Percy Llewellyn Garbett was born in Middlesex on December 10th 1852 to the Reverend Edward Garbett and Elizabeth Garbett (Lewis – Daughter of John Lewis of Henllan), Reverend Garbett was born on December 10th 1817 in Hereford and his wife Elizabeth was born around 1826 in Henllan Pembrokeshire.
Percy married Caroline Gordon Lennox Fyfe in 1882 at the age of 29, Caroline was from St Pancras in Middlesex, they went on to have 2 daughters together of one of them used the name Abra Faith Hughes-Garbett which would have come about from Mary Abra Hughes Skyrme (Wienholt) from whom he inherited the estate from in 1885, Maybe as part of the condition of the inheritance of such a valuable estate it was a condition set out in the will that he prepended the name Hughes to his given name of Garbett thus making it Hughes-Garbett.
In the last will and testament of Mary Abra Hughes Wienholt one of the executors was listed as the brother of Percy namely Montague George Hubert Garbett, apart from the land she bequeathed Percy she had a personal estate of £1,450 2s which equates to £187,000 in todays money with inflation.
Percy from the records we have found worked in insurance for the New Zealand Insurance Company and was manager in their Calcutta office.
From our research Mr Hughes-Garbett Returned to Laugharne briefly in 1886 as it is mentioned in the Newspaper that he had won several sections of the Laugharne Farm And Garden Show of that year, he then returned to Calcutta to carry on in the insurance position he held there.
Carved Monogrammed Marble Shield situated in the ballroom of Island House upon the grand fireplace
The next time he shows up in the local news was in 1890 where we think he then took up residence at Island House, he and his wife Caroline seem to have been very charitable as you can see from this extract taken from the newspaper called “The Welshman” in January 1890:-
“CHRISTMAS TREE AT ISLAND HOUSE – On Tuesday last Mrs Hughes-Garbett invited the wives and children of all Mr Garbett’s tenants to tea and Christmas tree at Island House. In spite of the inclemency of the weather between fifty and sixty assembled at 6 o’clock. Tea was served to the guests on their arrival, after which a curtain was withdrawn, revealing to the delighted youngsters the Christmas tree, which was decorated with flags, bonbons, coloured lights. The presents, which were numerous and had been very carefully selected, were displayed on tables around the room. All had two or three presents each, in addition to which there was a bran pie into which each had several dips, and each time obtained a prize. At nine o clock the party, which had been a most delightful one, separated, but, before doing so, three hearty cheers were accorded to Mrs Garbett.”
Mr and Mrs Hughes-Garbett were seemingly held in very high regard in Laugharne and Mr Hughes-Garbett was the chair of many committees and judging panels around this time between 1890 until 1900 where he sold off the Laugharne estate by way of auction at the Browns Hotel in August 1900, the sale included many properties, land and farms including Island House and it is said that the proceeds of the sale was in the region of £25,000 which equates to £3,100,000 in todays money.
In the 1901 Census it shows Mr Hughes-Garbet living at 29 Cedar Hall in London now aged 49 and is a branch manager of Norwich Insurance Company.
Mr Hughes-Garbett passed away in 1924 at the age of 71.