The Myres Family
By Clive Rodgers
One of the most important families from Swanbourne that you are least likely to know anything about!
Rev. William Miles Myres (1838 – 1901) originated from Preston, and he married Jane Linton (1842 – 1871) the daughter of a vicar from Oxford. Unfortunately, his wife died in 1871 immediately after the birth of their second child (who was also named Jane).
Rev. Myres re-married and was appointed vicar at St. Swithuns, Swanbourne. The family with two children aged 12 (John) and 10 (Jane) moved to Swanbourne Vicarage in 1879.
Rev. W. M. Myres son (John) became Professor Sir John Linton Myres (1869 – 1953). He was married by his father Rev. Myres at St Swithuns Church, Swanbourne in 1895, to Sophia Florence Ballance (b. 1870) of London. Sir John became Wykeham Professor of Ancient History at Oxford University and he undertook many famous archaeological digs in Cyprus.
Rev. Myres grandson (the son of Sir John and Sophia) is John Nowell Linton Myres CBE (1902 – 1989). He was an archaeologist (specialising in Anglo-Saxon pottery) at Oxford University. He became Head of the Bodleian Library in Oxford from 1948 until his resignation in 1965.
The great grandson of Rev. W. M. Myres (son of John Nowell L. Myres) is Rear Admiral John A. L. Myres CBE (b. 1930), who was Hydrographer for the Royal Navy from 1990 to 1994. The graves of his Great Grandfather Rev. William Miles Myres who together with his Great Aunt Jane Linton Myres (1871 – 1951) are buried close to the church wall facing the Winslow Road.
This painting (left) of a Swanbourne Lace Maker is by Jane Linton Myres. After the death of her father in 1901 she continued to live in Swanbourne before eventually moving to Oxford probably in order to be nearer to her brother Prof. Sir John Myres. However, she remained a spinster, and on her death in 1951 it was her wish to be returned to Swanbourne to be buried with her father.