proselytising homosexual".
The Times commissioned Grigg to write the sixth volume of the paper's
official history, The Thomson Years, 1966-1981 (1993). The book was a
record of the period, documenting both lapses in editorial judgment
and the
strategic errors that had led the paper to close for a year in 1979.
John Grigg was chairman of the London Library from 1985 to 1991, then
president from 1996. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of
He married, in 1958, Patricia ("Patsy") Campbell; they had two adopted
Grigg, John Edward Poynder (I100)
58 John was intered at St Cuby, Duloe.a plaque on the wall.
Sacred is the memory of John Grigg of Bodbrane in this Parish who
departed this life the 4th Day of April 1792.
aged 68 years.
In Grateful Rememberance of an Affectionate Parent.
The stone tribute is erected by his son.
Robert Grigg

[UL::UL][UL::UL][BO::BO] Will
of John Grigg 1792
John Grigg Parish of Duloe, County of Cornwall, Gentlemen.
My body to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executor.
Dear Wife Ann Grigg, one Annuity or Yearly Sum of £10 free of all
outgoings and payable out of my Duchy Estate called Bulse otherwise
Little Fursdon Parish of Lisheard, payable to her by quarterly
payments during her life. One other annuity or yearly sum of £12 free
of all outgoings out of my Chattle Estates called Higher Stocks and
Overlays, Parish of Duloe given on condition that she lays no claim to
Higher Stocks under the settlement made previous to our marriage.
Son Joseph (Mention of Higher Stocks) Also gives wife during her life
the use of the Chamber over the lower House at Coomb if she chooses to
reside in it, and also give her my best bed and such of the household
goods and furniture in my Dwelling House as she shall choose during
her life. And whereas I am become bound with my son John to John
Harris Esquire for payment of the rent of the Tenement of Tempello and
Laureast in the Parish of Lisheard during the term for which my said
Son holds the premises at an yearly rent and to the performance of
divers Covenants and agreements in the original demise contained, Now
I do hereby give will devise and bequeath unto my friend Henry Lamb of
the said Parish of Duloe Yeoman all that my said Dutchy Estate called
Bulse otherwise Little Fursdon subject to the said annuity of £10 a
year to my wife with the two fields adjoining called Hings Crift and
Barrets Meadow, parcel of the Manor of Lisheard and for which Peter
Hambly stands tenant in trust for me - to hold to the said Henry Lamb
and his heirs in trust nevertheless and for the uses thereafter
mentioned that is to say in trust that by and out of the rents and
profits of the said Premises from time to time to indemnify and save
harmless my Executor hereafter named from all costs charges damages
losses or expenses which he or his representatives shall or may bear,
pay, sustain, or be put unto for or by reason or means of my having
become bound for payment of the said rent of Tempellow and Laureast to
the said John Harris or the performance of any of the covenants in the
said Deed of Demise contained, and subject thereto and chargeable
therewith and with the payment of the said annuity of £10 to my wife.
In trust to and for the only use and behoof of my said son John Grigg
his heirs and assigns forever.
I give and bequeath unto my son William Grigg my moiety a half part of
all those two tenements lying in Kiligorick in the said Parish of
Duloe called Eastwoods and Firlands and Westwoods, to hold to my said
Son William Grigg during so many years of the terms granted in the
original leases thereof respectively a sall run out and expire in his
natural life time. And after his decease I give and bequeath the same
several premises to and among his children lawfully begotten in such
shares manner and form as he my said son William shall by any Deed or
writing or by his last will order and direct and for want of such
order or direction to any among such child or children share and share
alike as tenants in common and not a joint tenants. But if my said son
William shall happen to die without leaving any such issue of his
body, then from and after such his decease I give and bequeath all and
singular the said premises unto my Grandson Christopher Grigg son of
my said son John Grigg his Executors and administrators during the
remainder of the said several terms which may be therein then to come
and unexpired. I also give unto my said son William Grigg all the my
moiety of a tenement called Brownwilly in the Parish of Lymonward
alias Saint Brewer in the said County To Hold to him his Executors
Administrators and assigns for and during all my Estate, Right, Title
and Interest therein not to come and unexpired. I give and bequeath
unto my son Robert Grigg all my right and interest in those two
estates and tenements called Toms Bennoak and Mead situated in the
said Parish of Duloe and as to the term of years which I have in
Middle Bennoak, all in the said Parish of Duloe and all the corn
thereon growing upon the said premes at the time of my death. I give
and bequeath the same unto my Son Matthew Grigg for his use and
benefit, I also give and bequeath unto my son Matthew Grigg from and
immediately after the death of my said wife during his natural life,
one annuity or yearly sum of ten pounds free of all outgoings to be
issuing and payable out of my said chattle Estate called Higher
Stocks, and I do hereby subject and charge the same Estate with the
payment thereof with Power of Distress for the same as in case of rent
with Power of Distress for the same as in case of rent in arrear, I
also give and devise all that my leasehold Estate called Congdons
Bennoak otherwise East Bennoak lately purchased by me situate in the
Parish of Duloe unto my said son John Grigg in trust that the said
John shall and will let the same premises for the yearly rent that can
be obtained and apply the clear yearly rent and profits of the said
estate for the sole use and benefit of son Matthew during so many
years of the said term as shall run out and expire in his lifetime and
after his decease I give to the eldest son of Matthew then living or
the daughter of Matthew. I give unto Henry Lamb one annuity or
yearly rent charge of 2 guinneas free of all outgoings in trust for my
daughter Ann Serpell, payable half yearly from Chattle Estate at
Herods Foot and I do declare that her receipt shall be a good
discharge to Henry Lamb.
To Robert Grigg £16, Chattle Estates- Coombe and Petewells in Duloe .
Joseph Grigg Chattle Estates - Toms Bodbrane Hears Bodbrane, Lower
Stocks, Penbugle Manor, Coomb, Petewells subject to £16 to Robert,
Overhays Stradmoor, Higher Stocks, and Herods Foot Duloe, subject to
£12 and £10 to my wife and son Matthew chargeable on Higher Stocks,
Overhays and all of one tenement called Millicomb in Pelynt and my
right and interest in Black Down in Duloe unto Joseph charged with
legacies to his sisters Mary and Elizabeth £150 to each of them at the
end of one year next after my death. I give to Grandson Thomas
Serpell £50 paid by Joseph when he is twenty one but if Thomas Serpell
dies the legacy sinks with him, Joseph to get all household goods and
furniture allowing his mother to make a choice of what she wants.
