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Piggott Family History

By Peter Fitch grandson of John Barron (Jack) Piggott

Chapter 1.

My maternal grandfather was named JOHN BARRON PIGGOTT. He was born on the 16th December 1880 in Cherry Park. His birth certificate gives the time of birth as 2.20 am.
Cherry Park was part of the quadrangle which formed the stable block of INVERARAY CASTLE in Argyll, Scotland. His Father was John Piggott who at the time was chief
coachman to the 8th Duke of Argyll.

John Barron Piggott was baptised in the parish of Kensington, London on the 20th March 1881. His address according to his certificate of Baptism (a copy dated 7th July 1911) was
Argyll Lodge. This formed part of the Duke’s London residence at Campden Hill which he purchased about 1854 and lived there until his death in 1900.

George Douglas Campbell 8th Duke of Argyll 1823 – 1900
Politician. Born at Ardencaple (Argyll and Bute). In 1844, Campbell married Elizabeth Sutherland Leveson-Gower, daughter of the 2nd Duke of Sutherland, and succeeded his father
to the Dukedom of Argyll in 1847. Campbell was regarded as a superb debater and by 1853 was a cabinet minister, remaining in office almost continuously until 1874. Between 1868 and
1874 he presided over territorial expansion in the Indian sub-continent as Secretary for India and introduced administrative reforms in that country. Campbell was also an amateur
geologist and opposed the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin.

It was the 8th Duke's son and heir who married Queen Victoria's daughter, Princess Louise, thereafter serving as Governor General of Canada before succeeding as 9th Duke. They had
no children and the title went to a nephew, Niall, 10th Duke (1872 – 1949), a scholarly recluse. He never married and the title passed to his cousin.
The 11th Duke (1903 – 1973), Ian, was a gallant officer taken prisoner with most of the Highland Division in France in 1940. He was married 4 times, with the infamous Margaret
Argyll as his third wife.

His son, also Ian, succeeded him and became the 12th Duke, the present Duke's late father. The 12th Duke laboured hard to restore the Argyll name and became the Lord Lieutenant of
Argyll and Bute as well as meticulously carrying out the traditional duties of the Clan Chief of the Campbells. His passion for the family and clan meant that he worked tirelessly
following the terrible castle fire in the early 1970's to restore the castle to the high standard it is in today.

The present Duke, Torquhil Ian, inherited the title on the death of his father in 2001. He combines his duties as Duke, Clan Chief and Landowner with a full-time job with Pernod
Ricard, promoting Scotch Whiskies including Chivas Regal and Glenlivet. He recently captained Scotland to victory in the World Elephant Polo Championships.
JBP went to school with the 10th Duke. After leaving school he found work with a Count Reventow at Schloss Emkendorf as a groom / chauffer. His duties included escorting the
ladies of the family out riding. Emkendorf at that time was on the German / Danish borders in the state of Schleswig Holstein.

On the 23rd July 1911 he met and married ELIZABETH VYCHODSKY in Vienna. Elizabeth was born on the 20th October in Steinitz, near Brno, Czechoslovakia and at the time of her
marriage was working as servant / cook for a doctor. She was always a very good cook and her braised steak was wonderful. She was always offering me a hot orange drink or ‘Camp’

Their first daughter ELSIE ELIZABETH PIGGOTT was born on the 21st March 1912 and their second EDITH EILEEN PIGGOTT on the 15th May 1914. Both girls were born at

At the beginning of the first world war with Germany, Elizabeth and her two daughters were sent to England while JBP was interned for the duration of the war. He was sent to
RUHLEBEN CIVILIAN INTERNMENT CAMP in 1914. Ruhleben was a horse racing course at Spandau, near Berlin. About 5500 men were interned there on a site of about 20
acres. Stables, or ‘horse boxes’ built to house 27 horses each, became living quarters for 365 men. Each horse stall accommodated six prisoners and had a single cold water tap, but no
heating. The only light came from a single bulb hanging in the corridor. The prisoners received no blankets, no bed clothing, and no lockers to keep personal possessions. During
the war the prisoners produced their own magazine and operated their own postal system.

They dubbed the centre of the camp Trafalgar Square. From there, Bond Street and King Edward Street led to King William Street, Regent Street and Fleet Street. After the war he
rejoined his family in London.He again got a job abroad as a chauffeur and went to Romania. On the 9th January 1925 his third daughter Margaret Piggott was born. She was baptised in Bucharest on 14th June 1925
Margaret Joan Edna. She died in 1929.

On his return from Romania he eventually settled down in West London. With the help of a legacy from his Uncle, William Nelson Barron he bought 43 Priory Gardens, Hanger Lane.
The house was named ‘Steinitz’. He had various jobs including a bus conductor and a handyman at the public house opposite, The Fox and Goose. I can remember going over with
him. The pub had a large back garden where they grew vegetables and kept chickens. He often sang me the song ‘Show me the way to go home.’ Everytime I hear it I’m reminded of

In about 1958 he developed dementia and used to wander off and get lost. He went into Napsbury hospital, London Colney, and died there in 1962.
He was a very strict father and expected his daughters to be home early. When I was old enough, I started to call him Jack. The name stuck and everyone called him by that name.

His Brothers and Sisters were:
Florence Ann Sophia Piggott b. 1879 d.1907
Evelyn Mary Piggott b. 1883
George Piggott b. 1884 d. 1895
Wilfreda Adelaide Piggott b. 1887 d. 1954
Charles Peter Piggott b. 1888 d. 1970
Elsie Elenor Piggott b. 1890 d. 1978

John Barron Piggott’s Father was John Piggott. He was born on the 18th April 1846 at 12 Mansfield Mews, London. Mansfield Mews is situated between Harley Street and Mansfield
Street. His family were recorded as living there in the 1831, 1841, 1851 and 1861 censuses. He was a groom and then a coachman. There is a 1871 census entry for a John Pigott living
in Upper Norwood, Croydon. He was a lodger aged 24 and employed as a coachman.

He married Sarah Ann Barron on the 16th February 1878 at St Judes, Southsea. By 1881 he was working for the Duke of Argyll living between Inveraray in Scotland and Kensington,

By 1901 he was living at 5 Craven Hill Mews, Paddington as a coachman / domestic. He went on to manage a cinema. He died on the 27th May 1930 at 17 Westgate Road, Dartford.

The girl he married, Sarah Ann Barron was the daughter of his Mother’s Brother, in other words he married his cousin. John’s parents both had previous marriages which resulted in

His Brothers and Sisters were:

William Barron Piggott b. 1839 d. 1908
George Piggott b. 1841 d.
Susannah Piggott b. 1843 d. 1906
Isabella Piggott b. 1845 d. 1855
Robert Roger Piggott b. 1848 d.
Charles Peter Piggott b. 1851 d.

John Piggott’s Father was William Piggott. He was born about 1794 in Hounslow and died on the 12th April 1866 at 31 Bolsover Street, Marylebone. His first wife was Elizabeth Jarvis and
they had 5 children

His Mother was Susanna Preece. She was the widow of George Preece. They had one son. Her maiden name was Barron.

Owner/SourcePeter Fitch Family Researcher
Linked toFamily: Piggott/Vychodsky (F132)

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