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A Catholic Treasury – Jottings from the Late Donald Halliday of North Hinksey

To download this collection of notes and images of Roman Catholic Churches and Religious Communities in Great Britain collected by Donald Halliday please press this link:


‘My Cousin, Donald Cecil Edmund Halliday (1913-2006)’ by Lorna Hawker Durrani

Lorna Hawker Durrani has very kindly shared this article that she has written about her cousin, Donald Halliday. Thank you, Lorna, for allowing this material to be published on btsarnia.org

Please note that the Copyright for the linked article (and the for the photographs which accompany it) belongs to the author, Lorna Hawker Durrani.

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23 comments on “A Catholic Treasury – Jottings from the Late Donald Halliday of North Hinksey

  1. Hugh Allen
    September 20, 2017

    Many thanks for this fascinating stuff. Donald Halliday was a longstanding friend of Fr Brocard Sewell, one of the founders of the Fr Ignatius Trust, and often spoke of him; I think they had first met before the war as fellow-aspirants to the religious life in the brotherhood presided over by Brother Joseph Gard’ner (see Fr Brocard’s book ‘Cancel All Our Vows’).

    I never met him, though he was among the Belmont contingent at the Llanthony centenary pilgrimage in August 1972, figuring prominently in one of the photos in the following year’s newsletter (see http://www.fatherignatius.org.uk >The Trust>Documents).

    I well remember Michael White and his SH bookshop in Hay, before it became the ‘town of books’. When Fr Brocard Sewell was staying at Capel-y-ffin he would sometimes walk over for Sunday Mass (8 miles on mountain roads and 8 miles back again) in his slightly shabby suit and city shoes; was then pushing 70 but seemed to suffer no ill effect. The Grant family who had a stationery shop in the town were big supporters of the RC church there. Bernard the younger of the 2 sons was in my form at Llanarth where I briefly overlapped with his elder brother John, who ran the shop until his premature death about 20 years ago; I think it’s now an upmarket drapery business.

    Best wishes

    HA

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    • Richard Barton
      September 20, 2017

      Hugh, thank you so much for the details that you have added. I had forgotten about Donald’s connections with Brother Joseph Gard’ner. I must look up those references. This is rather a big project, I am afraid, and I am not entirely convinced of its value. However, he gave me lots of papers etc and I just felt that it would be good to do something with them.
      I will look at the Llanthony photo too. The one I have used says on the reverse ‘Me (!!!) St. Michael’s Abbey, Belmont 1967.’

  2. Richard Barton
    October 1, 2017

    From Hugh Allen:

    South Molton is 18 miles from Tiverton and its current RC church was acquired from the Methodists in c1965 when my brother was working for an estate agent in the town; as (at the time) a keen young Catholic he took some pride in having participated in the transaction. I think it was then served from Barnstaple, as it still is; at the same time Barnstaple also looked after the asbestos chapel in Chulmleigh, though this had earlier been served from Tiverton (it has since been closed). I wonder what period Donald was describing – and whether the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales could have been based there earlier?

    Enjoyed photo of Corpus Christi at Calverleigh Court, also of Tiverton. If you have Dr. Oliver’s ‘Collections’ look up Tiverton, founded by the Chichesters and their French chaplain. Sadly Plymouth diocese let the 1839ff complex go (in both senses) – a very sad story, but not an uncommon one. Having been secularised and modernised it’s now on the market with Seddons our local agents for £800k. As a child I spent many Sunday mornings contemplating its Chichester memorials, one of which recorded the erection of a fine oak shrine containing a rather ugly Sacred Heart.

  3. Alan Robinson
    October 9, 2017

    This is fascinating and of great value (probably to a tiny number) I am so glad that “by chance” I found it. I knew Donald quite well and used to visit him in his house in Oxford. I have a good number of letters and bits and pieces give to me by him. Peter Anson dedicated his book Cancel All Our Vows about Frensham and Bro,.Joseph, to Donald, the greatest expert on the Religious life and its trappings since Peter Anson. One of my proudest possessions is a letter from Peter Anson to Donald referring to me !, which I inherited many years later.

