Edward Knight's Family
Lionel Knight Rice. 
Born April 17th 1844 at Dane Court.
Lionel was educated at Cheltenham College, and when old enough, went off to Australia to seek his fortune.
He had a restless disposition and was never inclined to settle for long in any one place – his wife (Eleanor Augusta, daughter of Robert Hay Murray J.P. D.L., of Godington Park, Kent – whom he married on October 17th 1876) used to declare that she spent half her married life packing and unpacking her boxes. They had no children and were a very devoted couple.
Lionel's nephew, Bertram Osmaston, wrote of him: 'He was a giant of six feet three inches, and broad in proportion. He spent most of his life in Australia. When he retired he returned to England, but soon after purchased a property in Norway, where for a good many years he fished and shot game. He was exceedingly keen on birds and animals, which love he retained to the end.'
He was a very successful water colour artist. He possessed a youthful zest for life well into his old age – at the age of eighty, tired of Sussex, he toyed with the idea of buying a house in Bournemouth. The agent, no doubt as he thought tactfully, suggested, 'Don't you think Sir, that at your age it might be better to rent a house?' Lionel was much put out. 'Stupid fellow,' he said angrily, to a niece. 'Could he not see that at eighty it is about time to settle down?' Probably attracted by the good fishing ...
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