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Robert Phayre 1853-1886

Robert Phayre never came to Clannaborough, but he and his wife are remembered in one of the church's windows


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Robert Phayre was born in Bombay in 1853. His parents were Lieut-General Sir Robert Phayre (1820-1897) and Diana Bunbery (nee Thompson 1821-1904).

He was educated at Rugby School and went straight into the Indian Civil Service in 1871.

He worked in Burma, where his uncle Lieut-General Sir Arthur Purves Phayre had been the first Commissioner of British Burma from 1862 to 1867.

In 1885 Robert married Edith Margary in Weston super Mare. They returned to Burma where their son was born in Government House, Rangoon, on 2nd January 1886.

Less than six months later Robert, then aged 34, was to die fighting insurgents in Upper Burma. An account of his death is given below.

Edith died in Ealing in June 1946 and was burried at Clannaborough. Their son Colonel Robert Bernard Phayre (d 1966) erected the window in 1958. His family lived at Collatons in Bow from about 1948, having bought it just before the war. The window includes the family's coat of arms and motto "Virtute tutus" - "By virtue safe"

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