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Neg. No: GP (L) 1612A
Neg. Size:15"X12"
Neg. Date: 21-02-1898

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Sitter: Hon. Colonel Thomas Angelo Irwin (1845-1913).

Hon. Colonel Thomas Angelo Irwin (1845-1913).

Biog: "Justice of the Peace for the county of Cumberland"

The Whitehaven News, Thursday, August 14, 1913

The death has occurred this week at Bath of Colonel Thomas Angelo IRWIN, of Lynehow, at the age of 68. Colonel IRWIN entered the army nearly 50 years ago, and joined the Royal Scots, in which he acted for a time as Adjutant. He served on the staff in the Ashantee War under Lord WOLSELEY, and both the Commander in Chief and Sir Evelyn WOOD spoke highly of his services.

Leaving the Army he was appointed Deputy Chief Constable of Manchester, but he retired in 1880, the year after his marriage, and settled down on the family property in Lynehow, which he had inherited in 1877 from his great-uncle. The place was then known as Justus Town, but Major IRWIN (as he then was) changed it’s name to Lynehow. He devoted his attention to the farming of his estate, with the late Mr. J. J. BOWMAN as his agent.

He devoted special attention to the breeding of Shropshire Down sheep and took great interest in the local agricultural matters. He became Chairman of the Cumberland Agricultural Society, and was Vice-chairman of the Cumberland and Westmoreland Chamber of Agriculture. He was a life Governor of The Royal Agricultural Society, and a life member of the Highland and Agricultural Society.

He also displayed an active interest in other local institutions, especially the Infirmary, of which he acted as honourary treasurer. He held a commission in the Cumberland Militia, in which he held the rank of Major. He was also a magistrate and Deputy-Lieutenant for the county.

For some years he has been living in Bath. He is survived by Mrs. IRWIN and a large family of sons and daughters, the oldest of whom is the present Mayoress of Carlisle.




Date: 21 February 1902.

Occasion: Present at the Court, 25 February 1898, where his wife and daughter were presented to the Queen.(1)

Location: Lafayette studio, 179 New Bond Street, London.

Descr: FL standing

Costume: Colonel's full dress uniform, Volunteer Artillery.

Accessories: Full dress sabretache.

Decorations: Queen Victoria's Jubilee Medal 1887; Ashantee War Medal 1873-1874 with clasp: Coomassie.

Furniture & Props: Studio Persian rug with wide border and field with pattern of stylized leaves and angular vine.

Photographer: Lafayette, 179 New Bond Street, London.

Evidence of photographer at work: -

No of poses: 1. See also Mrs Irwin

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Mrs S.K. Hopkins, Head of Department of Uniform, Badges and Medals, The National Army Museum, London.

1. see neg no 1619: Mrs Irwin.