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Re: RE: John Langhorne of Crosby Ravensworth
Posted by: m cooper (ID *****2470) Date: October 29, 2006 at 01:51:35
In Reply to: RE: John Langhorne of Crosby Ravensworth by Tracey Ord of 161

Dear Tracey

Here is a copy of an undated newpaper article about your relative. It came to me with Langhorne papers from my grandmother, who was his greatgranddaughter.

Please let me or Pat know if you have any more information about his life or about his parents' lives. I think I know some of their dates of birth but what really interests me more is what they did in their lives.

I may have some more info soon.

bestwishes

Max

“The Langhornes of Haber

To the Editor of the Westmorland Gazette

Sir, - Having read in your last week’s issue the announcement of the sale of Haber, Crosby Ravensworth, by consent of Mr. W. Langhorne, of Giggleswick, it may perhaps interest some of your many readers to mention (if you will allow me to so) that Haber has been in the possession of the Langhornes , an old Westmorland family of yeomen, for generations. It was the birthplace of Mr. John Langhorne, who for 30 years was mathematical master at the Free Grammar School of Giggleswick. He was educated at the schools of Shap and Sedbergh; from the latter place he was appointed master at Beetham, near Milnthorpe; after a few years passed at Beetham he was promoted to Giggleswick, commencing duty the same year as the Rev. G.A. Butterton, who he faithfully served to the limit of his ability, and was in return honoured by the friendship and correspondence of his superior until his life’s end. The task of the new masters was no “easy one;” the school was free to all provided they were respectable; poverty was no debar; the pupils were young men (not boys drawn from refined homes as all pupils at this Eton of the north now are,) anxious to improve by cultivation of their abilities their position in life; that is many cases a great disregard to school discipline was evinced, an any attempt to enforce it was resented. It tonwas to Haber that Mr. Langhorne retired when his duties at Giggleswick ceased, employing himself in agricultural pursuits, though his classical and mathematical studies were ever a source of pleasure to him and the welfare of the school ever a bond of interest to him and Dr. Butterton, both taking a keen interest during the time its affairs were being arranged by the Charity Commissioners during the sixties; occasionally receiving visits from old pupils, some of whom spoke of the rigid discipline he strove to maintain in his department of the school, as having been of great service to them in their successful careers. Upon one occasion the late Dean of Chester, the Rev. J.J. Howson, D.D. honoured Mr Langhorne by calling upon him. Mr. Langhorne died in the year 1881 and was laid to rest in the God’s acre under shelter of the beautiful church of Crosby Ravensworth. Adjoining Haber is High Dale Banks, the original home of the Langhornes, a most secluded retreat, now in the possession of Mrs. Ewbanke, of Borrenthwaite, on Stainmore, disposed of to her by her relative, the Rev. Thomas Langhorne, D.D. founder of the now noted school of Lorretto, in Scotland. There is an historical incident connected with Dale Banks. Many years ago a remnant of the Royalist army, while on the march from Kendal to Carlisle, made a raid upon Oddendale, an adjoining hamlet, and plundered Dale Banks, consuming and carrying away whatever food and stores they could find. A little further away a monument was erected by a local sculptor to the place where King Charles’s army rested and refreshed themselves by a large pool of water called Black Dub. – I am, sir, etc.,

18th October 1897


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