Mark Clarke’s family and the families of Going, Litton, Oliver and Dobbs
K. Mark (1809-1848) entered Trinity College Dublin as a pensioner, became scholar in 1829
and received his BA in 1831. On the death of his father in 1833 he was inducted Rector of
Shronell (or Shrone Hill) and married Marion Hill in 1837. Her father, William Hill of
Donnybrook, Doneraile, Co. Cork, was the son of Arundel Hill and Mary, daughter of James
Crone, and was descended from Captain St. Leger Hill who is thought to have fought with
Cromwell at Naseby.
The Revd Mark Clarke’s descendants are:
K. Mark Clarke = Marion Hill
1. Marshal 2. William 3. Eliza 4. Maria 5. Jane 6. Anne
= Litton = Going
a. Elsie b. Marshal c. Brian
a. Marion b. Robert
i. Eileen ii. Mona iii. Robert
i. Brian ii. Michael
(A) David (A) Julian Marshal
(B) Emily Sarah
a. Edward b. Marshal c. Maria d. Esther e. Helen f. Charlotte
= Deane Oliver
i. Edward i. George i. Richard
ii. Roy ii. Elizabeth ii. Francis
iii. Kathleen iii. Elizabeth
1. Sir Marshal Clarke KCMG (1841-1909) went to Trinity College Dublin and to the Royal
Military Academy, Woolwich. He joined the Royal Artillery and with the rank of Lt. Colonel,
transferred to the Colonial Service where he had a distinguished career in Africa. Among the
posts he held were: Resident Magistrate Pietermariztburg 1874, Commander of the Cape
Police 1882, Colonel Commanding Turkish Regiment, Egyptian Gendarmery 1882, Resident
Commissioner Basutoland 1884-93, Acting Administrator Zululand 1893-98, Resident
Commissioner, Southern Rhodesia 1898-1905.
Rider Haggard’s book ‘Swallow’ has a dedication to Col. Sir Marshal Clarke. The author was
closely associated with him and makes a number of references to him in his book ‘Cetawayo
and his White Neighbours’ published in 1882. He lost an arm in early life and would never
talk about it. The family believed it had been bitten off by a lion.
Sir Marshal Clarke married, in 1880, Anne the daughter of Maj. Gen. Banastre Pryce Lloyd of
the Bengal Army and had issue:
a. Elsie 1885-1952 who did not marry.
b. Marshal Llewellyn 1887-1959 became Admiral Sir Marshal Clarke KBE, CB, DSC. His
commands included HMS Fallkner, on which he took the Prince of Wales on a visit to the
Channel Islands in July 1935, the Sixth Destroyer Flotilla, HMS Courageous and, at the
beginning of the Second World War, HMS Furious. His shore posts were Commodore Malaya
(in charge of Singapore) and 1940-45, Admiral Superindendent Portsmouth Dockyard. He
retired at the end of 1945 and was knighted in January 1946. He used to say that he must be
the only person who had been to Buckingham Palace one morning to receive an award and to
the Employment Exchange that same afternoon to draw unemployment benefit.
He married Ina Edwards and had two sons:
i. Brian b. 1923, after serving in the navy (submarine) looked after Exide Batteries’ interests
first in Pakistan and then in India. He later became a sheep farmer near Abergavenny, Wales.
Brian married Suzanne Layard and their son (A) David was born in 1953 and attended
ii. Michael b. 1927, after serving in the Rifle Brigade worked for ICI in Personnel at Welwyn
Garden City. He then worked for the Industrial Society before moving to the Personnel
Division of British Steel for whom he worked both in London and in Cardiff. For the Cardiff
appointment he bought Osbaston House near Monmouth. He became a member of the
Industrial Arbitration Board (formerly the Industrial Relations Court) in 1971.
He married Flavia Coryton and had two children: (A) Julian Marshal b. 1958 who went to
Eton. (B) Emily Sarah b. 1960 who attended St Mary’s, Wantage.
c. Brian 1888-1915 became a captain in the Indian Army. He was killed in action and died
2. William emigrated to New Zealand and died unmarried in 1900.
3. Eliza Clarke (d. 1873) married Judge Edward Falconer Litton of Dublin. The Littons came
originally from Littondale in Yorkshire and some of them moved over to Dublin around 1660.
