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The entries below, in which amendments and additions appear in red, should be regarded as replacements in full for the current entries except where otherwise indicated.

GRAINGER, PERCY & ROSE
The Australian composer and pianist Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882–1961) made his debut at the age of 10. He lived in England from 1901 to 1914. In 1928 he married the Swedish-born artist and poet Ella Viola Ström at the Hollywood Bowl. His mother Rose Annie Grainger (1861–1922), who had separated from Percy's father in 1890, committed suicide in New York: she had suffered increasing ill health since the late 1890s. She left around $1 million in property and investments, all of which went to Percy. They came to lunch at Ridgehurst, Edward Speyer's(q.v.) Hertfordshire home, in July 1911 while the Elgars were staying there.

HARRISON, BEATRICE & FAMILY
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The 'cellist Beatrice Bohun Harrison (1892-1965) recorded Elgar's Concerto twice with the composer conducting. Delius (q.v.) wrote his Double Concerto and his Cello Sonata for her. A dog lover and breeder, she bred several of Elgar's Aberdeen terriers. She came to Severn House with her family in 1919 to go through the concerto.

HARRISON, REV. EDWIN HERBERT 1865–1930
Edwin Harrison, Rector of Ullingswick from 1896, was born in India and studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and at Oxford. He was ordained in 1890. Elgar and May Grafton (q.v.) cycled to Ullingswick in June 1907 and had tea at the rectory. Alice felt sure he must have been electrified to see E. & hear him talk'.

HAWKSHAW, DOROTHY MARY 1866–1932
Miss Hawkshaw was the daughter of John Clarke Hawkshaw, a civil engineer, and the sister of Katherine Caulfeild. The Elgars met her in July 1915 when they stayed at Hookland, the Caulfeilds' (q.v.) house near Midhurst, Sussex.

HAYWARD, CHARLES FLAVELL 1863–1906
AMEND surname spelling in heading as above; text of entry is unchanged.

HEINS, NICHOLAS 1839–1910
Nicholas Heins was born in St Pancras, London, the son of George Heins, a cabinet maker. A pianist, he ran a piano and music shop in Hereford. He was hon. secretary of the Hereford Choral Society and its orchestral fixer'. In the 1880s Elgar played violin in the Society's concerts. George Sinclair (q.v.) played at his funeral.

HELY-HUTCHINSON, CHRISTIAN VICTOR 1901–1947
Victor Hely-Hutchinson was born in Cape Town, where his father was Governor and Commander in Chief of Cape Colony. He was educated at Eton, Balliol College, Oxford, and the Royal College of Music. After a spell teaching at the South African College of Music he joined the BBC in 1926 and in 1934 succeeded Granville Bantock (q.v.)as Professor of Music at Birmingham University. In 1944 he became the BBC's Director of Music. He corresponded with Elgar in 1932.

HENNELL, EDWARD WHITTAKER 1842–1918
Edward Hennell was the son of Robert George Hennell, a silversmith and diamond merchant, who moved from Birmingham to London in 1840. An amateur 'cellist and organist, he was a collector of fine art, musical instruments, rare books and the like. A Guarneri violin from his collection was owned subsequently by Arthur Grumiaux. Elgar met him at Edward Speyer's (q.v.) house, Ridgehurst, in November 1901.

HOBY, JOHN CHARLES JAMES 1869–1938
John Charles Hoby was born in London, the son of the publisher John Hoby. He took his Mus.D. at Oxford and studied at the Royal College of Music, where he became a professor. He was Director of Music of the Royal Marines. The author of a book on military band instrumentation, in 1924, at Elgar's suggestion, he orchestrated Parry's Jerusalem for the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley.

HOLDING, EDGAR & FAMILY
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In 1898 he married May Smith (1869-1947), from Clonmel in Ireland, and they had two children, Brian (1899–1922) and Kathleen (1901–1996). In 1922 Kathleen married John Basil Nevitt (1894–1971) in Petworth. John trained as an architect and was Master of the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers. Alice took Carice to Edgar's home in Wimbledon in January 1903 to be photographed. He was very nice & kind & took infinite pains photographing C. & wd. take one of me ... Mrs H. rather pretty, children both downstairs & boy decidedly spoilt.' At a later date he photographed Elgar.

HOLDING, FREDERICK CHARLES b.1900
A pupil of Carl Flesch and Albert Sammons, the violinist Frederick Holding won two scholarships at the Royal College of Music. The son of Thomas Holding, a bandsman in the Grenadier Guards, Frederick, too, became a bandsman in the latter stages of the Great War, being invalided out in January 1919. Later that year he became leader of the Pump Room Orchestra in Bath, performing the Elgar concerto with them in May 1919. He bought his Stradivarius from Jessie Snow (q.v.), a friend of the Elgars. He came to Severn House in May 1921 with Adrian Boult (q.v.) to go through the concerto.

HOLLAND, ELINOR & FAMILY
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Her stepdaughter Julia Holland (1873–1955) came to tea at Hereford in September 1897. In 1923 she married Algernon Cockburn Rayner-Wood, a master at Eton.

HOLMES, SALLY 1903–1936
Sally Holmes' wrote the words of Elgar's song It isnae me. She was Grace Sarah Douglas Holmes, the daughter of Harry Holmes, a Lloyd's Underwriter, and his wife, Grace Isabel Holmes, nιe Barry. Her parents were from Stranraer, Scotland, but Sally was living in Turville, Buckinghamshire, in 1930 when she corresponded with Elgar about the song. She died of a heart attack at the early age of 33.

HOMER, EVELYN GLADYS 1884–1955
Evelyn, an ex-pupil of Rosa Burley's (q.v.) at The Mount, was the daughter of Thomas Homer, a solicitor from Cradley, Worcestershire. She came to tea at Craeg Lea with Rosa Burley in January 1903. She emigrated to South Africa after the Great War.

HUDSON, SIR ROBERT ARUNDELL 1864–1927
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Elgar went to a birthday party he gave for Guilhermina Suggia (q.v.) at his home in July 1921.

HYDE, THOMAS GARMSTON HYDE & FAMILY
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Margaret Christina (Madge) Hyde (1866–1954) came to Birchwood Lodge in 1899.

KEEBLE FAMILY
The Keebles were cabinet makers and interior decorators, with premises at Carlisle House, Soho Square. Alfred Ernest Keeble (1872–1918) was a cabinet maker and Herbert Walter Keeble (1874-1953) a wood carver. Alfred served as an officer in the Machine Gun Corps. during the great War and was killed at Ypres. They were responsible for making the bookshelves in Elgar's study at Severn House and Alice herself had suggested them for the work.

KIDDLE, FRED & HENRIETTA
Fred Butler Kiddle (1874-1951), known professionally as Frederick Kiddle, was born in Somerset. He was organist of St Marylebone Parish Church and the accompanist of Gervase Elwes (q.v.), with whom he gave the first performance of Vaughan Williams's (q.v.) On Wenlock Edge. In 1906 he married Henrietta Florence Potter (1865–1954), the daughter of William Aubonι Potter, a mining engineer from Northumberland. Elgar and Carice met them at an informal chamber music party at Felix Salmond's (q.v.) house in May 1921.

KIRKBY LUNN, LOUISE 1873–1930
Louise Kirkby Lunn, a contralto from Manchester, made her debut as an opera singer in 1893. She sang Wagner roles at Covent Garden and in America. Her last opera appearance was in 1922 at Covent Garden. After retirement she became a singing coach. She was a soloist in the 1904 Elgar Festival at Covent Garden and lunched with the Elgars in March 1904.

KRUSE, JOHANN & CHRISTIANE
The violinist Johann Secundus Kruse (1859–1927) was born in Melbourne, Australia. In 1875 he went to Berlin to study with Joachim (q.v.) in the Hochschule, where he was later a professor. He was second violinist in the Joachim Quartet from 1892 to 1897. He moved to London in 1897, where he formed his own Quartet, and in 1901 took over the St James's Hall Saturday Pop Concerts. He was Professor of Violin at the Royal College of Music. In 1901 he married Christiane Dorothee (Dora) Gildemeister (1866–1953) in London. The Elgars met them in January 1903 at Ridgehurst, the Speyers' (q.v.) home in Shenley, but they did not attract us'. Kruse organised the 1904 performance of Gerontius at Queen's Hall, with the Sheffield Choir conducted by Felix Weingartner (q.v.).

LANDER FAMILY
AMEND 1st paragraph:

The Landers were old friends of Alice Elgar. Rev. John Lander (1817–1893) was born in Gloucester, and was Rector of St Mary's Church, Donnington, Herefordshire, from 1845 to 1890. had married Maria Louisa Le Breton-Pipon in 1841. She died in 1850 and in 1856 he married Isabella Elizabeth Cadell (1831–1913). Isabella was born in Edinburgh, the daughter of a publisher, Robert Cadell. John and Isabella had six children – three sons and three daughters – of whom four are mentioned in the diaries.

LANE FAMILY *
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Miss Lane visited Forli with her father or mother from August 1891.

LANE, MARY & FRANCINA
Mary Dorothy (Dolly) Lane (1880–1858) and Francina Irene Lane (1883–1960) were the daughters of Charles Thomas Lane, a retired London solicitor, and his wife Minna. The Lanes lived at Dangstein, Rogate, West Sussex. The sisters came to tea in August 1915 when the Elgars were staying at Hookland, near Midhurst, Sussex, the home of the Caulfeilds (q.v.).

LARGE, HENRY EDGAR 1866–1948
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A member of the Worcestershire Philharmonic Society, he was a soloist in their 1901 performance of Wolfrum's Ein Weihnachts-Mysterium.

LEWIS, GWENYTH JOYCE 1894–1941
Joyce Lewis was born in Hampton Lovett, near Droitwich, Worcestershire, where her father, Edwin, had been Curate and then Vicar since 1887. She was educated at St Stephen's College, Clewer, Windsor. The Elgars knew the family well and Joyce wrote in 1932 to reminisce.