Corn, Hay, Bullocks, Horses, Sheep, Pigs, Implements, and Utensils of
Husbandry and all other farming stocks - Cattle and goods on the farm
as his own. I give Robert Grigg my moiety of a Freehold Estate called
Salt Park in Morval and the rest residue and remainder of my lands,
tenements goods and chattels, Barges, boats, and real and personal
estates and effects not already given to Robert and appoints Robert
Grigg Executor. 
Grigg, John (I116)
59 John Wisson was formerly a corporal in the Royal Garrison Regiment and
served in Malta, South Africa and India. His total of overseas service
was 21 years throughout was given an exemplary character.During the
1914-1918 war he did services in home defence.He aws a resident in
Bedford for 34 years of which he spent 22 years in the employ of
Messrs Laxton Bros. 
Wisson, John (I77)
60 Joseph Grigg of Duloe - gentlemen1824 - proved 1825.
Had settlement with wife Christian Grigg - entitled to £40 yearly,
plus £10 annually out of freehold property hoars and Toms Bodbrane,
Duloe. Also to have the use of the little parlour and chamber in
dwelling house at Bodbrane, also the little room accupied by Sarah
Nattle )Christians sister) also household furniture sufficient to
furnish the above rooms. Daughter Catherine Nattle Grigg £400 charge
the freehold messuage tenement and farm called Trevoura at St. Neot
given to son Robert. My youngest son Thomas Nattle Grigg £1500 when
21, freehold lands Higher and Lower Stocks, Middle Stock, and Penbugle
Manor in Duloe. Wife Christian and my son-in-law Robert Grigg of
East Looe, Merchant £40 to be paid until Thomas Nattle Grigg is 21,
for his maintenance and education, and also my son John Grigg at their
discretion - if Thomas Nattle Grigg dies given to living brothers and
sisters or their children. Thomas Nattle Grigg also to be given £100 -
when 21. To son John Grigg the manner or reputed manor of Bodbrane
and my freehold messages, lands, tenements and heriditaments called
Bodbrane, Higher and Lower Stocks and Middle Stocks, Penbugle Manor
and Mill Park in Duloe, subject to the annuity of £10 a legacy of
£1500, given to hold the same and for default of heirs to son Joseph
and his heirs. Also to Joseph freeholds Coomb with the apple pound
and trough thereon Petewells, Overhays, Herods Foot, and Tenement in
crops. Also to Joseph leasehold tenements? Hannings? Coomb?
Stennings? Loahband? Greytle Tenement, Duloe. To Robert Grigg
properties of St. Neot subject to legacies of £400 and £100 freehold
mesuages and woods save the part of Trevurah coppice also a leasehold
tenement at St, Neot - if dead to Thomas Nattle Grigg, John Grigg
portion of the Trevoura coppice on River and John Grigg to be Executor

The Grigg family purchased Bodbrane Manor from Lord Arundall in about
1700,where they continued to live until 1854, when it was sold by John
Grigg,Esq, to Mr Coad of St Austel. 
Grigg, Joseph (I103)
61 Killed Fortuna Hustlers Mine, Bendigo. Blacksmith slipped whilst
fixing hangup cage in the mine. 
Berryman, Thomas Pascoe (I527)
62 Lt. of Prudent Family F137
63 Married 24thMay 1947 To Arthur James Moffatt Grigg, Ruth Lucy Berima (I9)
64 Martha was buried at St Cuby, Duloe a plaque on the floor inside the
church states,( Near this Marble are intered the remains of Martha
Nicholas Grigg daughter of Elizabeth and Robert Grigg of East Looe she
rejoined this life for eternity the 9th day of August 1810 in this
21st year of her age.) 
Grigg, Martha Nicholas (I259)
65 Mary Grigg 1894 Effects £865-14-6
Mary Grigg of Talland, Cornwall (widow) died 17th June 1894, Probate
Bodmin 14th, July to Mary Tucker (wife of John Snell Tucker.) 
Grigg, Mary (I300)
66 Mary was the daughter of Christopher & Polly Grigg Family F64
67 Maurice serviced in the RAAF during the 2nd world war. Grigg, Hubert Maurice (I10)
68 Memorial Stone at Duloe.
Sacred to the Memory of Ann daughter of John and Ann Grigg of Brodbane
in the Parish and wife of John Serpell who died on the 26th Day of May
1832 aged 69 years. 
Grigg, Ann (I124)
69 Memorial.
Sacred to the memory of John Grigg of Brodbane eldest son of Joseph
and Christian Grigg formerly of the same place who departed this life
on 21st August 1845 aged 49 years, Leaving a wife and five children to
mourn for one of the best husbands and a most tender and affectionate
Grigg, John (I106)
70 Memorial.
Sacred to the Memory of Robert Serpell Son of John and Ann Serpell of
Trescaw in the Parish of St Mabyn who changed this life for eternity
24th Day of January In the Year of Our Lord God 1816 Aged 24 Years .
In memory of our son so dear, This stone we have erected here ,In
Christ alone we only---------------He'll rise in number of the
Serpell, Robert (I428)
71 Mother buried the same day as her baptism.
She was listed as a resident in the 1841 census report in
Talland,Cornwall Census Joseph Grigg,Single 40, farmer of Port Looe,
Talland Christiana Grigg, his mother. 
Grigg, Sarah Nattle (I412)
72 Notice of Wedding in the "Argus" Melbourne Family F148
Formerly Assistant Obstetric Physician Westminster Hospital.
WE are indebted to Mr. G. H. Makins, Consulting Surgeon
with the Forces in South Africa, for the following note on the
circumstances of the death of Dr. W. Chapman Grigg, who, as
already briefly announced, died at Wynberg on March 12th.
