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Descendants of John (Shields) Shiels

Generation No. 6

10. JOHN GILLIES6 SHIELDS (JOHN GILLIES5, THOMAS4, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, JOHN (SHIELDS)1 SHIELS)6 was born 18 Apr 1857 in Auchinharvie Toll, Stewarton, Scotland, and died 12 May 1943 in Manor House, Isley Walton, Leics.. He married ELLEN (HELEN) CRAIG ALEXANDER 16 May 1881 in Busby, Carmunnock, Glasgow, daughter of JOHN ALEXANDER and ? CRAIG. She was born 16 May 1858 in Busby, Carmunnock, Glasgow, Scotland, and died 04 Feb 1939 in Manor House, Isley Walton, Leics..

Notes for J

Tenant farmers on Lord Loudon's estate in Ayrshire.
After their marriage, they moved into Gateside Farm, Galston, Ayrshire. on Oct 17th 1882 they moved to the Manor House, Isley Walton , Leics ( see photo in scrapbook) and became the factor to 1110 acre Donington Park, Lord Loudon's English estate. In 1929 he purchased Donington Park and the Hall (see scrapbook photo) upon the death of Lord Donington and started motor racing and used the Hall as a hotel.There are some recollections that he actually won the Hall and Park in a card game!
Racing started with motorbikes in 1931. 4 Grand prix events were held there between 1935-38.

The army commandeered the park as a military vehicle maintenance depot during the 2nd world war and remained there until 1956.

After the death of John Gillies Shields in 1943, the park passed on in trust to his eldest son, John Gillies Shields.

He is buried in the churchyard of All Saints church, Isley Walton- see photos in scrapbook.

"John and Helen (Ellen) (Nell) had 13 children: John, Charles and Louise May grew to adulthood, 3 were born crippled and survived to middle age- Ellen (Nellie) Arthur and Dorothy, Joe was epileptic and he died in a padded room in his teens and the rest died in infancy". (This info borrowed from "Ah! Happy Years" by Peter Moore).

More About J
Medical Information: His coffin was so large that it had to be lower from the upstairs bathroom window. He is buried at All Saints Church, Isley Walton
Residence: 1891, Castle Donnington, Leicestershire, England7
Children of J
  i.   JOHN GILLIES7 SHIELDS8, b. 01 Feb 1882, Gateside Farm, Galston, Ayrshire, Scotland; d. 18 May 1960, Isley Walton, Leics; m. EMMA (EVA) ELEANOR CORNELIUS, 26 Jul 1917, Borris-in-Ossory, Queens Co. Eire; b. 13 Sep 1895, Ballytarsna, Borris-in-Ossory, Queens Co. Ireland; d. 11 May 1976, Derbyshire.
Born in Scotland, his family moved to Leicestershire in 1883.

He served in WW 1 for the Leics. Regiment and was sent to Ireland to recover from the effects of gassing in the trenches. There he met Eva at the home of the Countess of Mount Cashel (Eva's cousin, Florence). They met again later when he was out riding past Ballytarsna and Eva was sitting on the fence watching for him. He told his fellow soldier that he was going to marry "that red-head"!

They married July 26th 1917 and the notes for Eva contain an account of their wedding.

He took over as the Land Agent from his father and managed the estates and farms owned by the family- the farms were rented out- around the Castle Donington, Isley Walton area of Leicestershire.
Capt. of Leics. Cricket team and wicket keeper. The story goes that he bought steaks en route to a game and stuffed them into his gloves, to prevent bruising! He also played for the Gentlemen v the Players at Lords.

He was an excellent horseman and one of the best shots in the county.

After his death, his son J. Gilles Shields inherited, in trust, all the lands with the exception of the Manor House and grounds along with the living of the United Benefice of Breedon and Worthington, and Longcliffe Quarry. In 1976, Gillies broke the Trust and sold Donington Hall to British Midland Airways and the Race Track and the lands at the Coppice where a Racing museum now stands. The Deer Park remains in the family.

Residence: 1901, Castle Donnington, Leicestershire, England8,8

Always known as Eva Geraldine, her father got drunk on the way to register her birth and couldn't remember the correct names so named her after his sisters, Emma and Eleanor! This was not discovered until the birth certificate was produced for the wedding.

She met her future husband, Johnny Shields, when he was serving in WW 1 for the Leics. Regiment and was sent to Ireland to recover from the effects of gassing in the trenches. There he met Eva at the home of the Countess of Mouncashell (Eva's cousin, Florence).
The story about Eva marrying John Shields was handed down to all the children in N.Z by the 5 brothers. I think there were either rather envious or totally stunned that their big sister could sit on the front fence of the farm and "snare" a very eligible English army officer , and then leave Ireland for a life of perceived luxury in England, where as they were sent to N.Z where they had to work extremely hard for their uncle to repay their boat fare. I get the impression things were pretty tough in Ireland at the time and that the family was living on past glories.

