For the descendents of Richard Dearie and his son John Russell

Archibald Alfred Graeme St George Rough

Wool/fancy goods warehouse manager.

Born 1 November 1862 in Blairgowrie, Perthshire.

Married 6 July 1893 Emilie Edith Brown at St Johns Church, Charlotte Street, Camden.

Died 24 February 1949, aged 86 and was buried with his mother and wife near his Uncle Oscar and Aunt Sarah's grave in Kensal Green cemetery.

Archie's father was a commercial traveller who died at the age of 35 before Archie was born. His mother Agnes Hogg, lived, at the time of her marriage, with her Uncle George Hogg a jeweller in Blairgowrie. George died in 1862 and Agnes' husband Archie two years later in 1864. Agnes worked by looking after Lord Thomas Cecil until he died in 1873. After Lord Cecil's death Agnes lived as a companion with his widow Lady Sophia for 40 years. It appears from the backs of photographs that he and his wife Lady Sophia had houses in Scotland and London. Archie was brought up by his uncle and can found in the 1871 census at Beulah Villa, New Malden, aged 8, living with George Oscar Hogg and his wife Sarah.
Right: Archie in 188. He became the first captain of the Malden Wanderers Cricket Club.
Left: Beulah Villa, built by Sarah Penney's father. Perth Villa on the right. One of the first houses to be constructed on Chestnut Grove.
In the garden at Beulah Villa, Oscar Hogg with his wife Sarah, her mother Sarah Penney and a young Archie Rough wearing a mortar board. Archie lived there until he married in 1893.
It had 8 rooms according to the 1911 census. In1901 Archie and Emilie with Cecil (5) and Agnes (2) are living at Fairlawn in Acacia Grove, with Emilie's sister Florence Brown (23), who is single. In 1911, Sarah Hogg aged 79 was still at Beulah Villa. "Needlework and Wool Dealer" employer, with her cousin Fanny Croydon a widow aged 65, with a domestic servant. Her nephew Archie with his wife Emilie (36) and daughter Cecil (15) and son Archie(6) and Jack Russell are living at Grasmere, Number 37, Chestnut Grove.
Archie married Emilie Brown in 1893, three years after the court case. His mother Agnes must have approved of Emilie as she is present at the ceremony in Fitzroy Square as is Lady Sophia Cecil. Agnes died in 1898. Archie and Emilie had three children, Cecil in 1895, Agnes in 1898 and Archie called Joe in 1905. Below:Envelope addressed to Emilie from George Russell in 1909.
Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 8 Nov 1890 page 7 A COSTLY BREACH OF PROMISE On Thursday, at the London Sheriff’s Court, before Mr. Under- Sheriff Burchell and a jury, the case of Miss Ann Elizabeth Halegood, spinster, v. Mr Archibald Rough- an action for breach of promise of marriage- came on for the assessment of damages. Mr James Scarlett appeared for the plaintiff, who resides at Bournemouth, and Mr Crispe for the defendant. In opening the case to the jury the leaned counsel said that the only question for them was that of damages, insomuch as the defendant had admitted both the breach and the promise. The plaintiff was the daughter of very respectable people. Her father was dead, and her mother resided in Bournemouth, where her two sisters kept large china warehouses. She had two brothers, one of whom was a prosperous dentist and the other an architect. In order to help her mother the plaintiff took a situation at Mr Hogg’s, a Berlin wool merchant, in the Tottenham Court -road. The defendant was the adopted son of that gentleman, and was engaged as manager of the shop at a salary of £130 a year. He had his keep and lived in Malden with the proprietor. When the engagement was made the plaintiff was 21 years of age and the defendant 23, and he (counsel) asked the jury to believe that the defendant was in the shop paving his way to a future partnership. The social position of the defendant’s people was very good, and his mother had been the companion of Lady Sophia Cecil for many years. The parties first met in October, 1886, and that was when the plaintiff went to the shop as assistant. They seemed to suit each other, and very soon an acquaintance sprang up between them, the result of which was that an engagement took place about the end of 1887. Her gave her a very valuable single stone diamond ring, and at Christmas 1889, visited the young lady at Bournemouth, when it was arranged the marriage should take place the following June. He insisted that the plaintiff should give up her situation, and in March she did so. At this point the defendant’s mother seemed to have some objection as to his means. There was a large number of letters, couched in terms of love, but the majority of them contained passages of Scripture, the young man being of a religious turn of mind. One of the letters stated that the defendant was going to Dover and was full of warm expressions of love. That was followed by one of the 23 March, which said that he was going to get the gardener to do up the garden and would then go to Maple’s for the furniture. Soon after Mr. Rough wrote to the lady stating who would be at the marriage. The rest of the letters were all of a loving nature. In March it was fixed that the marriage should take place in June, the wedding breakfast was ordered at the Midland Hotel, furniture selected, and all the arrangements made, and the guests invited. Defendant’s mother wrote entreating plaintiff to break off the engagement. That was speedily followed by a second letter from Mrs. Rough to Mrs. Halegood, and although he, (the leaned counsel) had had a great deal of experience in such cases, he had never heard such a disgraceful letter. It was dated from lady Cecil’s House in Belgravia, and ran as follows: “ Not having the courtesy to answer my letters I cannot help thinking that my arguments have been unanswerable. Your daughter has come to London with her sister and has tried to coerce my son into marrying her. Read in the Bible about honouring your father and mother. At some time you will regret your conduct in trying to get rid of your daughter and scheming to do so. It will all rest on you, and I will not attend the marriage, nor will lady Cecil. I will not acknowledge the girl as my son’s wife. My son will now have to judge between his mother and your daughter, and any money the young people will want you must find, because I will not give one penny. This is my fixed resolve. On you rests the whole responsibility and not on Mr Rough, who is very ill. It will be a hard struggle, and you may be sure he will blame you for hurrying on his marriage and scheming for him” (Hisses) He appealed to the jury to say by their verdict what they thought of such a letter, and asked for heavy and substantial damages. The plaintiff was called and substantially bore out the opening statement. Mr Crispe, addressing the jury for the defence, submitted that heavy damages were not required, but on the other hand small damages would meet the justice of the case. The young man, who was evidently of a religious turn of mind, had refused to break the Fifth Commandment, and he did not blame him. Mr Scarlett, in along speech, claimed that the plaintiff had been trifled with in a brutal manner, and asked for heavy damages; the learned Under Sheriff, in summing up, characterised the case as a remarkable but painful one, and, dealing with Mrs. Rough’s letter, said it was written under very serious circumstances. He had heard of many letters in breach of promise cases, and had tried many, but never in his whole career had he listened to such a disgraceful and scandalous letter. He, however, pointed out to the jury that the defendant was not responsible for the letter, which was not written with his knowledge or consent. After a lengthy consultation the jury found for the plaintiff and assessed the damages at £500. –The learned Under –Sheriff accordingly entered the judgement with costs.
The Rough family with Jack Russell centre sitting behind Joe, with Mrs Sarah Hogg in widow's cap and her parrot. Probably taken in about 1911. After 1911 the Rough family moved to "Coniston" 4, Woodside Road, New Malden. Emily died there aged 48 on 1 November 1921.
Archie died on 24 February 1949, aged 86 and was buried with his mother and wife near his Uncle Oscar's grave in Kensal Green cemetery. Grave number 36957/14/5. Oscar's grave is number 11578/14/3R.
Left: The Hogg's wool shop at 43, Goodge Street with Archie standing outside. It was later renumbered 29. No. 43 was Thomas Penney, Trimming seller in 1853 and by 1865 Hogg and Lee wholesale Haberdashers. The assistants lived above the shop.