Kirk-Owen and Maitland families
Later neighbours of
Dicky and Mary Drew-Smythe (at Burcher Cottage)
were Betty Kirk-Owen, her partner Richard Vernon
and Betty's daughter, Alice, who first attended
Dr. Williams' School, Dolgellau - as did Mary's
daughter - and then Cheltenham Ladies College -
being almost a contemporary there of Dicky's
After the death in 1996 of
her partner, Richard Vernon, Betty Kirk-Owen
married the celebrated Welsh poet, R.S. Thomas
whom she and Richard had first met during the
early 1960s. The Kirk-Owen family has an
interesting history which may be found on the web
site of Antony Maitland.
Alice (pictured here in 1986)
married Antony Maitland in 1976. His forebears
include the Poole family which is connected to
the Hanburys - a relative family treated on this
site. A line of the Hanbury
family married into the Tracy family and the
resulting Hanbury-Tracy line forms part of the
maternal ancestry of the children of the marriage
of Dicky Drew-Smythe and Jean Dionis Anstruther.
It is believed that the Maitlands also connect
through marriage to the Anstruthers, Maxtones and
Grahams in Scotland.
Alice (Kirk-Owen) Maitland,
died tragically young after a long and courageous
battle with failing health. Both of Dicky
Drew-Smythe's children and Mary's daughter too,
would remember her as having a determined,
exuberant and gregarious personality - someone
who brought into their lives a sense of fun, much
laughter and a sparkle that was quite unique.
During her time in London,
(1976) when she was taking a secretarial course,
she attended a performance of "All Walks of
Leg" - an adaptation of John Lennon's work,
at the Young Vic Theatre and is fondly remembered
as singing a duet with actor, Michael Graham Cox,
(he being at the piano) of the song "As Time
Goes By" - at the cast party afterwards.
Antony has written up her
triumphant story on his web site which may be
accessed from here.
Alice left two children and a lot of good
memories for many, many people.