      "The Marriage of Lieut. J.G. Shields R.F.A. with Miss Eva Geraldine Cornelius
      July 26th 1917
      (As taken from a newspaper account)

The marriage of Lieutenant John Shields R.F.A. to Miss Eva Geraldine Cornelius, took place at the parish church, Borris-in Ossory, Queens Co. Ireland, the home of the bride, on Wednesday. The bridegroom is the eldest son of Mr. John Gillies Shields J.P. C.C. (the agent for the executors of Lord Donington and Major Gretton of Donington Park), and a well-known agriculturist, and of Mrs. Shields, of the Manor House, Isley Walton, Leicestershire. Mr. Shields, who volunteered for service when the war began, will be best remembered as the popular captain of Leicestershire County Cricket Club and a member of the M.C.C. The bride, who is a cousin of the Countess of Mount Cashel, is the daughter of Mr. Alexander Fitzgerald Cornelius and Mrs. Cornelius of Ballytarsna House, Borris-in -Ossory, Ireland. The Rev. Robert Mollen, rector of Borris-in-Ossory performed the ceremony and the church was crowded. Mr. Reginald Cornelius, brother of the bride, was best man, the bridegroom having come from France on short leave for the wedding. There was one bridesmaid, Miss Ruby Cornelius, sister of the bride. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a dress made in German style of an old gold satin and nigger brown and a picture hat.
A reception was held afterwards at Ballytarsna House and the newly married pair crossed to England on Thursday and motored home from Birmingham on Friday morning. This was the bride’s first visit to England. They will reside in Breedon Hall. A large number of presents awaited them and the approaches to Isley Walton were gaily decorated."

Burial: All Saints, Isley Walton, Leics.

  ii.   ELLEN CLARKE SHIELDS, b. 07 Oct 1883, Manor House, Isley Walton, Leics.; d. 13 Mar 1944, Isley Walton, Leics.
  iii.   JEAN GUTHRIE SHIELDS, b. 24 Aug 1887, Manor House, Isley Walton, Leics.; d. 14 Jan 1892, Breedon, Leics..
  iv.   FLORA GLADYS SHIELDS, b. 30 Oct 1890, Manor House, Isley Walton, Leics.; d. 10 Dec 1917, Isley Walton, Leics.
  v.   LOUISE MAY SHIELDS, b. 29 May 1892, Manor House, Isley Walton, Leics.; d. Feb 1992, Bloxham, Oxon; m. AUBREY GORDON DE APPLEBY MOORE M.C., 01 Sep 1917, Isley Walton, Leics; b. 30 Aug 1893, Appleby Magna; d. 09 Apr 1992, Bloxham, Oxon.
5th Btn Leics Rgt T.F.
Lived at Malton, Spalding and later at The Cottage, High Street, Bloxham, Oxon until their death. They were married over 75 years.

5th Btn Leics. Rgt T.F.
Lived Appleby Magna- Wrote a book "Son of the Rectory".
Lived Malton, Spalding and Bloxham, Oxon.

  vi.   M. C. CHARLES FREDERICK SHIELDS9, b. 08 Sep 1893, Manor House, Isley Walton, Leics.10; d. 1968, Breedon, Leics.; m. LILY MAY SUMMERFIELD, 11 Oct 1921; b. Abt. 1896, Castle Donington, Leics10.
Educated at Trent College
5th Btn Leics Regt . 1913 -1918 Lost a leg in the war.
Lived, after marriage in Much Wenlock, Shropshire
Manor House, Worthington, Leics until 1943
Breedon Hall, Leics 1943 - 1968
Served on Castle Donington RDC for 40 years

Residence: 1901, Castle Donnington, Leicestershire, England11

1901 census lived at 43, High Street, Castle Donington

Residence: 1901, Castle Donnington, Leicestershire, England11

  vii.   JOSEPH PERCY SHIELDS, b. 28 Jan 1895, Manor House, Isley Walton, Leics.; d. 07 Oct 1922, Isley Walton, Leics.
  viii.   ARTHUR CRAIG SHIELDS, b. 05 Jun 1896, Manor House, Isley Walton, Leics.; d. 30 Jan 1953, Isley Walton, Leics.
  ix.   DOROTHY ISOBEL SHIELDS, b. 20 Jun 1898, Manor House, Isley Walton, Leics.; d. 05 Jan 1963, Isley Walton, Leics.

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