Lt. Col. Bertie Cunynghame DWYER



Bertie, at the Grand National in 1887, the highly competitive and elite Cresta Run at St Moritz competing with international athletes:  "Bertie Dwyer, an English boy of 14 staying at the Kulm, did the fastest time of the race, the only rider to break the two minute barrier with 1 minute 58.6 seconds . . . [A] truly remarkable effort for any rider let alone a 14 year old" (23 The Cresta Run 1885-1985).  

Record books note: "The first of the outstanding riders was Captain Dwyer, who in the 1890's won the Grand National twice and the Ashbourne Cup (sunsequently the CURZON CUP) twice. His principal rival was Gibson . . ." (1039 The Oxford Companion to Sports & Games, ed. John Arlott).  

Bertie 'flying' on his sleigh 
Bertie (center) in 1904- Still at it
Bertie seated in front, center.Switzerland      Bertie Dwyer- center- with his cup
A silver model of the toboggan used by Bertie to win two Grand Nationals
Bertie RH
Photos above from Michael Seth-Smith's The Cresta Run: History of the St. Moritz Tobogganing Club (London). date unknown.
                        DWYERS AT ST MORITZ, SWITZERLAND, 1886
Front:   Bertie Dwyer - brother George or Denys Dwyer  - Back L to R: Older man with Dwyer resemblance:L Take to be John Hoare Dwyer, brother of the deceased Gen. Thomas P. Dwyer who died 1863, (could also be  Major General Henry Arthur Dwyer, B.S.C.; Maj Lambert F.W. Dwyer, Caroline Georgina Thurlow Cunynghame Dwyer, standing unknown- no resemblances, reclining: Unknown, but Dwyer-like. He may be Lambert in fact- The child's uncle.

Dwyer Family having tea outside! Feb 1897 when Bertie Dwyer had just become the only to win both the International at Davos and the Grand National in St Moritz in the same season. Lambert (?), Bertie Dwyer, wife (?), Madame Caroline Dwyer, a Dwyer (?)

Bertie in front- Daring 'mixed-sex' sledding!

Photo: "Madame Dwyer" written on back   "Stop mother." Mrs Caroline Dwyer has a go.  
                   Note: Women no longer permitted to participate in Cresta Run  -Above: Short-lived. 
Bertie's uncle was on the first committee of the "newly formed St, Moritz Tobogganing Club. . .[they were] elected on a 17 November 1887 and consisted of Duke Grazioli, Major Dwyer (Bertie Dwyer's father) [error- his father was dead already, this is Major Lambert Dwyer] Mr Barker and Major W. H. Bulpett" (Cresta Run 28, Roger Gibbs 1985: London). 
On Jan 16 1897, Francis Curzon wrote: "'Luckily we had the best course of the meeting. Bertie Dwyer, of course, won'" (63). 
"In 1898-9. the redoubtable and immensely popular Bertie Dwyer steered the winning bob in the Fleetwood Wilson Cup . . ." (66).X 

 Major General Thomas Peard DWYER, R.M.  b Ireland c1798 (Diocese of Cork & Ross, County Cork, Ireland ?) d 26 Apr 1863, Lennox Lodge Southsea. England. Lennox Lodge at 62 Clarenence Parade to South Parade. This appears to now be torn down at a "Rose Towers" apartment building, in its place, or was- 1976-2000.  Parents: Robert DWYER and Mary HOARE
Royal Marines Artillery Company Officer on duty at age 14-15