    • Richard Barton
      October 9, 2017

      Dear Alan,

      I am absolutely delighted to receive your comments. It makes the hours of copying all worthwhile. I may have enough for a short blog on Anglican religious orders too. I did not realise that Donald was buried at Belmont although it makes absolute sense that he should be. If you are able to add to the short biographical details I would be most grateful. With kind regards
      Richard

      • Alan Robinson
        October 9, 2017

        Thank you. Do you have his date of death correct ? I thought it was the 7th January. He was student at the Jesuit college: Mount St Mary’s, although he certainly did not arm to the Jesuit spirit in any way. His first interest was to be a Dominican lay brother in Oxford, but when he was interviewed by the famous Fr Bede Jarrett, as he was able to translate a passage of Latin, he was told that he should be a Dominican Friar. He was very much a “serial” novice and tried out Quarr Abbey (Benedictine), Belmont (several times), the Community of Christ the King (Frensham), Community of St Martin de Porres,Totland Bay, and the Canons Regular of the Lateran (a love of his, where he knew Fr Brocard Sewell, O.Carm, the great literary collector).. He had a wonderful fund of stories and I wish I had written or recorded them. His great love was for Orders of one house only, the more obscure the better(is there a name for that ?) He served Mass at one of the first Tridentine Mass centres in England, at Casa Pilar in Oxford. He had many wonderfully quaint expressions and phrases. The first time I met him he looked me up and down muttering”Well, Alan Robinson,to be sure,to be sure”. In all things he had an amused detachment,rarely giving his own views. He had visited every English,Scottish and Welsh Cathedral except one. Sadly, I arrived at his house two days after he had done one of his bonfires- of most of his post card collection – can you imagine my disguised fury. He could not believe that ANYONE would want them. (I could think of a dozen at least). Fr Brocard Sewell dedicated his book Cancel All Our Vows to him, naming him as the natural successor to Peter Anson, as an expert on post-reformation Religious Life.

      • Richard Barton
        October 10, 2017

        Thank you, Allan. This certainly adds considerable detail to his biography. You will be pleased to know that many of his postcards came in my direction. His date of death is correct. There is actually a photo of the gravestone at Belmont on-line. Richard.

  4. Dom Leo
    November 28, 2018

    Thank you so much. Your journal brought back so many happy memories of Donald when he was an Choir Oblate at Belmont during his time in charge of the Sacristy. I do hope that you can continue your work with his jottings.

    • Richard Barton
      November 28, 2018

      I am so pleased you have found this little collection. If you would like to add further material it would be most welcome. With kindest regards Richard

  5. Stephen Flanagan
    January 30, 2019

    How interesting I first met Bro Donald at St.Annes Cathedral Leeds were he was attending the funeral of the late Arch dale king friend of Bishop Wheeler of Leeds . Donald invited me to Belmont Abbey and wrote to me for many years sending me holy cards etc. I visited his home in Oxford and the Brothers Companions of St . Martín de Porres on the I.O.W. A very devoted man and a pleasure to have known him .R.I.P dear Brother Donald.

    • Richard Barton
      January 30, 2019

      Thank you so much for your contribution. One of my last meetings was when he visited me at St Mary’s College, Oscott.

  6. LORNA DURRANI
    March 2, 2020

    I was fascinated to discover this blog. Donald Halliday (Brother Donald as we knew him) was my cousin, that is to say his father Cecil Halliday was my great uncle. He visited us frequently when my father (his cousin) was alive and I visited him in Oxford. I attended his funeral in Belmont Abbey with his sister Pat. More recently I attended her funeral in Oxford. I am currently writing an article about Cecil’s medals which I possess, and was trying to find out more about Donald’s war service. Do you know which ship he was on when he was torpedoed in 1942 and what happened to him after that?