Thomas Litton (1657-1741) married the daughter of a Dublin citizen of Dutch extraction and
his grandson Edward married the daughter of a clergyman of French extraction. This was
Esther Charlotte Letablere whose grandfather Rene de la Douseps de l’Establere, a Huguenot,
fled after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 from Caen to Holland, where he
served in the army. He then came over to England with William III, fought at the Battle of the
Boyne in 1690, settled in Dublin and shortened his name to Letablere. His son Daniel 1709-75
went to Trinity College Dublin and became a clergyman. Later he became Dean of Tuam
where there is a memorial to him. Daniel Letablere married Madeleine Vareilles in 1749 and
Esther Charlotte was the second of their three children.
Edward and Esther Charlotte Litton had five children of whom the second was Daniel, a wine
merchant in Dublin who was the father of Judge Edward Litton. Judge Edward (1828-1890)
became QC in 1874, was Liberal MP for Tyrone 1800-01, Land Commissioner 1881-90 and
then in 1890 he became Judge of the Supreme Court of Judicature, inherited Ardavillig House
near Cloyne in Co. Cork, and died there that November. There were six children by his first
marriage, six by his second marriage (to Eliza Clarke), one son by his third marriage and one
daughter by his fourth marriage. There were 24 Littons buried at the Mount Jerome
Cemetery, Harold’s Cross. Dublin, between 1842 and 1921.
Of the children of his second marriage, to Eliza Clarke:
a. Edward became JP for Co. Cork, and an Irish barrister in 1888. He married Ida Kathleen,
daughter of Samuel Gordon MD and they had two sons:
i. Edward Falconer who died without issue.
ii. Roy Vareilles b. 1897 who died without issue.
b. Marshal William b. 1869 was first a coffee planter in Mysore, India, and then a lawyer. He
was badly wounded in the First World War and in the Irish Troubles gave valuable assistance
to the British Authorities. He married Elizabeth Nason of Sandyhill, Tallow, Co. Waterford
and had one child:
i. George b. 1897 in Mysore, India, joined the Essex Regiment and then transferred to the
Indian Army. George’s only child (A)
Peter b. 1920, Brigadier Sherwood Foresters (ret) was
awarded the OBE for his work in Cyprus, and was Deputy Adjutant General in Germany.
The eldest of his three daughters (1) Judith is married to Major John Ayres and has one son,
(a) Benjamin b. 1974. The Marshal Littons have tended to marry young so we find Peter of the
fourth generation down from K. Revd Mark Clarke born in 1920 before Brian Clarke of the
third generation born in 1923. Peter lives at Nayland, near Colchester in Essex, and collects
and deals in antique china.
c. Maria Charlotte married Charles Deane Oliver of Rockmills House in Co. Cork, not far
from Bowenscourt. The Olivers of Castle Oliver are descended from Captain Robert Oliver
MP for Limerick 1661 who was granted land under the 1666 Act of Settlement. Robert Oliver
assumed by Royal Licence the surname of Gascoyne on inheriting a legacy; his daughter
married a Trench and Castle Oliver became Trench property and the name was changed to
Clonodjoy. The surrounding hills are however still called the ‘Castle Oliver Mountains’.
Robert’s grandson John, Archdeacon of Ardagh, married Elizabeth Rider daughter of the
Archbishop of Tuam in 1761 and their third son, Charles Deane Oliver, built Rockmills House
which was a hunting lodge in Rockmills village. He married Sarah Bruce, and his son Richard
married Katherine, daughter of the Ven. Archdeacon John Hawkagne of Bombay. Richard’s
eldest son, Charles, married c. Maria Charlotte Litton.
Charles Deane Oliver was at school at St Columba’s College, Rathfarnham with Henry Cole
Bowen of Bowenscourt and with Stephen Gwynne, the brother of Henry’s second wife. (See
OM page 40.) After Trinity College Dublin, Charles worked directly under Dr Siemens on
the Bushmills Electric Tramway – the first in the UK and then the longest in the world. But
there was a slump in the electrical trade so he decided to become a pupil of the engineer then
engaged on the South Quay deepening of the Liffey. He became Chief Engineer to the
Congested Districts and Fisheries Board and was responsible for a great many of the harbours
around the south and west of Ireland, for the building of the road from Leehane to Westport
and for opening up the Arklow Harbour in 1915. After the war he was consultant to the
Development Commissioners in London and was concerned particularly with fishing
harbours on the Cornish coast.
