It was then the 16th Lord Elphinstone who married [in 1910] Lady Mary Bowes-Lyon, sister to HM Queen Elizabeth, the late Queen Mother such that the present,19th,Lord Elphinstone who succeeded to the title in 1994, aged 14,is 3rd Cousin to HRH The Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
But in the year 1858 when the Southsea developer[s] may already have been thinking about street names they had for choice, as far as the amazing extended Elphinstone family was concerned;
a) A sitting MP for Portsmouth, b) A VC Hero standing on Southsea Common already selected to join the Royal Household c) A Hero in India who had helped save the empire and d) in his last year, a very modest person who was one of the few Englishmen, it may be claimed, who ever really understood India.
So, if the three streets were each named after three peerages it would be that they were named after the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, the 1st and/or 2nd Barons Ashburton and the 13th Baron Elphinstone. In selecting the names of these three fine families the developers, whether intentionally or not, had chosen families who most strongly represented three of the Victorian age’s greatest achievements – whether or not, in 2018, we all necessarily regard those as admirable achievements. One was the development of social awareness through improved social institutions, another was the development of England’s finest banking, financial and trading reputation throughout the world and the third was the building of the Empire notably in India. These families (some of whom were descended from European immigrants) were not those who just remained hidden away in some small part of England waving their Union flags but were those who helped build a bigger better world of international understanding.
So what did Queen Victoria think of these three fine Lords? ✎remarkIt seems that she disliked Lord Shaftesbury❜, ✎remarkadmired Lord Ashburton❜ and ✎remarkconsidered Lord Elphinstone “our friend”❜. So, the developer[s] who named the three streets seem also to have spanned the range of Queen Victoria’s personal preferences not that everybody agreed with her judgements. She did, after all, according to Mr Weintraub (Victoria Biography of a Queen, page 415), once use the phrase “the low Portsmouth people”.