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Robert Moss King 1832-1903

Robert Moss King
Born: 1832 Long Crichel, Dorset
Died: 1903 Bridgwater, Somerset
William Moss King 1795-1864
Elizabeth Margaret Coddington 1800-1880
James King 1826-1843
Florence Martha King 1828-1884
Harriet Penelope King 1829-1891
Charles John King 1831-1886
Caroline Jane King 1834-1890
Ann Elizabeth Venables King 1836-1891
Walter Edward King 1837-1917
Elinor Mary Frances King 1846-1913
William Francis Henry King 1848-1909
Elizabeth Augusta Egerton 1843-1917
Gerald Moss King 1870-1871
Robert Curzon Henry Moss King 1871-1929
Bertram Moss King 1872-1876
Geraldine Moss King 1873-1888
Lucy Moss King 1875-1937
Margaret D'Este Moss King 1876-1930
Carleton Moss King 1878-1954

Robert Moss King was born in 1832 at Long Crichel in Dorset, the son of the Reverend William Moss King and his wife nee Elizabeth Margaret Coddington. He was baptised on 29 November 1832 at Long Crichel by his father, the Rector of the parish.

On 5 August 1869 he married Elizabeth Augusta Egerton at Swanley in Kent. She was born in 1843 at Bunbury in Cheshire, the daughter of the Reverend John Egerton 1796-1876 and his wife née Ellen Gould 1802-1862.

In camp on tour of duty

In camp on tour of duty

He was educated at King Edward VI School, Bruton in Somerset, where he was a pupil aged 8 with his brother Charles John King aged 9 when the Census was taken in 1841. He went on to Merton College, Oxford, graduating Bachelor of Arts in 1855 (1).

He passed the final examination for appointment in the East India Civil Service in 1855 (2), and joined the Bengal Civil Service, arriving in India on 22 October 1856 (3).

Elizabeth Augusta Moss King accompanied her husband to India, and on their second tour of duty she wrote diaries which were published in two volumes in 1884 entitled Diary of a Civilian's Wife in India 1877-1882 (4). She illustrated both volumes with many drawings made by herself while travelling.

They had the following children (5):

Gerald Moss King. He was born in 1870 and died in 1871.

Robert Curzon Henry Moss King. He was born in 1871 at Lucknow in India. In 1881 he was aged 9 years old living with his aunt Mrs Lucy Campbell at the Farrs in Wimborne Minster in Dorset, his parents being in India. He married Catherine Frances Kitson on 9 December 1895, and died on 14 September 1929 at Rochester in Kent.

Bertram Moss King. He was born in about 1872 and died in 1876.

Geraldine Moss King. She was born in 1873 in India. In 1881 she was living aged 8 years with her aunt Mrs Lucy Campbell in Wimborne Minster, Dorset. She died aged 16 years on 17 August 1888 at Ashcott Hill in Bridgwater, Somerset (6).

Lucy Moss King. She was born in 1875 in India. In 1881 she too was living aged 6 years old with her aunt Mrs Lucy Campbell in Wimborne Minster. In 1903 she was married to Layard Livingstone Fenton of Marsh Hall, North Molton in Devon, a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Indian Army, born in 1855 in Bombay. She died at Marsh Hall on 22 February 1937.

Margaret D'Este Moss King. She was born in 1876 at the Villa D'Este on the shore of Lake Como in Italy (7). In 1881 she also was living aged 4 years old with her aunt Mrs Lucy Campbell in Wimborne Minster. In 1911 she was living unmarried with her widowed mother at Ashcott Hill. On 14 December 14 1925 she was married to her first cousin Charles Hertel Egerton 1884-1951 at the Garrison Chapel, Rangoon in Burma. She died in 1930 at Great Bedwyn in Wiltshire.

Carleton Moss King. He was born on 17 July 1878 at Meerut in India, and educated at Balliol College, Oxford. He married Fanny Helen Cruikshank, and entered the India Civil Service. He was for many years Chief Judge of the Chief Court of Oudh in India, and was knighted. Sir Carleton Moss King died on 26 November 1954 at Fleet in Hampshire.

Elizabeth Augusta Moss King and her husband retired to Ashcott Hill.

Robert Moss King died on 7 July 1903 at Ashcott Hill (8).

His widow Elizabeth Augusta Moss King died on 22 July 1917 at Ashcott Hill.


The drawing of cooking in camp while on tour of duty in India is by Elizabeth Augusta Moss King, and is from Volume 1 of her book Diary of a Civilian's Wife in India 1877-1882 between pages 62 and 63.
(1) Alumni Oxonienses 1715-1886 volume 2 page 796.
(2) London Standard 13 August 1855.
(3) Bengal Civil Service Gradation Lists: Families in British India Society website FIBIS
(4) The book gives little family information other than its dedication to her children and her sister, presumably Lucy Moss King who was caring for the older children and to whom she sent batches of pages as they were written. She refers only obliquely to the birth of her youngest child, her son Carleton, in Meerut on 17 July 1878, with little later information about him, The book is nevertheless a highly readable account of life in India at the time, particularly when there was great anxiety about the disastrous war being fought then in Afghanistan. Her descriptions of a lengthy tour taken with her husband and son to Kashmir are particularly finely written.
(5) The order of their birth is given in the pedigree published in Descent and Alliances of Croslegh, or Crossle, or Crossley, of Scaitcliffe; and Coddington, of Oldbridge; and Evans, of Eyton Hall C. Croslegh (1904) page 292.
(6) Morning Post 21 August 1888; Bristol Mercury 24 August 1888.
(7) Formerly a palatial private residence, the Villa d'Este had recently been converted into a grand hotel.
(8) National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations) 1858-1966 (1903) page 37. Probate of his Will was granted at London on 29 July 1903 to his widow. Effects £5921 3s 2d.