Date added: 15 May 2017
Submitted by: Jeremy Harbord
Edward William Harrington Schenley was the younger brother of Godfrey Schenley (who also served with 1st Bn. 95th Rifles, later called The Rifle Brigade, and also fought at Waterloo).
Their father was Major William Schenley of The Royal Irish Artillery, who died at Cadiz on 1813.
At the age of 15 on 21st April 1814, he was gazetted to the 95th Rifles as a Second Lieutenant from being a volunteer, and was severely wounded serving in the 1st Battalion at Quatre Bras. He received the Waterloo Medal.
On 13th July 1821 he exchanged to the 4th Regiment and was placed on the half-pay list on 25th August 1821.
In 1822 at Leghorn he attended Shelley's funeral.
In 1825 he retired from the Army when a Captain, joined the Consular Service and was Consul in Kingston, Jamaica, also Haiti and Havana.
He was a member of the Royal Company Of Archers in Scotland.
In 1842, when he was 43 and having been married twice before, he met Mary Croghan, an American of Irish descent, when she was aged only 15. They eloped, subsequently married and after three years in Dutch Guiana where Edward was Her Majesty’s Commissioner for the suppression of the slave trade, lived primarily in London as well as Cannes in the south of France. They had a son, George (“Joe”), and six daughters. Edward died in London on 31st January, 1878.
Their first child and eldest daughter, Elizabeth (“Lilli”), married my great-grandfather, the Hon. Ralph Harbord, son of Edward, 3rd Lord Suffield.
Mary was an heiress and inherited substantial property in Pittsburgh, USA. A close friend and executor of her Will was Andrew Carnegie.
The present Schenley Park is Pittsburgh's largest park on land donated by Mary.
From 1852 Edward and Mary’s London home was 14, Princes Gate in Hyde Park which, after her death in 1904, and together with the house of her neighbour and friend John Pierpont Morgan, became the official home of the U.S. Ambassador in London from 1929-1955, including Joe Kennedy during World War II.