LILLIE, Arthur

1831 - 1911

George Arthur Howard Lillie, known as Arthur Lillie, was born at Fulham, London on 24 February and baptised on 30 April 1831, youngest son of Sir John Scott Lillie (1789-29 June 1868) and his wife Louisa née Sutherland (bapt.10 January 1791-6 May 1860) who took out a licence to marry on 18 January 1820. Arthur was educated at Christ's Hospital School, Hertford and in June 1847, passed the examinations at the East India Company's military college, Addiscombe and arrived in India to join his regiment in January 1848. In 1855, a lieutenant in the Bengal Thirteenth Regiment Native Infantry and in 1861 a 30-year-old lieutenant in the Indian Service, living at 7 Princes Square, Paddington, the home of his 65-year-old widowed aunt, Alicia Bunbury née Lillie (c.1795-1863). A soldier in 'Education & Work' for the Colonial Service of the British Army in India and whilst there became a Buddhist, taking an enthusiastic interest in the Gospel of the Hebrews, writing several works on their religion but his books were poorly received. In 1871, Lillie was living at Royal Parade, Cheltenham with his sister Louisa and was a prominent croquet player, a losing finalist in the Open Championship in 1871, and founder of the Cheltenham croquet club in 1869 and was the author of 'Croquet: its History, Rules, and Secrets' (1897) and 'Croquet up to Date' (1900). In 1881, a 50-year-old late lieut. Indian Army, living at 3 Hawick Place, Westminster, London with his 47-year-old unmarried sister Louisa Julia Georgina (1834-1914). As Capt. Arthur Lillie, a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1886-1887, exhibiting from 67 Wynnstay Gardens, Kensington, London in 1886 four watercolours 'Roscroft, Brittany', 'Ballyshannon', 'Penrhos, Anglesea' and 'Mulroy Water, Co. Donegal' and three the following year 'Passage Boats to the Isle de Batz, Brittany', 'Roscroft, Brittany' and 'Brittany' and he also exhibited at the Dudley Gallery, London in 1888. In 1911, an 80-year-old invalided lieutenant Indian Army, still living at Wynnstay Gardens, Kensington with his 77-year-old sister Louisa, both unmarried, and with whom he had lived for over 40 years. George Arthur Howard Lillie died at 67 Wynnstay Gardens, Kensington on 28 November 1911, aged 80.