Mr. Makins writes from Capetown, under date March 13th, as
" Many of your readers will hear with concern and regret of
the death of Dr. W. C. Grigg, which took place at No. I
Military Hospital, Wynberg, at 5 A.M. on Monday, March 12th,
from enteric fever. Dr.Grigg arrived in this country in
January last, and placed his services at the disposal of the
Medical Department.. These were accepted by Surgeon-
General Wilson, and Dr. Grigg was sent to the camp at
Modder River to take part in the treatment of the cases of
enteric fever in hospital there as a volunteerphysician. From
the first the trying circumstances of life at Modder River, the
heat, dust, and somewhat restricted and indigestible diet,
severely tried him, and when I saw him there early in
February I tried to persuade him to relinquish his
duties, as his digestion was disordered, and he was far
from well. He was then living in No. 2 Divisional
Field Hospital,' but on the departure of the HiGhland
Brigade to the front, he went into a room at th]
hotel building. There he became acutely ill and some ttil
days ago was brought down to Wynberg in the ambulance
train and plsced under:the charge of Major Simpson, R.A.M.C.,
and Dr. Jameson; he was also seen in consultation several
times by Dr. Tooth, Physician to the Portland Hospital. The
disease was supposed to have reached the nineteenth day,
and the temperature on admission and several days afterwards
was very high although a hopeful patient at first, hisstrength began to fail with some rapidity;, on the last three
days there was constant diarrheea and several small hemorrhages,
and he died of exhaustion, his intellect, with slight
occasional wanderings, remaining clear to the last. Dr. Grigg
fully recognised his condition, but bore his illness with great
patience and resignation, and very much appreciated the
visits of his neighbours from London, Sir W. MacCormac, Dr.
G. Stoker, and Mr. Osborn, who were in Capetown at the time
and he had the comfort of being skilfully and tenderly nursed
by a fellow parishioner. He was buried at Wynberg Cemetery
with full military honours in the presence of a few friends on
March I3th. Dr. Grigg's services were not of the character to
qualify him as a recipient for the Victoria Cross, but none the
less he gave his life with the bravery and devotion to the service
of our country happily so conspicuous in the present
crisis. Blessed with abundant means and with nothing to
gain, he placed his services unreservedly at the disposal of
the military authorities for the benefit of his sick countrymen,
and he will find his reward."
We learn from friends in this country that in the last letter
received from him Dr. Grigg said that he felt ill but was
determined to stick to his work, and his closing words were:
" Should .you never again hear from me, remember I have
sacrificed my life in the cause of my country." This he did,
for he received no remuneration from Government, he was
under no sort of engagement to remain, and could have left
when lie chose, and by taking a,respite might have been restored
to health.
Dr.'Grigg, whowas 6o yearsofage,was'educatedatQueenElizabeth
Jollege, Guernsey, and always entertained agreataffection
for the school, and on the night before his sailing he was
anxious that a paper from the College requesting particulars
of his career in after-life should be accurately filled in. He
studied medicine at Birmingham, Bristol, King's College,
Lmdon, Vienna, and Edinburgh University. He qualified as
M.R.C.S.Eng. in I863 and L.S.A. in I864, graduated M.D. at
Edinburgh in I870, and became M.R.C.P.Lond. in I872. He
was House-Surgeon to the Lock Hospital, and for a short time
was in general practice in Maida Hill; but from 1874 to I893
he was Assistant Obstetric Physician to the Westminster
Hospital, and for a time Joint Lecturer in Forensic Medicine
at its medical school. He was also Physician to Queen Charlotte's
Lying-in Hospital and the Victoria Hospital for Children,
and Physician-Accoucheur to St. George's Dispensary.
He was a Fellow of the Royal Medical and Chirurgical and of
the obstetrical societies; a member of the Pathological and
Clinical Societies; and a past President of the British Gynrecological
Society, in the formation of which he was largely
instrumental. He contributed a paper on Antiseptics
in Lying-in Hospitals to the BRITIsH MEDICAL JOURNAL in
For many years he was Honorary Secretary of the Metropolitan
Counties Branch of the British Medical Association in
conjunction with the late Dr. Alexander Henry, and represented
the Branch on the former Committee of Council, and
after its reorganisation on the Council of the Association. He
was in office in 1878 when the Association decided to undertake
the printing of its journal, and he was much opposed to
that venture. Indeed, chiefly by his efforts a requisition was
signed which resulted in the holding of a special general
meeting of the Association at Birmingham on April 2nd, 1878,
at which he moved a resolution in accordance with his views,
but the great majority of the meeting was in favour of the
new departure, whilst the result has been a success greater
than was then dreamt of by anyone. But although
Dr. Grigg was mistaken in this instance lie continued
for another ten years to do: yeoman service for the
Association, and the number of members of the Metropolitan
Counties Branch grew to exceed I,ooo before his
retirement from the secretaryship. He was a man of great
energy and public spirit, and keenly interested in public
affairs. He was hospitable and fond of society, and had ample
means wherewith to gratify his tastes in these respects. His
wife predeceased him by about fourteen months. They had
no family.
A memorial Fervice was held at Christ Church, Down Street,
Mayfair, on March 2Ist, at whirh a large congregation was
present. The Vicar, the Rev. B. R. Rowsell, spoke very feelingly
of the deceased, who had for twenty-five years been churchwarden of the church
Grigg, William Chapman (I690)
74 Of Tempello, Marlborough,New Zealand Grigg, Roger Christian (I204)
75 Pollie Honor Rogers Grigg 4th. May 1886 personal estate £285
The will of Pollie Honore Rogers Grigg late of Pathada in the Parish
of Menheniot in the County of Cornwall (spinster) who died 1st April
1886 at Pathada was proved at Bodmin by John Snell Tucker of Pathada
Yeaoman the sole Executor

A census listed Polly as head of household in Duloe,Cornwall,1870
Living with Aunt Amelia Milton and George Milton. 
Grigg, Polly Honor Rogers (I176)
76 Privately Baptised 18 November 1834, Publicly baptised 30 November1834
Died 30 December 1834 buried 1 January 1835 ,Duloe 
Grigg, Thomas Nattle (I182)
77 Referred to in 1841 census at Tremedart, Duloe.
Grigg, Robert (I109)
78 Referred to in 1881 census as wife Eliza Jane, aged 66, born Whitby,
Watkins, Eliza Jane (I373)
79 Regarding Thomas? Indenture. He signed up for five years initially and extended his term once but I don?t know whether things were the same for him in his employ for the second term.
