Guide to the Harrow Families Archive: the Index

You stand there where your brothers stood


Names appear in the Index in three amalgamated alphabetical lists:

1. The major entry for a family appears in bold.

If there are two different families sharing the same surname, the Index will differentiate between them, either with the name or initials of the first recorded member of the family:
Stewart (HS)
Stewart (James)

or by a peerage title associated with that family:
Stewart (Galloway)

If the family’s territorial designation is recorded by Bridgeman, then it will appear in the Index:
Eyre (of Rampton)
Eyre (of Warrens)
Pendarves (of Pendarves)

2. A minor entry for a family appears in ordinary type:

This could be a variation of a family name.

For example, Bouverie is the surname of the grandfather of the first Pleydell-Bouverie at Harrow and so Bouverie will be indexed to the main Pleydell-Bouverie page (42).

Or it could be a reference to the grandson through the female line.

For example, RS Keigwin appears in the Index to the main Onslow family page (269) as the grandson of DAR Onslow. The Keigwins have a page of their own (399).

3. Peerages are in italics:

The Index includes all peerages referred to by Bridgeman, whether Old Harrovian (Marquess of Aberdeen) or not (Earl Annesley).


The criterion for entry when Harrow Families was first devised was that the family must have attended the School in three generations or more with the same surname.

Each family with a main entry in bold type has one, or perhaps two, column entries to record the number of generations they have attended Harrow School.

The first column gives the number of generations in the male line. These generations are most likely to be from a boy, back through his father to his grandfather and so on.

For example, the Bridgeman family appear in seven generations father to son: Orlando (1770); George (Mr Bromley's 18013); George (The Grove 18361); Charles (The Grove 18653); Roger (Druries 19023), the first compiler of Harrow Families; Richard (Elmfield 19442) and his two sons Orlando (Elmfield 19821) and Con (Elmfield 19833).

Four families have come to Harrow in seven generations: the Bridgemans, the Chester-Masters, the Gerards and the Pleydell-Bouveries.

The Camerons appear in six generations: Donald (18052); Donald (Small Houses 18493); Donald (Small Houses & Druries 18903); Donald (Elmfield 19242); Donald (Elmfield 19602) and Donald (Elmfield 19903).

Twelve families in total have come to Harrow in six generations in the direct male line: the Adairs, Calverts, Camerons, Clives, Dundases, Durys, Fitzroys, Greens, Reynards, Ryders, Towers and Verneys.

Forty families have come to Harrow for five generations. Boys currently in the School from this group include Anson, Chichester, Henriques, Patrick and Riddell-Webster.

New families appear regularly. With the arrival of Max Fosh (Bradbys 20083), for example, the Fosh family qualify for three generations: Arthur (The Head Master's 19383); Matthew (The Head Master's 19712) and now his son Max.


Families will also be included where one or more generations have been skipped, as long as the direct line is intact.

For example, the Quilter boys William and Henry (West Acre 20093 and 20103) are the sons of Guy (West Acre 19803) whose father Anthony arrived in the School in 1951. Sir Anthony’s father was not at Harrow but his grandfather was: William (Small Houses 18882). The Quilters are therefore a four-generation family.


The second column will give the number of generations in the indirect line, for example, from a boy to his father and then to his great uncle; or from a boy through his mother to his Harrovian grandfather and great-grandfather. (This number is only given if it is higher than the number of direct generations.)

The Buxtons illustrate a family with four generations in the direct line but five indirectly. Start with one of the seven cousins in the present generation: Edward (Elmfield 19903). His father Christopher came in 19542 (Elmfield); his grandfather Michael in 19282 (Elmfield); his great grandfather Henry in 18893 (Mr Watson's). Henry’s father did not come to Harrow but four of his uncles did (Small Houses 18503); Samuel (Small Houses & Mr Pears' 18522); Charles (Small Houses 18593) and Barclay (Mr Watson's 18743). The uncles make the fifth "indirect" generation. This was the first generation of a remarkable family which has produced 54 Harrovians between 1850 and 2000.

Five families have Harrovians in an indirect line in eight or more generations: the Towers (with nine); the Digbys and Wingfield-Digbys; Pleydell-Bouveries; Churchills and Spencers; and Talbot Ponsonbys.

For the purpose of counting generations, Governors and Masters are included.


I am now adding families where the three generations do not have the same surname.