Estyn Douglas ApSimon

Birth Name ApSimon, Estyn Douglas
Literary pseudonym Glen, Douglas
Gramps ID I0015
Gender male
Age at Death 76 years, 4 months, 10 days


Whence his name? Estyn is extend in Welsh, and he is the youngest. But surely his father at least wasn't this frivolous. Estyn in Flintshire? Estyn from Iustyn, Justyn, Justin, Justinianus? Someone famous with that name?




Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth [E0011] 30/8/1885 Birkdale, Southport, Lancashire Is the exact date family Bible? Reg. Ormskirt Q4!! Birkdale is 1901 census. 1 2 3 4 5
Residence [E0386] between 1885 and 1887 17 Trafalgar Road, Birkdale, Southport, Lancashire 1887 date is from White's. 1885 Namebase. 6 7a
Residence [E0383] between 1887 and 1891 Willow Hall, Sowerby Bridge, Halifax, West Riding, Yorkshire Start date established in the Monthly Tidings article, recording the Catharine St. Presbyterian Church's thanks to Thomas for almost 20 years service. 1891 census gives Willow Hall Lane - if in another house here, that may explain the discordance re address. 8a 6 9a 10a
Residence [E0503] 1891 Lower Willow House, Skircoat, Sowerby Bridge, Halifax, West Riding, Yorkshire Living with his parents. 2
Education [E0063] about 1900 Calday Grange Grammar School, West Kirby, Wirral, Cheshire    
Residence [E0504] 1901 5, Dunraven Road, West Kirby, Wirral, Cheshire Living with his parents.  
Residence [E0388] between 1901 and 1902 5, Dunraven Road, West Kirby, Wirral, Cheshire Thomas, Annie, Joe, TTA, ATA, EDA, Harriet (sister in law), Mary Anne Jones 24 Rhos Denbigh servant 6 3 11
Degree [E0975]   Liverpool University, Liverpool, Lancashire LLB.  
Education [E0194] 1909 Lightbound, Owen & MacIver, Solicitors, 18 Water Street, Liverpool Docks, Liverpool, Lancashire Estyn qualifies as a solicitor (i.e. admitted to Rolls) 3rd class, having been pupil with the firm. Wynn Wheldon may still have been managing clerk at this stage. LLB, in pre-war £150 p.a.. 12 8 13a
Occupation [E0939] 1911 Hoylake, Wirral, Cheshire Solicitor. Living with parents. 14
Occupation [E0195] between 1919 and 1920   1919. Estyn was employed as secretary (Company Secretary?), by Hendersons, sacked by them around 1920. 12
Occupation [E0200] 5/2/1936 Liverpool Assizes, Liverpool, Lancashire Three years penal servitude for "salesman" EDA of Mount Rd, Higher Bebbington, for forging share certificates to defraud a Liverpool moneylender and commission agent (his father was also one). AMA has no memory of the trial and thinks he may have been sent to Swindon for the duration, care of the guard with address round his neck. 8
Occupation [E0199] 19/11/1936   Struck off the Rolls following conviction for conspiracy and forgery. 8
Residence [E0145] 1938 London Estyn left Janet and children at Bebington and went to London in 1938. Desertion or ejection? 12
Occupation [E0198] 1938   Travelling with one Dawson in a Chevrolet in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia's camel. 15
Residence [E0201] 1939 Priory Lodge, Wycombe Rural District, Buckinghamshire Lodging with a master decorator and wife.  
Residence [E0196] 8/12/1939 Clovelly, Chalklands, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire Given as his address in In the Steps of Lawrence of Arabia, published on this date as Douglas Glen. 16
Book [E2179] 1941   Douglas Glen, "Von Ribbentrop is Still Dangerous", Rich & Cowan  
Residence [E0505] 1946 26 Fellows Road, Hampstead, Middlesex   17
Occupation [E2057] estimated between 1944 and 1962 21 Heath Street, Hampstead, Middlesex Partner in "Sybil Rang and Ap Simon", a property letting agency, literary agency (also listed at 43 St. Martin's Lane, corresponded inter alia with William A. Bradley Literary Agency), typing and duplicating (e.g. for the future politician Alan Clark in the early 1950s; Sylvia Plath mentions them as a possible source of odd jobs), and sold Christmas cards inter alia designed by daughter Jean. I think Sybil Rang was Sybil J E Taylor, born 1890 Surrey, who married Charles P A Rang at Hendon in Q4 1930, after which he emigrated. LAD thinks that Estyn and Sybil's relationship was purely professional - Estyn seems to have been on good terms with husband Charles. 18 19 20a 21a 22a
Death [E0033] 9/1/1962 New End Hospital, Hampstead, Middlesex AMA says he died of cancer and that TTA and HTA visited him. 23 24
Residence [E0193] 9/1/1962 Flask Walk, Hampstead, Middlesex   23


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Thomas ApSimon (Jones) [I0008]21/11/184318/9/1919
Mother Anna Elizabeth Thompson [I0011]27/11/185326/9/1928
    Brother     Joseph Henry ApSimon [I0012] 3/6/1879 1925
    Brother     Thomas Trevor ApSimon [I0007] 5/11/1880 1976
    Brother     Arthur Tryweryn ApSimon [I0014] 6/1883 4/8/1917
         Estyn Douglas ApSimon 30/8/1885 9/1/1962


Family of Estyn Douglas ApSimon and Janet Reid [F0009]

Unknown Partner Janet Reid [I0024] ( * 29/5/1886 + 3/1973 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage [E0030] 1911 Wirral, Cheshire Q2 25
Residence [E0404] between 1914 and 1918 9 Mostyn Avenue, West Kirby, Wirral, Cheshire Letter 19181104 TTA to Annie expresses contentment at Mostyn Av having been "sold at such a good figure." 26 11
Residence [E0403] between 1920 and 1926 26 Park Road, West Kirby, Wirral, Cheshire   27 28 29
Residence [E0405] 1930 The Mount, 56 Caldy Road, West Kirby, Wirral, Cheshire Where previously they had had a large house to themselves, this is a large house inhabited by various couples. 30
Name Birth Date Death Date
Richard Douglas ApSimon [I0039]4/9/19131965
Jean Elizabeth ApSimon [I0040]16/10/19181984

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