From the VDL Co. dispatches. Thomas was the replacement for a sick Revd. E Pizey at the last moment. The barque EMU had to be held for a while to get things in order and the vessel arrived in Stanley on 19th Dec. 1841. Rev?d Grigg had been recommended to the VDL Co. by Society for the Propagating the Gospel. By June of 1842 the VDL Co HQ in London had received a letter from Society for the Propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts soliciting Subscriptions.
On 31st July 1856 Thomas? successor in Tasmania, B. Fookes, wrote a letter to Thomas addressed to The Revd. T. N. Grigg, Watling Vickarage Sussex.
As a result of this letter Thomas Grigg wrote a letter to the VDL Co in London. It is dated 26 Nov 1856 and he gave his address as Pierre Peree(?), Guernsey.
Grigg followed up his first letter with additional matter on the same subject from the same address dated 2nd Dec 1856.
Thomas Grigg was in Tasmania while extensive changes were taking place within the VDL Co.
He was an influential member of the Circular Head District.
There maybe more details Tasmanian archives that I haven?t come across as yet
During my research I have got to know Thomas Nattle Grigg quite well and it is therefore a slice of ?deja vu? to have your contact
Grigg, Rev.Thomas Nattle (I96)
80 Richards will was probated in Victoria, Australia. May 28 1979. Bus
Transport Supervisor of Dandenong. 
Grigg, Richard John Rogers (I237)
81 Robert was a batchelor. Grigg, Robert (I457)
82 Ruth was born aboard ship the Berrima on route to Australia. Grigg, Ruth Lucy Berima (I9)
83 Tea Planter Mahaousa,Madulkelle,Ceylon Grigg, Stanley Hastings (I39)
84 The wedding was a grand event with many distinquished guests including
The Prince of Wales,Lady Patricia Ramsey,the Spanish Ambassador and
Mne Merry del Val, the Polish Minister, Prince Obolensky,the Marquess
of Carmarthen,the Dowager Marchioness of Tweeddale,Earl and Countess
Beatty,Miss Field,The Earl and Countess of Cromer,the Countess of
Derby,Lady Victoria Bullock,the Countess of Dunmore,Earl and Countess
of Buxton,Cora Countess of Stratford,The Spanish Ambassador,Duke and
Duchess of Rutland ,the Earl and Countess Buxton, Earl and Countess of
Derby, Lady Geraldine Churchill , LLyod George and his wife and
another 200 Lords and Lady's.
The bridal gown was ivory chiffon velvet with long white and silver
brocaded train, embossed in a raised design of white roses in velvet.
A tulle veil reaching to the head of the train fell from a wreath of
real orange blossom ,and a bouguet of orange flowers grown in
England,was carried.
There was a guard of honour at the church of Girl Guides and Boy
Scouts from North London.
After the reception at 20, Portmore-square, Sir Edward and Lady Grigg
left for Sandwich Bay, whence they will proceed to Egypt.

Sir Edward died of Cardiac Asthma

Sir Edward is a great-grandson of Sir Richard Bourke a former Governor
of New South Wales.
He had a distinguished career at Oxford and as Dominions editor of the
London Times. Subsequently he was editor of the " Round Table" on the
outbreak of war he joined the Grenadier Guards, and took part in heavy
fighting. He was promoted to a post of great responsibility on the
divisional staff early in 1918, and when the army of occupation was
reduced he was appointed a member of the War Office Committee on " The
Organization of the Future Army" He is acting as political adviser to
the Prince on his Dominions tour.
He is secretary of the Rhodes Trust, and a director of Reuters and sat
in Parliament for Oldham.
Sir Edward was honoured in England, 1945. Created 1st Lord Atrincham
of Tormarton, Gloustershire. Edward was the Parlimentary Under-
Secretary for war to Winston Churchill. He was made first Lord
Altrincham of Tormastron, Somerset in 1954.
Was highly decorated ; PC , KCMG , KCVO , DSO , MC.
Was a member of Parliament.
Was military secretary to HRH Prince of Wales during visit to Canada
1919 and Australia and New Zealand 1920,
Private Secretary to PM (Rt Hon D Lloyd George) 1921-2.
Governor and Commander in Chief, Kenya 1925-30.
Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Information 1939-40, Financial
Secretary to War Office April/May 1940.
Joint Under Secretary of State for War 1940-42, Minister Resident in
the Middle East 1944-45, sat as MP for Oldham (NL) 1922-25 and for
Altricham Division of Cheshire (C) 1933-45 ,
Created Baron Altricham of Tormarton, country Gloucestershire 1945,
married 1923 Hon Joan Alice Katherine Dickson Poydner daughter 1st
Baron Islington, died 1955, succeeded by his eldest son (27) John
Edward Poydner , 2nd Baron and present peer Debrett's Peerage
' He accompanied the Prince of Wales to South Australia and the other
Australian States in 1920 in capacity of military secretary.
The Prince of Wales was founded in the '30s for the sons of the white
settlers and administrators. The school magazine for 1963 includes the
address from Canon Capon, the school chaplain, at the Duke of York
School's Founder's Day [the DoY was the brother school to the PoW] :
'European education had begun in this country originally, I believe,
for the children of railway officials. It expanded, and what had begun
as one school in successive stages divided into primary and secondary
section .... About 1929 Sir Edward Grigg, then Governor and later to
become the first Lord Altrincham, had the vision to see that Kenya
would soon need a school to be run along the lines of the English
Public Schools. A good many people thought he was crazy - not long
after that I first came to this countryand remember well the fears
felt by my friends. They really believed that if their children were
kept out here during their 'teens they would row up to be either
mentally deficient or physically deforemd or both. But despite those
fears the Prince of Wales School was founded and begun on its present
wonderful site in 1931 - all honour to Sir Edward Grigg for his
persistence and vision.' 
Grigg, Sir-Edward William Macleay (I98)
85 The Will of Joseph Grigg 12th. October 1880 under £600
Joseph Grigg formerly of Lisheard , but late of Fowey both in the
county of Cornwall Gentleman. Who died 27th. September 1880 at Fowey,
wasproved at Bodmin by John Luskey Coad of Lisheard Gentleman the sole
A will index in Christchurch,NZ , includes his entry he must have had
property in NZ as a result of his family.
Joseph will was probated in New Zealand, Dec 21. 1881. Joseph Grigg
born Liskeard,Cornwall, died Sep 1880 Fowey.; ammount 3663 pounds,
Will Sep 25 1879.
Executor,: John Grigg, Longbeach, attorney Sister Christiana Grigg

Joseph was a younger brother of John Grigg of Longbeach. He came out
with his sister Chrissie, who was deaf and dumb to Auckland John was
then at Otahuhu. They went to live at Longbeach in the first house
there; this was before the wooden house was moved from Chertsey . John
said he was an unfailing judge of men- better even than himself; but
he appears to be one of those who can manage successfully for others
but not for themselves.
Twice John started him up on farms and on neither did he succeed. He
was the first manager of Longbeach and was succeeded by Hocking, he
was still there in 1868 and advertised dairy cows and heifers for sale
. Finally he returned to Cornwall where he indulged his fondness for
sculing, he was a batchelor.

A Census listed Joseph as head of household in St Stephen & St
Lawrence,Exeter,Devon 1851. At House of Nicholas W Tanner, Chemist and
Druggist Master 246 High St, Exeter 
Grigg, Joseph (I134)
86 Will made in Melbourne,Victoria.
Leaves all to his two sisters Elizabeth Nicholas and Martha Nicholas.
His probate Real Estate price of land situated in ,Collingwood
Victoria. no home 100 pound 
Grigg, Robert Nicholas (I408)
87 Will: Mary Grigg (wife of above) 1758 of Duloe,
Christian Burial at Discretion of Executors
Son John Hicks 1 Guinea (child of 1st marriage)
Son John Grigg 1 Guinea
Daughter Mary Lord 1 Guinea
Henry Lord and John Lord half a crown apiece and John Lord a gulden?
John Grigg and William Grigg half a crown to each John, William and
James Bowy fifteen shillings between them, Elizabeth Hicks five
shillings, John Elizabeth, Joan and Mary Hick ye children of Matthew
Hicks half a crown to each, My daughter Mary Lord my best gnee of
woolling and looming and one gulden Roney, my second best gulden of
woolling and looming to Mary Hicks ye grown daughter of Robert Hicks
his daughter Joan Hicks, Elizabeth daughter of Matthew Hicks, woolling
and looming poor of Duloe Parish and Morval Parish half a crown to
each of them. I give all ye rest of my effects of what kind howsoever
may be to my son Matthew Hicks and to my Grandson Matthew Hicks whom I
make my joint executors of this my last Will and Testament ------The
sign of Mary Grigg
Inventory of Goods and Chattles of Mary Grigg Deceased of the Borough
of East Looe, County of Cornwall. (Widow), seen and appraised by John
Hicks and Henry Lord this 24th. Day of April 1758.
Girdle and Wearing Apparel
A bed and furniture
A pair of Chest of Drawers
A table board and six chairs
Two Iron Pots, one jack and Tea Kettle
Five Pewter Dishes and nine plates
For things seen and not praised
As witnessed our hands
John Hicks Henry Lord

She made a will in Duloe, Cornwall England,1757. Mentions Sons John
Grigg and Matthew Hicks, daughter Mary Lord and numerous others. 
Mary Hicks (nee Benny) (I127)
88 William was a farmer. Grigg, William (I415)
89 [BO::BO][IT::IT][BO:A statue is erected in Ashburton , New Zealand
recognizing his achievements.:BO]
A list of New Zealand Freeholders,1882, John Grigg farmer of Longbeach
Borough of Ashburton, acres value 137,839 pounds.
Also listed for Invercargill, 300 acres, value 300 pound.
Chairman of the Ashburton Road Board, 1872-1879 plus many other

John's will was probated in New Zealand.
Ammount 83,344 pounds
Executors; John Charles And Edward Francis Joseph Grigg.

[BO:Arrived in New Zealand 1854, a 26 year old Cornishman born at
Brodbane Manor Farm, near Duloe which his people had farmed for three
generations. He was educated privately at the naval college at Stoke.
He was crippled in a chilhood scalding accident and considered too
frail to succeed to the family farm. He was groomed to be a clergyman,
but when his father died when he was 19 he took charge of the farm.
John became engaged to the daughter of a neighbouring farmer who was
taking his family to New Zealand,He arranged to migrate too but missed
his boat, The Ship "Polar Star" having sailed with his luggage was
lost at sea with all passengers and crew.
He sold Brodbane in 1853 and made arrangements for care of his brother
and sisters,John sailed on the "Blackwall" for Melbourne 1854 then
went onto Aukland late 1854.
In 1861 Grigg travelled to the South Island and bought a vast tract of
land into which no man had ventured. Much of it was inpenetrable
swamp, but John Grigg set out to drain his 30,000 acre wilderness and
make it produce food.
He built his own brick kiln and made his own drain pipes; he cut
ditches from 2 to 14 feet deep leading to the Hind River , and he laid
150 miles of drain.
John Grigg lived to see his estate become the largest agricultural
farm in the world. when he died in 1901 there were 220 Longbeach Farms
many of them owned by former employees . Many of them helped through
difficult years by him.
Before he moved his family to Longbeach he was both a vestryman and
churchwarden of St Michael's, Chestry.
Physically he was a man of medium height and physically active , he
was impulsive, inpetuous, generous, quicktempered.
He was among the first to ship refrigerated lamb to the U.K., to his
son at Cambridge. He became Chairman of the Canterbury Frozen Meat
The property passed to his son, Mr John.Charles.Nattle.Grigg.
At this time the area was decreased and, with subsequently reductions,
had fallen to 4,000 acres by 1926. In that year it was inhereted by
the present owner, Mr John.Hutton Grigg who now farms 3,000 acres::BO]
Chairman of the Ashburton Road Board, 1872 -1879 plus many other
[ John Grigg]

John Grigg was baptised in the parish of Duloe, Cornwall, England, on
23 May 1828. He was the eldest of the three sons and one daughter of
Christiana Nattle and her husband, John Grigg, a yeoman farmer. His
mother died when he was about six or seven.
