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Pamela Joyce Ferguson, neé Weyman

posted 22 Nov 2013, 14:16 by Aleta Curry   [ updated 22 Nov 2013, 14:36 ]

Pamela Joyce Ferguson, neé Weyman


I have a keen interest in social history, so it was a pleasure to research the life of the lovely woman whose diverse collection is at the core of our current auction.


Fenagh House, home of the Pack-Beresfords[i]


Pamela Joyce Weyman was born was born at home at "The Nook" Woodhouse Eaves, Mountsorrel, Leicester, United Kingdom, on 25th June 1923. Her paternal family were prominent solicitors and ran the prosperous family firm of Weyman, Weyman & Weyman. They also distinguished themselves in other areas: Henry Weyman was a solicitor, author and sometime mayor of Ludlow; his brothers Arthur, Stanley and William were also lawyers, but Stanley, who had no aptitude as a barrister, turned to writing and gained widespread fame as Stanley John Weyman, the author of historical novels. Arthur William Weyman (1860-1935), Pamela’s grandfather, was a noted field-bryologist[ii] (botanist), (who discovered three mosses, including an important rare aquatic moss, Cinclidotus riparius[iii].

Arthur’s children were Major (later Lieutenant-Colonel) Arthur Weyman, M.C., Pamela’s father, who served in the Leicestershire Regiment[iv], and Winifred Seward, her aunt, from whom she is believed to have inherited several of the silver items in this collection.

Pamela also inherited several silver items and period jewellery from her mother, Joyce Annette Pack-Beresford.

Pamela’s maternal family, the Pack-Beresfords, were an Anglo-Irish family[v]. Noted ancestors included George de la Poer Beresford, 1st Marquess of Waterford, who was the father of Lady Elizabeth Pack-Beresford[vi], Pamela’s great-great-grandmother.  

Lady Elizabeth married Major General Sir Denis Pack, K.C.B., a distinguished soldier who was knighted for his service and whom Parliament officially thanked five times[vii].

It is not surprising, therefore, that the Pack-Beresfords became involved in the Anglo-Irish conflicts of the early 20th Century, and that a branch of the family ended up in England. An article from 1937[viii] describes the harassment to which Miss Elizabeth Pack-Beresford and her sister Miss Annette Pack-Beresford (Pamela’s great aunts) were subjected during ‘The Troubles’. Elizabeth Pack-Beresford was believed to have informed the authorities of IRA activity in the area; the lives of the Misses Pack-Beresford were threatened, Kellistown House, their home, was burnt, and they eventually left Ireland and settled in England.

Major Arthur Weyman and his wife (Pamela’s parents) travelled to Egypt and India due to his military service, hence the military trunks and campaign furniture (made specifically to be portable), of which Pamela seems to have been justly proud, and the Indian crafts.

Pamela moved to Australia and lived in Queensland, She married Neville Ferguson and they lived in Sandy Hollow, NSW before finally settling in Tallong. Pamela is well remembered in our area as a horsewoman, collector, and gardener. She died in August, 2009.


[i] Photograph of Fenagh House, widely available on the Web, believed to be in the Public Domain.

[ii] Bryologists are botanists who specialise in the scientific study of bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, and hornworts)

[iii] Sourced from the article on Arthur William Weyman by Mark Lawley, at: on 9 November 2013.

[iv] Sourced at: on 6 November 2013

[v] Information sourced from and, November, 2013.

[vi] Portrait of Lady Elizabeth Beresford by William Beechey. Sourced at In the Public Domain.

[vii] Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, editor, Burke's Irish Family Records (London, U.K.: Burkes Peerage Ltd, 1976), Beresford, page 102, cited at, via Sourced 9 November 2013.

[viii] Nationalist and Leinster Times. July 1937. Sourced at: on 9 November 2013