|A postcard view of Robert College acquired by Nancy Cutcliffe when she was there, probably a view taken from one of the towers of Rumeli Hissar. Subsequent investigation has revealed the building in the foreground is not the former George Baker home but that of a rich benefactor of Robert College. It is identified as the Kennedy Lodge in a book by May N. Fincanci (pub. 1975). It was built in 1891 for the president of R.C. by a wealthy Scottish Banker and railroad man, John S. Kennedy. click here for view from opposite side.|
|The house on the Bosphorus where Nancy (who also took this photo) stayed with Louisa (George Percival Baker’s eldest sister) and family. It was called Yılanlı Yalı [mansion with snakes] - click here for more information on this residence - all photos from the period 1936.|
Ian Sharpe-Smith was a school friend of Victor Binns who went there on holiday at the same time as Nancy. His father was a rubber planter in Malaya. Ian also became a planter and was later a POW of the Japanese and died just after the armistice from malnutrition etc.
Information received in May 2008 from descendant Kathryn Whitaker:
I am the grand-daughter of John Seager, my mother Charlotte and I both agree that the man in the swimsuit looks like John Evelyn Seager, her father. John’s grandfather, John Seager (1838-1907), son of Edward Seager of Poole, Dorset and Newfoundland, was in trade and ended up helping Florence Nightengale’s effort by bringing supplies. Edward was the first Seager in Turkey, and was said to have brought the first steam power into the Bosphorus. He had offered his fleet to the Crimean war effort. He joined the fight on a whim and was killed (Battle of Balakalava) and left his 17-yr-old son John in Constantinople. John was the youngest to be entered in to the Cunard agency and had to have adults sign his checks for him. He was first to export angora wool from Turkey and connected with the Binns/Baker folk. He married Evelina Constantia Pembe Binns (1845-1886). Whole other story about how the Binns got there. Evelina’s mother wrote a diary about what it was like when she was in Turkey. The families are closely allied as John’s (the one in the photo) father Walter Constantine also married into that family, Edith Blanche Binns.
info from Katherine Whitaker: Winifred Amy nee Seager (1874 Bebek - 1954) was the daughter of John Seager and Evelina nee Binns.
info from Katherine Whitaker: How the Binns, Baker, Edwards and Seager families of the Levant are related.