The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]
The Countess of Ranfurly is the only child of James Alfred, seventh Viscount Charlemont, C.B., and her mother, who died in 1888, was the youngest daughter of the third Lord Castlemaine. One of her ancestors—the famous Sir Toby Caulfeild—fought for Queen Elizabeth against the valiant O'Neil, Earl of Tyrone, and his heir was created Lord Charlemont by James I. in 1620. Another was a distinguished Irish patriot, and raised the famous “Irish Volunteers” of the eighteenth century. The “Gentlewoman” page 13 of June 5th, 1897, says that “Lady Ranfurly's delicate, patrician beauty, and sweet and gracious presence, youthfulness, kindliness of heart, vivacity, conversational powers, and perfect taste in dress, will assuredly render her as beloved and popular in New Zealand as in English society.”
Captain Dudley Alexander, Private Secretary to His Excellency the Earl of Ranfurly, K.C.M.G., is a son of Henry Alexander. Esq., of Forkhill, County Armagh, and of Lady Louisa Alexander, daughter of the second Earl of Ranfurly, and is first cousin to the Governor. Born in 1863, Captain Alexander was educated at Marlborough College, and, choosing a military career, entered the Militia in 1882. Two years later he passed his examinations, and became a lieutenant in the fourteenth West Yorkshire Regiment; for three years, before his appointment as private secretary to Lord Ranfurly in June, 1897, he was adjutant of the Bedfordshire Volunteers. He is a member of the United Service Club. London.
The Hon. Charles Edward Hill-Trevor, Assistant Private Secretary to Lord Ranfurly, is the third son of the late Baron Trevor, of Brynkinalt, Chirk, North Wales (third son of the third Marquis of Downshire), and of the Hon. Mary Catherine Curzon (daughter of the Hon. and Rev. Alfred Curzon, and sister of Alfred, Lord Searsdale, of Keddelston, Derby). His paternal grandmother was Lady Maria Windsor, daughter of the fifth Earl of Plymouth. Lord Trevor—father of the subject of this notice—held a seat in the House of Commons for the same constituency from 1845 to 1880, and was a magistrate for Counties Salop, Nottingham, Denbigh, Flint, and Down, and deputy-lieutenant for Nottingham and Down. He was Major in the North Shropshire Yeomanry Cavalry from 1863 to 1872, and a lieutenant-colonel of the South Down Militia. In 1862, on succeeding to the estates of the late Viscount Dungannon, he assumed the additional name of Trevor. The Hon. Charles Hill-Trevor, who was born on the 23rd of December, 1863, was educated at Eton College. Entering the Militia in 1883, he was for some time captain of the third Battalion of Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from which regiment he resigned in 1893. Mr. Hill-Trevor had seven years' experience in orangegrowing in Florida. United States of America. In 1887 he acquired an estate in that country, which he still retains. He was appointed to the staff of His Excellency in June, 1897. The Hon. Charles Hill-Trevor is a member of “White's” Club, St. James' Street, London.
Captain Henry Dudley Ossulston Ward. Aide-de-Camp to His Excellency the Governor, was born on the 23rd of May, 1872, and was educated at the Oxford Military College. He entered the Royal Artillery in July. 1891, and joined the Royal Horse Artillery in May. 1896. Captain Ward was appointed to the staff of His Excellency in June, 1897. In October, 1899, Captain Ward, as holding a commission in the Royal Artillery, left New Zealand to join in the operations of the British Army against the South African and Orange Free State republics.page break