One Name Study of Gronow / Gronnow / Goronwy

One Name Study of Gronow / Gronnow / Goronwy

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

2015's bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo

Reminiscences of Captain Rees Howell Gronow, 
Formerly of the Grenadier Guards, and M.P. for Stafford. 
"It has been my lot to have lived through the greater part of one of the
most eventful centuries of England's history, and I have been thrown
amongst most of the remarkable men of my day; whether soldiers,
statesman, men of letters, theatrical people, or those whose birth and
fortune--rather, perhaps, than their virtues or talents--have caused
them to be conspicuous in society at home or abroad.  Nature having
endowed me with a strong memory, I can recall with all their original
vividness scenes that took place fifty years ago, and distinctly
recollect the face, walk, and voice, as well as the dress and general
manner, of everyone whom I have known. I have frequently repeated to my
friends what I have seen and heard since the year that I joined the
Guards (1813), and have been urged to commit to paper my anecdotes and
Listen to a description of the Battle read by Joseph W. Gronow 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Peter Gronow

 In Memory of:

Peter J. D. Gronow
1929- 24th April 2015
Pilot & Chartered Engineer.
Winner of the Albert Codling Trophy 1987 for his Wolf Boredom Fighter.

Main picture by Peter Marlow 1989 with his kind permission to reproduce

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Recently acquired certificates:

Elizabeth Gronow December Qtr. 1860 Bridgend Vol.11a page 374

Jane Gronow March Qtr. 1903 Newcastle T. Vol.10b page 19
Bertram Gronow June Qtr.1918 Bridgend Vol.11a page 1375.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Damaging Telegraph Poles



At Llangollen, yesterday, before Lord Trevor and other magistrates, five youths employed at the Brynkinallt Collieries, Chirk, and named M. Gabriel, Harold Gronow, Bert Gronow, Sam Harrison, and Bert Roberts, were charged with damaging telegraph poles and insulators near Chirk Castle park gates on April 19. Mr E.A. Pearson prosecuted for the Postmaster General. Police Constable Matthews said that when concealed near the park gates at 4.30 in the morning, when the youths ere going to work at the collieries, he saw them throwing stones at the insulators, and afterwards collected a quantity of broken porcelain under the poles. For the Postmaster-General, Mr Pearson said that he had the line inspected on April 30, and found that no fewer than fourteen insulators were broken in a length of one mile between Chirk and the park gates. Against all of the defendants but Bert Gronow previous convictions for larceny were quoted, and they were sent to hard labour for one month each: Bert Gronow being fined £1.

{Liverpool Daily Post, 9th June 1915}

Harold & Albert Gronnow were the children of William Frederick Gronnow & Sarah Jane Whittaker.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Life Guards of the Household Cavalry

Congratulations to:
Owen J. Gronow
for gaining a coverted place within the Lifeguards, as a Household Cavalry - Junior Entry - Mounted Duty.
Best wishes & Good luck with his chosen career from his very proud parents, his brothers & sister.

Friday, August 29, 2014

David R. Gronow

In Memoriam
David Rodney Gronow
1944 - 28th August 2014
David collapsed and died while watching his beloved Yorkshire Cricket Club. David from Huddersfield, was a popular figure in league cricket and was the former captain of Armitage Bridge Cricket Club. He was perhaps best known for his work as club historian for the Huddersfield Giants.
David was the Grandson of Ben Gronow who was one of the best rugby league forwards in the world during the mid 1920’s, and was the only player from an English club to move to Australia in the first 50 years of the game Down Under.
 Funeral Service at Huddersfield Crematorium on Wednesday September 10th 2014 at 10.00 a.m.
{First Published in the Huddersfield Examiner on 3rd September 2014}

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The Way to a Name

When I stumbled upon Caroline Linden’s novel ‘The Way to a Duke’s Heart’, I was bemused by the appearance of a one Maria Gronow, a coquettish, “ethereally beautiful” woman whose family is “a bit dodgy, if you believe the gossip.” It would have been easy to take offence at her mother, the crowing Mrs Gronow, or indeed the “damned wrong” Mr Gronow, if it were not for the inimitable decency of their fair daughter. When I messaged Caroline Linden about her inspiration for the name Gronow, she explained that during her research (take note writers of historical fiction), she chanced upon the reminiscences of our very own Captain Rees Gronow, the Welsh Grenadier Guards officer, and took a fancy to the name. The Gronows in ‘The Way to a Duke’s Heart’ are entirely fictional, but it is nonetheless entertaining to discover that your surname has found its way into the pages of a bestselling book!

Find the novel at Caroline Linden’s site: