On Winston Churchill, his ancestors, descendants, and the Isle of Wight. There family views were shaped and refined.
Winston’s great grandson Randolph Churchill writes in his foreword
‘With pleasure I write this foreword to “Winston’s Island”, a book illuminating an almost unresearched closeness between the family – the Churchills, Spencer-Churchills, Jeromes, the Dukes of Marlborough – and the Isle of Wight. Here are episodes of conjecture and fact unexplored by many biographers. Here are covered the first meeting of Winston’s mother and father, his early holidays, his visits to palaces and prisons, his electioneering, and the growing number of contacts between the family and the Isle of Wight, only now discovered and thoroughly researched.
Who even in the Isle of Wight knows where to find ‘Churchill Chine’, or knows the story of Winston building sandcastles on a beach? Author Anthony Churchill has even proposed that Winston’s mother’s ancestors might have come from the Island.
Racing yachts from Cowes and living in Ventnor, on the Island, our author noted an anniversary of Lord Randolph Churchill meeting the American beauty Jennie Jerome off Cowes in 1873, and of his romantic proposal there two days later, followed by marriage and Winston’s birth in 1874.
He asked me and my family to attend a Gala Dinner on the Island on the 140th Anniversary, in 2013. A score of us went, both family and close friends, to renew and review our family’s closeness to the Island. We had an unforgettable time. Anthony Churchill, with vigour and enthusiasm, has turned over every stone and pebble on the Island to discover so much extraordinary history. If Lord Randolph had not met Jennie Jerome, there would have been no Winston Churchill. I would not be here and nor would many others. This book is a fine tribute to Churchill’s parents and to the turn of fate that started on the beautiful Isle of Wight and ended with Churchill leading a nation to victory and safeguarding freedoms and liberties for a future generation – a generation that should enjoy this book.
I hope we will be back in 2023 for a celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the chance first meeting of Winston Churchill’s parents on the Island. By that date, other links between us and the Island will surely have emerged, been debated, and have been refined. Until then, this is an absorbing addition to our knowledge of key episodes in the Churchill family’s life’.