Famous Ormes

Well ... almost famous ... and if they are not, they should be.

Orm - King of Denmark - around 800 a.d.?

Little is known about him and he was probably king of a small part of Denmark rather than all of it. This may be the same Orm that Flemming Rickfors (see Ormsö) has traced through Latvia, Estonia, Northern England, and Scotland. He may also be the same Orm who was at a Viking military base in Ireland, and who met his death in North Wales (855 a.d. or thereabouts) at the hands of Rhodri Mawr who led the first Welsh army to unite under a single leader.

Orme of Abernethy (Scotland) 12th Century.

Hereditary Abbots of Culdee Monastery, Abernethy. The head of the family had the title of Lord Abernethy or Dominus. The house of Abernethy were the ecclesiastical representatives of the house of Fife branch of the Kindred of St. Columba, and also a branch of the Clan MacDuff. They held the sole right to crown kings of Scotland until it passed to the Abbey at Arbroath during the reign of Robert the Bruce.
The family died out in the 14th century; there were only daughters left to inherit and land and titles passed to their husbands' families, the Leslies and the Lindsays.

See also Ormiston Page and Orme in Scotland.

Orme of Darlaston / Orme le Guidon (England) 11th/12th centuries.

Orme's father, Richard the Forester, was the forester in charge of all of the new forest. During (or near to) 1086, Orme was married to Alice - the daughter of Hervens, a Norman nobleman - and was given four caracutes of land in Lancashire and neighbouring counties. One caracute is the amount of land that one pair of oxen can plough in one year, four caracutes would make him quite an important person. He is the Orme responsible for the building of the church at Ormskirk and others too. When he joined the Crusades against the Saracens he became the standard bearer (le Guidon), and legends tell that he returned home with Saracen stone-masons who were involved in building the Church of St. Chad in Stafford. Orm's home was at Darlaston, near Wolverhampton; his descendants became the 'De Darlaston' and 'Fitzorm' families and the name Orme was not passed on.

Captain Robert Orme. 1725 - 1790 (UK)

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Officer of Britain's Coldstream Guards. Aide-de-camp to General Braddock together with George Washington and Lt.Col Robert Stewart (Braddock's bodyguard unit). Wounded by the French (near Pittsburgh in America) in 1755, he returned to England, resigning his commission in 1756. In 1756 he married the Hon. Audrey Townshend, sister of George, 1st Marquess Townshend and Rt. Hon. Charles Townshend. Apparently there was some sort of runaway marriage and he and Audrey left to live in the Netherlands.

His portrait was painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds in 1756, it now hangs in a prominent position in the National Gallery in London.

Robert Orme 1728 - 1801 (UK)

East India Company Official and Historian, he was the author of several books that are still available at libraries. His work is esteemed because his writings and illustrations provide an excellent source of information for India's historians.

Brigadier General William W. Orme. 1832 - 1866 (USA)

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Born in Washington, D. C., William Ward Orme relocated to Illinois and practiced law in Bloomington. He was a member of the State constitutional convention in 1860, raised the 94th Illinois regiment at the beginning of the civil war, and was appointed as its Colonel. In 1862 he was promoted to Brigadier General of Volunteers, but failing health forced his retirement in 1864 and he then became Supervising Agent in the United States Treasury.

Eliza Orme. 1816-1892 (UK)

Eliza Andrews, the eldest daughter of the Reverend Edward Andrews, was born in Romford in 1816. She married Charles Orme, the son of a wealthy brewer. The couple were friends with Thomas Carlyle, John Ruskin and Alfred Tennyson.

A supporter of women's rights Eliza Orme joined the National Society for Women's Suffrage in 1867. Later she was an active member of the London Society for Women's Suffrage. She also taught Hertha Ayrton mathematics.

Eliza Orme died in 1892.

Henry (Harry) Orme (UK)

Henry Orme was more usually known as Harry Orme, a bare knuckles boxer from Bow in London. There were very few rules and bouts took place in isolated places to avoid attention from the police. On 6th May 1851, the reigning British Middleweight Champion, Nat Langham, suffered the only defeat of his career at the hands of our Harry. The fight was for a prize of £50 and lasted for 117 rounds in two hours and forty-six minutes.

Harry also fought for the Heavyweight Championship of England in 1855, against the reigning champion Harry Broom. To avoid confusion, Harry Orme fought under his given name of Henry. The bout lasted for two hours and eighteen minutes, which is about 100 rounds, and unfortunately Henry lost.

Sheriff Lindley H. Orme (USA)

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Maricopa County Sheriff 1881-84 and 1895-98. He built the first Phoenix jail with incandescent lamps. During Sheriff Orme's term, repeated smallpox outbreaks required deputies to quarantine the town.

The Rt. Hon. the Baron Oram 1913-1999 (UK)

Albert Edward Oram, British Politician.

The Right Honorable the Baron Orme p.c. 1923 - 2005 (UK)

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A Member of Parliament for 33 years, Stanley Orme's career encompassed ministerial positions under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan, culminating in a peerage and appointment to the Privy Council (the Privy Council advise the reigning monarch on matters of state). He was a man of integrity, who neither sought undue prominence for himself, nor wavered from his beliefs.

Yvonne Anne Ormes (UK)

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Yvonne Anne Ormes - Miss Great Britain in 1968.
In 1970 Yvonne was Miss United Kingdom and a Miss World finalist.


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