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As well as two of William’s obituaries, this page includes death notices or obituaries of family members and some significant others.
Gentleman’s Magazine July 1835 | Obituary | The Earl of Devon | May 26. At his residence in the Place Vendome, Paris, in his 67th year, the Right Hon. William Courtenay, Earl of Devon (1553,) third Viscount Courtenay of Powderham castle, co. Devon (1762,) and a Baronet (1644).
His lordship was born July 30, 1768, the only son (with thirteen sisters) of William the second Viscount Courtenay (de jure Earl of Devon,) by Frances, daughter of Mr Thomas Clack, of Wallingford in Berkshire. He succeeded his father in the title of Viscount, shortly before he became of age on the 14th of Dec. 1788.
His claim to the Earldom of Devon was founded upon the limitation in the patent of the 3rd Sept. 1 Mary, 1553, by which that dignity (originally derived by the Courtenays by inheritance from the house of Redvers in the earliest feudal times) was granted to Sir Edward Courtenay, to hold to him “et heredibus suis masculis imperpetuum,” with the precedence in Parliaments, and in all other places, which any of his ancestors, Earls of Devon, had ever held or enjoyed. The said Earl was the son and heir of Henry Marquess of Exeter, whose honours were forfeited by attainder; and grandson of William Earl of Devon by the Princess Elizabeth his wife, daughter of King Edward the Fourth. Edward Earl of Devon died in September 1556, without issue; and the title remained unclaimed until the year 1830 when Viscount Courtenay urged his right to the honour as collateral heir male of the last Earl, he being heir male of the body of Sir Philip Courtenay of Powderham, a younger brother of Sir Edward Courtenay, which Sir Edward was the eldest son of Hugh second Earl of Devon, (but died in vita patris) and ancestor of the subsequent Earls. Upon establishing his pedigree, and proving that all the elder male branches of the Courtenay family were extinct, the House of Lords, on the 14th March 1831, admitted Lord Courtenay’s right to the Earldom of Devon under the patent of 1553, by the following resolution: “Resolved and adjudged that William Viscount Courtenay hath made out his claim to the title, honour, and dignity of Earl of Devon.”
His Lordship, however, never took his seat as Peer, having remained out of the country from that period until his death. He was unmarried; and was succeeded in the Earldom by William Courtenay esq. assistant Clerk of the Parliament, elder son of the late Rt. Rev. Henry Reginald Courtenay, D.D. Lord Bishop of Exeter, and grandson of Henry Reginald Courtenay, esq. younger brother to the first Viscount. The Viscounty has become extinct.
The present Earl was born in 1777, and married in 1804, Lady Henrietta Leslie, daughter of the late Sir Lucas Papys [sic], Bart. by Jane-Elizabeth Countess of Rothes, by whom he has issue the Hon. William-Reginald Courtenay, who married in 1830 Lady Elizabeth Fortescue, seventh daughter of Earl Fortescue, and has issue, and two other sons.
The remains of the late Earl of Devon lay in state at Powderham Castle on the 11th of June. A large number of persons from Exeter and the surrounding neighbourhood visited the mournful pageant. The funeral, which it was intended should be as private as circumstances would permit, took place the following day, the body being interred in the family vault in Powderham Church. The procession from the Castle consisted of the relatives of the deceased Nobleman, and some of the immediate friends of the family, together with several hundreds of the tenantry of Powderham and the adjoining parishes.
Kerry Evening Post 3 June 1835 | Death of the Earl of Devon | The Earl of Devon, better known as Lord Courtenay, died at Paris on the 25th instant. The late Earl has been for a long time out of England. He was in his 67th year, having been born in July, 1768, and succeeded to the Viscountcy of Courtenay shortly before he was of age. He prosecuted and made good his claim to the Earldom of Devon before the House of Lords in 1831. The late Earl was never married, and as all his nearest relations were sisters, the titles, etc., go to William Courtenay, Esq., Assistant Clerk of Parliament, eldest son of the late Bishop of Exeter, cousin of the late Viscount. The present Earl of Devon was born in 1778, and married in 1804, Lady Henrietta Leslie, daughter of Sir Lucas Pepys and the Countess of Rothes, by whom he has several children, the eldest a son, now Viscount Courtenay, being in his 29th year, and married in December, 1830, Lady Elizabeth Fortescue, sister of Lord Ebrington. The Earl of Devon has two other sons living, Henry and Charles.
The Sydney Herald 1 October 1835 |[page 2, ‘English and Irish papers to the 7th June, inclusive’] | The Earl of Devon, formerly Lord Courtenay, long an exile from England, died in Paris, the end of May. Possessed of princely domains, he was compelled to reside under circumstances that prevented his return to his native country. In 1834 [sic] he established his right to the Earldom of Devon, a peerage in abeyance for 250 years. Mr. Courtenay, Clerk of the House of Lords, succeeds him, and has taken his place in the House of Peers.
Parents, aunts and uncles (with their spouses)
Annual Register 1828 | Deaths (February) | 24 At Oaken, near Wolverhampton, in her 80th year, the hon. Frances, relict of major-gen. sir John Wrottesley, bart. M. P. for county Stafford; eldest sister to the dowager countess Rosslyn, and aunt to visc. Courtenay, the late lady Charles Somerset, the countess of Lisbon, lady Geo.Thynne, the countess of Mountnorris, the late lady Robert Somerset, &c. She was the third daughter of William first viscount Courtenay, by lady Frances Finch, daughter of the second earl of Aylesford. Her ladyship was a maid of honour to Queen Charlotte, and was married to sir John Wrottesley, June 7, 1770, who died in 1787, and by whom she had the present bart. four other sons, and four daughters.
Sisters (in order of their death)
- Isabella (1783)
Annual Register 1783 | Chronicle | March, Died. | The Hon. Miss Isabella Courtenay, third daughter of Lord Viscount Courtenay. This young lady, who was most elegantly accomplished, and had almost completed her 18th year, was standing before the fire at his lordship’s house in Grosvenor-square, about six o’clock on the preceding evening, when a spark flying from the grate, set her cloaths on fire, she was so miserably burnt before any assistance could be procured, that she died at two o’clock next morning in the greatest agonies. No person was in the room when the melancholy accident happened except her sister, Lady Honywood, and her child, who were not capable of affording any assistance, the former falling into fits. The young lady, when her cloaths caught fire, ran out of the room, and from room to room, without meeting with any one to give her the least aid, until it was too late to overcome the flames. It is generally thought her immediate death, however, was owing to the fright. In such cases, the first thought should be to avoid running about; to fall down and roll one’s self up in the carpet, or in the bed-quilt, as the safest and most certain expedient; but the horror and trepidation are generally such as to prevent the mind from taking the necessary steps for deliverance.
The Scots Magazine March 1783 | Deaths | 5. At London, Miss Isabella Courtenay, daughter of Viscount Courtenay. The accident which occasioned this Lady’s death was as follows. As she was standing before the fire, the poker accidentally fell from the grate, and setting her cloaths on fire, she was so miserably burnt before any assistance could be procured, that she died at two o’clock on Thursday morning in the greatest agonies. Miss Courtenay was about fifteen years of age, and elegantly accomplished. No person was in the room when the melancholy accident happened except a child, who was not capable of affording any assistance. The young lady, when her clothes caught fire, ran out of the room, and from room to room, without meeting with any one to give her the least aid, until it was too late to overcome the flames. Lady Honeywood was the first who saw her, and scorched her self in striving to extinguish the fire. Her endeavours were all in vain; and the lady fell a victim to the accident.—In such cases, the first thought should be to avoid running about; to fall down and roll one’s self up in the carpet, or in the bed-quilt, is the safest and most certain expedient; but the horror and trepidation is generally such as to prevent the mind from taking the necessary steps for deliverance.
- Amelia (1789)
- Eleanor (1789)
- Elizabeth (1815)
Gentleman’s Magazine 1815 | Supplement to Volume LXXXV. Part II (Deaths) | Sept. 11. At the Cape of Good Hope, Elizabeth, wife of his Excellency the Right Hon. Gen. Lord Charles Henry Somerset, 4th daughter of William Viscount Courtenay, born Sept. 2, 1766. Her ladyship’s remains were deposited in the church of the town, in a vault prepared for that purpose, with as much privacy as possible, but, nevertheless, attended by Hon. Lieut.-gen. Meade, Vice-adm. Sir Charles Tyler, H. Alexander, esq. colonial secretary, J. A. Truter, esq., chief justice, D. Denyssen, esq., H. M. Fiscal, the principal officers on the staff of the army, and several of the chief civil servants.
- Lucy (1821)
Blackwood’s Magazine January 1822 | Deaths (December) | 17. At the Chateau of Epine, near Paris, the Countess of Lisburne.
The London Magazine February 1822 | Deaths (Abroad) | At Paris, aged 51, the Right Hon. Lucy, Countess of Lisburne, wife of the present Earl of Lisburne, and fifth daughter of the late Viscount Courteney. Her ladyship died somewhat suddenly, although unwell sometime previously, having gone to France for the benefit of her health. She has left three sons, viz. Viscount Vaughan, and the Hon. Geo, and J. Vaughan, and one daughter, Lady Mary Vaughan.
