Alice Kirk-Owen 1956-1997 - image adapted from original photograph by Dorothy Collis 1986The 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 daughter.

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.

As Time Goes By...
Lyrics and Music by Herman Hupfeld;
1931 Warner Bros. Music Corp., ASCAP


This day and age we're living in
Gives cause for apprehension
With speed and new invention
And things like fourth dimension
Yet we get a trifle weary
With Mr. Einstein's theory
So we must get down to earth at times
Relax relieve the tension
And no matter what the progress
Or what may yet be proved
The simple facts of life are such
They cannot be removed
You must remember this
A kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by
And when two lovers woo
They still say, "I love you"
On that you can rely
No matter what the future brings
As time goes by
Moonlight and love songs
Never out of date
Hearts full of passion
Jealousy and hate
Woman needs man
And man must have his mate
That no one can deny
Well, it's still the same old story
A fight for love and glory
A case of do or die
The world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by
Oh yes, the world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by

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