Anthony Shannon Harman was the son of Sydney Bellamy Harman & Jesse SHANNON Macleod
Born 6 Mar 1912
His father Sydney Bellamy Harman was born in 1871 & attended the City of London School.
Due to Sydney's father's puritanical and tyrant attitude Sydney run away from home at the age of 15.
His father Sydney was to become a partner, and the company became Harman & Lambert.
The business was
on New Bond Street called Harman and Lambert.
Sydney had to lend is brother Nathaniel the money for his fees at Cambridge.
their father Walter Harman would not.
Jesse Shannon McLeod Known as Jean was much younger than Sydney , very elegant and somewhat flighty.
She was the daughter of a Presbyterian clergyman Patrick McFarland McLeod and was born in Coburg, Ontario, Canada. She
was brought up in Victoria on Vancouver Island and brought to England as a young girl.
Anthony's parents lived in a lovely old farmhouse. Sydney gussied it up and made it into a black and white
half timbered house with lovely old furniture and huge and wonderful gardens. It is still there in the year 2006-07-01
but with much less in the way of grounds.
(In later years Anthony Shannon lived in a house near by.)
They were a handsome pair, Jean tall and beautifully dressed. Sydney good-looking with large dark eyes.
Anthony's son Andrew looks so like him that if you show Sydney's picture to a young child and ask who it
is they will invariably insist that it is Andy.
Sydney Bellamy Harman was born in 1871 died in 1920 following surgery for
a perforated ulcer. Hannah his Grand Daughter stated I have never been clear about whether he died on the operating
table, from post operational shock or from the effects of the ulcer.
When Sydney died age 49 & Jean was left with three young children - Anthony was eight, Lola 10
and Bobby 13.
Jean quickly spent most of the money Sydney had left her.
Anthony to Harrow school and then
to Trinity College Cambridge but had to leave after one year as his mother could not afford to keep him there.
Subsequently she married Maurice Braddell a talented actor, writer and painter who was almost young enough to be
her son, totally unsuitable as a husband but made a wonderful step-grandfather!
Hannah his Grand Daughter said.
Shannon married Florence Theresa Plested on 5 November 1934 .
Florence born 11 Jul 1914 and married at
the age of 20 with Anthony being 22.
Anthony & Florence had a family of six.
Penelope Helen 1935, Hannah 1937, Daniel
Anthony 1940, Andrew Shannon 1943,
Matthew Richard 1943, & Lastly Damaris Mary 1956. Known as Mary.
Anthony was an amazingly versatile and tenacious man. After his one year @ Trinity College Cambridge which as known
was that his mother could not afford to keep him there.
Anthony worked at Harman & Lambert for a short while but then borrowed the money to buy the farm next door
to where he was born and became a farmer.
Anthony and a friend were subsequently responsible for the introduction
of Charolais cattle into England and effectively changed the face of beef breeding in this country. Were it not for
him, we wouldn't see those beautiful white beasts in the fields. He also had a brief spell in politics, was a friend
of Nye Bevan and his wife Jennie Lee and stood for election a number of times.
His Daughter Damaris Mary stated
I think it was something of a relief to my mum that he didn't get elected
as our lives would have been very different if he had.
Anthony also started a local building company which was very
Damaris Mary stated a good number of my friends and my children's friends and family live in houses built by
my Dad's firm. He, on the other hand couldn't even put up a shelf!!
Finally Anthony had a television program on the BBC about 19 years ago. The book and television program were called
"Seventy Summers, the Story of a Farm"
Anthony Shannon Harman Born 6 Mar 1912 died @ Chesham Bucks Age 87 May 1999
Florence born 11 Jul 1914 preceded
Anthony dying Oct 1983 @ Amersham Hospital. Age 69.
His Grandson Ben Dan's son now farms the land Anthony bought so many years ago.
Anthony & Florence family are all live nearby & incredibly close. They all live within a few miles of each
other (in some cases yards!)
Apart from the sister Hannah who lives in Alabama, Damaris Mary lives in a house on the
farm as does her brother, two of his children and one of her cousins. Damaris Mary has a nephew and a niece whose houses
she can see from her house on the farm & two other brothers, one niece and two nephews all live within a mile.
Damaris Mary Known as Mary & her elder sister Hannah.