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Albert Ernest Kitson, 2nd Baron Airedale of Gledhow

(1863-1944), Director of Midland Bank

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Ilim College

18 September 2021, 11:16

Albert Kitson, 2nd Baron Airedale of Gledhow (1863-1944) was educated at Rugby and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he gained a BA. Royal author and journalist Claudia Joseph wrote in 2021 that Lord Airedale and his wife Florence "lived in 17th Century Gledhow Hall – famously painted by William Turner – and attended the Coronation of George V. Their daughters Doris and Evelyn were debutantes who did the society season and were presented at Court. In her post-war memoirs, Doris’s sister Evelyn recalled a ‘memorable time’ when evenings were filled with many balls where everybody knew each other ‘partly because so many guests were relatives’. Roedean-educated Olive Middleton was close to her Airedale cousins, attending society balls at Gledhow. Later, during the First World War, the house was converted into a Voluntary Aid Detachment hospital run by the Red Cross and the newly married Olive worked there as a nurse with her second cousin Doris, a fellow old Roedeanian". The Duchess of Cambridge (née Catherine Middleton) visited London's Imperial War Museum in 2018 to read records stating that her great-grandmother Olive Middleton was "in residence" - on and off - as a VAD nurse at Gledhow Hall from May 1915 to April 1917. By 1928, the Gledhow Hall estate was being sub-divided. By 1929, the old hall itself had been reportedly divided into two flats. The Yorkshire Evening Post reported on 9th July 1942 the death of Lady Airedale at Stansted, Essex where she and Lord Airedale had been "living since they were bombed out of their Cadogan Square [London] home almost two years ago". Lord Airedale died in 1944. As he had no male heirs, the barony succeeded to his half-brother Roland. The National Portrait Gallery also holds three portraits by Bassano Ltd of Hon. Angela Estelle Goff (née Kitson), one of Lord Airedale's seven daughters.

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