CONSTABLE, Hugh Golding

1868 - 1949

Hugh Golding Constable was born at Marylebone, London on 28 August 1868, second son of Charles Golding Constable, FRGS (21 May 1821-18 March 1879), a naval captain & explorer, and his second wife Anna Maria Blundell (1841-1891), daughter of Benson Blundell, barrister-at-law of the Middle Temple, who married at St Marylebone on 30 May 1863, his first wife was Caroline Susanna Helder (1833-10 May 1862), daughter of William Helder of Howley Place, Maida Vale, who married at Christ Church, Marylebone on 13 August 1861. Hugh, who was the grandson of John Constable, gained the rank of officer in the Royal Indian Navy, and married in Agher Church, Co. Meath, Ireland, on 12 July 1892, Elinor May Bomford, daughter of John Francis Bomford (22 December 1837-13 September 1911) and Elinor Jane Bolton (6 May 1840-14 July 1924) and shortly after, they left for New Zealand where their first child, Arawhinoa Ella Constable was born with their second child, John Hugh Constable being born at Rathwade House, Co Carlow, on 27 February 1896 and who died in 1974. On 17 April 1905, Hugh Constable and his family sailed from Sydney arriving at the Port of Vancouver on 10 May 1905 before sailing for Ireland and for a few years lived at Lakefield, Caragh, Co. Kerry overlooking the lake with fine views of the Macgillycuddy Reeks. On 5 October 1911, he took out a 1,000 mortgage to purchase the 205 acres Oakley Park, Kells and later leased Ardtully, near Kenmare, Co Kerry, from the Orpen family. Hugh had moved to Hoe Hill House, Maldon, Essex before Ardtully house was burnt down in 1921. Taking after his father, Hugh was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with both studying naval history, and Hugh designed and built several boats and travelled all over the world painting seascapes. Although Hugh never reached the heights of painting as his grandfather, he was no mean artist. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1932-1939, exhibiting from Hoe Mill House in 1932, three watercolours 'Cheer Up Mates', 'Nor' West Squalls' and 'Sunset at Sea', in 1935 an oil 'Mallard' and a watercolour 'Dirty Weather' and in 1937, two oils 'Peace' and 'Near Ardmore. co. Waterford' and a watercolour 'Beating'. In 1939, he was living at Hoe Mill House, Maldon, with his wife Elinor and their two children Arawhinoa and John Hugh. Hugh Golding Constable died at Hoe Hill House, Maldon on 21 February 1949 aged 80.

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