Portrait of Constance Gordon

Name: Constance Gordon

Burial Number: 1032

Gender: Female

Born: 21/02/1841

Died: 14/04/1921

Buried: 19/04/1921

Story

Constance was born on the 21st February 1841 in Brighton Sussex; she was one of 7 children born to Laurence and Jane Peel (nee Lennox).

   

 

Laurence was the youngest son of the 1st Sir Robert Peel; he married Lady Jane Lennox in 1822 in Westminster.  Lady Jane was the daughter of the 4th Duke of Richmond, Scottish peer, soldier, Politian and Governor General of British North America.  Her mother was the former Lady Charlotte Gordon, Sister and heiress in line of George Gordon, 5th Duke of Gordon, Scottish nobleman, soldier and politician.

Laurence’s father the 1st Robert Peel, settled them a marriage annual income of £2000 a year, with £800 a year to go to Lady Jane in the event of Laurence’s death. Complications arose in 1826 when, on attaining the age of 25, he became entitled to £60,000 of the £106,000 which Sir Robert Peel had allotted him out of his personal fortune.  Laurence was in some financial trouble, having exceeded his allowance for a London house by taking one at 11 Connaught Place London, which was too big for his needs. His elder Brother the 2nd Sir Robert Peel  loaned him cash to tide him over. The bond of the marriage settlement was annulled and about £47000 of Laurence’s allowance portion was invested to provide £2000 a year. He disposed of the Connaught Place House and moved to more suitable premises off  Grosvenor Square in London.

When the 1st Robert Peel  died in 1830 he left to his eldest son (the 2nd Robert Peel, twice prime minister) an amount of £20,000 a year and a mansion at Drayton Manor, near Tamworth. (The 2nd Robert Peel  twice served as British Prime Minister and twice as Home Secretary. He is regarded as the Father of modern British Policing owing to his founding of the Metropolitan Police Service).  To each of his younger sons he left amounts of £7000 to £9000 per year, and smaller fortunes to each of his daughters.

Laurence sat for three years in parliament as a member for Cockermouth from 1827 to 1830.  After that he spent a lot of time in Paris or on the Continent. Laurence then moved to Brighton and devoted himself to the promotion of charitable and religious causes.

During this time,- Francis Lennox Peel b. 1828 Spelhurst Kent  d. 1828 (3 days old) and
Olivia Jane Lennox Peel  b. 1837 Brighton Sussex d.1848  Newton Abbot Devon-Died unmarried

Laurence died on 10th December 1888, he provided handsomely for his surviving children. Lady Jane died on 27th March 1861.

Family tree of Constance Augusta Lennox Gordon

Constance Augusta lived with her family at 32 Sussex Square Brighton in 1851, the family had 1 governess and 9 servants. In 1861 she was staying with her Brother Charles and his Wife at Feltham House, Lion Street, Feltham Middlesex.

She married George Grant Gordon on 8th August 1863 at St Paul’s, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge. George was a commissioned officer with the Scots Guards. He served in the Crimean War, and received the Crimea Medal with four clasps. He also served as a JP for the County of London and Berkshire. He was Equerry and Controller to the Prince and Princess Christian of Schleswig-  Holstein.

They had three children-

Laurence George Frank Gordon born 21st May 1864 died 15th January  1943,

Christian Frederick Gordon born 30th October  1866 died 29thJuly 1934,

Helena Jane Gordon born 21st April 1870 died 12th February 1932

In 1871 they were living at Frogmore Cottage, Windsor.  They had 8 servants, including 2 Lady’s maids, a servant nurse, 2 housemaids, a cook and 2 footmen.

In 1881 Constance and her Daughter, Helena are staying with her Father, Lawrence Peel at 32 Sussex Square Brighton. George is staying at Windsor Great Park, Royal Lodge London.

In 1901 she is staying in a hotel at 130 Queens Gate Kensington

After her Husband’s retirement, they moved to Worthing and lived at ‘Inkerman’ Shelley Road, Worthing. Her Husband died on 4th January 1912 in Worthing

Constance  died on 14th April 1921 in Worthing Sussex. She had moved to ‘Sandhurst’  Shakespeare Road Worthing. She left £1867 8s 10d (£54250.73 in 2020) to her Daughter Helena Jane Stone.