  Mary Ann TOULMIN, b 29 Sep 1805 (St. Andrew By The Wardrobe, London ?) d 12 Dec 1882 Southsea.   Married on 11 Apr 1839, Old Church, Saint Pancras, London, England  Only daughter of Abraham Toulmin. 
Louisa Quarrier DWYER b 15 July 1841, 5:00 A.M. Marine   
  Barracks, Portsmouth, England   D before 1913 (In 1901 Census: living in Portsmouth Hants Hants Bournemouth-Boarder, "Living On Own Means"  Did not see her in 1871 or 1891 Censuses UK       dsp 
Captain Robert Hoare DWYER  b 1843 Ascension Island      Died 26 April 1881, Lennox Lodge Southsea. England.  Have death certificate- Died of heart disease 38 years- had "4-5 years"- He was actually a sick man. Lambert attended at his death
Caroline Georgina Thurlow CUNYNGHAME ,b 1847, "Milncrag, Ayr, Scotland" (but 1891 Census says she was born in Canada!and 1901 Census says: Montreal, Canada) daughter of Francis Thurlow Cunningham (CUNYNGHAME) and Hannah Carolina EYRN) d 21 December 1924   WEDDING: 8 June 1871, Milncrag, Ayr, Scotland
   She was connected to royal lineage, related to Gen. Sir Arthur Cunnynghame,(uncle)  who handed over supreme command of the British forces in southern Africa to Lt. Gen. Sir Frederic Thesiger. Robert was married but was not living with wife as of 1881 Census. In 1891 Census, at Portsea as head of home, with Bertie and Denys and Capt Lambert FW Dwyer visiting. She was at her son's wedding. Related to Lt Col Sir Percy Cunyghame who attended that wedding. In 1901 Census: Boarding St George Hanover Square, London- with her brother-in-law, Lambert Dwyer. She was widowed. They were not necessarily cohabitating, but one gets the idea they were close. Lambert gets around!!
Denys Robert Cunynghame DWYER,  R.N.  b 13 Aug 1876  Kent   HMS Immortalitie,  23 Dec 1892  at 16 years old Scarlet Fever at sick quarters, Portland  dsp 
  Major George Toulmin Cunynghame DWYER  b 5 April 1874, Medway d 26 February 1928 dsp   In 1891 -at Collge Road School house boarding.
  Lt Colonel Bertie Cunynghame DWYER, D.S.O. (Later assuming surname of 'DWYER-HAMPTON '   B About Sept 1872 Gravesend   D June 9, 1967 at his home -Cartref, Beaumaris, Angelsey. Buried family grave, Southsea.
Leicestershire Regiment 
Following Notification appeared in The London Gazette:
"Gentleman Cadet Bertie Cunynghame Dwyer from The Royal Military College, to be Second Lieutenant . . ." Dated 19 November 1892.
Distinguished Service Order
LT in Boer War- slightly wounded at  Stinkhoutboom, 24/7/1900 while with 2nd Btn. Mentioned in despatches for his actions in South Africa.
Promoted Major 11-10-1910. Served with 1st Btn in Ireland 1912-1914.  
Major in WW I or Great War, First Battalion Leicestershire Regiment and 2nd Btn.
Army List Sept 1912
Royal Tigers Association Newsletter Autumn 1967 (Obit) 
"Mentioned as being with the 1st Battalion The Leicestershire Regiment in September 1912 when the battalion moved from Aldershot (England) to Fermoy (S. Ireland). At that time the Battalion was transferred from the 6th Infantry Brigade to the 16th Infantry Brigade, of the 6th Division. In October 1913 the British Infantry Regiment's underwent a re-organisation, and the number of
companies per battalion was reduced from 8 to 4. At that time Major Dwyer was Officer Commanding "C" Company, 1st Battalion, The Leicestershire Regiment. Dwyer was not mentioned later in the book when the Battalion left to fight in France and Flanders, I can only presume that he was probably promoted and posted to another Regiment in 1914?" This quote of information kindly provided by 
Roger Capewell, who has a commercial site selling his book on 
military badges, but generously shares information, as above, for free. 
Name: Dwyer, Bertie Cunynghame aft. Dwyer-Hampton Dates: 1872-1967 References: Dwyer-Hampton, Bertie Cunynghame; Hampton, Bertie Cunynghame Dwyer- Occupations: lieutenant colonel Groups: Military: Others Archive: British Biographical Archive Fiche: II 1452,070 Title of Source: WW Wales 1933 [= Short title] Who's Who in Wales. - 2nd ed. - London. - 1933 Dwyer - Hampton: (1925) Tierce in pairle reversed gules, azure, sable, 1st and 2nd a pair of swords in saltire points upwards and 3rd a lion rampant or, on an escutcheon of pretence, quarterly 1 and 4, quarterly i and iiii, argent, a chevron sable, between three cornish choughs proper in each beak a ermine spot, (Lewis) ii and iii, gules on a chevron between three bucks heads caboshed argent, a crescent gules, for difference, (Roberts) 2 and 3, gules on a fess or, between a mullet in chief and a escallop in base or, three martlets sable, (Hampton), (all for Hampton -Lewis Royal License 1830)
