Geoffrey Grierson Bailey was the youngest of the three sons of Norman Coles Bailey, solicitor and managing partner of the family law firm Baileys, Shaw and Gillett of 5 Berner's Street, London. (Other-named partners generally had Bailey mothers.)
The firm, now absorbed, had its origins in the early 18th century.The family traces its origins to a founding Bailey who, around 1720, married a Mlle Sauvage, an illegitimate (and seemingly unrecorded) daughter of James II.The main business of the firm was estate management for nobility,but it went into decline in the years in which Alan Gillet sought to beome president of the law society.
All three of N.C. Bailey's sons served in British fotces in World War I - Kenneth, the oldest (my father who died in 1949) was a physician an Captain in the RAMC and was a flying doctor.Bryan, who became the firm's managing partner, served in the trenches as a Lieutenant in the London Regiment (Queen's Own Rifles).
Geoffrey (Buster) when he reached the age of 18 quit Wstminster School and joined the Royal Flying Corp, where he became possibly the youngest and among the last of the RFC/RAF's fighter aces.He had become 18 on March 10, 1917 and on 2 May joined the RFC. Posted to France early in 1918, on 8 June he was awarded the Distiguished Flying Cross and by August had shot down 8 enemy aircraft.He was released from the saervice in September 1919 and joined the family law firm, and would still have been articling when his father died.
The three brothers were sons of Sarah Alice Grierson, the eldest of the daughters of James Grierson.She and her younger sister both married Bailey brothers.The Baileys always have taken great pride at having thus been inducted into the Grierson/MacGregor clan.
None in the family is competent to comment on clan credibility.We know only that my great-grandfather was James Grierson, born in October 1827; who died at the helm of the Great Western Railway, which he had managed for 30 years.We wear the MacGregor tartan wih pride, and pass down the tradition of including Grierson in our personal names - as in mine, and in that of my older son.
This does little to resolve any riddle over Buster having been cited in a testament of a person who died in the '30's.Buster emigrated to South Africa around 1929 and lost touch with relatives.I believe that he had at least two sons there.
Brian had two sons.John, the older, was killed in a Wellington, I believe over Hamburg, fairly early in the war.David survived interenment and escape as a prisoner of war.Both of their families live in England.My four children live in Canada.