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Sir Sacheverell Sitwell (1897 - 1988)

Of the "Trio" his life was the most normal, and it was he who secured the future of the Baronetcy. His birth in Scarborough on 15th November 1897 is commemorated by a Blue Plaque unveiled by his son and 7th Baronet, the late Sir Reresby. It is affixed to Sacheverell's first home and birthplace, known then as "Belvoir House" at 5, Belvoir Terrace, later the Bedford Hotel, now flats. Like his siblings he inherited all the sights and sounds of the town, and acknowledged those influences upon him. Like Osbert he found the social openings through the agency of the family friend, Miss Emily Lloyd.

However his true awakening to nature, history and a true interpretation of all that Scarborough offered he owed to Major A.B.Brockwell, a fine tutor beyond the normal school subjects.
His education continued, before he was seven, at a boarding-school in Folkestone, where he recounts the mournful meetings with his mother as their mutual sadness at being parted was most apparent. Eton and Oxford University followed and then into the Grenadier Guards. Following his siblings to London and embracing foreign travel his book "Southern Baroque Art" established his reputation early.

Escaping to Paris he married a stunning brunette, Georgia Doble, the daughter of a rich Canadian banker. That marriage, on 16th October 1925 was to be marked by the disloyalty of each but would be sustained till her death on 21st October 1980. Their first child Reresby would become the 7th Baronet, whilst Francis, the second son, would find a place in Edith's affections and he it was who organised her 75th birthday celebration at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
Sachie and Georgia would travel extensively, even to the neglect of their children, as their father garnered the experiences which sustained his production of books, which would number over 150. Their home was Weston Hall, gifted to the Sitwells by a great-aunt, and it remained so. Sachie and his wife had always believed, as Renishaw Hall had been gifted to Reresby, that Montegufoni would similarly be theirs after Osbert's death. It was not so, however, and Sacheverell's son was rewarded, again inheriting Montegufoni as well as Renishaw.

Sachie lived on to die at Weston on 1st October 1988. His failure to be fully recognised for his works, compounded by the strained relations with his siblings left him a damaged man and the denial of inherited property left him rueful. He wrote, as almost a final passage, a Scarborough reference to the pierrots: "As best I remember them, in a waning afternoon when a tide upon the sands put an end to their performance."