Cayley Family History

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A Banker's Family - Descendants of Edward Cayley of Stamford (1782-1868)

Edward Cayley (1782-1868), banker of Stamford, Lincolnshire, and Frances Twopeny (1796-1851) had six children:

  • Edward Cayley (1829-1908), who studied at St John's College, Cambridge and then went into the church, becoming vicar of South Leverton, Nottinghamshire. After he retired he lived in Fulham, London, where he died. In 1862 he married Catherine Isabella Blenkarne (1841-1919), and they had three daughters: Agnes Mary Cayley (1853-1956), who married Richard Lake Harrison, a lawyer, in 1887; Margaret Isabella Cayley (1864-1945); and Henrietta Cayley (1867-1926), who married Major Frank Hope Mackenzie Savile of the Tank Corps in 1891

  • George Cayley (1831-1891), who went into his father's banking business at Stamford. In 1859 he married his first cousin Margaret Paul, daughter of Roseanna Twopeny and Robert Bateman Paul, a clergyman who a few years later became an archdeacon in New Zealand, and then returned to become rector of St Mary's, Stamford.

  • Sir Richard Cayley (1833-1908), who carved out a successful career as a government lawyer in Ceylon, and was Chief Justice there from 1879 to 1883. He retired to Ryhall, County Rutland. In 1866 he married Sophia Margaret Wilson, daughter of a member of the legislative council of Ceylon.

  • Henry Cayley (1834-1904), who trained as a doctor and surgeon and joined the British army in India. He was awarded a medal for his part in the Indian Mutiny, and participated in a number of expeditions. From one of these emerged rumours, widely reported in the British press, that he had been assassinated in Kashmir in 1867, but the rumours were groundless.He reached the rank of Deputy Surgeon-General, and returned to England in 1887 - though not in retirement: he was appointed Professor of Military Medicine at the Army Medical School, Netley, Hampshire. He retired from the army in 1900, but the next year went to South Africa to supervise a hospital during the Boer War. After that he became Honorary Surgeon to King Edward VII. He was a keen amateur yachtsman. While in India, he is said to have discovered the link between mosquitoes and malaria. In 1862 he married Letitia Mary Walters (1839-1920), a clergyman's daughter.

  • William Cayley (1836-1916), a doctor and surgeon who taught at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London. He did not marry. His obituary in the medical journal The Lancet described him as "reticent to a fault and lacking in the bedside manner and the

         capacity for small talk that often contribute to popular success. A lover of flowers and the classics, he was an

         expert mountaineer, spending his annual holidays in Switzerland and the Tyrol. A bachelor, non-smoker and


  • Arthur Cayley (1840-1905), who practised as a solicitor in London. In 1868 he married Caroline Ada Forde

         (1846-1927), one of the many children of the Cheshire clergyman the Rev Frederick Forde.


George Cayley and Margaret Paul had nine children:

  • Frances Bateman Cayley (1860-1902)

  • Rosa Elizabeth Cayley (1861-1940)

  • Richard Nowell Cayley (born in 1863, died in infancy)

  • Edith Margaret Cayley (1864-1935), who in 1891 married a barrister, Julian Edward Bellamy

  • Nowell Paul Cayley (1865-1928), who tried his hand as a fruit grower in California, but subsequently returned to England, dying at Barton-on-Sea in Hampshire. In 1893 he married his first cousin Gertrude Stephanie Cayley (1867-1948), one of the children of his uncle Richard Cayley and SophiaMargaret Wilson. They had one son, John Oliver Cayley (1906-1938).

  • Arthur George Cayley (1867-1892), who was a lieutenant in the British army in India, where he died at Landour

  • Frank Peirson Cayley (1868-1914), a doctor and surgeon who served in the British army during the Boer War, and then practised in Stansted, Essex

  • Ida Mary Cayley (1869-1951)

  • Helen Maria Cayley (1871-1943)


Richard Cayley and Sophia Margaret Wilson had six children:

  • Hugh Charles Cayley (1869-1945), who in 1899 married Anne Beatrice Cowley Wilkins (d. 1951). They had two children, Kymer Frank Hugh Cayley (1900-1917), and Richard Wilkins Cayley (1902-1991) who was a Captain in the Ordnance Corps during World War 2, and married Joan Harvey Sutcliff (1904-1990) in 1935.

