One Name Study of Gronow / Gronnow / Goronwy

One Name Study of Gronow / Gronnow / Goronwy

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:

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Recently acquired certificates:

Cordilia Maria Gronow June Qtr. 1877 Pontypridd Vol.11a page 347
Maria Gronow June Qtr. 1879 Pontypridd Vol.11a page 354
William Gronow March Qtr. 1881 Pontypridd Vol.11a page 342
Joseph Sydney Gronow June Qtr. 1892 Pontypridd Vol.11a page 599
Leonard Gronow June Qtr. 1892 Pontypridd Vol.11a page 663
Beryl E. Gronow September Qtr. 1925 Pontypridd Vol.11a page 1262

Friday, May 23, 2014

Royal Welsh Ladies Choir

A musical memory of:
Gertrude Martha Gronow
Lilian Gronow
"As long as we live, there is never enough singing"
~Martin Luther

Tours of Canada & The United States of America

Royal Welsh Ladies Choir here on Friday.

The Royal Welsh Ladies Choir a chorus of fourteen voices under the leadership of Miss Gertrude Gronow will give a concert at 8 o'clock Friday evening at the Eirat Methodist church under the auspices of the Seneca Men's class of that church. The singers have been appearing in various cities in the State and have been received enthusiastically whefever they have appeared. Among their recent engagements were concerts in Elmitra, Olean, Bradford, Scranton and Youngs-Town.
Miss Gronow assembled the choir and brought it to America from her native home in Wales and she is the conductor of the choir as well as organiser. The singers will appear in costume and will present a varied program including songs in welsh as well as operatic numbers and familiar folk tunes. Solos and duet numbers will feature the program.
The choir met Queen Marie of Roumania on her arrival in Toronto the past year and Miss Gronow was received by the Queen.Among the notables and royalty before whom the choir members have presented their program is the Prince of Wales. Miss Gronow and Miss Jennie Ellis, a soloist in the choir on one of their tours Sang for Charles Evans Hughes in the State House, Albany, during his term as governor of New York state.
[Geneva Daily Times; Wednesday 23rd February 1927]

Welsh Choir to Sing

A musical event of unusual importance is promised in the visit to Cuba of the Royal Welsh Ladies choir, which will sing at the Presbyterian church next week Saturday, Feb. 5th. It is conducted by Miss Gertrude Gronow of Caerphilly, Wales. She has performed under royal patronage, and the Prince of Wales has expressed keen delight in the music rendered by her choir.
As a child Miss Gronow attracted notice in musical festivals and at length was engaged by Madame Hughes Thomas, well known in Canada and the United States, to tour on this side of the Atlantic. During the War she took prominent part in concerts for soldiers and sailors and in hospitals.
Miss Gronow has gathered a combination of voices of rare quality. Those who have heard Welsh choirs will not fail to attend this concert, as the singers of her race are renowned for their quality.
[The Cuba Patriot. N.Y. Friday January 28th 1927]


Mme. Gertrude Gronow and her Royal Welsh Ladies Chorus will appear in a concert Monday night Jan 31st at the Binghamton Central High school, under the auspices of the Men's Billy Sunday class of the Boulevard Methodist Episcopal church.
This organisation contains 14 women singers, most of them from the town of Caerphilly, a musical center within a dozen miles of Cardiff, capital of Wales. The group has appeared in all parts of Great Britain and on the continent and have sung by command, before the Prince of Wales and other royal personages. His Royal Highness was so impressed by their singing that he sent a letter of appreciation to Miss Gronow, and the choir received many engagements to appear in exclusive circles. Its initial appearance in the United States is the result of a nationwide appeal from musical communities.
Choral singing by women has become quite the vogue in Great Britian, and the Royal Welsh Ladies include some of the best known women vocalists in Wales and surrounding territory. Among them are: Mme Gronow, conductor; Miss Jennie Ellis, soprano five times a blue ribbon winner. Miss Louise Davis, Welsh soprano twice blue ribbon winner; Miss May John soprano, semi national winner; Miss Annie Flook; Mme Benjamin Thomas; Miss Mary Evans; Miss Gwenno Jones; Miss Gwen Maddox; Miss Ida W. Stevens; Miss Gladys Horgest; Miss Lilian Gronow.
[The Binghamton Press, Friday Evening January 7th 1927]

Again on the 8th October 1927 the choir left Southampton England bound for New York aboard the Cunard RMS Mauritania: The ships log lists the following members of the Royal Welsh Ladies Choir, together with their (ages). Gertrude Gronow, conductor: (44); Catherine Gowe, musician (32); Henrietta Veale, musician (22); Sarah Lewis, musician (37); Annie May John, musician (26); Grace Battinan, musician (21) Phoebe Northall, musician (20); Gwendoline Jenkins, musician (25); Morfydd Davies, musician (23); Eleanor Williams, musician (18); Doris Richards, musician (23); Sarah Williams, musician (31); Lilian Gronow, musician (21); Dorothy Hambly, musician (25)   (Lilian Gronow was the niece of Mme Gertrude Gronow).