John Grigg was locally educated at a dame school and grammar school in
Bodmin, where he lived with his pious, evangelical grandmother. He was
then sent to a public school in Plymouth to begin training for a
career in the church. John had been determined to be a farmer, but
this had been considered too strenuous after a childhood accident left
him partially crippled. However, his doggedness finally persuaded his
father to relent.
His father died when John was about 16 or 17, and on inheriting the
property, Bodbrane, he became responsible for providing for his
stepmother and siblings. He had met and fallen in love with Martha
Maria Vercoe; when she emigrated to New Zealand with her family, John
Grigg decided to follow. After two years of negotiations he sold
Bodbrane, and left for Australia on the Blackwall in 1854, arriving in
New Zealand before the end of the year. He leased land at Otahuhu and
began mixed farming. On 7 June 1855 he and Martha were married at
Trinity Church, Otahuhu. They farmed at Otahuhu for 10 years, where,
after one unsuccessful venture exporting potatoes to Australia, Grigg
proved his versatility. His early achievement in establishing a
pure-bred flock of Leicester sheep is indicated by his success as a
show-ring exhibitor at the New Zealand Exhibition held in Dunedin in
1865. He also experimented successfully with cross-breeding Leicesters
and merinos and imported much modern agricultural technology.
In late 1863 Grigg persuaded his brother-in-law, Auckland financier
and businessman Thomas Russell, to join him in a partnership. They
bought Longbeach, an area between the Rangitata and Ashburton rivers
in Canterbury; 2,315 acres were freeholded, with another 30,000 held
on lease. Much of the land was swamp, but Grigg diverted the Hinds
River to drain it. By 1865 12,000 acres of Longbeach had been
freeholded; the remainder was progressively purchased.
Grigg left Auckland in 1866. He bought a house for his family in
Christchurch, where they stayed until 1871 when the first wooden house
on the estate was enlarged to accommodate them all. Grigg initially
concentrated on raising cattle for sale to the West Coast goldfields.
When demand dropped, he diversified into grain production and began to
stock sheep as well as Clydesdale and thoroughbred horses, and
Berkshire and Yorkshire pigs. Known primarily as a stockbreeder, Grigg
also made Longbeach famous for cropping thousands of acres of grain.
Longbeach saw major changes in the 1880s. John Grigg was quick to see
the advantages of the frozen-meat trade. He was the founder and a
long-serving director of the Canterbury Frozen Meat and Dairy Produce
Export Company, and carcasses from Longbeach formed part of the first
refrigerated cargo sent to London in February 1882. Partly owing to
Grigg's support, Canterbury became the New Zealand leader in this
trade. Stimulated by the new market Longbeach eventually increased its
holding of sheep from 11,000 in 1881 to 41,000 in 1892.
There were problems, however. When the land boom of the 1870s ended,
Thomas Russell insisted on selling the heavily mortgaged property.
John Grigg refused, and Longbeach's stock were offered for sale in
November 1882, when the self-contained village on the site helped to
accommodate and feed hundreds of potential buyers from all over New
Zealand. Grigg himself bought two-thirds of the stock and gradually
reduced the size of the property to 15,000 acres; some of the land had
already been sold, mainly to employees. Grigg survived the worst of
the depression by a combination of thrift and insistence on
excellence. In the same period he moved into dairy farming, importing
Dutch Friesian cattle in 1883.
A dedicated nonconformist churchman in England, Grigg joined the
Anglican church in New Zealand. He took an active part in local church
affairs as a lay reader and a member of the General Synod. He admired
Bishop George Selwyn and shared with him a sympathetic attitude toward
the Maori.
John Grigg was involved in public life as well as farming. He chaired
William Moorhouse's unsuccessful campaign for the superintendency of
Canterbury in 1870. In the 1880s he attributed the effects of economic
depression and the consequent lack of public confidence to Sir George
Grey's leadership. When Sir Julius Vogel spoke at Ashburton in June
1884, Grigg was sufficiently impressed to offer himself, successfully,
as a Vogelite candidate in a by-election for Wakanui in July. Too
honest to act as a docile subordinate and fearful that Vogel and
Premier Robert Stout would introduce a land tax, Grigg decided he was
unsuited to party politics and resigned his seat in June 1885.
Believing he had come to support Grey, his erstwhile constituents
burned him in effigy. Grigg also served on the Ashburton Road Board
from 1872 to 1879, the Ashburton County Council from 1878 to 1884 and
1887 to 1896, the local school committee, and other local bodies. He
was a fellow of Christ's College and a member of the board of
governors of Canterbury College from 1879 to 1894.
A man of medium stature with penetrating blue eyes and a generous
beard, John Grigg has been described as active, quick-tempered,
impulsive and generous. A background of generations of yeomen farmers
combined with a strong faith gave him a genuine regard for the land.
His forthright nature and ability to foresee and adapt to change were
qualities well suited to the role of a pioneer.
When John Grigg died at Longbeach on 5 November 1901, seven of his 10
children (five daughters and two sons) survived him. He was buried
beside his wife, Martha, who had died on 19 December 1884; the graves
are close to the one-time Prebbleton church which John had bought and
placed in the homestead grounds. Their eldest son, John Charles Nattle
Grigg, who had been running the estate for several years, inherited
Longbeach on his father's death.
Burdon, R. M. New Zealand notables. Series 3. Christchurch, 1950
Stevens, P. G. 'Grigg, John'. In An encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Ed.
A. H. McLintock. Wellington, 1966
Stevens, P. G. John Grigg of Longbeach. Christchurch, 1952
Lawrence, Morag. 'Grigg, John 1828? - 1901'. Dictionary of New
Zealand Biography, updated 22 April 2002
The original version of this biography was published in the Dictionary
of New Zealand Biography Volume Two (1870-1900), 1993
© Crown Copyright 1993-2002. Published by the Ministry for Culture and
Heritage, Wellington, New Zealand. All rights reserved. 
