Post by Michael Rhodes
The Hon. Betty Clay, CBE, the youngest daughter of the scouting
movement founder the 1st Baron Baden-Powell, OM, GCMG, GCVO, KCB, died
24 April, 2004, at the age of 87.
Post by Michael Rhodes
She married in 1936, Gervase Charles Robert Clay, a provincial
commissioner in the Colonial Service, elder son of Gerald Arden Clay,
of Kitwe, Nortern Rhodesia, and was the mother of three sons, Robin,
Nigel and Crispin, and one daughter, Gillian.
Her eldest son Robin Baden Clay has done a lot of genealogical
research on his maternal family's ancestors. The 1st Baron
Baden-Powell was son of a professor, Rev Baden Powell (Savilian
Professor of Geometry at Oxford), and had an interesting descent from
Nevile Maskelyne Smith (whose sister Margaret Maskelyne Smith married
Clive of India, father of the 1st Earl of Powis, and ancestor via that
peer, of the 1st Earl of Plymouth).
Baden-Powell family history (general)
[website dedicated to scouting and Lord Baden-Powell]
For particular links on family history look here:
[provides links to pedigree of the Baden-Powells, Powells, etc.; and
several descendants of Lord Baden-Powell]
The American Loyalist ancestry of the late Hon. Mrs Clay
[great-grandfather of the recently deceased]
Admiral William Henry Smyth (1788-1865) md 1815 Eliza Anne "Annarella"
Warrington, only dau of T. Warrington, of Naples.
*Yes, the name is Annarella, not Annabella.
"William Henry Smyth was born on January 21, 1788 in Westminster,
England. He was a descendant [of] Captain John Smith, who was the
principal founder of the first permanent English colony in North
America, at Jamestown, Virginia. He was the only son of *Joseph Brewer
Palmer Smyth, Esq.*, and *Georgina Caroline b. Pilkington*. His
parents were colonial Americans who lived in East Jersey (now New
Jersey), but as a loyalist, emigrated to England after the American
Revolution, where their son was born."
[which questions the John Smith connection, and identifies the full
name of Mrs Smyth as Eliza Anne "Annarella" Warrington].
[grandfather of the recently deceased]
Henrietta Grace Smyth (1824-1914) md 1846 (aged 22) Rev. Baden Powell
(1796-1860), Savilian Professor of Geometry and Fellow of the Royal
Society; several children
*The Rev. Baden Powell was aged 49, the bride was 22 - not an unusual
age discrepancy in Victorian couples, although not the normal age gap
Issue - 6 sons 2 dau
[Father of the recently deceased]
Their 6th son (and 8th child) was:
Robert, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (1857-1941) md 1912 (aged 55) Olave St.
Clair Soames (1889-1977). She lived in a grace-and-favour at Hampton
Court 1943-1976 (i.e. an apartment in a Royal Palace granted to her by
King George VI).
*Same kind of age difference between husband and wife (but wider) - he
was 55, she was 23
[The recently deceased]
Hon. Betty Baden-Powell (1917-2004) md 1936 Gervas(e) Charles Robert
Clay (b. 1907). still living in 2002?
[His son lists his first name as Gervas, not Gervase]
[issue listed above, including an eldest son Robin Baden Clay; some
other descendants of the recently deceased lady (her 2nd son Nigel and
his children; ) seem to have adopted the hyphenated surname of
(who found the Pineweb site in looking for the Indian ancestry of
Field Marshal The Earl Roberts]