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Robert Hope Moncrieff

Robert Hope Moncrieff – Author …. (1846, Edinburgh-1927, Lewisham, London)

Some books written by RHM :-

Romance and Legend of Chivalry
Treasury of Classical Mythology
Classical Mythology: Myths and Legends
Victorian and Edwardian London
The Illustrated Guide to Classical Mythology
Classical Legends
Bonnie Scotland: (Illustrations by Sutton Palmer)
Surrey: (Illustrations by Sutton Palmer)
The Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Mitología Clásica
European History: Great Leaders and Landmarks: The Middle Ages
Black's Guide to Devonshire, 19th Edition
The Romance and Legend of Chivalry
The World Today
The Wye
Kew Gardens
A Book About Boys
The Heart of Scotland
Classical Times
Sir Lanval

Robert Hope Moncrieff – alias ‘Ascott’ R. H. Moncrieff was born on the 26th of February, 1846 at 11 Hart Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, to George Moncrieff (Solicitor), born 1817 in Perth, Scotland, and Angela Birch, born c. 1822 in England.

Robert’s father, George, was one of eight children (5 girls and 3 boys) born to Robert Hope Moncrieff (Snr.) and Isabella Aitken in Perth between 1811 and 1827.

George and Angela had two other children, namely, John F Moncrieff born on the 5th of July, 1847 in Perth and Angela M Moncrieff born on the 27th of November, 1848, also in Perth. But as can be seen in an abreviated transcription of the 1851 Census for Perth, George is a widower, with the children being looked after by his sister-in-law Henrietta Bell and the family servants.

1851 Scotland Census

Name: Robert Hope Moncrieff Age: 5 Born Edinburgh, Midlothian Father's Name: George
Town: Perth County: Perthshire Address: Barrosa Place
Household Members:
George Moncrieff 35 Head Widower ; Robert Hope Moncrieff ; John F Moncrieff ; Angela M Moncrieff
Henrietta Bell 42 Sister-in-law ;
Isabell McPherson 25 Servant ; Barbara Ness 24 Servant ; Betsy Jack 16 Servant

As Robert writes in 1914 within a summary autobiography on page 5 of ‘A Book About Authors’ (13 pages of which follow below) … “My mother died before I knew her [pre-1851], my father also was taken too soon, [1865] leaving me precociously independent.”


Father George re-married a Maria Wilks Williamson Rogers and they had three children, George Henry in 1855, Francis Edward in 1857, and Henrietta in 1858.


But, by at least 1861, he was again a widower, as he married an Isabella Roy on the 16th of January, 1861. The household, [without Robert and John] in the 1861 Census was as follows:- George Moncrieff 43 ; Isabella Moncrieff 32 [Roy] ; Angela M Moncrieff

George H Moncrieff ; Francis E Moncrieff : - plus 5 servants/lodgers.


The two older boys, Robert (15) and John (13) were in Edinburgh in the 1861 Census at Circus Place School, 6 North East Circus Place, and were living with many others in the household of the Teacher of English / School Rector, Kilmarnock born William M. Begbie, and his wife Elizabeth.

[It is clear from his ‘mini autobiography’, referred to previously, how much of his writing was inspired by both his ‘lad o’ pairts’ career revealed in the following census data, and the people he met … in Perth, Edinburgh, Wales, Isle of Wight and London.]


1871 Wales Census

Name: Robert Hope Moncrieff
Age: 26
Estimated birth year: abt 1845
Relation: Assistant
Gender: Male
Where born: Midlothian (Edinburgh), Scotland
Civil Parish: Christ College
Town: Brecon
County/Island: Breconshire
Country: Wales

Then, in the1881 Census,

Name: Robert H. Moncrieff
Age: 36
Estimated birth year: abt 1845
Relation: Boarder
Gender: Male
Where born: Scotland
Civil parish: Kensington
County/Island: London
Country: England
Street Address: 8 Victoria Grove
Occupation: Author

And the 1891 England Census,

Name: Robert H Moncrieff - Author
Age: 45
Estimated birth year: abt 1846
Relation: Boarder
Gender: Male
Where born: Edinburgh, Scotland
Civil parish: Ventnor
Ecclesiastical parish: Holy Trinity
Town: Ventnor
County/Island: Hampshire
Country: England
Registration district: Isle Of Wight
Sub-registration district: Godshill


And the 1901 England Census

Name: Robert H Moncrieff
Age: 55
Estimated birth year: abt 1846
Relation: Head
Where born: Midlothian (Edinburgh), Scotland
Civil parish: Fulham
Ecclesiastical Parish: All Saints
County/Island: London
Country: England
Occupation: Author
Registration district: Fulham
Sub-registration district: South Fulham
Robert H Moncrieff 55
Ann Henderson 60 Housekeeper : Widow b. Tywford Hampshire
Georgina M Henderson 32 Daughter (daughter of Ann ) Post Office Clerkess

Finally, his Death Notice in 1927 is as follows,

England & Wales, Death Index:
Name: Robert Hope Moncrieff
Death Registration July to September 1927
Age at death: 81
Registration district: Lewisham
County: London

About the Author

You can read his autobiography below or download it in pdf format,

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