- Louisa (1823)
inscription on plaque in St Michael and All Saints church at Great Badminton, Gloucestershire, England | Sacred to the memory of Louisa Augusta, wife of lord Robert Edward Henry Somerset K.C.B. 5th. son of Henry, 5th. duke of Beaufort, and youngest daughter of William 2nd. viscount Courtenay; who died in child-bed February 9th. 1823, aged 41; leaving two sons and five daughters. Endeared to her family and friends by the most amiable disposition, and eminently distinguished by every quality that can adorn the wife, the mother, the friend, and the christian, she was suddenly removed from this transitory world, by the hand of an unerring providence, to the inexpressible grief of her afflicted husband, who has caused this tablet to be erected, as an humble tribute of his inviolable affection, and esteem. Lo! where this silent marble weeps | a friend, a wife, a mother sleeps; | a heart, within whose sacred cell | the peaceful virtues lov’d to dwell, | affection warm, and faith sincere, | and soft humanity were there. | Gray.
- Anne (1835)
Gentleman’s Magazine February 1835 | Deaths (Hants) | Jan. 6. At Southampton, in her 50th year, the Rt. Hon. Ann Countess of Mountnorris, sister to the Earl of Devon. She was the 8th dau. of Wm. 2d Visc. Courtenay, by Frances, dau. of Thomas Clark [sic], esq.; was married Sept. 3, 1790, and had issue two sons, George-Arthur Visc. Valentia, and the Hon. and Rev. Wm. Annesley, who died in 1830.
- Harriet (1836)
Gentleman’s Magazine May 1836 | Deaths (London and its vicinity) |April 13 | Aged 64, the Right Honourable Harriet Lady Carteret. She was the fifth dau. of William 2d Viscount Courtenay (by right 8th Earl of Devon) and sister to the late Earl of Devon, the Countesses of Lisburne and Mountmorris [sic], Lady Chas. and Lady Edw. Somerset, &c. She was married in 1797 to the Hon. George Thynne, now Lord Carteret, and has died without issue.
- Charlotte (1844)
Annual Register 1844 | Deaths (November) | 22. At Chillington, aged 81, Lady Charlotte Giffard, widow of Thomas Giffard, esq. She was second daughter of William second Viscount Courtenay, and sister of the late Earl of Devon.
- Sophia (1845)
Gentleman’s Magazine April 1845| Obituary (Stafford) | Jan. 11. At Chillington, the seat of her nephew, T. W. Giffard, esq. aged 65, Lady Sophia Foy, relict of Col. Nathaniel Foy, Royal Art.
- Matilda (1848)
Gentleman’s Magazine September 1848| Obituary (Abroad) | Aug. 4. At St.Germain-en-Laye, near Paris, aged 70, Lady Matilda Jane Locke, widow of Lieut.-Gen. John Locke, and sister to the late Earl of Devon. She was the eleventh dau. of William Viscount Courtenay, and was raised to the precedence of an Earl’s daughter, with her other surviving sisters, in 1831.
- Caroline (1851)
Gentleman’s Magazine April 1851| Obituary (Kent) | March 4. At Pickhurst, Hayes, aged 76, Lady Caroline Eustatia Morland, sister to the late Earl of Devon, the late Countesses of Lisburne and Mountnorris, the late Lady Carteret, &c. She was the ninth dau. of William, 2d Viscount Courtenay, and was raised to the rank of an Earl’s daughter on her brother’s claim to the dignity of Earl of Devon being admitted. She was married in 1812 to Colonel Charles Morland, who died in 1828.
- Frances (?)
Brothers-in-law (in order of their death)
- Frances’s first husband, sir John Honywood (1806)
Gentleman’s Magazine April 1806 | Deaths (March 29) | At Bath, Sir John Honywood, bart. of Elvington-place, co. Kent, M. P. for Honiton, Devon.
Gentleman’s Magazine May 1806 | Additions and Corrections in Former Obituaries | Sir John Honywood succeeded his grandfather in 1781, who succeeded his grandfather 1736; so that the present Sir Courtnay H. is great-great-great-grandson of the Baronet, living within the memory of old people. Sir John was formerly M. P. for Steyning, then for Canterbury 1790, 1796, and last for Honiton. Of the former borough he was once proprietor, till manoeuvred out of it by an electioneering Peer. He had a fine estate, amounting to about 7000l. a year (which they who are acquainted with the subject of political arithmetick know to be a very unusual one), which, however, he had, by his own imprudence, dreadfully encumbered for his own life. Of this, the present Baronet, aged 19, will come into clear possession when of age. Sir John left no other son, but several daughters, of whom Frances married, 1802, Aubone Surtees, esq. and Charlotte married, 1805, Frederick Cooper, esq. second son of the late Sir Grey Cooper, bart. Sir John had the character of a thoughtless good-nature, which subjected his last years to distresses that, aggravating a gouty habit, brought on a premature old age. He could not have been 50 years old. His uncle, Filmer H. is M. P. for Kent. The Honywoods seem to have been almost indigenous to the neighbourhood of Hythe.
