|Birth: ||May 28, 1850|
Greater London, England
|Death: ||Dec. 19, 1906|
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Islas Canarias, Spain
An English jurist and historian, generally regarded as the modern father of English legal history.
He married Florence Henrietta Fisher in 1886 and they had two daughters Ermengard and Fredegond. Fredegond was a poet who married the economist Gerald Frank Shove.
Florence Henrietta Maitland subsequently married Sir Francis Darwin 1903; both Lady Florence Darwin and her second husband (Sir Francis Darwin) are buried in the Ascension Parish Burial Ground, Cambridge. Frances Cornford, nee Darwin (daughter of Ellen Wordsworth Darwin, nee Crofts, by Sir Francis Darwin, is buried in the same grave as her father.
On 6 December Maitland left Cambridge for the Canaries, and influenza which developed on the voyage became double pneumonia. He died in a hotel in Las Palmas early in the morning of 20 December; and next day his wife and Ermengard, who had preceded him to get a house ready for their usual stay, saw him buried in the English cemetery there.
He is buried in the English cemetery at Las Palmas on the Canary Islands :
"The British Cemetery is the oldest institution of the British colony in the Canary Islands and its construction began in the year 1834 the same promoters were the following gentlemen: Samuel Bishop, James and Frederick Manly, Robert Warrand and Clarence Houghton, George and James Swanston, Thomas Miller, Alexander Cochran, James Wood and George Anstice (British vice-consul). Together they contributed 308 pesos equivalent to £ 50 and the rest was provided by the British Government. Promoters burials for their families as compensation for the investment to be made reserved.
The first burials were made in 1835, namely the sailor G. Williams (December 4, 1835) and Mary, the wife of James Swanston (25 December of the same year) dated in 2005, the last burial made to date. In this cemetery grave is the Miller family, along with the other people known as the Blandy, Fisher Park, Pilcher, etc. While most of the graves belong to many people who came to Gran Canaria in search of health, there are many sailors who died in the city itself, or on board, in waters that were brought and buried in this cemetery. According to the data accessed between May 1903 and April 1904 were buried 13 tourists and 6 sailors. There are also graves of people of Israeli origin, Norwegian, German and Dutch.
In 1874, the British Consul in the Canary Islands, Mr. Robert Houghton, trader located in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria since 1827, sent a letter of resignation from office to Lord Granville, Foreign Minister at the time, because of a sad incident related to the English Cemetery of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. By the time the consul "ex officio" was responsible for the Protestant Cemetery and guardian of your keys and responsible for authorizing their burials. In 1874, the consul of the United States in Tenerife asks his British colleague that the body of a deceased American lady on that island could be buried in the cemetery as there was no equivalent in Tenerife. Mr. Houghton rejected the application on the ground that only the English have right to be buried in the cemetery of San Jose which was barely enough for the growing number of British established in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, adding that a recent change in legislation Spanish burial of non-Catholics in the public cemetery of Las Palmas was allowed, what was supposed to apply in Tenerife. This decision was endorsed by prominent members of the British colony and the American consul took his complaint to the superiority. As a result Mr. Houghton was reprimanded, which led to resign after 37 years in office. His brother Charles James Houghton was buried in the English cemetery in 1878 and Robert in 1895 also rested there Their graves were near the Miller family, but today there appears no monument in memory of the latter, who co-founded the cemetery .
The British Cemetery begins with a rectangular plan and was later extended trapezoidal areas or platforms on different levels according to the terrain, acquiring its present form. These expansions will occur in 1888, 1905 and 1963 at its front end, which is accessed, has a covered volume topped by a cornice and triangular battlements crowned in the center by a circular. Access from the outside opens with flared arch and upright triangular pediment. Other holes are half-round targeted low lintel. The pilasters pilasters ending in triangular point. The interior of this volume has a arrival hall, a space for use as a chapel, dedicated to St. Joseph and the other for use of goods guard. The remaining space is completely open to the sequence of the different levels mentioned above. The work of the cemetery amurallamiento conclude in 1902 In 1905, the chapel under the invocation of St. Joseph was built in 1812 carried the expanding area of the cemetery to 641 m2. Today its surface occupies an area of 1815.83 m2."
"Maitland returned every winter for quite a number of years to the island which, at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, was recommended by doctors as a place with an ideal climate to help sufferers from chest complaints, particularly tuberculosis. Many extended their lives in this way, though they finally succumbed, as is evident in our cemetery, which also is the final resting place of British colonial soldiers, missionaries to Africa, seafarers of many nationalities as well as UK and other foreign residents in Gran Canaria who, as non-RCs could not be buried in the municipal cemeteries." Written by Betty Burgess, 24.8.14 @
Holy Trinity Church and British Cemetery, Las Palmas, Spain
Florence Henrietta Fisher Darwin (1864 - 1920)
Ermengard Maitland (1887 - 1968)*
Fredegond Cecily Maitland Shove (1889 - 1949)*
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Provincia de Las Palmas
Islas Canarias, Spain
Created by: Martin Douglas Packer
Record added: Feb 06, 2014
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