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All notes were written by my late father, Nigel Denis Oram. Margaret Selina Motion was his grandmother, my great grandmother. NDO = Nigel Denis Oram MSS = Margaret Selina Seaward

ANDREW RICHARD MOTION

 born 13th May 1857 died 4th November 1933

Married Jessie Louisa (nee Homewood) 31st August 1882

Andrew took over the brewery when his father died. He was immensely rich. He lived at Faulkbourne Hall, Warwickshire. Field master of a
Warwickshire Hunt, he had a stable of 25 horses. In the 1890s the whole family, including visitors, such as Daisy Seaward, used to go for
bicycle rides.

He moved to Upton House, Banbury then to Stisted Hall, Essex. In later years he was in an asylum - he suffered from delusion that people were trying to
poison him for his money. He was said to have had hotel floors pulled up for fear of poison. His wife/widow lived at Stisted, where she had seven indoor servants including butler and wife and five gardeners.


According to MSS, when he was first married he would not let his wife spend money on tablecloths, curtains, or anything else she wanted for
the house until he had saved enough money for his program of enrichment. there is a story of Brown's Hotel which is, or was, frequented by country gentry. The Hotel needed financial assistance and Andrew agreed to help them provided that they stocked his beer. When they failed to honour the agreement he employed sandwich men to walk up and down outside the hotel with notices saying "Brown's Hotel shares for sale".


Jessie had  a revolving summerhouse on the wide lawn on which she practiced fly casting,. She kept corgis which were brought bones on a
silver salver. Jessie's, Andrew's wife, face is blacked out in the Oram photograph albums. This was due to discontinuance, after Andrew's death, of an
allowance made to Margaret Selina by Andrew and Tom and possibly others. MSS refused to make a quarrel out of this and continued to
accept invitations for herself, her daughter and her grandson to stay at Stisted.

THOMAS AUGUSTUS MOTION 

born 14th September 1866 died 20th February 1942

married Lady Elizabeth Hesketh-Pritchard 1927

  Thomas Augustus Motion

SYDNEY HERBERT MOTION 

baptised July 24th 1870 died 16th April 1953

married Clara Dipple

Sydney Motion told NDO that his son Howard as a medical student feared stomach wounds above all, and that was where he received his fatal wound. At the age of 49 he found that he needed a professional qualification so working hard at his books he passed the necessary exams. He suffered many misfortunes - his son Howard was killed in WW1; his son Graham ( Nigel's godfather) died at the age of 40 in his sleep , NDO was a page at the wedding, aged about 5,; his granddaughter was killed skiing on a hill near his house; one grandson was injured by a German bomb which fell on the famous Catholic School, Downside.

He once had an old Marlburian butler who was sacked owing to his tendency to correct those present at dinner parties on matters concerning the school.

He lived at Leigh Place near Reigate and owned the village and the farm as well as the fortified manor house. It had a moat which aubretia used to hang down into the moat in spring and it was full of large golden carp. The house had a priest hole up the chimney. One grandson entered Sydney's firm but owing to his arrogance as a member of the family, he was given the sack. The house was sold on Sydney's death.

Daisy Oram would go and look after Sydney and his wife if they were ill.

 

JAMES SHEPHERD MOTION 'Toby'

born 22nd June 1862 died 6th June 1938

married Ada Alice Covell 1887

He was said have been told when in his 20s that if he was careful he would have a few months to live. He was said to have been causing scandals in his 70s.

His wife Ada was 6 ft tall and very extravagant. He was said to have reproached her with violent language but that she did not turn a hair.

In `The Times' Feb 14, 1920 his paper to the Auctioneer's Institute is reported. He advised everyone to refuse to give the rating authorities any details of the trade done in licensed houses in the abnormal years 1917-1919.(see `Times' extract).

He had a large house with a lake at Edenbridge in Kent. NDO remembers his father being confident that he could handle a double sailing canoe on it, but he could not, and ended up in some rushes. NDO remembers his (Toby's) son or sons coming to lunch with them at West Horsley, Surrey, when he was a small boy. NDO caused great hilarity because he did not know about pregnancy and drew attention to the cat's fatness.

 

MARGARET SELINA MOTION

born 20th February 1862 died 27th November 1942

She went to finishing school at Pension St Denis in France. She got surprisingly little out of her stay in France - all she could remember was for example - she was surprised that the only day that sweets were sold was a Sunday. In England that was the one day that you could not buy anything. The French girls objected strongly to anyone addressing them in the second person singular: she quoted `ne me tutoyez pas si'l vous plait'.

 

Although she had reservations whe married Frederick Seaward, eldest son of a rich merchant in 1881. She travelled as hostess to her brother Tom in his steam yacht, circled Britain. They went to Vienna. She had a low opinion of Austrian table manners after a grand duke did something shocking with his finger bowl, (either spat in it or drunk out of it or something like that). Reluctantly at her brother's insistence , she divorced her husband as he had a second family. Tottie never forgave him.Frederick had an antique shop possibly at Winchester.

At the age of sixty she moved to the country with her daughter Daisy and became an expert gardener always winning a large number of prizes at local and other flower shows including that of the bank of England.She helped her husband financially after they were divorced.The Motions were sometimes known as the Forsythe Family in the City and by people who knew them because of their success in business.

MSS never spoke of her father, Richard Motion, but questions arise over the economics of the family at the time of his death. In 1870 in `The Times' report (13 May 1870) he was described as being `in the service of Messrs.Curtis, the distillers, and his duty was to attend "changes" at public houses.' Richard's wife was said to be somewhat senile: she called the footman `dear' at meals and one day at a dinner party she said `Who is that woman over there?' `She is the vicar's wife.' `Poor dear, she's very plain!'

In our record sheet possibly written by Frederick Seaward, Margaret Selina's husband, Richard is said, at the time of Margaret's birth,to have been living at Carlyle House, Rectory Road, Stoke Newington.

Richard is described as `partner Mile End Distillery, Mile End, East London.

 

MARY ANN MOTION (nee SMITH) mother of all the above

DAISY ADELINE SEAWARD daughter of Margaret Selina