Victor Kullberg's manufacturing books, 1877-1891, (ref. Guildhall Library MS 14537, vol. 5, p. 1038) record an order by Capt. Townley Parker Esq. 90 Picadilly for the present eight-day marine chronometer No. 4656. It was delivered on October 26, 1887.
Captain Robert Townley Parker was born December 20, 1823 at Cuerden Hall, Preston, Lancs (now a Sue Ryder Foundation home). He was the second son of Robert Townley Parker of Cuerden Hall and also of Astley Hall, Chorley, Lancashire. The Townley Parkers were extensive Lancashire landowners dating back to the 14th century. Captain Parker entered the 53rd, The Shropshire Regiment of Foot as an Ensign in August 1841, and between 1845 and 1846 he took part in the River Sutlej (now in the Punjab) campaign for which he was awarded the Sutlej campaign medal (with bar) which he is seen wearing in his portrait. He married in 1850 Judith Caroline Augusta, the third daughter of Jones Panton of Anglesey. Latterly he resided at Green Park Mansions which are still extant in Picadilly. He died November 3, 1894.
In the Townley Parker papers deposited at Astley Hall is a painting of the steam yacht The Lady Beatrice. Lloyd's Yacht Register for 1889-90 records this vessel as a screw schooner of 244.83 gross tonnage, and the owner Captain R Townley Parker residing at 90 Picadilly, London. For this period in time Ihe Lady Beatrice was undoubtedly one of the larger privately owned steam yachts and it must be assumed that Kullberg No. 4656 was commissioned for this vessel.
Our thanks to Rosemary Boyd of Astley Hall and Ann Dennison, Harris Library, Lancashire County Hall for helping prepare this catalogue entry.