Crest: Within a mascle sable, charged with eight bezants, an arm embowed in armour hand grasping a dagger or. Motto: "Noli irritare fortes." (For Dwyer)
Beryl Maud GILLMAN m About 1907 - d 3 June 1910 Rutland House, Southsea, aged 20 (Notice in Times 6 June).  Have very detailed newspaper account of wedding.  This photo may be a nurse.
Note: Her sister was Evelyn Gillman, was a bridesmaid at Bertie's wedding. One of his groom men was a Lt. Burgess. The Lt and Evelyn were married- Their eldest was Guy Francis de Moncy BURGESS , yes the KGB double- spy. (Bertie's cousin)  History, or Hollywood has been kind to Burgess, since it seem that if one only avoids being boring, anything can be forgiven or overlooked.
See more on Bertie Dwyers Page.    
Mary Gwendolen HAMPTON-LEWIS  after: Mary Gwendolen Hampton Dwyer-Hampton, eldest dau of Colonel Hampton-Lewis m Oct 3, 1914  d 30 Oct 1946,   (Bertie later adopted name- DWYER-HAMPTON) Had quiet wedding, "owing to the war."
  Major Denys Angus Lambert DWYER   b 26 Dec 1907 Southsea  d 15 May 1985 the Bourne, Hollyport, Maidenhead. Lived at "Cartref"(sic), Beaumaris, Anglesey, North Wales - At a  large estate/mansion- have photos. 
Audrey GROVES dau of Maj. William Frederick Priaux Groves and Catherine Slack.
 . Paul Gillman DWYER b 1 May 1940  New Forest  Ran as Conserative candidate. m Romsey 1969   Convener of the Pro-Euro Conservative Party, who quit the Tories in protest at their "increasingly hostile European policy."
m 1  Aileen KEEL 
Alexander ("K.D.") Hugo KEEL- DWYER b 27 March, 1991 West London,  Studying fencing
m 2 Nina C. Barclay de Tolly  m 1969 dau Victor Barclay de Tolly, Jersey.    Seems very active in civic and cultural events, including involvement in archiving her famous ancestor's, life. 
. Alexander ("Ottie") Barclay de Tolly DWYER b 16 Dec. 1974 Westminister,  In reality
. Anna Barclay de Tolly DWYER b 23 May 1972 London
   Virginia Gwendolyn DWYER b 7 May 1943 Romsey England
  Unknown      Children
Colonel Lambert Francis Wilson DWYER b 27 April 1840, 7:30, Saint Thomas, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England -  d 2 Jan 1923 at 2 Clarence-Parade, Southsea. Parents:   Major General Thomas Peard DWYER and Mary Ann TOULMIN  Single as of 1891 -Was staying as a visitor for Caroline Cunynghame Dwyer, Bertie and Denys in 1891 in Portsea. Biologicalfather of Hugh Dwyer- my grandfather. Committee member (founding) of the St Moritz Tobogganing Club, on 17 Nov 1877.   In 1901 Census: Boarding - with his sister-in-law- widowed -Caroline Cunynghame Dwyer-Newly discovered (2006) that Lambert was in The US, arriving in Boston of the Malta on 4 Jan 1873.
17th Regiment, 106th -Captain H.P., Bombay Light Infantry, 
Post 1881:  2nd Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry.Commissioned 
      This battalion served:
1881 Dublin
1882 Gibraltar
1885 Egypt
1887 India: Poona
Ensign 17th Sept., 1858
Lieutenant 17th May, 1861
Captain 5th Jan., 1870 
Recipient of the Canada General Service Medal with clasp-       Fenian Raid 1866 
Awarded Certificates for Musketry 1861, 1866, 1867
Harts Army List 1864
The Green Tiger May 1935, Winter 1956
Retired to Half Pay on 8th December, 1877, served as a Captain in Royal Anglesey Engineers, Militia (Like the National Guard) from that date Headquarters at Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey, North Wales.
Emily Marie LAYE  b 11 September 1848, Douglas, IOM. bap   Illegitimate child =Lambert Dwyer and Emily Laye - married to his brother, William Dwyer. Appears to have been a long term affair- each chasing each other back and forth across Atlantic. Other children may be Lambert's - Only evidence for Hugh.  Her husband divorced her- changed his name in the 1880 census from William to Thomas. Hugh lists his father as "Lambert Dwyer" on his marriage certificate. Lambert visited America, and Emily staying with her sister in Scotland, not far from where Lambert was stationed- Hugh born there, in Edinburgh. Hugh used to receive money from a "Bertie Dwyer" at Christmas- a good amount.
Emily Remarried: to John PRINCE,  (b about 1858,  d at age of 32 at 314 Porter Street, Detroit 7 Dec 1890. Accidental overdose of chloroform administered during surgery) He was the grandson of Hon. Col John PRINCE, alleged illegitimate son of William IV of ENGLAND and an actress. (Most prob untrue - but he must have been an impressive person to have people think he could be). Emily is  my direct gg grandmother. She died 23 Aug 1896 in Detroit MI as "Mrs Emily Prince."
  Hon. Colonel John PRINCE (hated by the citizens of Detroit, who placed a price on his head), -Famous or infamous for his ruthlessness at the Battle of Windsor


