Martha Gammell and her descendants

Martha Janet Gammell, known as Jessie, was the 8th child and only daughter to survive childhood of Capt. James Gammell and his wife Sydney Holmes. She was born in Edinburgh on 7 May 1836. Her parents moved to Bath in the 1850s, and she was married there at St. Saviours Church on 25 January 1866 to Julius Alfred Bertram, a solicitor and son of Charles Bertram, a wine merchant. This Charles Bertram's sister, Rosa Bertram had married Jessie's uncle Ernest some fifteen years earlier. Jessie and Julius had an only child Julius, who was born on 8 November 1866, and Jessie died on 31 July 1868, after giving birth to a stillborn second child.

In 1883, Julius Alfred married for the second time, his bride being Miriam Sophia Adelaide Messiter (nee Gammell), widow of Colonel John Messiter, and only daughter of Major William Gammell. There were no children of this second marriage.

Julius Bertram (1866-1944), the son of Jessie and Julius Alfred, became a lawyer like his father, practicing in London. In the 1906 General Election he was elected as the only ever Liberal MP for Hitchin, however he lost the seat in the next election, in January 1910. On 14 December 1907, he married Marjorie Sutton (1877-1947).  He lived at "Sishes", Pin Green, Stevenage, Hertfordshire from 1897-1930, after which the family moved to Abington Hall, Cambridgeshire and later Martinhoe Cleave North Devon. His London house was at Ashburn Gardens, Kensington. He and his wife were occasional visitors to Drumtochty, and Sydney James Gammell and his wife often visited the Bertrams at Cambridge. Julius died on 5 November 1944.

Julius Bertram and his wife Marjorie Sutton had two children, Oliver Henry Julius Bertram born 26 February 1910, and Quentin Charles Frederick Bertram born in March 1914 and who died in December 1931.  

Oliver H J Bertram was was educated at Stowe School, Buckinghamshire between 1923 and Trinity College Cambridge University.   He was called to the Bar in 1933 and practiced as a Barrister at 2 Essex Court Chambers, Temple EC4 in London. At the outbreak of war in 1939, Bertram was a Second lieutenant in the Army Reserve and later that same year, enlisted in the Regular British Army. In 1947, Oliver Bertram, gained the rank of Major.

After the Second World War, Oliver resumed his legal career and having served in the Army, was appointed as a Judge Advocate in 1952, which saw him try cases around Europe.

Oliver was also a racing driver.  Having started racing at Cambridge in 1929, he became the Brooklands outer lap record holder in his 8-litre special Barnato-Hassan Bentley racing car on 5 August 1935 with a time of 69.85 seconds, attaining an average speed of 142.60 miles per hour (229.49 km/h). However this record stood for only 2 months 2 days, as on 7 October John Cobb regained the title in his Napier Railton with a speed of 143.44 miles per hour (230.84 km/h).  He won the Easter Short handicap race in 1935 and with John Cobb, took first place in 1937 in the BRDC 500 Kilometres Race – a shortened version of the 500 Miles Race. He was awarded the British Racing Drivers' Club gold star twice – in 1935 and 1938.

In 1932 he married Anne Margery Shaw Mellor, but sometime between 1939 and 1943 they must have divorced, since he married Jennifer Anne Pleasant Clark in Nairobi in 1943. They had 2 children, James Julius Bertram born 24 November 1944 and Janet Lavinia Bertram born 14 August 1946.

Oliver died in Devon in September 1975.  

His son, James Julius Bertram became a solicitor and practiced in Hong Kong.  He married and had two children, George and Gillian.  He died in France on 19 June 2015. Janet Lavinia Bertram became an actress and died in 2016.

Martha Gammell and her descendants