Guilford North Rose was the tenth male child of John Rose. An act of political bravado by his father accounts for his unusual name. In May 1838, as a new-born baby, he was publicly offered as tithe to the Rector of St Mary's, the Earl of Guilford (Frederick North before succeeding to the title). Guilford North Rose was baptized at St Mary's on 9 September 1838. The 1861 census sees him as a working baker living with his elder brother George (a pork butcher) in Threefield Lane. In the 1871 census he is a cook on board the steam schooner yacht Kathleen, based in Liverpool but then moored off Deptford dock yard. The yacht was built for the Marquis of Downshire in 1869 at Birkenhead by Laird Brothers. Guilford is still described as a yacht cook in the 1891 census. Guilford Rose married Elizabeth Barnes, daughter of a shoemaker, at St Mary's Church on 19 April 1863. He is recorded with his wife and five children in 1891 at 10 St Andrews Road. Guilford North Rose died on 7 October 1900 at 6 Brunswick Square, aged 62 years.

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