Past President: 1915-1938 James Grove White

1915-1938      James Grove White

Colonel James Grove WhiteBorn 1852 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to Major Hans Thomas Fell White and Amelia Carey. He married Constance FitzGibbon in 1880. She was niece to The White Knight, Maurice FitzGibbon. They had four sons and a daughter. After Constance’s death in 1926, he married Louie Thom of Scotland in 1928 (she died in Scotland in 1964).
Grove White was a career British Army officer. He and his eldest son Pierce both served with the Middlesex (Duke of Cambridge’s Own) Regiment during the Boer War. The Colonel also served during WWI. On retirement in 1903 to Kilbyrne, Doneraile, in North Cork, he was Deputy-Lieutenant and High Sheriff (1910) for County Waterford. He was also Justice of the Peace and a member of Cork County Council (1925-28). As an active farmer, he was much respected. He was a founder member of the Doneraile Golf Club and took part in many local activities. There is no doubt that he contributed much to the Cork Historical & Archaeological Society, both as a founder member and taking an active part in its events. Besides his monumental four-volume work entitled ‘Grove White’   Historical and topographical notes, etc., on Buttevant, Doneraile, Mallow, and places in their vicinity (1911-24), Colonel White contributed many other items to the Journal. ‘Grove White’ is an compendium of information that includes photographs (many of which were taken by the author) and nuggets gathered from many sources including the PRO and Trinity College Dublin; happily most of his research was carried out before the burning of the Public Record Office, Dublin. Colonel James Grove White was elected in 1917 as President, a role he held until his death twenty-three years later on November 2nd, 1938.From 1930 he lived with his wife Louie on Cyprus, but he kept up strong connections with home by regular visits. During this time he formed what is now known as the Grove White collection, which was donated to the Cyprus Museum by Mrs Grove White in 1942.
M. H. [probably Michael Holland] wrote the obituary that appeared in the Journal on Vol. 43, No. 158 (1938), pages 130-131. Information about Grove White’s time in Cyprus can be found in Robert Merrilees ‘A model curator and a terracotta model dagger and sheath from Early Bronze Age Cyprus in the British Museum’ in Thomas Kiely (ed.), Ancient Cyprus in the British Museum: essays in honour of Veronica Tatton-Brown, page 51 [link]

– Margaret Lantry, February 23, 2017

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