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Evelyn Freeth (1846-1911)

Son of Charles Freeth (1816-1884) and Anna Elizabeth Turner (1819-1878)

Born 25 May 1846 at 65 Welbeck Street, London
Married  Florence Thompson Oakes on 10 May 1870 at St Andrew's, Haverstock Hill, Middlesex.
Died 16 Sep 1911 at Lymington
Buried at New Milton, Hants


Children from marriage between Evelyn Freeth and Florence Thompson Oakes:

  1. Florence May Freeth, born 17 Feb 1871 at St John's Wood. Died 9 Dec 1946 at Guildford, WA
  2. Charles John David Freeth, born 9 Sep 1872 at 7 Acacia Place, St John's Wood, London. Died 1960 at Lymington
  3. Margaret Charlotte Freeth, born 5 Feb 1875 at Plaistow, Kent. Died 3 Sep 1970 at at home
  4. Anna Elizabeth Freeth, born 14 Dec 1876 at Plaistow, Kent. Died 3 Sep 1932 at Golders Green, London
  5. Harold Freeth, born 4 Dec 1878 at Plaistow, Kent. Died 26 Jul 1954 at Porlock, Devon
  6. Thomas Cecil Freeth, born 22 Aug 1881 at 5 Kemplay Road, Hampstead, London. Died 1960 at The Toll House, Chacewater
  7. Robert Evelyn Freeth, born 7 Apr 1886 at Rathmines, Dublin. Died 16 Sep 1979 at Perth, West Aust.
  8. Dorothy Ierne Freeth, born 12 Apr 1889 at Belclare, Temple Gardens, Rathmines, Dublin. Died 27 Dec 1969


Educated: Eton. Entered the Legacy and Succession Duty Office, Somerset House, 1864; Deputy Controller, Legacy & Succession Duties, Ireland, 1884-1900; Registrar of Estate Duties, Ireland, 1900-1902; Registrar of Estate Duty Office, Somerset House, 1902-08.

Knighted 26 June 1908.

Address: Homefield, New Milton, Hants.

Evelyn Freeth worked in Somerset House (Death Duties) at the time he married Florence, and they lived in Bromley, Kent, and subsequently in Hampstead. They moved to Dublin in 1884, when he was put in charge of Death Department at the Custom House, Dublin. They resided in the Rathmines district of Dublin for 7 or 8 years, and then spent about 3 years in the country near Malahide (north of Co. Dublin) at a house called GREENWOOD. They then returned to Dublin and lived at 78 Northumberland Rd. The fact that this is the same house that the Montgomerys lived in for many years is more or less coincidence. Evelyn rented the house, and when he returned to London other people lived there. Some years later it came on the market and Joe and Daisy, knowing the house was comfortable, bought it.

In the early nineteen hundreds, Evelyn Freeth was recalled to Somerset House, and knighted in 1908. He retired eventually to New Milton and died there in 1911. His grave is in the Churchyard there. His wife returned to London and lived on in Hampstead, at the end with her unmarried daughter Anna. She died in 1931, was cremated, and the ashes were taken to New Milton. Her name was added to the gravestone.[Source: Helen Montgomery's notes]

Family in Dublin

Helen Montgomery also notes the following about the early days of Evelyn and Florence's family:

On arrival in Dublin the three girls, May, Daisy and Anna went to the Alexandra School. May went on to the College, as did also Anna, but Daisy left the school. May became ill about the stage at which she would have proceeded to University, and this was the stage at which the family went to live in the country at Greenwood. When she recovered, she offered to the Church Missionary Society (CMS) and went to train in England.

Anna continued at Alexandra, coming in daily from the country.

When the family returned to Dublin, Dolly attended Alexandra School, until they returned to London, when she continued her studies at Wimbledon High School, then Holloway College, and a Commercial training.

With regard to the boys. Jack (Charles John David) went to the High School, Dublin, on arrival, but Harold and Tom went to a "drawing room school" run by Mrs harding, a sister of Dr Benson of the Rathmines School (rather a famous progressive Headmaster of the day).

At the High School in those days there was a harsh headmaster, and corporal punishment was much in vogue, so when the time came for Harold and Tom to move on, they were sent to Wesley College, a co-educational school in Dublin, where the headmaster was the brother of two of the best teachers then in Alexandra.

On moving to the country, Harold was sent as a boarder, first to Foyle College, Londonderry. This proved unsuitable, so he then went to St Columba's College, Rathfarnham, from which college he went on to Dublin University (Trinity College).

Tom was supposed to learn from his sister Anna, but being high spirited he ran away, so he was sent to Lindley Lodge, Nuneaton, and then to Repton.

Robert Evelyn went to Lindley Lodge, then when the family returned to Dublin, he went to the High School, where there was a new Headmaster. When the family returned to London, he went to King's College, Wimbledon, and from there obtained a Scholarship to Selwyn College, Cambridge.

Evelyn also won prizes at school for rowing. Helen Montgomery has a pewter tankard with lid and glass base, inscribed with the details of Maidenhead Regatta Challenge Fours, 2nd Prize, dated 9 Aug 1861, in which E FREETH is bow and H Freeth is Cox.


Bishop R.E.Freeth also noted: "...Evelyn Freeth was one of the originators of Association Football. Each school had its own game eg Rugby, Eton (the Wall game), Westminster, and the young men in London had little chance of playing their own school game. Some few young men among them Evelyn Freeth, Arthur (A.J.) Balfour and Quintin Hogg decided to form a game which they could all play - an Association game made up of different school games and simplified as much as possible. They eliminated such peculiarities as the use of hands (Rugby), the wall (Eton) and such things and created real football. There were eleven a side and no places for the players such as forwards, etc. Two men on each side were backs and the other nine played on the ball. The first important game was between London and Edinburgh. Evelyn and Arthur Balfour were the 'backs' for London."

Evelyn Freeth played in the first international (unofficial) soccer match, England v Scotland, played at The Oval, London on 5 March 1870. A description of the match given in "The Sporting Gazette" of Saturday 12 March 1870 can be found on Wikipedia at (external link)


  1. A Guide to the New Death Duty with an introduction and Forms - 1894 as Deputy Controller of Legacy and Succession Duties
  2. Joint editor of Trevor's Taxes on Succession
  3. Co-author of A Digest of Death-Duty Cases Compiled for Official Use, with W. Pitt-Bremner (Dublin, January 1897)
  4. Death Duty Acts by Evelyn Freeth, Second Edition 1897
  5. Freeth's Death Duties, Fourth Edition 1908. Full title: The Acts Relating to the Estate Duty Including Finance Act 1907, by Sir Evelyn Freeth, Secretary of the Estate Duty Office, Assisted by Charles Robert Elliott of the Estate Duty Office.

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