From the Folkestone Daily News,
Friday November 15th 1912.
Local Men of Note
No. 1. - Mr. Garnett (sic) Man
eloquent and brilliant speaker at the Mayors banquet on Saturday night was Mr
Garnett Man, an elderly gentleman of the old fashioned school, with that
classical countenance, betokening the old British statesman and aristocrat that
eloquence which takes us back to the olden times of Disraeli and others. He was
one of the figures at the dinner, and at the reception, the honoured guest at
the right of the Mayor, and his supporter at church on Sunday morning.
Man has resided with us for many years, and is fast becoming an old inhabitant.
He is a wonderful man aged 84, with a notable and brilliant career at his back.
Like those of his fast disappearing class, although having attained those years,
he is as young and energetic as ever, full of work, advocating the political
cause of his party by pen and voice, writing the most logical letters from his
party point of view, or presiding at their meetings.
of the County Bench he is a model, which we have pointed out and do so again,
that all young and newly fledged Justices of the Peace might follow.
by any suggestions or Clerk’s advice that may be brought the bear, he sits there
with the calm dignity of a Judge, giving the same care and attention to the most
trivial cases as to the most important. Of course he is an eminent lawyer, and
has occupied the post of Attorney – General for India for many years at a salary
of £8,000.00 per annum. He drafted the Municipal Acts, which give many towns in
India their Charter of Incorporation, or self-government, the same as our own.
He is therefore thoroughly conversant with all those laws bearing upon the
receiving that appointment he enjoyed one of the most lucrative and important
practices as an English barrister practicing in India.
One Illustration of character out
In 1854, as a
young barrister, with all his honours, he went to India. The passage was taken
in one of Green’s ships, magnificent at that time, but mere boats today. In
crossing the Bay of Biscay they met with terrible weather and lost 14 hands. The
captain called for volunteers from the passengers to assist in working the ship.
Mr Garnett Man, the young barrister, although inexperienced in nautical work,
was one of the first to volunteer, and such was his aptitude and skill for
learning and acquiring knowledge that within a week he was able to work the
ship, go aloft and furl the top sail with any of the sailors.
down at bar practice in India he found the knowledge so attained most useful and
profitable. His knowledge of nautical matters in Admiralty cases before the
courts was such that he was the retained and favourite counsel of nearly every
shipping company trading between home and India. His motto even today is, “Work
and acquire all the knowledge you can.”
Such men as
Mr Garnett Man have been the fibre of our Empire and we, with all our new
fangled ideas and modern rush, finding others to take their place?
To those who
meet him he is genial, unostentatious, without pride or side, brilliant and
witty to a degree. We trust he may long be with us.