Earnest George Bevan, Esq., M.A.

Earnest George Bevan, Esq., M.A., a Prominent citizen from the History of Huntingdonshire, England.


The old-world town of Bury St Edmunds affords a delightful residential centre; with its solid Georgian mansions and well-kept lawns it appears to pass along the ages as a type of settled prosperity and cultured ease. Here is a branch of the East Anglian family of Bevan have long been seated and have occupied a leading position as bankers. It was here that Mr G. E. Bevan was born, at Horringer House. He received his education at Marlborough College, in the bracing vicinity of the Wiltshire Downs and amid the natural beauties of Savernake Forest and the vale of the Wiltshire Avon, immortalized by Cobbett.

In due course, he matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge, of which University he holds the degree of Master of Arts.

Mr Bevan in early life was a keen sportsman, and especially devoted to fox-hunting and to the fine old English game of cricket, in which he has achieved some creditable scores in County matches. The game of golf, so much practised in recent years, has also found him an ardent follower.

Mr Bevan married Florence, youngest daughter of the late Philip Tillard Esq., J.P. and D.L. for Huntingdonshire, who died in 1887, by Philippa Julia, daughter of J. T. Baumgartner, Esq.

Public life has not held any very strong attractions for Mr Bevan, and his increasing deafness has of late disposed him more than formerly to seek retirement. His kindly nature and genial courtesy, however, are always ready to do service where possible, and he retains undiminished respect and esteem in a long life of quiet and useful benevolence.

For many years he held the office of County Treasurer, a post for which his keen business abilities and his position as a local Director of the great Banking House of Barclay and Co., Limited, amply qualify him.

He has also held the position of President of the Huntingdonshire Agricultural Society.

Mr Bevan is a staunch and loyal member of the Church of England and a regular worshipper in the quaint old Norman Church of Hemingford Grey. With Mrs Bevan, he is an active supporter of all philanthropic and educational movements for the benefit of the parishioners.

As a politician he has always been a strong supporter of Unionist principles, and their apparent recent set-back has in no way affected his belief in their ultimate acceptance by the electorate.

George Gaskell - circa 1900