In 1919, the year in which he retired, Rockmills House was attacked by armed, masked men
who shot Charles in both thighs. In the spring of 1921 the IRA burnt the house down and the
family came over to England as refugees and stayed with the Goings at Littlehampton before
settling at Farnham. Charles and Maria had four children:
i.Richard, like his father, was an engineer. He worked for the Manchester Ship Canal and was
killed in the war.
ii. Elizabeth died unmarried in 1953.
iii. Kathleen lives at Dalkey, near Dublin.
iv. Silver, named after Silver Oliver the last MP for Kilmallock, is a doctor who became the
principal anaesthetist of the Meath Hospital in Dublin and consulting anaesthetist at the
National Children’s Hospital. She now lives at Ballsbridge and has one of the few treasures
rescued from the burning of Rockmills – the silver seal of Kilmallock.
There is a Deane Oliver tombstone in Colchester Cemetery (Plot Rl. 3). This is a Celtic cross in
memory of Charles Deane Oliver’s mother who died in 1911 aged 84; it also commemorates
her grandson Richard Edward Deane Oliver, temporary Lieutenant RE who fell near Albert
in September 1917. She lived latterly at 154 Maldon Road in Colchester where her younger
son, the Revd Richard Deane Oliver was Senior Chaplain to the Forces from 1905 until 1912;
later he became Assistant Chaplain General.
c. Esther Maud Vareilles did not marry.
d. Helen did not marry.
e. Charlotte (Lotty) married Francis Stewart Dobbs. The Dobbs family descended from Sir
Richard Dobbs (or Dobbes or Dobbys) Lord Mayor of London in 1551 and was established in
Ireland by John Dobbs, Sir Richard’s grandson. John, who was Deputy Treasurer for Ulster,
married in 1603 Margaret, granddaughter of Hugh O’Neil, Earl of Tyrone. His grandson,
Richard of Castle Dobbs, welcomed William of Orange on his landing in Ireland in 1690.
Richard’s great grandson, Major General Richard Dobbs married in 1834 Jane Margaret
Cathcart and it was their grandson, Francis Stewart Dobbs (1865-1946) of Knockgarth,
Greystones, Co. Wicklow, who married Charlotte Litton. Their family was:
i. Brigadier Eric Cathcart Stewart MC married Joan Eaton. He died in 1974.
ii. Francis Edward married Alice McGregor and was killed in an air raid on Hong Kong in
1941, leaving issue:
Edward Cathcart who married in 1953 Nancy Nauts of New York, with issue:
Frances Edward b. 1953.
(2) William Boone b. 1954.
iii. Harriet Elizabeth Maud married in 1940 William James Higginson of Rhodesia, and has
(A) Michael Steward b. 1941.
(B) Brian Marshal b. 1943.
(C) Ann Maud b. 1945.
4. Maria Clarke married the Revd Robert James Going 1815-1875 as his second wife. He was
the son of Robert Going of Birdhill and later became Archdeacon of Killaloe. The Going
family had first come to Ireland at the time of Cromwell, allegedly from Norfolk. Maria had
a. Marion (1866-1939) remained unmarried as companion to her mother first in Dublin, then
at Littlehampton. She acted in loco parentis to her cousins Llewellyn and Brian.
b. Robert b. 1868 was a doctor who trained as a surgeon at the London Hospital where he
met his wife Fanny Edgecumbe from Blundell Sands, Liverpool, a nurse and a friend of Edith
Cavell. From 1901 to 1925 Robert lived at Littlehampton and after having a stroke retired to
Tonbridge. Robert and Fanny had issue:
i. Eileen, who married J Candy and had no issue.
ii. Mona, contracted poliomyelitis at the age of 19 and became hospital library organiser to
the Kent County Council, living at her father’s house in Tonbridge.
i. Cdr Robert Marshal Going DSO, OBE, RN, took part in the 1940 raid on Taranto Harbour
in a torpedo plane from HMS Illustrious which sank or damaged a large part of the Italian
Fleet. He lost a leg the following year, retiring to join British Nylon Spinners where he
worked for 13 years and lived at Abergavenny. He then spent six years in book distribution at
Bromley before moving to Penton Mewsey where he worked for the Ministry of Defence and
was a member of the Test Valley District Council. In 1941 he married Daphne Sharp with
(A) Jillian b. 1943 with children Lucy, Kate and Nicholas, married Anthony Powell
who farms at Abergavenny and Madeley, Hereford.
(B) Robert b. 1949 with two children. Lives in Kent and is in retail distribution.
(C) James b. 1955 and went to Kent University.
5. Jane did not marry.
6. Anne did not marry.