|In later life, William I'Anson spent most of his time
on his farm in Malton:
"He had made his fortune, and could have returned
to Scotland and lived a life of ease had he been so disposed, but if he
loved Scotland, he also loved Malton, and, full of activity as he was,
"settling down" did not appeal to him."
William died leaving an estate worth about £20,000
- a substantial amount in 1881. Of his five sons two in particular made
their names in racehorse circles: William Jr. and
Of the seven daughters, three married with other racing families (Winter,
Dawson and Gates).
It seems his brother Robert, who had been with him in Gullane
was training for a Mr Johnstone at Walton Heath near Epsom, and the last
two horses that William Sr trained belonged to this Mr Johnstone and had
been sent up to Yorkshire from Walton Heath for finishing.
They went straight to Goodwood where one of them,
Sister Helen, won the Stewards' Cup.
So pleased was Mr Johnstone that he gave the trophy to
William and it remained in the family until the 1950s, along with the
other I'Anson trophies