Masks of Nyarlathotep
Sir Aubrey Penhew
Military record: Lieutenant with the Yorkshire Guards, 1901-02, breveted as a Colonel in British Army Intelligence 1915-16, then retired because of injury.
Viscount of Pevensey, Colonel (ret’d.) His background is readily available in works like Who’s Who and Burke’s Peerage. With the inevitable nimbus of black sheep and blackguards down through the centuries, the Penhews trace their nobility from the time of William the Conqueror, when Sir Boris Penhew acquired great holdings in the west of England. With the exception of one Sir Blaize, who was beheaded for treason and black magic, the Penhew prosperity and prestige has been undiminished for eight centuries.
He held title to several stately homes, as well as mansions in London, the Cotswalds, Monaco and Alexandria.
He graduated with honors in classics from Oxford, thereafter working with distinction as an archaeologist in Egypt, surveying and performing exploratory excavations amid the then little known wonders up-river, to the First Cataract and beyond. As his official biography notes, Sir Aubrey is credited with founding several important branches of Egyptology, and for several important archaeological discoveries, particularly at Dhashur.
Though a public figure, his private life is little known. He was a bachelor, without family or heirs other than the Penhew Foundation. His Egyptologist peers hold him in high respect. In 1919 he formed a surprising partnership with New York playboy millionaire Roger Carlyle. He disappeared in Kenya along with the other members of the expedition that same year.
The Penhew Foundation that carries his name continues his work, funding archeological research throughout the world.