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sarahandherphd

Bio: History PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Mansion Assistant at Tatton Park. I am researching the Maurice Egerton Collection, and hoping to use this blog to share some of the stories I uncover and keep track of my progress.

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  1. Carolyn Moore August 14, 2014 at 11:05 am #

    Hi Sarah. My mother was Phyllis Buxton (presumably Cara Buxton’s niece – my mother was one of 11 children of which Desmond was the eldest). I have the little book of her letters which was called Miss Cara Buxton’s Sport in Africa. They are mostly written to Maggie her sister, Mable, Maggies’ daughter and Aunt Greta. My brother is writing my parents history and was asking me about Cara so I googled and came up with your PhD. I hope you don’t mind but I copied the piece about Cara for him. She must have been an amazing woman. My uncle Hubert took over the farm after Cara died but once he died his children moved to Australia. I don’t know what has happened to her farm now. The Buxton family is fascinating. I hope you got your Doctorate. Carolyn Moore (nee Mitford-Slade) from Somerset.

    • sarahandherphd August 14, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

      Hello Carolyn thanks so much for your comment. It’s very exciting to hear from you.

      I looked a little into the Buxton family as Maurice Egerton knew many of them in Kenya- Geoffrey, Clarence and Cara. I had to sketch out a basic Buxton family tree to understand how they were related! They were certainly very interesting people, and Cara in particular- I always thought if Maurice had ever married he would have appreciated a lady like Cara as one of the few women who could have held her own in big game hunting! I had a look at records relating to Cara and Clarence at Rhodes House in Oxford, and I loved the letters written by Cara to her nephew Desmond (your uncle?) as they were a lovely picture of her life in Kenya. I would love to have a look at the little book of letters you have if you ever felt that you could share them?

      I’m just entering the final year of my PhD so I’m supposed to have finished gathering my research and be writing up. So I’ve been neglecting my blog as I’ve stopped finding out interesting stories! Your comment has made me very excited as it shows that there must be much more out there to add to the story of colonial life in Kenya, and it will be interesting to see what your brother uncovers. Finally, although I live and study in Manchester now, I’m from Somerset myself, and am down here at the moment visiting family. It’s a beautiful part of the world!

      • lifeoftwohalvessite November 17, 2017 at 6:06 pm #

        Are you still responding to comments? Hubert Buxton was my mother’s godfather, and we have just been given some film taken by my great grandfather in 1932 which my aunt says has footage from the Buxton farm. My grandfather was the editor of the Kenya Weekly News, and my father (his son in law) designed some of the buildings at Egerton College.

        I would love to hear from anyone involved

        Bridget Cass (nee Hughes – my mother’s name was Hill)

      • sarahandherphd November 17, 2017 at 6:12 pm #

        Hi, thanks for your comment! I’ve finished my PhD now and am no longer working at Tatton Park. I know they are working on a Kenya exhibition for next year and would probably be very interested in hearing from you. If you were able to, then please contact the House and Collections managers there- Vicky and Carolyn

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