LONGSTAFF, SIR JOHN 1862–1941
The Australian artist John Longstaff was the son of a storekeeper in Clunes, Victoria. He studied painting in Melbourne and then won a scholarship to study in Paris. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1891. He was commissioned by Earl Beauchamp (q.v.) to paint a portrait of King Edward VII (q.v.) as a present to the Commonwealth. He was a guest with the Elgars at a dinner given by Earl Beauchamp in March 1904.

LOUIS, PRINCE OF BATTENBERG 1854–1921
Prince Louis was born in Graz, Austria, of Polish-German descent. He became a naturalised British citizen in 1868. He joined the Royal Navy, becoming First Sea Lord in 1912. In 1884 he married Princess Alice, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria (q.v.). Their younger son became Lord Louis Mountbatten, and a grandson was Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Elgar met him at a dinner party at Marlborough House in February 1904.

LUCAS, EDWARD VERRALL & FAMILY
The author and critic E.V. Lucas (1868–1938) was for a time assistant editor of Punch. He wrote many volumes of essays and travel books. He was Chairman of Methuen & Co. and a member of the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments. In 1897 Lucas he married (Florence) Elizabeth Gertrude Griffin (1873- –191951), the daughter of James Theodore Griffin, a colonel in the United States army. Elizabeth was a writer and a close friend of J.M. Barrie (q.v.).

LUITPOLD, PRINCE REGENT 1821–1912
Luitpold Karl Joseph Wilhelm Ludwig von Bayern, Prince Regent of Bavaria, ruled the country from 1886 to 1912 owing to the incapacity of his nephews, King Ludwig II and King Otto. Edward mentions him in his Bavarian holiday notebook of 1893.

McNAUGHT, WILLIAM & FAMILY
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His son William McNaught (1883–1953) also worked all his life for Novello and was editor of The Musical Times. He corresponded with Elgar in the 1930s.

MAXWELL, CLEMENTINA & MARGARET
Clementina Maxwell (1850–1902), a childhood friend of Alice, was born at Munches, Dalbeattie, Scotland, one of six children of Wellwood Herries Maxwell and his wife Jane. She later moved to Cradley, near Worcester, where she died in May 1902.
    Her sister Margaret (1856–1934) came to lunch at Craeg Lea when visiting Clementina in October 1901.

MILES, A. *
Miss Miles came to tea at Craeg Lea in September 1899. Elgar has circled the name in Alice's diary and added a question mark.

MISSELLA
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Probably a pet name for Richard Penrose Arnold's wife, Ella, also recorded as Miss Ella'.

OPPENHEIMER, HENRY & FAMILY
The American-born Henry Oppenheimer (1859–1932) was a member of the Speyer Brothers banking firm. With his fortune he collected Renaissance art on a large scale, finally having to move to a bigger house, in Kensington Palace Gardens, London, to get his collection under one roof. In 1893 he married the German born Clara Eugenie Schnapper (1872–1936), and they had three children: Nellie Alice Jane (1894–1935), Paul Henry Maurice (1897–1972), and Eric Henry (1900–1957). The Elgars met Henry and Clara at Ridgehurst, Edward Speyer's (q.v.) Hertfordshire home, in 1901, and later their children as well.

PARSONS, A. *
See new entry for PARSONS, ALFRED WILLIAM

PERRINS FAMILY
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In January 1903 Meredith Dyson Perrins (1891–1956) came to tea with Carice. He was brought by his mother, Kate (1864-1941), the daughter of James Collett, a lace maker. She had married the solicitor William Dyson Perrins (1866–1940), another of William Henry's grandsons, in 1890. They were accompanied by Kate's sisters-in-law, Amelia Maude Perrins (1869–1947) and Alice Emily Perrins (1871–1955).

PIERNΙ, HENRI CONSTANT GABRIEL 1863–1937
The French composer, organist and conductor Gabriel Piernι studied at the Paris Conservatoire under Ravel and Massenet. From 1910 to 1932 he was conductor of the orchestra of the Concerts Colonne. Alice attended their concert at Queen's Hall in April 1913.

POWELL, REV. JAMES BADEN 1843–1931
James Powell was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, the son of Dr Henry Powell. He studied law at Exeter College, Oxford, and was ordained in 1867. He wrote to Elgar in 1903 when he was of St Paul's, Knightsbridge, enclosing a copy of his setting of Pange Lingua.

PROBYN FAMILY
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Henry Gee Roberts's aunt, Anne Raynor Jones (1764–1846), had married Rev. John Probyn (1757–1843) Vicar of Newland, in 1785. His great-grandson, Rev. Hubert Edmund Hamilton Probyn (1871–1947), was Chaplain to the Bishop of Hereford from 1909 to 1913 and lived in the Cathedral Cloisters. He had been born in Italy and graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1893. In 1904 he married Emily Mabel Cropper (1878–1962) daughter of Rev. Frederick William Cropper. Alice and Carice called on them in May 1911.


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