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Name: St. Aubyn Molesworth

Burial Number: 0753

Gender: Male

Occupation: Army Officer

Distinction: Royal Artillery Colonel

Born: 26/03/1843

Died: 18/08/1914

Buried: 21/08/1914



St. Aubyn Molesworth was the grandson of the Reverend John Molesworth (1763) and Catherine St. Aubyn (1760), – whose maiden name became the first name of both her son and grandson.

St. Aubyn Molesworth was born on 26th March 1843 at Woolwich, and baptised at St. Mary Magdalene, Woolwich, Kent, on 7th May 1843. He was the son of St. Aubyn Molesworth (Snr.) 43yrs, Captain Royal Engineers, and Isabella Margaretta, 32yrs, nee Waring. He had 4 siblings – Catherine b.1834, Elizabeth b.1840, Isabella b.1841, and St. John b.1847.

The Molesworth’s family seat was Pencarrow House, St. Breock, Cornwall, and on 12th February 1874 St. Aubyn, 31yrs, married Jane Emily Magor, 36yrs, at St. Tudy, a nearby village. He was a career soldier and in 1874 St. Aubyn was a Lieutenant, Royal Artillery. They had 2 sons born in Devon, Edward Algernon, born 1875, and Arthur St. Aubyn, born 1878. St. Aubyn was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1890, retiring with the rank of Colonel, shortly after the turn of the century.

St. Aubyn’s younger son, Arthur St. Aubyn Molesworth, Captain Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, died tragically at sea on December 22, 1911, aged 33 years. He was buried in Newfoundland, Canada.

St. Aubyn and Jane settled in Worthing, Sussex, living at Torrington, Manor Road, where he died, on 18th August 1914, aged 71yrs.

Probate was granted to his widow, Jane Emily, effects £6208 7s 2d. Value 2023 – £916,470.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for St. Aubyn Molesworth

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 2 Plot: 36

Exact Location (what3words):

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In memory of Col. St A. Molesworth August 18th 1914. Capt. A St.. A. Molesworth Decr. 22nd 1911

Further Information


Name: St. Aubyn Molesworth

Gender: Male

Born: 26/03/1843

Town: Woolwich

County: Kent

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 12/02/1874

Spouse First Name: Jane

Spouse Second Name: Emily

Spouse Last Name: Magor

Town of Marriage: St Albans

County of Marriage: Cornwall

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 18/08/1914

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Torrington

Address line 3: Manor Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £6208 7 s 2 d

Current value of effects: £916470

Census Information


Living at Garrison of Fort George, Inverness

St. Aubyn Molesworth, Hd. 50yrs, Engineer, wife, Isabella M. 40yrs, daughters, Catherine, 17yrs, Elizabeth, 11yrs, Isabella, 10yrs, and \son, St. Aubyn, 8yrs.


Living at 20 Harley Road, Hampstead, London.

Jane Emily Molesworth, 42yrs, sons, Edward A 5yrs, Arthur 2yrs, Elizabeth J Wootts 24yrs Parlourmaid, Ellen Coles 27yrs Cook, Sarah Bray 18yrs Housemaid, Emma Wootts 17yrs Visitor to Servant


Arthur St Aubyn Molesworth 12yrs is Boarder at The Old Ride, Martello Road, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset


Living at Torrington, Manor Road, Worthing, Sussex.

St. Aubyn Molesworth, Hd. 68yrs, Retired Colonel, Royal Artillery, wife, Jane Emily 72yrs, Kate Stevens 58yrs Cook, Ellen Bennett 37yrs Housemaid, Edith Baker 21yrs Kitchen and Housemaid

Miscellaneous Information


Early Origins of the Aubyn family

The surname Aubyn was first found in St. Taurin, Evreux, Normandy, in the year 980, as St. Aubyn. This distinguished name arrived with the Conqueror through Sir John Aubyn who settled in Barnstaple in Devon, where he became a patron of Barnstable Abbey. The family were granted many estates and they were recorded under the name Alban in the Domesday Book.




Family Seat of Molesworths

Historic Pencarrow House is located in the village of St. Breock, which lies between the towns of Bodmin and Wadebridge. The house dates to 1765 when it was begun by Sir John Molesworth, the 4th baronet. An imposing Georgian house, Pencarrow is still in the ownership of the Molesworth-St. Aubyn family.




Arthur St Aubyn Molesworth was born to Colonel St Aubyn Molesworth and Jane Emily (nee Magor).
On the 4th January 1899 Arthur St Aubyn Molesworth 2nd (Central Africa) Battalion Kings African Rifles, gained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry.
From the 1st March 1900, he performed duties of Station Officer; operations in the Orange Free State, during April and May 1900, including actions at Houtnek (Thoba Mountain), Vet River (5th and 6th May), and Zand River; in the Transvaal 30th November 1900 to May 1901 (Queens medal with three clasps, Kings medal with two clasps)
On the 23rd August 1902, Lieutenant a St Aubyn Molesworth returned to Southampton from Natal on RMS Kildonian Castle.
By 19th August 1903, Arthur was shown as a Lieutenant in the Kings African Rifles – Subaltern, on the Hart’s Annual Army list. He then becomes Captain in the service of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry.