We have received the following appreciation of the late Canon Willibrord Buscot, for 22 years parish priest of Uttoxeter, whose death, we regret to announce, took place on January 2 at the age of 77.
" The other day Canon Buscot placed his autograph on to one's copy of the history of Cotton College which the veteran member of the 13irmingharn Chapter had written. He was proud of that book, and it seemed fitting that one of his last important duties should be the completion of the volume which contains not only so interesting a story of the oldest Catholic college in England, hut so many fascinating pictures of Catholic life in England during the last century. He was essentially the historian of the Archdiocese. Five years ago, the Canon retired to Birkenhead, the home town of relatives, and there he employed his leisure delving enjoyably into books which
prompted his historical research. Of the Archdiocese of Birmingham in particular, he was the acknowledged authority, and to clarify any matter of local history, the inquirer immediately was requested to ' ask Canon Buscot.' When his research had been challenged—and contemporaries sometimes relished the opportunity of splitting a lance—he at once was on his mettle."
Sir John Lavery, R.A.
Ii is with deep regret that we announce the death of Sir John Lavery, R.A., LL.D., R.H., R.S.A., the famous portrait-painter, which occurred at Rossenarra House, Kilkenny, on January 10, at the age of 84.
Sir John's work is to be found in the public galleries of Pittsburg, Paris, Philadelphia, Brussels, Munich, Edinburgh, Venice, Berlin, Glasgow, Sydney, and Birmingham; and it has given distinction to the best of the exhibitions held in London these many seasons past. Among the many sitters to his brush were Cardinal Logue, General M. Collins, John Redmond, Archbishop Mannix, and President Cosgrave. The Portrait Group of the British Royal Family painted by him in 1913 was commissioned for presentation to the National Portrait Gallery, and he was also commissioned to paint the commemoration picture of the arrival of the German delegates on board H.M.S. " Queen Elizabeth " in 1918.
To the municipal art gallery of his native city of Belfast he gave over thirty of his works, and to the city of Dublin he donated an historical group of his pictures commemorating the period of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1922.
Sir John studied art in Glasgow, London and Paris, and was a member of the Secessions of Berlin and Munich, and of other artistic bodies, including Austrian, French and Spanish. Vice-President of the Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers from 1898 to 1908, he was elected A.R.A. in 1911, and R.A. ten years later. He was knighted in 1918.
In 1930 he received the Freedom of Belfast, and in 1935 he was similarly honoured by Dublin. He wrote his autobiography under the title of " The Life of a Painter."
Sir John's requiem was held at Kihnoganny, Co. Kilkenny, and he WBS buried at Kingsbridge.
The Marquis de Villavieja
The Marquis de Villavieja, whose death at the age of 83 is announced, was a Mexicanborn Spaniard who received his education at Stonyhurst. A staunch supporter of the Royalist regime, he was obliged to leave his country for France on the fall of the Spanish monarchy. His two residences in Spain were completely looted by the Reds, and not a stick of furniture or even a scrap of paper was left.
His father was the promoter of the Vera Cruz Railway in Mexico, and he himself only recently published his own memoirs, under the title of " Life has been Good."
" Life may have been good to the late Marquis," writes a friend of his to the Times, " but he made it so for countless others who will ever remember him."
Major P. A. F. W. a Beckett
We regret to announce the death, which occurred on January 13, of Major Patrick Albert Forbes Winslow a Beckett, late of the Royal Artillery.
Born in 1880, he was thy elder son of Arthur a Becket, and grandson of Gilbert a Becket, co-founder of Punch with W. M. Thackeray. Major a Beckett was educated at Ramsgate Abbey School, and served with the Bazaar Valley and Mohmand Field Forces in 1908, when he was wounded and
mentioned in despatches. He saw service also in the Great War of 1914, and was first President of the Beckenham branch of the British Legion. His wife, who died in 1919, was Lady Nora, daughter of the second Earl Kitchener. She was received into the Church in 1918.
Capt. Sir T. G. Segrave
We regret to announce the death of Captain Sir Thomas George Segrave, Kt., C.B.E., R.I.M., which occurred on January I I at Ascotts, Felbridge.
Born at Tralee in 1864, he was educated at St. Charles' College, Bayswater, and on H.M.S. " Conway." He saw service with the United States Navy during the SpanishAmerican War, when he was twice mentioned in despatches, and was later attached to the transport services during the Boer War. He was knighted in 1923, and received the U.S. Humane Society's Gold Medal and the Dutch Humane Society's Medal, together with the personal thanks of the Queen of Holland and of the U.S. Congress, for saving life at sea.
To-day, Friday, a Requiem Mass for the repose of his soul is being celebrated at the London Oratory, at 11.
Dr. P. J. Carroll
Dr. Patrick John Carroll, one of the bestknown Catholic doctors in Manchester, died on January 4 at the age of 66.
A native of Donoughmore, County Cork, he was educated at the Presentation College, Cork, and Queen's College, Cork, now Queen's University, where he entered three faculties of Arts, Law and Medicine. He was a B.A at 21, and at 28 graduated in medicine. After a period serving in the R.A.M.C., as a Lieutenant he came to Manchester in 1908 and established a practice in Livesey Street, afterwards moving on to Oldham Road. He was well-known at St. Patrick's, Livesey Street, where last week Requiem Mass preceded the interment at St. Joseph's cemetery, Moston, Manchester.
Mrs. Mary Byrne
Mrs. Mary Byrne, who for thirteen years was matron at the Langho Epileptic Colony, Blackburn, and whose services to nursing were recognised by King George V, who in 1935 awarded her the Jubilee Medal, has died at her Blackley residence. She retired, principally on account of ill-health, in October, 1936. The Rev. V. E Taylor, of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Blackley, Manchester, officiated at the interment, which took place last week at Moston.
Fr. R. Foreman, C.S.Sp.
While the confreres of the Irish Province of the Holy Ghost Fathers were still rejoicing at the appointment of one of their number to he Archbishop of Dublin, their brethren in the English Province were mourning the sudden death of one of the ablest members of the Congregation in this country.
On the morning of January 2, while carrying out his duties as Bursar at St. Mary's College. Grange-over-Sands, Father Robert Foreman. C.S.Sp., had a seizure and in less than a quarter of an hour had passed away. Fortunately, another member of the community was with him at the time and was able to call the Superior, who administered the Last Sacraments to the dying priest.
Father Foreman was only 35 years of age, but in the short ten years of his priestly life he fulfilled a long time. An indefatigable woiker both on the mission field and at home, his was truly an apostolic soul. A man of mature judgment, he nonetheless preserved all his boyhood innocence and gaiety, so that this " jolly little priest " was universally popular both with his confreres and with the numerous friends he made as missionary-propagandist in the North of England. Many will mourn his passing, but those who knew him well are sorry only for those he leaves behind.
Father Foreman, who was born at Consett, Co. Durham, began his secondary studies at St. Mary's College, Grafige, in 1917, where he distinguished himself not merely in studies but as a keen athlete and a sportsman. At the end of these studies he went to Paris, where he pursued his philosophical and theological studies until 1929. After his ordination to the priesthood he was appointed to the Mission of Southern Nigeria, then ruled by the veteran missionary Bishop, Dr. Shanahan, C.S.Sp. Here his outstanding missionary qualities soon drew the attention of his superiors, and after a short time he was appointed priestin-charge of Eniekuku, and later of Ahiara, in the Owerri district, the most thickly populated part of the British Empire. After six years of strenuous and fruitful labours he came home for a rest in 1935. The next year saw him back with his beloved Africans, but twelve months later the call of obedience found him once more in England, while in Africa the natives of Ahiara grieved for the loss of their " dear Fadda."
Mother Lucy Babe
A revered figure in the nursing life of Lon.. don, the Rev. Mother Lucy Babe, of the Nursing Congregation Hospital of Our Lady of Consolation has died as a result of enemy action.
She will be remembered through her intimate associations with Mother Burd, the foundress of the Congregation, with whom she laboured through the trying years of the foundation's infancy, and foi the courage with which she herself faced the task of giving London one of its finest hospitals. When Mother 13urd died, she at once devoted herself to the task of consolidating previous achievements of her predecessors and to the completion of the hospital. Money used to come to Mother Lucy in strange ways. Someone quite unknown to her once sent a cheque for £1,000, and on another occasion an old, poorly-dressed woman came to the hospital with a battered brown paper parcel containing £80 in notes. She refused to give her name. Such acts as these showed the high esteem in which the work of Mother Lucy and her companions in Mother Surd's nursing Order was held by all.
Mother Lucy was well-known to Lourdes pilgrims especially to the sick, the handmaids and the brancardiers. She always accompanied the National and Southwark Pilgrimages.
NEWCASTLE-BORN Born in 1876 of Irish parentage near Newcastle-on-Tyne, Mother e Lucy was educated in Northern Ireland, where she was brought up, and received her training in nursing with the Dominican Sisters of Leicester. She was professed at the London Hospital of Our Lady of Consolation in which all her religious life was spent, and which she entered in 1912. She succeeded Mother Burd on the latter's death two years ago.
Mother Lucy did nursing service in France during the last war, when she was awarded the Mons Star, and was decorated by King Albert of the Belgians with the Elizabeth and Albert Medal for services she rendered to Belgian soldiers.
The unique Congregations of Nursing Sisters to which she belonged was founded by Mother Burd, herself a convert, in 1902, and it was a demonstration of respect and affection for her Sisters and for herself which brought a large crowd to Southwark Cathedral for the Requiem and funeral of Mother Lucy. It included several doctors, among them Mr. Cecil Rowntree, the wellknown surgeon, who had been long associated with Mother Lucy in her work, and Dr. Rees Phillips. Both Archbishop Amigo, of Southwark, and Bishop Brown were present. The interment followed at Mortlake cemetery.
Mr. T. W. Slyth
Friends ot Fr. Thomas J Slyth, S.C., of the Battersea Salesian House, will learn with regret of his bereavement at the death of Mr. Thomas Waiter Slyth, his father, which occurred at York on January 10 at the age of 74. A requiem for the repose of the soul of the late Mr. Slyth was celebrated at St. George's, York, on Tuesday, January 14, followed by internment at York cemetery.
ON ACTIVE SERVICE
The January issue of Stella Mans reports that Mr. Thomas Hanlon, RA.F., late professor at Campion House, has been reported missing. Also, that George Burney son of Osterley's benefactors, has died while a prisoner of war in Germany.