Lady Violet Deramore Archive

Scope and Content

Personal and financial papers of Lady Violet Deramore, including diaries, 1919-c.1958, journal, fl 1911, personal correspondence, 1881-1972, legal correspondence, 1938-1971, account books, 1907-1960, bank books, 1907-1939, and related correspondence, 1936-1975, religious papers, 1900-c.1930, recipes, n.d., stationary, n.d.; property papers, including press cuttings, catalogues and correspondence relating to Heslington Hall, 1907-1970, Saltmarshe Hall, c.1971, and Yew Gate, 1940-1969; family papers, including press cuttings, obituaries, genealogical material, and correspondence for members of the Saltmarshe, Bateson-Yarburgh, and Mowbray families, 1910-1972; material relating to the royal family, including press cuttings, programmes, and publications concerning weddings, coronations and visits to Yorkshire, 1911-1967; papers relating to the death of Lady Violet Deramore, 1970-1973; photographs of Lord and Lady Deramore, family members, and other unidentified individuals, c.1860-1970; photographs and engravings of property, including Heslington Hall, Saltmarshe Hall, Yew Gate, and Oxton Hall, c.1822-c.1966; photographs of the royal family, 1928-1953; negatives, c.1910-c.1930; CD containing pictures of York, Leeds, and Saltmarshe, 2005.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lady Violet Deramore was born Blanche Violet Saltmarshe in Dublin on 2 July 1884, the eldest daughter of Colonel Philip Saltmarshe and his wife Ethel Murray. The family later settled at Saltmarshe Hall in Yorkshire.

On 26 June 1907 Violet married Robert Wilfred de Yarburgh-Bateson, 3rd Baron Deramore, in St Clement’s Church, York, becoming Lady Violet Deramore. She was his second wife. The family seat was at Heslington Hall, near York.

In 1909 Lady Violet joined the British Red Cross. During the First World War she transformed Heslington Hall into a convalescent home for wounded soldiers, receiving a certificate in 1918 for her ‘Honorary Services to the Sick and Wounded.’

Lady Violet was also a trustee of York County Hospital and a Vice-President of the Victoria Hospital for Sick Children in Hull.

In 1924 Lord Deramore became Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding and the couple’s public duties increased. Lady Violet took part in a number of royal visits to Yorkshire, including that of the Duke and Duchess of York to Hull and York in 1928 and Queen Mary’s visit in the 1930s.

Following the death of Lord Deramore on 1 April 1936, Heslington Hall passed to his brother Robert and Lady Violet relocated to London. She spent some time at her family home of Saltmarshe Hall and in her later years she lived with her goddaughter, Miss Lisa Gray, in Newbury, Berkshire.

Lady Violet Deramore died at Newbury on 30 December 1972, aged 88.

Conditions Governing Access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Acquisition Information

The archive was gifted to the Borthwick Institute by the Hypatia Trust in 2005. A separate gift of Lady Deramore's writing desk was made in the same year and a further addition was made to the archive in 2007.

Note

Lady Violet Deramore was born Blanche Violet Saltmarshe in Dublin on 2 July 1884, the eldest daughter of Colonel Philip Saltmarshe and his wife Ethel Murray. The family later settled at Saltmarshe Hall in Yorkshire.

On 26 June 1907 Violet married Robert Wilfred de Yarburgh-Bateson, 3rd Baron Deramore, in St Clement’s Church, York, becoming Lady Violet Deramore. She was his second wife. The family seat was at Heslington Hall, near York.

In 1909 Lady Violet joined the British Red Cross. During the First World War she transformed Heslington Hall into a convalescent home for wounded soldiers, receiving a certificate in 1918 for her ‘Honorary Services to the Sick and Wounded.’

Lady Violet was also a trustee of York County Hospital and a Vice-President of the Victoria Hospital for Sick Children in Hull.

In 1924 Lord Deramore became Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding and the couple’s public duties increased. Lady Violet took part in a number of royal visits to Yorkshire, including that of the Duke and Duchess of York to Hull and York in 1928 and Queen Mary’s visit in the 1930s.

Following the death of Lord Deramore on 1 April 1936, Heslington Hall passed to his brother Robert and Lady Violet relocated to London. She spent some time at her family home of Saltmarshe Hall and in her later years she lived with her goddaughter, Miss Lisa Gray, in Newbury, Berkshire.

Lady Violet Deramore died at Newbury on 30 December 1972, aged 88.

Other Finding Aids

A typescript finding aid, to file level, is available for consultation in the searchroom of the Borthwick Institute. This includes all material received up to and including 2007.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Access to audiovisual material may be restricted due to technical requirements, please contact the Borthwick Institute in advance.

Archivist's Note

Created 02.07.15, revised 21.04.16.

Conditions Governing Use

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

Accruals

Further accruals are not expected.

Related Material

Further material concerning the Deramore family is held by the Borthwick Institute as part of the Yarburgh Muniments collection.

The National Portrait Gallery also hold five plate-glass negatives of studio portraits of Lady Deramore taken by Bassano, dated 1919 and 1926. Three photographs of Lady Deramore at the time of her Royal Court presentation are held by the Lafayette Negative Archive at the Victoria and Albert Museum, dated 1911.

Additional Information

Published

GB 193