The Characters

The family trees have been moved to a new tab underneath The Characters. Meanwhile I am playing with a new idea so please put up with the messiness of everything. As always your comments and ideas are welcome.

The Hope-Latymer Family

William Hope-Latymer b: 1950 A  local landowner  m: 1974 Annabel Sandyford b: 1951

They have three children: Sophie b: 1975, Edward b: 1977 and David. b: 1979.

The Lampeter Family

George Lampeter b: 1941 A naval officer m: 1985 Thea Carey b: 1962  His mother Esme  Franks b:1911 m: 1938 Albert Lampeter b: 1906 d: 1973.

 They have three children: Amelia b: 1988, Julia b: 1989 and Hermione b: 1991.

Hermione Carey b: 1903 d: 1987 m: 1925 Edward Barrable b: 1901 d: 1952 is Thea’s great aunt and Timothy Barrable’s grandmother.

The Rainbird Family

In the book Second Time Around, this family tree was of great importance even though only four members of the family are alive. It all started a long time age when John Rainbird married Mathilda Upcott in 1853. They had four children: Ruth, Maria, Hubert and Clarence. Ruth died in infancy.

Hubert married Jane Adams and they had one daughter: Mathilda Rainbird b: 1910.

Maria married Albert Holmes and they had three children: the youngest, John, had a granddaughter, Beatrice b:1933.

Clarence married Victoria Parsons and they had five children but only the two boys, Edward and George, married.

Edward married Beatrice Hunter and they had a grandson: Clarence b: 1931

George married  May Gregson and they had a great-granddaughter, Tessa b: 1971

The Webster Family

Mark Webster b: 1942 A naval officer m: 1964 Kate Bauchamp b: 1945 They have twins, Guy and Giles b: 1956. Mark is a deeply unpleasant man and Kate leaves him to manage alone which, for most of the time she does. She meets David Porteus  b: 1932 d: 2003 m: 1991 (see also Porteus) She has an elder brother, Chris, b:1943.

Guy Webster Yacht Broker. m: 1996 Gemma Wivenhoe and they have twin boys b: 1996

Giles Webster Photographer. m: 1995 Tessa Rainbird

The Wivenhoe Family

Tom Wivenhoe b: 1942 a navel officer m: 1964 to Cassandra Mackworth b: 1945 (daughter of The General)  They have four children: Charlotte b: 1965 d:1981, Oliver b: 1968 a successful entrepreneur, Gemma b: 1974 and Saul b: 1971

 Gemma m: 1994 Guy Webster and they have twins (see Webster).

Saul a soldier. m: 2000 Tilda Hamilton b:1973 (widow of Saul’s best friend – she has one son from her first marriage, Jake Hamilton b:1998

Characters who appear in more than one book.

  • Annabel Hope-Latymer: Those Who Serve, Thea’s Parrot, The Dipper
  • Cassandra Wivenhoe: Those Who Serve, Thea’s Parrot, Hattie’s Mill, Starting Over
  • Christopher Beauchamp: Those Who Serve, Thea’s Parrot
  • David Porteus: Thea’s Parrot, Second Time Around
  • Felicity Mainwaring: Those Who Serve, Thea’s Parrot, Starting Over
  • Freddie Spenlow: Thea’s Parrot, Second Time Around
  • Gemma Webster (née Wivenhoe): Those Who Serve, The Courtyard, The Birdcage, The Sea Garden
  • George Lampeter: Those Who Serve, Thea’s Parrot
  • Giles Webster: Those Who Serve, Second Time Around
  • Guy Webster: Those Whe Serve, The Courtyard, The Birdcage, The Sea Garden
  • Harriett Barrett-Thomnpson: Those Who Serve, Thea’s Parrot
  • Hugh Amkerton: Those Who Serve, Starting Over
  • James Barrington: Hattie’s Mill, Second Time Around
  • John Marriot: Those WhoServe, Hattie’s Mill
  • Kate Webster: Those Who Serve, Thea’s Parrot, The Dipper, Second Time Around, Echoes of the Dance, The Sea Garden
  • Kit Chadwick: The Chadwick Trilogy, Indian Summer
  • Liz Whelan: Those Who Serve, Thea’s Parrot, The Dipper
  • Lucinda Ankerton: Those Who Serve, Starting Over
  • Michael Barrett-Thompson, Those Who Serve, Thea’s Parrot, The Dipper
  • Nicholas Farley: Those Who Serve, Hattie’s Mill
  • Oliver Wivenhoe: Those Who Serve, Thea’s Parrot, The Dipper,  The Sea Garden
  • Sarah Farley: Those Who Serve, Hattie’s Mill
  • Saul Wivenhoe: Those Who Serve, Thea’s Parrot, The Birdcage
  • Sophie Corbett (née Hope-Latymer) : Those Who Serve, The Courtyard
  • Tom Wivenhoe: Those Who Serve, Thea’s Parrot
  • Tony Whelan : Those Who Serve, Thea’s Parrot, The Dipper
  • William Hope-Latymer: Those Who Serve, Thea’s Parrot, The Dipper

This list is not yet complete.

12 Responses to The Characters

  1. Marilyn Bertrand says:

    Hi Rodney — Marilyn again … I’ve always wondered is the Sophie that appears in The Sea Garden the same Sophie Corbett (née Hope-Latymer) : Those Who Serve, The Courtyard ?? Thank you. So glad you give us so much more info on the recurring characters and families. Great job !!

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    • Marilyn Bertrand says:

      Just re-read the Sea Garden and have concluded that this is another Sophie with no last name. However, she’s a strong and wonderful character.

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  2. Kim Matthews says:

    I find it very helpful, (Oliver’s last name is wrong). Love all of the companion work you have done thus far.

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  3. Peggy says:

    Hi Rodney, love the info you provided on the characters. My thought is, read what you want and ignore the rest. Love your blogs, the companion is great and obviously, Marcia’s books are wonderful. Her opening paragraphs in ‘The Children’s Hour’ are pure magic. Sending love and wishes to you from central Kansas.

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  4. Marilyn Bertrand says:

    Hi Rodney — Keep all as is and add as needed. Enjoy all your fine work. The fact that a family tree may hold ‘spoliers’ doesn’t matter and can actually enhance. Thank you.

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  5. Michael McCarty says:

    Hi Rodney, Since you’ve asked for input, here is mine: I enjoy family trees, but often find them full of spoilers — deaths, marriages and divorces are revealed before one gets to the actual story. I would prefer a basic character page listing personality traits and the book(s) in which they appear.

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    • This the eternal problem with family trees and why I don’t like them in books. I felt this was different – you don’t have to look at them unless you want to’ Are you suggesting it would be better to leave out the fates? Would you like mire details about the characters such as hair colour?

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      • Michael McCarty says:

        You’re correct, I don’t have to look at the characters before reading the book; I definitely appreciate that The Characters link is separate from the book links. Thank you for that! 🙂

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