George Beare and Family
George Beare Family
George Beare was born on 13 October 1895 in Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland. He is the son of William Beare and Maria Smyth. On 27th November 1895 the family went to Christ Church, Kilbrogan where the Reverend Benjamin Christmas Fawcett baptised the baby; he was named George. By the turn of the century he was going to school at Cavendish Quay, a boys primary which was built in 1881. He probably stayed there until the age of twelve; his one academic success that I am aware of was to receive a silver medal for spelling. Later he attended another school at the rear of the Presbyterian church in Watergate. Being surrounded by a hard working family who were well educated and religious must have been a good influence. As the years went by his life was to follow the same pattern as his father. Hard work every day and a certain amount of sporting activities such as hockey and games in the Allin Institute. William's interests were varied as time went by. He kept bees for a number of years. He also bought various horse drawn vehicles such as traps and side-cars etc. in need of repair. When these vehicles were made like new and right for the road they were sold again. When George left school he developed all the skills his father had, and kept pigs and a horse, though his first love was the cows. One or two boars were kept for public service which brought farmers from miles around on a regular basis with their sows. A knowledge and friendship grew between George and his clients which he valued more than monetary gain. He tried various schemes to generate cash and worked very hard to set them up but the return was not there. The house property brought in a regular income but the upkeep took time and expense. He used his knowledge to do house improvement contracts for some people but it brought no great fortune. There was rising ground at the rear of the family dwelling so George and some workmen excavated a large amount of this to create room to erect a building on level ground. This building housed an oil driven engine which was used to drive a 30ft shafting by a long belt. There were various other pulleys on the shafting which were connected to three machines - a saw, a roller for rolling oats or other types of grain and a machine for grinding grain. The grain to be milled was brought by local farmers and was usually machined while they waited. William and his son George both had some horrible accidents; they both fell from roofs several times which apparently did not result in any ill effects. These falls were not really accidents as the reason was petit-mal. It appears the relative sufferers had little or no warning of an impending attack; even so they learned to live with the problem, and remained faithful to the bicycle and horse, as a driving licence could not be given anyone with such an affliction. I believe it may have been as a result of one of these accidents that George was dispatched to the Bandon Nursing Home - a marvelous institution founded by the Welply family in an old mansion. The matron of this hospital (for such it was) was Miss Margaret Elliot, a lady whom George became acquainted with in due course. He survived his fall as Tommy Murphy, a casual labourer, prophesied even though other neighbours had mistakenly pronounced him dead and one had even administered some miraculous holy water on the unconscious victim. When George became engaged, certain conditions were to be carried out before the final vows could be made. Up-grading and improving part of the old family home i.e. one woman per kitchen, running water installed, toilet facilities and a proper bathroom made. The old family home which had stood since 1829 had a second kitchen added at the rear of one end with an extra bedroom and bathroom over it. The blocks for the job were home-made by hand and were laid by Buckleys. He did the room himself. His brother helped with some of the finance. Miss Elliot resigned from the Nursing Home in 1932 and returned to the country of her birth - Scotland. George went there in March and they were married at Limekilns Church, Dunfermline, on 22 March 1933, by the Rev. John Ferguson, Minister, Church of Scotland. He was aged 39 and she 34. The result of a chance encounter and maybe an unexpected marriage for both of them. George and Margaret had three sons, William, Robert and George. George died at the age of 73 on 5 July 1969 and is buried in Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Margaret Elliot was born on 15 May 1898 in Kilmartin Parish, Barsloisnach, Kilmartin, Argyllshire, Scotland. She is the daughter of Robert Elliot and Jessie Purves. Margaret trained as a nurse in Victoria Hospital, Cork and later became Matron of the Bandon Nursing Home. It was during this role that she met George Beare, son of William Beare and Maria Smyth. They were subsequently married on 22 March 1933 in Limekilns Church, Limekilns, Dunfermline, Fifeshire, Scotland. The Minister for the marriage was Reverend John Ferguson. Hannah Helen, her sister, and John Munro were witnesses at the wedding. Margaret returned to Bandon with her new husband, George, to live in the old family home, which had been upgraded and extended prior to the union. Margaret and George had three children, William, Robert and George. She died on 2 March 1985 at the age of 86 and is buried in St. Peter's Church graveyard, Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland.

William Beare was born on 26 December 1933 in Bandon Nursing Home, Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland. He is the son of George Beare and Margaret Elliot. William married Rose Hurley on 4 April 1964 and they have two children, Walter and Rachel. He served as a minister retiring as Reverend Dean of Lismore, before returning to Cork City. Rose died on 15 June 2014. William died on 15 March 2019 in Cork University Hospital, Cork. He is buried with Rose in Kilbeg Cemetery, Bandon, Co. Cork.

Robert Beare was born on 8 June 1936 in Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland. He is the son of George Beare and Margaret Elliot. Robert married Ruth Perrott on 2 September 1959 in the Methodist Church, Bandon, Co. Cork, and they have two children Susan Lilian and Arthur Robert. Ruth died on 5 April 1994. Robert was a music teacher in the School of Music, Cork, and a woodwork teacher in Bandon Grammar School, Bandon, Co. Cork, and is now retired. Robert married Reverend Stella Jones on 30 December 2010 in Rathclaren Church, Kilbrittain, Co. Cork, Ireland. Robert died on 8 September 2020 at Oakfield Nursing Home, Courtown, Co. Wexford. He is buried with Ruth in Kilbeg Cemetery, Bandon, Co. Cork.

George Beare was born on 9 February 1938 in Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland. He is the son of George Beare and Margaret Elliot. George married Daphne Vance, daughter of Arthur Vance and Avesia Hilliard, on 2 December 1967 in St. Lukes Church, Douglas, Cork. Now retired, he carried on the family tradition of farming, concentrating on poultry farming until recently. George and Daphne have four children, George, Elaine, Ronald and Suzanne. They live in Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland.