Members of the family of the first vicar of Hilderstone (the Reverend Baker) were friends of the Miss Alice Roberts. Miss Roberts who married her piano teacher, the impecunious Edward Elgar. The Elgars were regular visitors to the Baker's Gloucestershire home and they became great friends.
The work entitled "Variations on an Original Theme (Enigma)" was the first which established a national reputation for Elgar. First performed on 19 June 1899, the piece is dedicated to the composers friends (and perhaps a friends dog!).
William Meath Baker, is "WMB" of the fourth of the Enigma Variations. William's sister, Dora, married Richard Baxter Townshend, "RBT", of the third variation, and another sister, Minnie, was the second wife of the Reverend Alfred Penny, vicar of Wolverhampton. Mr. Penny's daughter (and Minnie's step daughter) was the Dorabella, the tenth variation.