    • Richard Barton
      March 2, 2020

      Dear Lorna, how lovely to hear from you and thank you so much for the information about your family. Sadly, I only know what I have written but, as you discover more, it would be good to add further biographical details to the blog. I am wondering if you have a better photo of Brother Donald? With kindest regards Richard

      • barrowdownes
        March 2, 2020

        I have quite a lot of handwritten material from his war service and would be happy to share it. Maybe an e mail: rpienne at aol dot com
        He used to sing a little hymn every night on board ship to our Lady Mary

      • Alan Robinson
        March 2, 2020

        ​Thanks so much. I have put a post about this on the site.

        I have a small exercise book which Donald gave me with a lot of bits and pieces and bits about the ship and other bits. I am happy to lend this if it’s of interest either to you or his cousin. Can you forward this to her ? I suppose I would like it back as it’s full of interesting bits – but what do you do with all these things ?????? I imagine that when I go my children will have massive bonfire and these sort of bits will go on it. At least I’ll have had some fun from it all ! Oh what a life !

        Good wishes,

        Alan Robinson

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        (Head of Allen Hall: Boys’ Boarding)

        St Edmund’s College

        Old Hall Green

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        Hertfordshire

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      • LORNA Hawker DURRANI
        March 10, 2020

        I have found some photos of Brother Donald that my father had. How can I get them to you? do you have an email address I can send to?
        Lorna

      • Richard Barton
        March 10, 2020

        Dear Lorna, good to hear from you on this the anniversary of Donald’s death and thank you so much for looking out these photos. Copies would certainly be appreciated and my email address is: btsarnia@gmail.com
        With kindest regards
        Richard

      • Alan Robinson
        March 11, 2020

        ​Yes, please send me any you can. Thank you very much indeed.

        All good wishes,

        Alan Robinson

        ________________________________

        Alan Robinson

        (Head of Allen Hall: Boys’ Boarding)

        St Edmund’s College

        Old Hall Green

        nr.Ware

        Hertfordshire

        SG111DS

        01920 824300

        [cid:imagefbba7d.JPG@f98cb9e9.41a4221a] Alan Robinson
        Head of Boys’ Boarding
        arobinson@stedmundscollege.org | 01920 824300
        http://www.stedmundscollege.org
        St Edmund’s College & Prep School | Ware | SG11 1DS
        [Facebook] [Twitter] [cid:imageea418f.PNG@c5cc803d.419d9740]

        ‘Avita Pro Fide’

        ________________________________

  7. LORNA DURRANI
    March 3, 2020

    I would be very interested to see the exercise book that my cousin Donald Halliday compiled. I would love to borrow it and will certainly return it. Also the other material he wrote about his war service. I will email both of you with my address. I will also see if I can find any good photos of Donald. All the family albums of Pat and Donald are in the possession of Garry Donnelly who inherited the riding school from Pat or Ellen Ryan who inherited the Old Manor House. They had one album on display at Pat’s funeral. I was the only family member who attended.

  8. LORNA Hawker DURRANI
    June 11, 2020

    Further research has revealed that my cousin Donald Halliday was awarded the following medals for service with the Merchant Navy in World War Two:-
    The 1939 -1945 War Medal – awarded to all servicemen who served for 28 days during the war.
    The 1939 -1945 Star – awarded to all servicemen who saw active service overseas.
    The Atlantic Star – awarded mainly to Royal Navy and Merchant Navy personnel for service in the Atlantic 1939 -1945.
    The Burma Star – for service in the Burma Campaign 1941-1945. Awarded to all three services.

  9. Richard Barton
    June 11, 2020

    Many thanks, Lorna, a fascinating addition. Kindest regards Richard

  10. Ellen N Ryan
    December 13, 2020

    I was delighted to come across this blog. I came to know Donald Halliday (‘Don’) through his sister, Pat as I was a keen client of her riding school from 1980 and later became her close friend and often lived at Old Manor House in North Hinksey, Oxford. I certainly remember his religious devotion and his enthusiasm for church architecture. I recall a very shy, modest individual (Don cut his image out of many family photos!) but a great researcher and keeper of notebooks. I am a friend of Garry Donnelly mentioned above and I’ve been in touch with Lorna to send to her some remaining items relating to the Halliday family.

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