  St Hugh Simpson Gerald Toulmin DWYER 
b 18 Dec 1875 10:45 am, Janefield Parish of Corsorphine,  Edinburgh, Scotland. Bap St John's Episc, Edinburgh, 18 Jan 1876 Hugh born while parents were on trip, revisiting the UK. Also there is a retroactive American version ofa Birth Certificate. d 27 Jun 1939, Detroit MI Harper Hospital;            Blue eyes   FOR HUGH'S OFFSPRING- LINK TO  DWYERS USA 
    LT William Simpson Brown Blennerhassett DWYER  b 15 Aug 1846 Portsmouth, England  d 1918 Detroit, MI  3rd West Indian Regiment and 1st Batt 5th Foot Northumbrian Fusiliers. West Indies, Jamaica. Left service 1870 William maybe was only an Ensign, since ADM files show nothing beyond that. But it is to be noted that the regiment was disbanded in 1870. Married 1st 4 Apr 1868 Portchester, England to Emily Laye. Divorced about 1880. Remarried Cornelia Moran in 1881. d 1918 Detroit, MI 
Emily Marie LAYE  b 11 September 1848, Douglas, IOM. bap Chapel Saint Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Douglas. Isle of  Man. Later St Mary's) on July 19 1847.  (Dates of baptism all seem a year off). d. 23 Aug 1896 in Detroit, MI USA, as "Emily PRINCE," (wife of John Prince).Bu Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Mother dies in childbirth She was 36 yrs old- death bed conversion appears- to Catholicism.  "Anne LAYE" baptized Catholic September 11 1848- Emily's mother on deathbed. Emily is my 2G grandmother. In 1851 with father and grandmother in Berwick, Northumberland
  Mary Ann Sinclair DWYER b 7 Sep 1869 at sea -Jamaica. d 20 Feb 1941, Windsor Ontario, Canada- Bu St John's, Windsor. (Nicknamed by family "Aunt Cuckoo"- because her father called her "my little cuckoo."
Albert K. PRINCE b Aug 1863 Canada,  son of the Hon. Albert PRINCE . 
Colonel Alan PRINCE, V.D., A.D.C.  b 22 Aug 1888 Sandwich, Ontario Canada d Unknown, after 1945. Was living in Detroit, widow, in mid-late 60's   Resided at 4523 Riverside Drive, Windsor.  Headed Windsor's Essex Scottish Reserve, which he organized. Awarded Legion of Merit from President Truman, conferred by Michigan Govornor G. Mennen Williams.  In 1936, Alan took a trip with wife (and a lady's maid) to Nassau on the S.S. Carinthia.
. Florence Elizabeth Reaume,  b Windsor 1889  daughter of Windsor's mayor - Must be a niece or some other way related to "His Worship,"  Arthur J. Reaume mayor 1941 - 1954. 
  Catherine PRINCE d14 Mar 1928 of cebebral abscess at age 13, student, b 1915  bu 16 Mar 1928 St Alphonsus Cem.,
  Lt John Alan PRINCE b c 1915 1st Batallion Essex Scottish Regiment. Was in the Dieppe raid on the coast of occupied France. Was missing, then showed up a POW of the Germans Attended Royal Military College, Toronto   Graduated from University of Toronto 1934. President, United Forge Company
 . Louisa DWYER b   (died before 1880) d Poss England 
. Ramsay Reginald DWYER May 1874 England, lived in Michigan and Ohio, d St Clair County, MI late 1940's. DSP 
  Dora DWYER b 1871 Detroit 
  Inspector William Lambert Laye Blennerhassett DWYER b 19 June 1874 poss England, d 2 March 1943 Detroit,  Blue eyes
Contact:     Patrick Paskiewicz
Teach college USA.  BA  Philosophy, MA English Drama and Literature EMU.  Born 1950, before Al Gore invented Internet. Peddling ny completed book to publishers, Who Murdered Nurse Florence Nightingale Shore?, an investigation into the unsolved murder of English army nurse, Miss Florence Nightingale Shore, goddaughter and relative of Miss Florence Nightingale.  
Battled some renal cell carcinoma , but have good prognosis. Next project may look at another person on my tree, early feminist/ adventurer/explorer/writer Patricia Elizabeth Ramsay Laye. 




