AGBU UK Trust.
A recent comment by a reader of a blog piece I did back in 2014 on “A Misleading Apcar Line -Charles Apcar Was Not Armenian” made me go back and revisit it.
“This is facinating and thank you for your efforts in chasing the paper trail. A word of caution though. Ida starts her divorce application in 1888 after a year of marriage with non consumation. She does have a son in 1894 but maybe by John Apcar. She gives birth in France away from London Society and scandalous wispers. By putting her soon to be divorced husband on the birth record as the father she protects her son from illegitimacy and ensures his legal rights to his faux fathers title and wealth .
John Apcar was a barrister and this would have been the way to handle this delicate situation.
I am inclinded to think Charles was an Apcar and wished to acknowledge his true heritage through Naturalization.
Best wishes Clare”
|Snapshot of the naturalisation application of Charles Soveral|
|Marriage of John A. Apcar and Ida Vicomtesse de Soveral|
|Courtesy of The Royal Archives: |
Marquis de Soveral with King Edward VII
|Marriage of Ida Kreeft and Edward Vicomte de Soveral|
“…….finding Cassel on occasions a trifle dispiriting, the Prince [of Wales, later King Edward VII] never tired of the Marquis de Soveral, the lively, stimulating Portuguese Minister in London whose charming presence was welcome at every party. Known as the ‘Blue Monkey’ because of his animated manner, blue-black hair and dark complexion, Luis de Soveral was recognised, indeed, as being ‘the most popular man in London’, except at the German Embassy, where he was known as ‘Soveral-Überall’ and strongly disliked for his known anti-German sentiments. The Princess of Pless, the former Daisy Cornwallis-West, treated him as a rather distasteful joke.
It would be interesting to get the Will of Edward de Soveral to see if Charles was mentioned, assuming Edward died before Charles.
|Snapshot of the Will of Siegerich Kreeft|
|Snapshot of the Will of Anne Kreeft|