Extract from George Grey Butler's letter to his mother Josephine describing his and Mia's wedding breakfast in the tapestry room at Ewart in 1893:

" I was amused at Dormer during the breakfast. He had got himself up in what he regarded as first-class style, and it was all right as far as his dress suit & white tie went: but unluckily the trousers were a little short, & he had loose slippers on, and most unfortunately the colour of his socks, which were very conspicuous, was a light pink. There were 3 other flunkeys waiting too, lent by the Mortons & Askews, in most correct livery; & Dormer was in comic contrast to them in his self adopted uniform; & didn’t seem at all put out, but bustled them along- he carving, & they distributing. I must however wean Dormer gently from the practice of wearing pink socks & loose slippers in the daytime".

Horace went to Christchurch, Oxford, matriculating in 1831 at the age of 18. He was a Count of the Holy Roman Empire and MP for East Worcestershire. In 1848 voter's lists record London as his residence. In 1851 he is at 6, Highbury Grove Villas in Islington, in 1861, unmarried, he is on the Dover census, in 1871 Horace and his wife and daughter can be found living at Moseley Lodge in Great Malvern, with Jane Eliza's sister Hannah Grey. His daughter Mia was born in Islington in 1868. In 1881 and 1891 he appears on the census at Ewart with his daughter, with seven servants in 1881 and four in 1891. When he died at Ewart in 1891 George Grey of Milfield Demesne was one of the executors. This is likely to be Jane Eliza's brother George. Few records of Sir Horace St Paul exist in the Milfield archives. The poem here is noted as being written by him and comes from one of the scrapbooks.
The St Pauls and Ewart Park.
Right: George Annett Grey's daughter and nephew married into the St Paul family. The Grey family's link to Ewart began when his daughter Jane Eliza married Sir Horace St Paul in 1867. Their only daughter Mia married her cousin George Grey Butler in 1893. He was the son of George Annett's sister Josephine Butler. The description of Mia and George's wedding illustrates the difference in class that had come to differentiate the cousins. The Milfield Greys felt in later years that they didn't quite meet the social standards expected at Ewart.
A plan of Ewart Park estate can be seen in the Northumberland Archives Ref NRO 06655/1/219. The archives at Woodhorn have over 265 pictures, paintings and documents showing the house and grounds, both when it was furnished and inhabited and as a ruin in 1960s. There is also a photograph of Mia in her wedding dress. The estate was sold in 1937. Although it was Grade II listed in 1951 it has been derelict and decaying ever since.

George Grey Butler was a keen family historian and his name appears on the list of donations for the Northumberland County History Committee at the start of Volume XII published in 1926. He may be responsible for the revised Grey family tree at the end of this volume, which replaced the one in Vol. XI published in 1922. Correspondence between him and George Aynsley Smith in 1926 has recently been found in which they are trying to link the Grey family back to Sir Edward Grey of Morpeth Castle.

In memory of Jane Eliza wife of Sir Horace St Paul who died 9th January 1881 aged 39 years and of Sir Horace St Paul Bart of Ewart Park who died May 28th 1891 aged 78 years-- "----eres forgiveness with thee---Memorial at Kirknewton.

Post card of Ewart Park
Horace George St Paul Butler's grave at Kirknewton.