  • Frances Sophia Henrietta Cayley (c.1868-1932), who married Francis du Pré Oldfield (d. 1928), who became a judge in Madras, India, and was knighted in 1923.

  • Gertrude Stephanie Cayley (1867-1948), who married her first cousin Nowell Paul Cayley (see above)

  • Adeline Matilda Cayley (1872-1965), who married William Sidney Hargreaves (d. 1943) in 1902.

  • Dorothy Mary Cayley (1875-1954), a mycologist

  • Gladys Eva Cayley (1877-1954)


Henry Cayley and Letitia Mary Walters had eight children:

  • Walter de Sausmarez Cayley (1863-1952), a career army officer who served in Africa in the last years of the 19th century, and in Mesopotomia and Gallipoli during World War 1. hed reached the rank of Major-General. He was knighted in 1917. In 1896 he married Constance Blakeney, a clergyman's daughter.

  • Mary Louisa Cayley (1865-1951), who in 1892 married a merchant in India, Charles Campbell McLeod (1858-1936), who was knighted in 1917 and made a baronet in 1925.

  • Cyril Henry Cayley (b. 1865 in Simla, India; d. 1905 in Bombay, India), a surgeon and doctor who died of cholera while advising the British army in India on way of improving sanitary conditions. In 1893 he married Maria Charlotte Black (d. 1960). They had three children: Henry Douglas Cayley (b. 1904 in Bombay, India; d. 1991 in Victoria, Australia), a senior banker who played a leading role in the division of assets between India and Pakistan on independence, and who in 1940 married Nora Innes Paton (1909-2011); Dorothy St Quintin Cayley (b. 1895 in Hampstead, London; d. 1979 in Surrey); and Cyril Cayley (b. 1905 in Felixstowe, Suffolk).

  • Evelyn Wynne Cayley (1867-1958), who in 1893 married an army surgeon, Hayward Reader Whitehead (1855-1925). Her husband had a very distinguished career, and was decorated by several countries for his work during World War 1. He was knighted in 1917, the same year as his brother-in-law Walter.

  • Douglas Edward Cayley (1870-1951), another career army officer who, as a lieutenant-colonel, played a key role in the evacuation of troops from Gallipoli in World War 1, and was decorated by several countries. He was awarded a CB in 1919. In 1906 he married jessie Eyre Duff Gibbon (d. 1955): they had one son, Richard Douglas Cayley (1907-1943), a career naval officer who was a submarine commander during World War 2 and died when his submarine hit a mine. He married Nancy Coutts in 1933.

  • Bernard Cayley (1871-1914), who married Gertrude Mary Large (d. 1942) in 1904.

  • Norman Cayley (1874-1952), a solicitor

  • Henry Priaulx Cayley (1877-1942), a career naval officer who transferred to the Australian navy in 1912. During World War 1 he was a naval commander on the North Sea. In 1919 the ship he was captaining grounded, and suffered damage, off Queensland: he was reprimanded but still reached the rank of Rear-Admiral. In 1929 he was sent to London as naval representative at the Australian High Commission. He took early retirement in 1931, and stayed in London, converting to Christian Science. In 1906 he married Ethel Mary Hewitt; they had one son, Henry Francis Cayley (1910-1981).


Arthur Cayley and Caroline Ada Forde had two children:

  • Osbert Arthur Cayley (1869-1947), who followed in his father's footsteps as a London solicitor. In 1910 he married a distant cousin, Dorothy Lewis (1881-1942), daughter of the Rev George Herbert Lewis. They had two children: Frances Dorothy Cayley (1912-2003), who married Sydney Yates in 1941; and Forde Everard de Wend Cayley (1915-2004), a hospital doctor who was captured by the Japanese at Singapore in 1942 and was one of the many prisoners-of-war who suffered great hardships on the River Kwai. In 1941 he married Eileen Lilian Dalton (1916-1997), daughter of a Principal Clerk of the Law Courts, London. Michael Forde Cayley, who set up this website, is one of Forde Everard de Wend Cayley's two children.

  • Margerie Cayley (1871-1915), a schoolteacher

Edward Cayley of Stamford 1782-1868

Edward Cayley


Arthur Cayley Forde's grandfather

Arthur Cayley


Caroline Ada Cayley née Forde

Caroline Ada Forde


Osbert Arthur Cayley

Osbert Arthur Cayley


Forde Cayley in uniform

Forde Cayley


in WW2 uniform