Ermengarde Gifford Burder (1882-1962)

Ermengarde was born in Loughborough on 8th August 1882 and married Eustace Elwell Baker (1877-1960) at All Saints’ Church, Loughborough on Saturday, 22nd July 1907.

Eustace Baker was the son of Dr. Charles Eaton Baker and Emily Baker (nee Elwell), of the Cedars, Small Hythe Road, Tenterden, Kent. The bridesmaids were Miss Winifred (sister of the bride), Miss Mildred and Dorothy Baker (sisters of the bridegroom). Miss Lorna Nash and Miss Christabel Nash (cousins of the bride) and Master Eric Clode Baker, acted as pages. Mr. Cecil Barker, brother to the bridegroom, acted as best man. Following the wedding, a reception was held in a marquee, on the lawn of Field house, attended by 300 guests. The married couple honeymooned in Cornwall. At the time of the wedding Eustace Baker was described as an electrical engineer, living at Toothill Road, Loughborough. Immediately after their marriage the couple lived in Quorn, before moving to Eccles Road, Formby, Lancashire around 1910[1].

The couple had five children: –

  1. Richard Eric Defoe (1908-1954)

Richard was born in Quorn on 25th November, 1908 and died on 19th November 1954 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad; he was educated at Cambridge and became a lecturer in Mycology at the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture, Trinidad in 1933; later becoming a Professor of Botany and Mycology.

He was editor of the Floral of Trinidad and Tobago from 1947. He also led several plants collecting expeditions; one to East Africa in 1948 and another to Colombia in 1952[2];

  1. Daphne Ermengarde (1910-1985)
  2. Phyllis Nash (1918-1919)
  3. Marjorie Elwell (1914-2003)
  4. Defoe Eustace (1920-)

Defoe who was born on 4th October 1920 married June Lattimer in Southport in 1955 and at one time lived at No. 11, Victoria Road, Formby. He was, in the early 1990s, a director of BKW Instruments Ltd.


  1. Census.
  2. Dictionary of British and Irish Botanists and Horticulturists.