Elizabeth Marion Gammell (Mott)


Elizabeth was the second child and eldest daughter of The Rev. James Stewart Gammell and his wife Ann Bramley.  She was born on 30 October 1871 in Outwood Yorkshire, where her father was the Vicar. In 1880 the family moved to Clifton, Bristol and later that decade to Drumtochty in Scotland.  She was known throughout her life as 'Elsie' rather than Elizabeth.


Elsie married Charles Cheape Mott, son of C.J. Mott of Orwell House, Clifton-on-Dunsmore, Warwickshire on 29 April 1897 at a large society wedding at St. Palladius Church at Drumtochty.


Elsie and her husband spent much of their married life at a house named Whitegates, near Ruthin in North Wales, and were immersed in country pursuits. They were particularly interested in horses and riding, but apart from this kept many pets. Elsie was an accomplished pianist and was steeped in country lore. She befriended many of the local gypsies and interested herself in their customs and welfare.

She and her husband jointly wrote and published at least five novels A Man of No Family (1906); A Thoroughbred in Training (1907); Betwixt and Between (1921); Clent's Way (1923); and The Sting of the Whip (1930).  In addition to this, Elsie was a regular contributor of articles to The Times Literary Supplement and in about 1920, published a collection of her poetry under the title of Dryad's Trove and other poems.


Charles Mott died on 27 November 1930, and Elsie continued to live at Whitegates until she died, nearly 30 years later, on 20 December 1959.   They had no children.

Above: Elizabeth (Frank Gourlay)