Grigg, John (JP) (I133)
90 [BO:Daughter of William Nattle,Esq. of Cadson, St Eve,Cornwall:BO] Family F52
91 [IT::IT][BO::BO] Will of John Grigg of
Lisheart Gentlemen 1829-31
Under £1,000
To my wife Jennifer so long as she stays my widow £20 annuity out of
rent of my freehold message or dwelling house at Lisheard occupied by
Joseph Hicks as tenant paid half yearly. If she remarries £10only,
gives bed with green morine furniture with bedlye, mattress, bolsters
and pillows, all the furniture belonging and the bureau, four ash
chairs, and one wainscot elbow chair and the dressing table and
looking glass in my sleeping room and my round mahogany table with
turn up leaf, also the two rooms over the gateway and the pump-house
and part of myleasehold house and premises situate in Lamelion Street
in Lisheard held under lease determinable on the death of lives during
all my estate and interest therein.
I give daughter Elizabeth Oliver during her natural life and annuity
or clear yearly rent charge of £5. out of Joseph Hicks rent payable
half yearly. If his wife remarries £10 only - To daughters Mary
Burland £15, Elizabeth Oliver £15, Catherine Barnes £15, Maria Pearce
£15, Son-in-law John Milton £15. Son John Grigg £5, and my clock, Son
Thomas Grigg £5, and my large bible, Grandsons George Milton, and
Christopher Grigg Milton £25 each, when they are 21, and until they do
- interest of £4, per centum per annum paid for their maintenance.
Gives to Son-in-law John Milton my Leasehold Field in Menheniot, under
lease from Doctor Lyne, and a close of land in Lisheard under lease
from Mary Carnoch till it runs out. I remit the said John Milton the
debt he owes me.Executor friend Hugh Snell from Menheniot, gentlemen
upon trust, all the rest for the use of my Grandson John Grigg, son of
my late son, Christopher Grigg deceased and if in default of this to
my Grandson John Grigg Milton.
Codicil: Wife - to have £20 even if she remarries and Grandson's
George Milton and Christopher Grigg Milton one guinea each and the
same to all his living Grandchildren. 
Grigg, John (I118)
92 [IT:Rev. Thomas died at the Family Estate Theberton, Maskelyia Ceylon
on the eve of his return to England.:IT]
"A tombstone in the church yard of the ALL SAINTS CHURCH,MASKELIYA
bears the following inscription.- Quote. "Feb 29,1884- The Revd Thomas
Nattle Grigg ,BA.,Cantab.,Late Rector of Lambley, Nott. Died at
Theberton, Maskeliya, on the eve of his departure for home Aged 73"

[IT:Reverand Thomas Nattle Grigg personal estate £11,256-4-7,
Resworn May 1885, £10,867-16-9.
The will with a codicil of the Reverand Thomas Nattle Grigg late of
Bishop's Startford in the County of Hertford and of Theberton Estate
Maskelyia in the Island of Ceylon, Clerk who died 29th. February 1884
at Theberton Estate was proved at the Principal Registry by Jemima
Stokes Grigg of Bishops Stortford, Spinster the daughter the sole
Counsel is of the opinion that the will of the above deceased under
which the English Estate passes, is that on the death of Miss Mary Ann
Grigg, the remaining Moiety of the Capital became divisible into
twentieths. five twentieths going to Sir Edward William Macleay Grigg
the only child of the late Mr Henry Bidwell Grigg, five twentieths
going equally between the seven children of the late Mr Thomas James
Grigg who were living at the death of Miss M A Grigg, four twentieths
going equally between the four children of the late Mrs Christiana
Nattle Byrde who were living at the death of Miss M A Grigg. This
would be a division along the lines that were adopted at the death of
Miss Jemima Stokes Grigg, when own moiety of the estate was
distributed, all parties at the time being sui juris.
Counsel has advised, however, that owing to the obscurity of the
language of the will and to the fact that the children of the late
Revd, Louis Byrde are infants and are therefore unable to enter into
any binding agreement, the Trustees cannot safely distribute the
remaining moiety of the Trust Property without the sanction of an
Order of the Court,
The Trustees will apply to the Court by Orginating Summons to
ascertain whether the Estate is divisable as the above or otherwise it
is divisable, and all beneficiaries who are out of the juristiction
must autherise Solicitors within the jurisdiction to enter appearances
for them. we act for the trustees and it will save considerable
expense if we are instructed to act for the beneficiaries also.
The remainding moiety of the English Estate consists of the
2538 pounds advanced on morgage of Theberton 380 pounds Bengal Dooars
Railway Ordinary Stocks 109 pounds 6/6 Freehold rent charged on
property at St Georges, Bristol ( at 15 years purchase would produce
about 1600 pounds)
------------------------------------- Revd T N Grigg, deceased Final
distribution of English Estates - October 31 1925
Realisation of sale of freehold ground rents St George's Bristol in 18
lots, 1712 pounds.
Cash rents on above 90 pounds less expences leaves 1676 pounds to
1/4 to Sir Edward Grigg as only child of Henry Bidwell Grigg , 1/4 to
the children of Col E E Grigg in equal shares 1/4 to the children of
Mr Thomas James Grigg in equal shares 1/4 to the children of Mrs C N equal shares .
Thomas Nattle Grigg Trust was established in Ceylon to provide
income for his descendants from Theberton Estate, Maskalyia, Ceylon.
Document from 1926 outlines the beneficiaries at that date.

[IT:He was a student at Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, 1833
School; St Johns and St Peters Cambridge Alumni Thomas Nattle Grigg,
adm sigar at St Johns Jan.26 1826, of Cornwall.
School, Devenport Matric Michs 1828, migrated to Peterhouse Feb. 10
1829. BA 1833. Ordained Deacon (Norwich) Sep 23 1838.
Priest Jan 5 1840, Chaplain Van Diemen's Land Co 1841, Vicor of St
George Bristol 1857-73 Rector of Lambley, Notts, 1873-83. Lived
Subsequently at Bishops Storford,Herts. Died Feb 29 1884, aged 73 at
Theberton Estate, Maskelyia, Ceylon on the eve of his departure for
( T.A.Walker , 436; Crockford ;Scott MSS ; The Guardian, March 5
1884 , Church of England Mag.)
Appointed Chaplian of the Van Diemen's Land Co in 1841.
