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Sir John Cecil POWER, 1st Baronet

Sir John Cecil POWER, 1st Baronet

Male 1870 - 1950  (79 years)

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  • Name John Cecil POWER 
    Prefix Sir 
    Suffix 1st Baronet 
    Born 21 Dec 1870  Eldon, County Down, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Name: John
      Gender: Male
      Baptism/Christening Date:
      Baptism/Christening Place: 457, CASTLEREAGH NO 2, DOWN, IRE
      Birth Date: 21 Dec 1870
      Birthplace: Castlereagh No 2, Down, Ire
      Father's Name: William Power
      Mother's Name: Cleopatra Cecilia Bargoyre
      Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C70144-1
      System Origin: Ireland-VR
      Source Film Number: 255810
      Reference Number: 2:HQBKTP
      Collection: Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1881 
    Scholar 
    Census 1 Apr 1881  100 Hertford Road, St John, Hackney, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1901 
    Patent Stone Manufacturer 
    • Employer
    Census 1 Apr 1901  21 Lower Mall, Hammersmith, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1911 
    Constructional Engineer (Employer) 
    Census 1 Apr 1911  1 Queen's Ride, Barnes, London S.W. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    John Cecil Power & family
    John Cecil Power & family
    1911 census
    Occupation 1917 
    Director 
    Probate (Grant of) 25 Jan 1917 
    • Granted probate on the estate of his father, William Taylor Power.
    Living From 1920 to Abt 1948  Newlands Manor, Milford on Sea, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Cleo's second son bought his Hampshire house from the son of Mary 'Patsy' Cornwallis-West, one of the mistresses of the future King George V.
    Occupation From Oct 1924 to Jun 1945  Wimbledon, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Member of Parliament 
    Living 21 Nov 1925  97 Eaton Square, London S.W. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Travel 21 Nov 1925  Liverpool, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    On board Montcalm from Montreal 
    Power family
    Power family
    On board 'Montcalm' from Montreal
    Occupation 21 Nov 1925 
    M.P. 
    Living 5 Jun 1950  Yeatton House, Hordle, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 5 Jun 1950  France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Power, Sir John Cecil, first baronet (1870–1950), company director and public benefactor, was born at Eldon, co. Down, on 21 December 1870, the younger son of William Taylor Power and his wife, Cecilia, daughter of Colonel John Burgoyne. At ten Power went to London where, with his brother, he was later to enter the firm of Power, Power & Co., export merchants with considerable business in the East.

      As a young man Power was delicate and had to spend three years in Italy, a sojourn which implanted in him a love of other countries and of travel which he was later to indulge whenever possible. In 1902 he married Mabel Katherine Louisa, daughter of John Hartley Perks JP of London and Wolverhampton; they had two sons and three daughters. After his marriage he bought a villa in the south of France to which he would go as often as business and, subsequently, parliamentary duties allowed. He paid a series of visits to the United States and went to Canada, India, and South Africa, afterwards lecturing and writing on his experiences. He served for many years as a member of the executive of the Travel and Industrial Development Association.

      Real estate soon tempted Power away from the family business; he had an unerring flair for property, together with considerable financial talent. His name is associated particularly with Kingsway, a London thoroughfare which opened up what had hitherto been slum property between Holborn and Aldwych. A number of its imposing buildings, such as Adastral House, were of Power's provenance.

      Power's success in real estate made him a wealthy man and enabled him to become a generous benefactor. His first great gift was in 1920, an anonymous benefaction prompted by the historian A. F. Pollard of £20,000 towards the founding of an institute of historical research in London. Next, in 1923, came a gift of £10,000 to the British (later Royal) Institute of International Affairs, for the erection of a lecture hall at the rear of the mansion (given by Colonel and Mrs R. W. Leonard) in St James's Square, London, which became known as Chatham House. Power was honorary treasurer of the institute from 1921 to 1943 and during his long association made many other gifts to the organization which included, in 1938, the leasehold premises of his own house in Chesham Place. This house he had hitherto made available to the British Council (before it moved to larger premises) of which he was honorary treasurer from 1934 to 1950. On the outbreak of war in 1939 the house in Belgrave Square, in which he was then living, was lent to the government for use as offices.

      Power was for many years associated with the League of Nations Union, serving on the executive committee from 1929 to 1936 and, at various times, on its appeals, finance, and parliamentary committees. In addition he was a member of the committee of the Royal Humane Society and, from 1934 to 1949, a director of the Royal Insurance Company.

      Politics early claimed Power's attention and in 1924, the year in which he became a baronet, he was elected Conservative member for Wimbledon, a seat which he held until 1945 when, his health beginning to fail, he withdrew to his country home in Hampshire.

