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Teresa Diana Isobel O'Donel Juanita Harrison nee Alexander

This page gives information on Teresa's ancestry.

Father - Dr. Arthur Francis O'Donel Alexander here.

Grandfather - John James Alexander (JJA) 1866 - 1928

A picture of Tavistock Alexander Centre is here.  JJA was the first Headmaster of Tavistock Grammar School which is now the Alexander Centre.

He wrote this book - Tavistock Parish Church here


Teresa's brother, Dr. Conel O'Donel Alexander was the Consultant in Endoscopic Gastroenterolgy  at Leicester Hospital c 1980/90.  more

Nephew - Conel's son

Robert O'Donel Alexander OBE is Head of Hospitality at 10 Downing Street.

Great-Uncle - Professor Conel William O'Donnel Alexander 1879 - 1920

Second cousin - Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander, CMG CBE - 1909 – 1974

He worked on the German Enigma machine at Bletchley Park during World War II, and was later the head of the cryptanalysis division at GCHQ for over 20 years. In chess, he was twice British chess champion and earned the title of International Master.   more here

There are several books on Bletchley Park which include C H O'D Alexander.

Info on Conel here.

Conel Hugh Alexander is pictured on the right with hand to brow in the header graphic, and well down the page here   His books are here.  (He is played by Matthew Goode in the film - The Imitation Game.) 

Third Cousin - Sir Michael Alexander 1936 - 2002

Michael O'Donel Bjarne Alexander was a formidably intelligent and effective diplomat, charged with tackling the complex problems of the Cold War, nuclear defence and the Transatlantic relationship. He served as Private Secretary (Overseas Affairs) to Margaret Thatcher at 10 Downing Street, and Ambassador to Austria.  more  more  more  more  book

His son is Dr. Conel Alexander / Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington

Dr. Conel Alexander is a staff member in the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. As a cosmochemist, Alexander studies meteorites to find the clues about what went on before and during the formation of our solar system.  more 

Third Cousin

Patrick Alexander (poet) 1940 - 2005 here

Second cousin by marriage  - Cecil Frances Alexander  1818 - 1895

She married the Anglican clergyman William Alexander  here, afterwards Bishop of Derry and Archbishop of Armagh. 

Her hymns -"All Things Bright and Beautiful", "There is a Green Hill Far Away" and the Christmas carol "Once in Royal David's City", are known by Christians the world over.  more   Her books here


O'Donel is in many names within the family and stems from the Uí Néill family that dominated Ireland from the 6th to the 10th century.   Niall of the Nine Hostages, was a prehistoric Irish king, the ancestor of the family.  more


Teresa's mother was a Hayward and there is more than one head teacher in the family tree.

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