By 1890 the Stanley Institute ' had 1100 volumes. Education was
another pressing community need and Stanley enjoyed the distinction of
being the first North-West Coast town to have a school, established by
the VDL Co. despite several hurdles and a short-lived controversy over
The company brought out an Anglican clergyman from London in 1841,
engaging the Rev. Thomas N. Grigg with the intention that he would
also conduct a company school for about 30 school-age children from
among 40 youngsters at the settlement. The chosen schoolmaster, Martin
McHale, was found to be incompetent on the voyage out and another
indented servant, William Tagg, previously a schoolmaster in England
and performing similar duties on the barque Emu, was appointed at a
salary of £20 a year and any fees he could earn from tuition in his
spare time. McHale later worked as a labourer, buying a block at
Stanley in 1852. Tagg also had a brief teaching career and was
dismissed for `gross misconduct' leaving Grigg to carry on.
It was generally agreed that the need for a school was pressing, both
for the `idle children' and to help the company maintain a stable
workforce. With the arrival of Rev. Grigg, immediate steps were taken
to establish classes, though the issue of school fees was looming as
the next barrier. The company proposed fees of 6d per child a week or
4d per child for families with two or more children in attendance;
however, parents asserted that they had been promised the school would
be free, a claim supported by Rev. Grigg and a matter on which Curr
had been given no instructions. The imposition of a fee had been a
tactical move by Curr, who had discovered that the Van Diemen's Land
Government was spending £ 10 000 a year on day schools and that their
regulations showed they were legally bound to establish one at
Circular Head.
Having every right therefore to expect that on a proper application
being submitted they would at once make ours a government school, we
decided to adopt their regulations as closely as possible from the
Early in 1842, Curr called most of the parents to a meeting at his
house and outlined the proposal, with Rev. Grigg persuading them to
accept fees by subscribing £5 a year towards expenses to be shared
amongst them. They promised to have the fees deducted from their
Curr faced yet another test in paving the way for the company school
to become a day school, spending considerable time
convincing Rev. Grigg to have anything to do with a school in which,
according to regulations for Government facilities, no catechism was
permitted and no scriptures were to be expounded.
On 6 January, the first day of school, however, many parents reneged
on their agreement and only 19 children turned up. After
prolonged discussion, the company agreed to make it a charity school
and formal education began in earnest at Circular Head, with the
company largely paying expenses. In 1846, Curr's original plans were
realised when it became a `penny a day'school under a State-wide
system whereby the Government paid a daily penny per child to church
authorities, mainly Anglican, who conducted most of Tasmania's
schools. Wood's Almanac of 1849 lists an enrolment of 30 at the
Stanley Public Day School.
"[IT:Attempts to establish a European culture in the wilderness had
begun with the district's earliest residents,
who were well-satisfied with milestones like the formation of a
library in the early 1840s. Conceived by
'gentlemen of the establishment' and subsidised by them, it included
books, testaments and Bibles sent out
from London. By 1890 the Stanley Institute had I 100 volumes.
Education was another pressing
community need and Stanley enjoyed the distinction of being the first
North-West Coast town to have a
school, established by the VanDiemans Land Co. despite several hurdles
and a short-lived controversy over fees.
From the 1840s onwards Stanley nurtured the hopes of worshippers
seeking churches as a focus for a
diversity of faiths. Rev.Thomas Nattle Grigg carried out the Church of
England ministry over a vast district, from the
Blythe River to Woolnorth. For the first few years after proclamation
Stanley had no church, though the
Highfield chapel on the nearby Green Hills continued in private use.
The original church of St. Paul was
built in 1846 and the stone structure was consecrated in 1858 by
Bishop Nixon, the first Bishop of
Tasmania. It was later demolished due to a structural fault
and.replaced by the existing weatherboard
Thomas and family travelled to Tasmania aboard ("Emu") Stanley
Circular Head, arrived Dec. 1841 with wife and four [IT:children.
"Like many early towns, Stanley could measure its prosperity in the
number of its hotels and the business they enjoyed. Licences were
first issued locally by a licensing court established at Stanley in
1849 and having jurisdiction over the district of Horton. The first
annual general meeting of the Justices of Peace was held at the police
office on 1 September and the court included chairman Andrew Mowbray;
deputy clerk of peace, William Horatio Walsh, also postmaster and
schoolmaster; John Lee Archer P.M.; Rev. Thomas.Nattle Grigg; and
James Gibson's brother, William. Local applicants were Michael Lyons,
William Borradale,James Ferguson and John Whitbread. All were
successful, with Lyons licensed to conduct the Shamrock Inn, which
became the Ship Inn in 1854 under proprietor, Thomas House, the
Stanley Hotel in 1888 under Jane Kay, and the Bay View in 1906, with
Henry J. Austin the proprietor. It continued to operate as the Bay
View Hotel till it was delicensed in June 1972, with Ewen Trenerry its
final p:IT]roprietor".
[IT:He resided in Circular Head, Tasmania, Australia 1842. Census
Circular Head, 1842:IT]
Bought land at Forest,North Western Tasmania as an investment.
He bought property in Lerderberg, Victoria, August 1849.
Leased Pastoral run Aug 1849-
July 1853 Lerderberg.Victoria
Moeep ,Victoria,1849
Borhoneyghurk East ,Victoria 1849-1856 18,000 Acres
He resided in Portland, Victoria 1851 . Thomas travelled to England,
March 1852. Departed Melbourne with wife and family in March 1852
aboard "Northumberland":IT] 
Grigg, Rev.Thomas Nattle (I96)
93 [UL::UL][IT::IT]Roberts body was intered at St Cuby, Duloe a Plaque on
the wall inside the church ( Here Lieth the body of Robert Grigg late
The Borough of East Looe
who died on the 7th day of November 1821 in his 65th year of his age.
"I know that my Redeemer liveth" 
Grigg, Robert (I121)
94 [UL::UL][IT:The burial took place at Centennial Park Cemetary most of
her family were at the service.The service was conducted by a member
of the Plymouth Brethren, a religious group of which she was a member,
none of the family were members. Under instruction, the family stood
back and witnessed from afar, the coffin arrived in the rear of a
station wagon,and after a short service the coffin was lowered into
the grave and the members of the Plymouth Brethren took off their
coats and filled in the grave and that was that.:IT] 
Wisson, Gladys Hannah (I48)

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