[Vwoolf] Nigs

Stuart N. Clarke stuart.n.clarke at btinternet.com
Tue Feb 5 11:24:13 EST 2019

Making the grenadier connection is even more persuasive.  I think we might be able to search VW’s connections to the Cecils to find how close (as it were) she ever got to Lord Edward. Kitty Maxse’s husband Leo was a brother of Lady Violet, Lord Edward’s wife.

Stuart (whose mother was born in Lasswade)

From: Barbara Lounsberry 
Sent: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 4:14 PM
To: Stuart N. Clarke 
Cc: vwoolf at lists.osu.edu 
Subject: Re: [Vwoolf] Nigs


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), 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.

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