May Downing

May Downing was born with her younger twin sister Daisy on 11 May 1880 the eldest children of William Edmund Downing and his wife Hannah Pitt Showell.

May Williams and Glyn in about 1915

May Williams and Glyn in about 1915

She was initially brought up in Handsworth before the family moved to Elm Lodge, Hagley in about 1895. We have a number of photos of her as a child mostly taken by her younger sister Mary. May married Thomas Llewellyn Williams on 4 June 1906 and they had one child Edmund Glyn Williams born on 17 July 1909. Rev Thomas Williams was a clergyman from Machynlleth in Wales but he died in April 1910 shortly after Glyn’s birth. Machynlleth is about twelve miles from Llanbrynmair, where we know the Downings were frequent visitors to the Lodge there from 1904 to 1910

Thomas Llewellyn Williams was considerably older than his wife. The picture opposite is taken from the photos taken by Mary at the wedding, dated 4 Jun 1906. There exists an indignant letter written by a teenage Noel Downing from Harrow School protesting about his elder sister’s intention to marry such a  Welshman.

Rev Thomas Llewellyn Williams

Rev Thomas Llewellyn Williams

May Williams remarried John MacKay Pringle in 1919 but died in middle age from cancer on 23 Mar 1931. She had no further children although John Pringle remarried himself in 1936 and did have one son, David H J M Pringle.

 

 

Last updated on 29 September 2017 by JJ Morgan