Racing Stream Water Course
Irving, is a surname of Scottish territorial origin either from Irving, the name of an old parish in Dumfriesshire, or from Irvine in Strathclyde.
Both places are so called from a Celtic river name, probably composed of elements related to the Welsh “ir”, “yr”, green, fresh, plus “afon”, water.
In the history of Hong Kong Racing, first there were the Jardines themselves as pillars of support.
Then all the descendants of Jean Jardine bearing other surnames but forming a family succession
— a racing legend which other family could hardly rival.
Bell-Irving is one of them.
John Bell-Irving (1813–1907) was a Scottish businessman in Hong Kong.
He was a director of the Hongkong Electric Company and partner of the Jardine Matheson & Co., his wife Mary Jardine‘s family’s trading company.
He was a Justice of Peace for the County of Dumfries for more than a half century and one of the founder of the Dumfriesshire Fox Hunt.
James Jardine Bell-Irving (1857-12-24 — 1936-06-08) was a steward of the Racing Committee and a founding steward of HKJC.
His parents was John Bell-Irving and Mary Jardine, nephew of Dr. William Jardine and sister of Sir Robert Jardine.
He was a Scottish businessman in Hong Kong and China and member of the Executive Council and Legislative Council of Hong Kong.
John Bell-Irving was born.
Later he studied law in Edinburgh.
1877 to 1884
Sir Paul Chater’s ponies reigned supreme at Happy Valley, with the Jardine stable in fine form, particularly during the taipanship of John Bell-Irving, who was a keen and experienced racing man.
Besides other successes, Mr. John Bell-Irving rode CONQUEROR to victory in the Champion Stakes. His father John was 72 years old.
John Bell-Irving became a partner at theJardine Matheson & Co.and numerous public companies.
Mr Hough started to win the Champions on Ewo ponies three years in succession.
He took it on Mr John Bell-Irving’s MISTLETOE, after a tremendous race.
But the pony never did anything afterwards.
John Bell-Irving was the 26th Chairman of HSBC.
Mr J. J. Bell-Irving was a partner of Messrs Jardine, Matheson & Company.
A series of political disputes led to the necessity of broadening the administration system for stability.
He and Sir Paul Chater became the first two Unofficial members of Hong Kong’s Executive Council, appointed by Governor Robinson in July.
They became the Hong Kong‘s highest advisory body in the first appearance of representative from the business community.
1897 and 1898
Mrs. Bell-irving was the President of the Ladies Recreation Club.
John Bell-Irving passed away at the age of 94.
MISTLETOE is the common name for many obligate hemi-parasitic plants in the order Santalales.
Acknowledgement to HKJC Racing Registry for offering record data.