Even though she may look a bit serious in this picture, this was one of the most kind hearted and loving people I have ever known. I miss her even today.
This is a portrait of my grandmother, Diana Amelia Baring-Gould just before she married my grandfather Hugh Maxwell-Batten. She was one of the many children of Sabine and Grace Baring-Gould and the family lived at Lew Trenchard Manor
My grandmother was a kind and loving person who I adored. Her life was not easy. After she married Hugh Maxwell-Batten she went to live in Malaya, where her husband owned rubber plantations and it was a difficult life for her. My Dad was born there and then sent to a boarding school in Belgium at the age of three. Those were days when colonial children were sent away to boading school so early in life, and my father always remembered how loneley and frightened he felt.
My grandmother lost all her material support during the crash of the stock market in the 1930’s – she struggled valiantly after that as best she could. I knew her when she lived with us in Dorset and this is where she died. A kind and caring person in my young life. She understood deeply, how painful life can be.
She is now buried at Monkton Wyld Church in Dorset
My Dad had this portrait (it was a miniature painting) and had it photographed by a photographer in Topsham in 1995, I have a copy of this photo, but the miniature painting strangely disapeared a few years later. We have never found it even after my father’s death in 2007. I am glad that I have the photo because she means so much to me and especially this particularly challenging year in 2011, I value her angelic presence and strength in my life.
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