[Vwoolf] Nigs

Barbara Lounsberry lounsberry at gmail.com
Tue Feb 5 11:14:24 EST 2019


Thank you for your illuminating (and, to me, very persuasive) information
on Lord Edward Cecil and Edward Pargiter of *The Years*.

Your reference to Lord Cecil and the Grenadier Guards makes me wish to add
that I believe Woolf associated Kitty Malone in *The Years *with Sir Walter
Scott (Woolf's own diary "father").  Kitty's married name is Lasswade (name
of Scott's home) and she much prefers the north over Oxford and London.
Kitty is call "The Grenadier."  In the British Army, a grenadier was a
member of the first regiment of household infantry.  Grenadiers were
specially selected foot soldiers in elite units who threw grenades.  Thus
Woolf links Kitty to both Scott and to female household battle.

Hope this adds.  No doubt you can add more to this.

Barbara Lounsberry

On Tue, Feb 5, 2019 at 4:31 AM Stuart N. Clarke via Vwoolf <
vwoolf at lists.osu.edu> wrote:

> You will recall that that’s Eleanor’s nickname for Edward Pargiter in “The
> Years” (mentioned 4 times).  Apparently, that was VWS and HN’s name for
> Nigel (see CUP edn 420 39:13).  But why should that be a nickname for
> *Edward*?
> I’ve found a more persuasive inspiration for the nickname.  The family
> called Lord Edward Cecil, Nigs, although I don’t know why.  Perhaps if I
> looked up a biography, I would find out.  Anyway, see here from the ODNB:
> *Cecil, Lord Edward Herbert Gascoyne-* (1867–1918), army officer and
> administrator, was born in London on 12 July 1867, the fourth son and
> sixth of eight children of Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, third
> marquess of Salisbury (1830–1903)
> <http://www.oxforddnb.com/documentId/odnb-9780198614128-e-32339>, prime
> minister, and his wife, Georgina Caroline (1827–1899), daughter of Sir
> Edward Hall Alderson and his wife, Georgina Drewe. Known to his family as
> Nigs, and to friends as Ned, Edward Cecil was educated privately and at
> Eton College, and was commissioned in the Grenadier Guards in 1887.
> Stuart
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