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Cockermouth Post Article September 2011

The Rev Daniel Harrison lived at Dunthwaite House, Setmurthy. His is an interesting story; born in 1862, he became a student at Caius College, Cambridge where he was Cox of the University boat team. During his time there his successes were recorded on the cups awarded to him: 1881 Boat Race Trial Eights, 1882 Consolation Race winner, and in 1883 winner of the 180 yards Handicap, in a time of 1 minute, 19 ˝ seconds. The cups that he received show all the rowers’ names and their weights. When Daniel came back to Cumbria, it was to become vicar of Setmurthy Church, until his death in 1940, when he was buried in the Churchyard there.

The Harrison family had lived at Dunthwate since 1696 and rebuilt the house in 1785. Daniel did not marry and the house passed to the National Trust upon his death. Incidentally, the house is currently being offered for rental by the National Trust. Two sisters, Mary Ann Wilson and Jane Mudie were housekeepers for Rev. Harrison, and the trophies were passed on to them as a token of appreciation for their many years of service at the house. Jane Mudie’s husband was a local postman, travelling from Cockermouth on a bicycle around the outlying farms and houses. He also did service as the gardener at Dunthwaite House.

Gloria Edwards

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