The genealogy site of Mark Humphrys

Home      Blog      Surnames      Ancestors      Contact


148,000 page views per month

€2k competition      Random page

My ancestors - Flanagan - Contents


Johnny Longden (left) and Morny Wing (right).
At the Curragh, Aug 1949 (just before Wing retired as a jockey).
Picture courtesy of Elizabeth Innes.
See larger and full size.
See similar shot in Irish Times, August 29, 1949.

Albert Wing,
a groom,
mar Ada Rollinson and had issue:

Morny Wing,
flat race jockey,
see biography and search,
Mornington Albert Wing, born 2 Aug 1896, Albert Street, Doncaster, Yorkshire (horse racing town),
named after the champion jockey Morny Cannon [Herbert Mornington Cannon, born 1873, British flat race champion jockey 6 times in the 1890s] who Albert Wing admired,
he became a flat race jockey, first season was 1913; won Autumn Cup, Liverpool, 1913,
apprentice jockey for William Walters at Newmarket,
won Queen's Prize, Kempton Park, Surrey, 1914; in 1914 he was 3rd in the jockeys' championship in Britain,
WW1 broke out 1914 and lasted to 1918,
rode in India for a time during the war,
he rode 5 winners in one day at Calcutta in Mar 1916 [article, Sunday Independent, December 13, 1936],
came to Ireland to ride 1917 [1949 article],
there was a story that he came to Ireland to avoid conscription in WW1 (conscription was introduced in Britain in 1916, it was never applied to Ireland),
mar 1stly to Sheila Flanagan [born 1900],
he became Catholic on marriage,

he was champion flat race jockey of Ireland anywhere between 8 and 15 times (sources differ, need to see full list of champions),
he was apparently champion in 1928, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1947,
rode for many different owners and trainers,
he rode the most number of Irish classic wins ever, rode 23 Irish classic winners (all of these races are at the Curragh): he also had 2 wins in Ulster Derby,
also won the Barcelona Derby, Spain, 1921,

lived "Marsella", opposite St. Patrick's Church (Church of Ireland), Newbridge, Co.Kildare (near the Curragh),
in 1926 the jockey Cuthbert Hamshaw took a case against Morny Wing at the High Court accusing him of adultery with his wife, which Wing angrily denied,
while the High Court case was still ongoing, Wing was fined in a District Court case at Newbridge over abusive behaviour towards Hamshaw in July 1926,
see article in Irish Times, September 6, 1926,
see Irish Independent, September 6, 1926,
they were living Newbridge as at 1928,

Sheila died 1933, age 33 yrs,
(todo) see death of Sheila Wing, Dublin South, 3rd qr 1933, age 0 (must be error), [GROI] vol 2 p 349,
see report of death, Irish Independent, Monday, August 7, 1933,
she was bur New Cemetery, Newbridge, Co.Kildare,
funeral attendance included Bridget Redmond, TD, Mr. Justice O'Byrne, and Sheila's uncle W.T. Cosgrave,
see report of funeral, Irish Independent, Tuesday, August 8, 1933.

Morny mar 2ndly, post-1933, to Josie Bell [Josephine, dau of Dick Bell, racehorse trainer], no issue,
retired as jockey 1949, see [1949 article],

became trainer 1950 at Rosewell House, beside the Curragh racecourse, Co.Kildare,
lived Windsor Lodge, Naas, Co.Kildare,
moved his business 1951 to Loughbrown Lodge stables (also called Loughbrown House), Curragh, Co.Kildare, see Irish Independent, March 08, 1951,
Josie's brother Kevin Bell ran the business with Morny,
won Irish St Leger 1951 with "Do Well", his only classic win as a trainer,
retired as trainer after 1952 season, see Irish Independent, December 04, 1952,
Kevin Bell took over business, see Irish Independent, January 14, 1953,
Morny continued to own horses, but no longer trained himself,

Morny died 4 May 1965, at his home, Windsor Lodge, Naas, age 68 yrs,
see death notice in Irish Times, May 5, 1965,
see obituary in Irish Times, May 5, 1965,
funeral 6 May, bur New Cemetery, Newbridge, Co.Kildare [NOT Epsom, Surrey].

Josie built a house at St.Joseph's Ave, Newbridge, Co.Kildare (a few doors from her mother's old house),
she died 1992,
bur Newbridge, Co.Kildare.
Morny had issue by 1st wife:

  1. Wally Wing,
    Walter Wing, jockey, born 1919, or 1917,
    (todo) see birth of Mornington Walter Wing, Dublin South, 3rd qr 1920, [GROI] vol 2 p 574.

  2. Doris Wing,
    "Bunty", born 1st March 1919,
    (todo) try birth of Dorothy Maie Wing, Dublin North, 3rd qr 1922, [GROI] vol 2 p 384,
    mar John Waldron [John Patrick Waldron, born 24 Nov 1914 in Ballyhaunis, Co.Mayo, son of John J. Waldron (John Joseph, "John-Joe") and Bridie Melia],
    think she worked in Irish Sweepstakes,
    lived Epsom, Surrey,
    he died 15 Feb 1986 in Epsom, age 71 yrs,
    she died 22nd July 2006, age 87 yrs,
    had issue:

    1. John Waldron.
    2. Paul Waldron, mar Gillian ---- and had issue:
      1. Amelia Waldron.
      2. Dudley Waldron.
      3. Rupert Waldron.
    3. Sheila Waldron, mar Geoffrey Corner and had issue:
      1. Elizabeth Corner.
      2. Alex Corner.

  3. Albert Wing, born 1922,
    Mornington Albert Wing, 2nd son, NOT Alley,
    (todo) see birth of Mornington A. Wing, Naas, 4th qr 1928, poss. born 1925, [GROI] vol 2 p 575.

  4. (child) Wing, died at birth,
    (todo) try birth of Laurence P. Wing, Naas, 3rd qr 1928, [GROI] vol 2 p 605 (see apparently another Laurence below).

  5. Diana Wing [Di],
    (todo) see birth of Diana T. Wing, Naas, 4th qr 1928, poss. born 1923, [GROI] vol 2 p 575,
    think lived California,
    died in her early 50s of a heart attack.

  6. Pat Wing.

  7. Sheila Wing,
    mar 1stly to Johnny Gilbert and had issue:
    1. John Wally Gilbert.
    mar 2ndly to Alex Innes and had issue:
    1. (son) Innes, mar --- and had issue:
      1. John Innes.
      2. Alison Innes.
    2. Liz Innes, mar --- and had issue:
      1. Martha Thompson.

  8. Larry Wing,
    (todo) try birth of Laurence J. Wing, Naas, 3rd qr 1930, [GROI] vol 2 p 610,
    fl 1965,
    Morny Wing's obituary 1965 says he is survived by "two sons", and death notice says he is regretted by his "sons" (plural).

Josie Bell and family

Morny Wing and his 2nd wife Josie Bell.
See full size.

Left to Right: Kevin Bell (Josie's brother), Morny Wing, Kevin's wife Kitty.
See full size.

Morny Wing with his nephews (Kevin Bell's children). Pre-1965.
Photo at Josie's mother's house, St.Joseph's Ave, Newbridge, Co.Kildare.
See full size.

Feedback form

Long version of this form.

Email me.

Upload additions and corrections to this site:
Upload a file (e.g. a picture):
Your email address:
Enter this password:

Help      Conventions      Abbreviations      Privacy policy      Adoption policy      Image re-use      Feeds

     Bookmark and Share           Since 1983.