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Secretary to Lord of the Admiralty  
 
Biography 
 
Jacob Luard Pattisson (1841-1915) 
 
Second of ten sons
Jacob Luard Pattisson was born on 11 February 1841 in Witham, Essex, and was the second of 10 sons of Jacob Howell PattissonFT (1803-1874), born in Witham, Essex, LLM [ed. Bachelor of Laws, Cambridge University], a solicitor-attorney, and Charlotte Garnham Luard 1816-1904), born in Witham, Essex. Jacob also had six sisters.
 

Photo: Jacob Luard Pattisson, c. 1864,
Vernon Heath, 45 Piccadilly, London
National Portrait Gallery 
 
 
Mother convalesces in Lowestoft (1841)
In 1841, after the birth of Jacob Luard, Charlotte Garnham Pattisson took a holiday in Lowestoft, Suffolk, to convalesce.1

Witham House (1851)
In 1851, the family lived in Witham House, a grand nineteenth century town house at 57 Newland Street, Witham, Essex, a household run by nine servants, among whom were a cook, laundry-, kitchen- and housemaids, a footman and a governess-cum-teacher. Jacob Pattisson was 10 years old and attending school, as was customary for the sons over seven years of age. He was living there with four brothers and five sisters. Harriett Board, a 22-year-old unmarried governess from Devon, was charged with educating four of the girls and one of the younger boys.2

Living in digs in Kennington Oval (1861)
In 1861, Jacob Pattisson, 20, was living in digs at 5 Kennington Oval, Lambeth, Surrey, in rooms being managed by Mary Ann Walter, 62, a lodging housekeeper, aided by a house servant. Pattisson was working as a clerk to the Admiralty and would have spoken with the other lodgers there, among whom were clerks working at the Bank of England and the General Post Office.3 

Marriage (1872)
At the age of 31, Jacob L. Pattisson married an MP's daughter, Ellen Jane Miller, 26, on 1 October 1872 at Trinity Church, St Marylebone, London.4 In 1876, Ellen Jane gave birth to a daughter Winifred Ellen Pattisson.
 
Civil service career
Pattisson was Private Secretary to William Henry Smith5 between 1880 and 1887, when WHS was First Lord of the Admiralty and remained in his service until 1891 while WHS was First Lord of the Treasury. Pattisson kept office at 3 Grosvenor Place, London.6

1881
In 1881, Pattisson was lodging at 1 Warwick Street, Westminster, London in the household of Henry M. Williams, a telegraph clerk (62). There was no sign of his wife Ellen.7

Corresponds with Whistler (1887)
In November 1887, Jacob L. Pattisson wrote to the artist James McNeill Whistler, to acknowledge receipt of an album containing the etching known as the Naval Review set which Whistler had made specially for Queen Victoria. Pattisson wrote that he would look after the album until William H. Smith could present it to the Queen, along with a personal note to the Queen that Whistler still had to write. Pattisson received an invitation to the winter exhibition of the Royal Society of British Artists held between 1887 and 1888.8
  
'Tregullow Offices' (1891)
By 1891, Jacob Luard Pattisson, aged 50, had moved to 28 Devonshire Place, Eastbourne, East Sussex, where he lived in lodgings with his 45-year-old wife Ellen Jane, commuting by train from Eastbourne to his post at the Treasury in London.9 In March 1891, Jacob Pattisson, along with two of his other brothers and his uncle, Bixby Garnham Luard, loaned a total of £3,000 to Charles A. V. Conybeare when he mortgaged the 'Tregullow Offices' (later Zimapan) together with various other properties. According to Portsmouth conveyancing solicitor Ian K. Nelson, the loan was a "straightforward investment".10 

Jacob Luard Pattisson
Jacob Luard Pattisson, ca 1891
Photo: Courtesy of The Pattisson Family, 2010

Hyde Park, London (post-1891)
Jacob Pattisson's address prior to moving to Cobham, Surrey, was 6 Sussex Gardens, Hyde Park, London.11 

Cobham (1901)
By 1901, Jacob Pattisson had made a career change, and had become an estate agent. He had left Eastbourne with his wife (55) and unmarried daughter Winifred E. Pattisson (25) for a new home at Claremont Lodge, Cobham, Surrey. There, the household was run by six domestic servants including a cook, a groom, and house- parlour- and kitchenmaids.12

'Tregullow Offices' (1902)
In 1902, Jacob and Ellen Pattisson were still resident in Claremont Lodge, Cobham, Surrey. In July 1902, the Conybeares decided to sell the 'Tregullow Offices'. None of the money that he, his brothers and his uncle had loaned Charles Conybeare in 1891 had been repaid. However, all interest due on the amount of the outstanding loan for the period 1891-1902 had been duly paid to Jacob Pattisson by the time of the sale in 1902.

Holiday in France (1913)
Jacob and his 37-year-old daughter Winifred E. Pattisson travelled to France in 1913, and bought first class tickets on the SS Omrah (8,130 tonnes) at Toulon, south west of Marseille, and sailed home to England, arriving back in London, on 14 March 1913.13 Jacob Pattisson died aged 73, at the Savernake Forest Hotel, Burbage, Wiltshire, on 18 September 1915, from arteriosclerosis and oedema of the lungs, just two-and-a-half years later. His daughter, Winifred, of 10 Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, was present at his death.14 


Footnotes
1. Pattisson Family Letters, T/B 587/8. pp 49-64, Essex Records Office. Witham to Lowestoft is 76 miles.
2. The 1851 England Census.
3. The 1861 England Census.
4 Marriage certificate, 1 October 1872.
5. William Henry Smith was the son of the founder of the W. H. Smith bookselling/newsagent's business. WHS became an MP and First Lord of the Treasury in 1886, Wikipedia.
6. The James McNeill Whistler Correspondence, University of Glasgow.
7. The 1881 England Census.
8. Correspondence between Jacob Luard Pattisson and James McNeill Whistler, Nov 1887. University of Glasgow.
9. The 1891 England Census describes the Pattissons as boarders in a household run by a "lodgings keeper".
10. Ian K. Nelson, 2009.
11. The 1902 Indenture.
12. The 1901 England Census.
13. UK Incoming Passenger Lists (1878-1960), 1913.
14. Death certificate, 21 September 1915, GRO.