LAYE FAMILY UK  Connected by Marriages or Reference

EMILY LAYE   Dau of Major Francis Fenwick Laye, grand daughter of Lt. General Francis Laye

DIXON BROWN   Northumberland UK ,  Margaret Brown married Lt. General Francis Laye 1803.

AIREY of Northumberland  Lt. General Francis Laye married Mary Airey 1803    Also GILPIN, GOODEN, MULCASTER, BEDFORD (BEDFORDE), BARKUS, LAYE         

GILLMAN of  Portsmouth  LT COL BERTIE CUNYNGHAME DWYER married Beryl Maud Gillman c 1907.
ANDERSON  NICHOLSON  Northumberland  From Laye/Airey/Barnes Line
 GUY BURGESS    Spy for KGB  LT COL BERTIE CUNYNGHAME's sister-in-law, -Evelyn Gillman.,was the mother of this double agent.

  CLAVERINGS and FENWICKS   Northumberland,  From Laye/Airey/Barnes Line

Who Muurdered Nurse Florence Nightingale Shore   My book project

GREY Northumberland  Laye/Airey/Barnes/Clavering/

CASHER      Family of Beryl Maud Gillman - A Casher did the research, and I am merely posting it for him.

GILPIN Northumberland  Northumberland,  From Laye/Airey/Barnes Line 

FLORENCE  NIGHTINGALE:  SMITHS Her maternal side: For studying the Shores or Nightingale Studies  

BEDFORDE  BEDFORD   Durham, UK From Laye/Airey Line

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE: THE SHORE FAMILY  Norton Hall, Sheffield of Norton Hall. 

General Thomas Peard Dwyer  Detailed Career


 Lt. General Francis Laye     Major General Joseph Henry Laye I    Major General Joseph Henry Laye II    Detailed Careers

PRINCE Essex, Ontario   Tied to ways: GG Grandmother Emily Laye married John Prince, grandson of Col John Prince, and her dau, Mary Anne Dwyer married the Hon. Albert Prince, M.P- the son of Col. Prince. (Yes, that's right).


HON COLONEL JOHN PRINCE, M.P.  A character. Reputed to be illegitimate son of an actress and William IV, notorious for killing American prisoner's of war in the Battle of Windsor. Detroiters put a price on his head. Popular in Windsor.

LT COL BERTIE CUNYNGHAME DWYER   Bertie won Grand National in 1887. "Bertie Dwyer, an English boy of 14  . . . did the fastest time of the race, the only rider to break the two minute barrier with 1 minute 58.6 seconds . . . [A] truly remarkable effort for any rider let alone a 14 year old" (23 The Cresta Run 1885-1985).


INSPECTOR WM BLENNERHASSETT DWYER   Detroit Police Inspector  Very incomplete  
KENNY  County Kerry, Ireland  Also, DWYER, TENT (BROWNE), COURTHROPE, HOARE DEAN PITT  Connected in two way. General J.H. Laye senior married Emelia Dean-Pitt, and Ensign George Sinclair Laye married Amy Selina Nugent, dau of Charlotte Marcia Dean-Pitt.
BUTTERFIELD / SIMPSON AND DUCKETT    LANCASHIRE and BOND E. P. Ramsay-Laye author/feminist pen name: Isobel Massary  4 books, articles, such as "Women and Careers" in Englishwoman Review, 9, (Apr 1878) p 96  -Arguing desirability of married women having careers.

Blennerhassett Kerry   From Dwyer/Hoare  Also  CONWAY, LYNNE, CRUMPE, O'CONNOR, HOARE, DWYER

LAYE Surname Study UK    For Genealogical Reference for all Layes



KEENAN Detroit/ Ontario  Sarah Keenan married my gg grandfather, St. Hugh Simpson Gerald Toulmin Dwyer in Detroit in 1895.

LETTERS OF MARY AIREY LAYE  Letters written by Lt. General Francis Laye's widow, pestering Lord Somerset, later Ragland, for an Ensignacy for her son. Letters to others, like Lord Hill and the Marchioness Winchester.
TOULMIN   London and LANCASHIRE, Mary Anne Toulmin Married to General Thomas Peard Dwyer 11 Apr 1839, Old Church, Saint Pancras, London    Includes: BECKETT, SIMPSON, DWYER, HARRISON, TALBOTT, DWYER CUNYNGHAME Photo Album
WALSH -Meath Ireland    Married to Laye Family Anne Maria Teresa WALSH married Emily Laye's father, Major Francis Fenwick Laye 28 Oct 1835 in Newbridge, Colpe Church County Meath, Ireland CUNYNGHAME Connection is on English branch of family. Captain Robert Hoare Dwyer married  Caroline Georgina Thurlow CUNYNGHAME
HOARE   Kerry  Cork   Connected by Robert Dwyer, father of General Thomas Peard Dwyer marrying Mary Hoare, 1744 Tralee, Kerry.   Also KENNY, DWYER, BLENNERHASSETT, BURNELL, GILPIN, NOTT, WOODCOCK, KELLEY RAMSAY Scot. Eng India   Connection is Major Francis Fenwick Laye married Elizabeth P Ramsay
OGLE Northumberland    Laye/Airey/Barnes/Clavering/Grey ASCENSION ISLAND Mini & partial hist of the RM commandants by Comm (General) T.P. Dwyer
PATERNAL ----  PASKIEWICZ   Plymouth PA/Vilna and Starynki, Russia (Старынкі ). DWYER Surname Study Detroit For Genealogical Reference for all Dwyers
PATERNAL ----  GRIZDIS   and many other spelling  Plymouth PA/Vilna  
PATERNAL---   MIKOLAYESKI  Plymouth PA/Russia/Poland PATERNAL ----  ZENKO   Plymouth PA/Vilna, Olita 
PATERNAL--   SINKIEWICZ or SINKCAVAGE Plymouth PA/Lithuania PATERNAL ---  RUZANTIS   Plymouth PA/Suwalki