Bruce Ismay's descendants


M

Micheal Napier

Guest
Hello

I was wondering if any of Ismay's children/grandchildren are around and what is their view on the Titanic and the events their family played in it. Also are they still a family with wealth, or commons like you and I.

Thank you for your time, Mike Napier
 

Paul Lee

Member
Aug 11, 2003
2,235
31
243
Hi all,
Are any of Bruce Ismay's descendnats still alive? I've just looked in "Who's Who" and "Who was Who" (recent editions), but I couldn't find a mention.

Thanks

Paul

 

Inger Sheil

Member
Feb 9, 1999
5,343
67
398
Phil Gowan has mentioned being in touch with some members of the family. I also seem to recall a few comments from them reported at the time the Cameron movie came out.
 
Dec 31, 2003
274
5
183
Hampstead, London
The Ismay family have a London house in St John's Wood, on the same street as the former mansion of the famous Victorian painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema; built originally for him, and in which James Tissot also at one time lived and had his studio. I am Librarian of a Centre within the Hospital only a very few doors away.
 

Inger Sheil

Member
Feb 9, 1999
5,343
67
398
Great article there from Phil G!

Very interesting to hear about your close link with both Ismay and Lawrence Alma-Tadema - how many blue plaques are in that street, Donald?
 

Brian Ahern

Member
Dec 19, 2002
645
7
183
Can anyone recall the name of Ismay's daughter's sister-in-law who died in the Empress of Ireland sinking?

Any info on her would be much appreciated.
Thank you,
Brian Ahern
 

Brian Ahern

Member
Dec 19, 2002
645
7
183
Never mind. I found it out myself from another post. She was Catherine Beatrice Cheape Cay, sister of Brig. Gen. Ronald Cheape, who was an executor of Bruce Ismay's will and the husband of his daughter Margaret. What a sickening blow it must have been to the family.
 
Apr 7, 2001
1,052
6
233
Paul Lee - there are many descendents of Bruce that are alive and well. Some live in the North of England, some in the South, and a few in between. There are also some in Scotland.

Persons have to pay a fee to be listed in Who’s Who so if an Ismay is not listed then that could mean they were not interested or possibly not aware of the book. If you want to find an Ismay you must look in earlier editions of the book. If you have ANY questions during your research please don’t hesitate to contact me. I love researching the Ismays and I will be more than happy to help you.
 
Feb 24, 2004
907
3
183
Bruce Ismay has a great grandniece living in Seattle. She's extremely bright, quite attractive, and is looking at a medical career. She knows very little of J. Bruce, though - except that a lot of people don't like him, and that Cameron's film painted him as a corporate slime.
 
Dec 21, 2005
25
5
143
England
J Bruce Ismay has living direct descendants, but I'm fairly certain that none of them have the Ismay surname.

>>Cameron's film painted him as a corporate slime.<<

I think Cameron has a lot to answer for.
Ok, Hollywood wants to sell a film and to do that Cameron took a real event from history, but in addition to creating fictional characters he twisted events in the lives of real people.
Cameron, as we know, produced a film that was a huge success in terms of revenue, but at the expense of the good reputation of a certain few.
 

Aryan

Member
Nov 24, 2015
1
0
31
My mother came to the US from the UK many years ago, she has since passed. I was told stories that I was related to Bruce Ismay? How would I verify this? I'm just curious and not very Internet savy....TIA
 
Last edited:

Dave Gittins

Member
Mar 16, 2000
5,055
339
433
Bruce Ismay left no children, so if there's a connection it's fairly distant. I know he had at least one brother. Work backwards from yourself. You should easily find details of your parents, grandparents and maybe great grandparents. The internet is of dubious use and it can be expensive if you start getting into things like the British census. Good hunting!
 

Mark Baber

Moderator
Member
Jul 4, 2000
6,359
375
433
Actually, Dave, JBI was survived by four of his five children, by 9 grandchildren, and by two brothers, James and Bower, and four sisters, according to the family tree in Oldham's The Ismay Line.
 
Hello,
I know that this conversation was six years ago, but I would be curious to know who is the gentleman named Clifford Ismay who answered above ? Bruce Ismay is one of my favorite character (person) who was on Titanic, and I imagine him as being a great gentleman : always willing to help people ; a bit embarrassed in front of others especially in group but who was able to overcome this when needed ; a man with a great hypersensibilité (but this was not well regarded in the society of his time) that Titanic sinking had highlighted (the proof is his nervous shock on board of the Carpathia) and I think that when he asked the crew members to be repatriated as quickly as possible -- ref : "yamsi")-- he really thought about their well being) as well as the post-traumatic shock he subsequently suffered (PTS were only brought to light during the Viet-Nam War because even during the WWII it was unknown) and I do believe that he had the weight of the shipwreck on his shoulders until his death, unfortunately.

As far as I am concerned, from what I understood from my reading of him and my knowledge of human psychology. I would have liked to meet him, but since we were born at 110 years of difference, it's rather impossible ! ;):p.
 
Dec 21, 2005
25
5
143
England
Hello,
I know that this conversation was six years ago, but I would be curious to know who is the gentleman named Clifford Ismay who answered above ? Bruce Ismay is one of my favorite character (person) who was on Titanic, and I imagine him as being a great gentleman : always willing to help people ; a bit embarrassed in front of others especially in group but who was able to overcome this when needed ; a man with a great hypersensibilité (but this was not well regarded in the society of his time) that Titanic sinking had highlighted (the proof is his nervous shock on board of the Carpathia) and I think that when he asked the crew members to be repatriated as quickly as possible -- ref : "yamsi")-- he really thought about their well being) as well as the post-traumatic shock he subsequently suffered (PTS were only brought to light during the Viet-Nam War because even during the WWII it was unknown) and I do believe that he had the weight of the shipwreck on his shoulders until his death, unfortunately.

As far as I am concerned, from what I understood from my reading of him and my knowledge of human psychology. I would have liked to meet him, but since we were born at 110 years of difference, it's rather impossible ! ;):p.
Hello Kareen,
I'm Bruce's 5th cousin, why do you ask?
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 users

Similar threads

Similar threads