Fonds MS75 - Ashburnham Family

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Ashburnham Family

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CA FRM MS75

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  • 1887-1943 (Creation)
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    Ashburnham Family

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Textual and photographic materials. The records consists of two diaries while he was with the 7th Hussars, along with a history of the regiment. Also there are two accounting books when he became the Earl of Ashburnham and photos, clippings and personal affects while the Ashburnhams were in Fredericton.

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(1855-1938)

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Thomas Ashburnham, born 8 Apr 1855, was the youngest son of Lord Ashburnham who was head of one of England’s oldest families. Ashburnham served in the 7th (Queen’s Own) Hussars, a cavalry regiment, earning a lieutenant’s commission at age 26 while serving with the 7th Hussars in South Africa. Upon returning to England he was made a captain in the Expeditionary Force which was sent to suppress the Egyptian Rebellion in 1882. In 1885-86, Ashburnham was in Ireland serving as an aide de camp, then on to India from 1886 – 90 where much of his time was spent as member of big game expeditions. After his army career he came to Fredericton where he met Maria “Rye” Anderson and they married in 1903. Rye was born 25 Nov 1858 in Fredericton and was the d/o William and Lucy Ann Anderson.They purchased two buildings on Brunswick St., #’s 163 & 165, which they had joined by a glassed-in conservatory forming a ‘porte cortiere’ and providing access to lawns and gardens in the rear of the property. Unexpectedly in 1913 he became the 6th Earl of Ashburnham with the death of his last surviving brother, who was childless. They took up residency in England but in 1914 returned to Fredericton as Lady Ashburnham was unhappy, not being accepted by the family, and with the impending World War. Once again here they became the centre of the ‘elite social life’. Lord Ashburnham divided his time between Fredericton and England until his death in 1924 and Lady Ashburnham lived in Fredericton until her death in 1938.

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The records consists of two diaries while he was with the 7th Hussara, along with a history of the regiment. Also there are two accounting books when he became the Earl of Ashburnham and photos, clippings and personal affects while the Ashburnhams were in Fredericton.

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Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

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MC300 York-Sunbury Historical Society Collection

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