Family genealogist Chris Oakley, son of Brigid Marlin, links to the following relatives, the most ancient via Charles and Emily Boissevain: - The writer, Robert Graves (4th cousin to Chris Oakley, 3 times removed) - Quartermaster General to George Washington, Stephen Moylan (great-uncle) - Children's book author and painter, Hilda van Stockum (grandmother) - Mathematician Willem Jacob van Stockum (his great uncle) - Fantasy painter Brigid Marlin (his mother) - Owing to a youthful adventure of a Peer of the Realm - he is a great-grandson of Edward III (see next entry) - George King, later to become the third Earl of Kingston, ran off to the West Indies with one Caroline Morison about 1790, where they had three children out of wedlock, including my great-grandmother Mary Morison King. - Through her granddaughter Emily MacDonnell, he is a descendant of Somerled (d. 1164), Lord of the (Western) Isles (of Scotland). - The descendants of Somerled number about 500,000 and include the MacDonald, MacDonnell, MacDougall and MacAllister clans. See, for example, here. - Emily MacDonnell's ancestor John Carragh MacDonnell built Tinnakill Castle in Co. Laois (Ireland) in 1450 (see photo below), This was outside the English Pale (of Dublin), and a suitable base from which, in his capacity as "the best captayne of the English" to suppress the native tribes. It was on one such expedition in Co. Offaly in 1466 that he was killed.
Some of the entries in Wikipedia that are connected to the U.S. Boissevains
Adolphe Boissevain, Dutch banker, U.S.-Canadian railroad financier, has both a Canadian (Manitoba) and a U.S. (West Virginia) railway town named after him Inez Milholland Boissevain, suffragette lawyer, first wife of Eugen Boissevain Edna St. Vincent Millay Boissevain, Pulitzer-Prizewinning poet, second wife of Eugen Boissevain Hilda van Stockum Marlin, award-winning author-illustrator, daughter of Olga Boissevain Willem van Stockum, mathematician and bomber pilot, shot down over Laval, France, where he is buried; credited as first to apply Einstein's theories to time travel in a way that inspired further speculation; son of Olga Boissevain Olga E. Marlin, D.Litt.(Hon.), Strathmore University, Member of the University Council Alice Tepper Marlin, social entrepreneur, daughter-in-law of Hilda van Stockum
Mahler, Mengelberg and the Boissevains
Composer Gustav Mahler, oncertmaster Willem Mengelberg and Charles Boissevain's children had a friendship over many years. The story is told here.