Mary Ann Alexander who died in 1920 and was buried at Heene, left Constance the sum of £1000 (£34450 in 2020). Mary lived at Fulmer House, on the corner of Manor Road and Boundary Road, Worthing.

Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Constance Gordon

Location in Cemetery

Area: NES Row: 1 Plot: 17

Exact Location (what3words): entry.dive.slower

Ashes or Urn: Unknown

Headstone

Description:

No description of the headstone has been added.

Inscription:

George Grant Gordon served throughout the Crimean campaign and for 25years with the Scots Fusilier Guards. Hon. Colonel of the 3rd Battn. Royal Scotts born January 29 1836 died January 4th 1912. “God be merciful to me a sinner” and Constance his wife born February 21st 1841 died April 14th 1921. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”

Further Information

Birth

Name: Constance Augustus Lennox Gordon

Gender: Female

Born: 21/02/1841

Town: Brighton

County: Sussex

Country: England

Marriage

Maiden Name:Peel

Marriage Date: 8/8/1863

Spouse First Name: George

Spouse Second Name: Grant

Spouse Last Name: Gordon

Town of Marriage: Knightsbridge

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 14/04/1921

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Sandhurst

Address line 3: Shakespeare Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England

Obituary

No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £1867 8 s 10 d

Current value of effects: £54250

Census Information

1851

Living at 32 Sussex Square Brighton Sussex

Lawrence Peel (head) age 49 , Jane Peel (Wife) age 32, Constance Peel  (Daughter) age 10, plus 1 Governess and  9 servants

1861

Living at 7 Feltham House, Lion Lane Feltham Middlesex

Mrs. Charles Peel (Head) age 34, Florence Peel (Daughter) age 9, George Peel (Son) age 8, Augusta Peel (Daughter) age 6, Cecilia Peel (Daughter) age 5, Horace Peel (Son) age 3, Edward Peel (son)     age 1, Constance Peel (Sister-in-law) age 20, Algernon  Chichester (Brother) age 31, Mrs Algernon Chichester (sister-in-law) age 26, plus 1 governor and 10 servants

1871

Living at Frogmore Cottage New Windsor Berkshire

George Gordon (Head) age 36, Constance Augusta Gordon (Wife) age 30, Lawrence Gordon (Son) age 6, Christian (Son) age 4, Helena (Daughter) age 1, plus 8 servants

1881

Living at 32 Sussex Square Brighton Sussex

Lawrence Peel (Head) age 79, Charles Peel (Son) age 57, Constance Augusta Gordon (Daughter)     age 40, Helena Gordon (Grand Daughter) age 10, George Peel (Grandson) age 28, plus 7 servants

1901

Staying at 121 Queens Gate Kensington London

Just visiting

1911

‘Inkerman’ Shelley Road Worthing Sussex

George Grant Gordon (Head) age 75, Constance Gordon (Wife) age 70, plus 4 servants

Miscellaneous Information

Charles Lennox Peel

Charles Lennox Peel b. 1823 Fulham London,  d.1899 Cuckfield Sussex

He bought a commission in the British Army and served with the 7th Queen’s Own Hussars and the Edmonton Royal Rifle Regiment of Middlesex. He relinquished his commission on 8th October 1860.
He became a civil servant and was Clerk of the Privy Council between March 1875 and August 1898. He was made Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 1890 New Year Honours, and upgraded to Knight Grand Cross of the order of the Bath in the 1899 New Years honours.
He married Hon. Caroline Chichester, Daughter of Arthur Chichester, 1st Baron of Templemore on 27th April 1848

Arthur Lennox Peel

Arthur Lennox Peel b. 1825 Fulham d. 1875 Godstone Surrey

Lt. Col. In the 52nd Regiment RSR, died unmarried

Alfred Lennox Peel

Alfred Lennox Peel b. 1827 Fulham d. 1863 Brentford Middlesex

Rector at St. James Church, Dunbrody and Killesk. Died unmarried

Cecil Lennox Peel

Cecil Lennox Peel b. 1830 Richmond Surrey  d. 1910 Easthampstead Berkshire

Captain of Scots Fusilier Guards.  – Married Hon. Susan Caroline Mary Stapleton-Cotton in 1867. She was the eldest daughter of Wellington Stapleton-Cotton, 2nd Viscount of Combermere