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 Helen Kelsall <I>Melland</I> Asquith

Helen Kelsall Melland Asquith

Birth
Rochdale, Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England
Death 11 Sep 1891 (aged 36)
Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, Scotland
Burial Lamlash, North Ayrshire, Scotland
Memorial ID 86412105 · View Source
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Wife of H.H. Asquith. Died on the Isle of Aaran whilst on holiday.

"The headstone is next to the west wall of the old graveyard at Lamlash Cemetery. It is plain and dignified (as befits a member of the Congregational Church) and gives no clue to the sad story which lies behind it."

'Helen was married to an aspiring young Liberal politician, HH Asquith, Member of Parliament for East Fife from 1886 until 1918, and with him she had four sons and one daughter. In 1891 she came to Arran on holiday, and, for reasons which are still unclear, was housed at Glenkiln — then one of the farms run by the Arran Estate."

"It was there that she contracted typhoid fever and died. Typhoid was one of the deadliest diseases of the 19th Century, being spread by contaminated water supplies, and also by 'carriers' — people who showed no symptoms of the disease but passed it on to others. It was one of the major reasons why the Corporation of Glasgow purchased Loch Katrine in 1855, thereby providing clean water for the citizens instead of supplies from contaminated wells."

"After Helen's death, HH — as he was invariably known — embarked on a glittering career culminating in his period as Prime Minister from 1908 until 1916. He has a strong claim to being regarded as the father of the welfare state, since during his premiership National Insurance and Old Age Pensions were introduced."


"The couple had numerous descendants, of whom the best known is probably their great grand-daughter, the actress Helena Bonham Carter."

Source: Auld, Ian. "An Aaran Tragedy," The Aaran Voice, Friday, 12 Oct. 2007


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HELEN KELSALL ASQUITH

WIFE OF
HERBERT HENRY ASQUITH

DAUGHTER OF
FREDERICK MELLAND

BORN AT ROCHDALE, OCTOBER 30th 1854
DIED AT LAMLASH, SEPTEMBER 11th 1891


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  • Created by: Ray Henry
  • Added: 8 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86412105
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Helen Kelsall Melland Asquith (30 Oct 1854–11 Sep 1891), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86412105, citing Lamlash Graveyard, Lamlash, North Ayrshire, Scotland ; Maintained by Ray Henry (contributor 46815070) .