      Power's friends came from all walks of life; he enjoyed good company and was a generous host. The personal tastes of this tenacious and indomitable Irishman were simple; apart from golf and cricket, he had few hobbies save music. He had fallen under the spell of the opera as a young man and would talk nostalgically of the days when he had frequented the gallery of La Scala. Opera remained his abiding delight, and he was regularly to be seen at Covent Garden in the London season. He never fully recovered from the shock of his wife's death in 1945. He continued, however, to make occasional visits to Villa Fressinet at Grasse, where he died on 5 June 1950. He was succeeded, as second baronet, by his elder son, Ivan McLannahan Cecil (1903–1954).

      Source: ODNB
    Sir John Cecil Power
    Sir John Cecil Power
    Andrews Newspaper Index Cards
    Person ID I19745  1. Essex Ennevers
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2013 

    Father William Taylor POWER,   Born:  1839, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  29 Nov 1916, 15 Sheen Gate Gardens, East Sheen, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Cleopatra Cecilia BURGOYNE,   Born:  11 Jan 1844, Plymouth, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  6 Feb 1911, 103 Denison Avenue, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 15 Jan 1867  Parish Church, Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Groom's Name: William Power
      Bride's Name: Clepatra Cecilia Burgoyne
      Marriage Date: 15 Jan 1867
      Marriage Place: Dundach, Louth, Ireland
      Groom's Father's Name: John Power
      Bride's Father's Name: John Burgoyne
      Groom's Marital Status: Single
      Bride's Marital Status: Single
      Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M70237-2
      System Origin: Ireland-EASy
      Source Film Number: 101505
      Reference Number: P923-44
      Collection: Ireland Marriages, 1619-1898
    William Taylor Power & Cleopatra Cecilia Burgoyne
    William Taylor Power & Cleopatra Cecilia Burgoyne
    Separation Dec 1872 
    Divorce Filed 6 May 1874 
    • Petition Filed.
    Power v Power & Bennett
    Power v Power & Bennett
    Divorced 7 Nov 1874 
    • Decree Nisi.
    Power v Power & Bennett
    Power v Power & Bennett
    In Her Majesty's Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes
    Power v Power & Bennett
    Power v Power & Bennett
    Divorced 25 May 1875 
    • Final Decree.
    Power v Power & Bennett
    Power v Power & Bennett
    Family histories
    Cleopatra Cecilia Burgoyne & Augustus Joseph Enever
    Cleopatra Cecilia Burgoyne & Augustus Joseph Enever
    A story of a broken marriage, power and Power, aristocracy, misery, the exalted position of 'Once Master of British commerce' and some surprising connections in the family
    Well-known family members
    Well-known family members
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    Name changes in the Ennever and associated families
    Name changes in the Ennever and associated families
    Information about many of the name changes that have occurred.
    Family ID F4484  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family (spouse) Lady Mabel Katherine Louisa PERKS,   Born:  1884/5, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  31 Mar 1945  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 14 Oct 1902  Kensington District, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ivan McLannahan Cecil POWER,   Born:  1903/4, Kensington, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  Yes, date unknown
    +2. Mary Lois Cecil POWER,   Born:  1907/8, Kensington, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  Yes, date unknown
     3. Cynthia Mabel Cecil POWER,   Born:  1909/10, Kensington, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  Yes, date unknown
     4. George F C POWER
    Family histories
    Well-known family members
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    All family members who I have found featured in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography or its Australian equivalent, Who's Who 2008 or with an obituary in The Times.
    Family ID F6067  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Dec 1870 - Eldon, County Down, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1 Apr 1881 - 100 Hertford Road, St John, Hackney, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1 Apr 1901 - 21 Lower Mall, Hammersmith, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Oct 1902 - Kensington District, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1 Apr 1911 - 1 Queen's Ride, Barnes, London S.W. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLiving - From 1920 to Abt 1948 - Newlands Manor, Milford on Sea, Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Member of Parliament - From Oct 1924 to Jun 1945 - Wimbledon, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLiving - 21 Nov 1925 - 97 Eaton Square, London S.W. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTravel - On board Montcalm from Montreal - 21 Nov 1925 - Liverpool, Lancashire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLiving - 5 Jun 1950 - Yeatton House, Hordle, Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Jun 1950 - France Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Power lineage
    Power lineage
    Burke's P&G 1999
    p1/2
    Power lineage
    Power lineage
    Burke's P&G 1999
    p2/2
    Sir John Cecil Power
    Sir John Cecil Power
    Source: ODNB
    Sir John Cecil Power
    Sir John Cecil Power
    Source: ODNB
    John Power
    John Power
    The Belfast Hotel and some info. re Power family in Holywood


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