- Sophia’s husband, lieutenant-colonel Nathaniel Foy (1817)
Gentleman’s Magazine April 1817 | Deaths (March 23) | At Woolwich, in his 44th year, Lieut.-col. Foy, of the Royal Artillery, who married a sister of Lord Courtenay.
- Charlotte’s husband, Thomas Giffard (1823)
Gentleman’s Magazine September 1823| Obituary | Thomas Giffard, Esq. Aug. 1. After a long indisposition, in his 60th year, Thomas Giffard, esq. of Chillington, co. Stafford. Mr. Giffard was a Roman Catholic, and spent the greater part of his days on his ancient family estate.He was in early life one of the favoured and intimate friends of his present Majesty. They were then thought (says a contemporary) to be two of the most accomplished men in Europe. In 1788 he married the Hon. Charlotte, second daughter of William second Lord Viscount Courtenay, who survives him; and by whom he has left issue five sons (the eldest of whom, Thomas William, born March 28, 1789, succeeds to the estate) and seven daughters. Mr. Giffard had his full share of eccentricities; but among other good qualities, he was never known to forfeit his word: this he always held as sacred as his bond. The first mention we find of this respectable family—a family distinguished by deeds of chivalry and valour,—not inferior to many in the British Peerage in antient, pure, and noble lineage—and who have inherited the estates on which they resided ever since the period of the Norman Conquest,— is in Erdeswick’s “Survey of Staffordshire;” and is as follows—”I take it that at the time of the Conquest, Chillington was the inheritance of Will’us filius Corbution; who held the same of the Bishop: for after, about the time of King Stephen, Peter Corbeson gave the same (as I take it) in frank marriage with Margaret, his sister, to Peter Giffard; which Peter I take to be a younger son of some of the Giffards, Earls (Dukes) of Buckingham. “In early periods many members of this family have held high and important stations in the county:—Thomas Giffard, of Chillington and Carswall Castle, in the12th year of the reign of Henry IV. ; John Giffard, 9th of Henry VIII.; Sir John Giffard, knt. 13th and 17th of Henry VIII.; Thomas Giffard, 21st Henry VIII.; Sir John Giffard, knt. 22d and 23d Henry VIII.; Sir Thomas Giffard, knt. 1st Mary, who was also elected a Representative in Parliament for the County; and John Giffard, 15th Elizabeth; were Sheriffs of the County. A visit from Queen Elizabeth to an ancestor of Mr. Giffard at Chillington in 1575, is noticed in the new Edition of the “Progresses” of that illustrious Queen, vol. I. p. 535 ; and it is probable, and we hope to ascertain the fact, that the family was frequently honoured by a visit from King James the First, who was several times in Staffordshire. After the battle of Worcester, Colonel Giffard was instrumental in the preservation of his Majesty Charles the Second, whom he sheltered on his estate at the White Ladies, till a place of better concealment was provided at Boscobel. Aug.14, the remains of late Mr. Giffard were removed from Chillington Hall for interment in the antient cemetery of the family, situated in the chancel of Brewood. After the obsequies, according to the ritual of the Roman Catholic Church, had been performed, the body was laid in state. The coffin lay under a black velvet pall; at each end were placed branches, in which large wax lights were burning; at the top of the room stood a marble bust of the deceased, a crape scarf hanging from the shoulder to the bottom of the pedestal, and in the centre of the room was placed a hatchment, emblazoned with the arms of Giffard, impaling those of Courtenay. The exterior coffin had a plate, with the following inscription: “Thomas Giffard, of Chillington, in the county of Stafford, esq. died Aug. 1, 1823, aged 59 years.” The cavalcade attending his funeral reached nearly a mile in length, and as it slowly proceeded along the extensive avenue in front of the Hall—the throng of people accumulating as it advanced, produced an effect of imposing and melancholy grandeur.
- Caroline’s husband, colonel Charles Morland (1828)
Naval and Military Magazine September 1828 | Deaths | Col. Charles Morland, Aide-de-Camp to the King, late of 9th Dragoons.—Entered the army as cornet in the 12th Dragoons in 1796, and was promoted to a lieutenancy, by purchase, in the same year. He accompanied the regt. to Portugal, and served there under the command of Gen. Sir C. Stuart till 1799, when he purchased a troop, and embarked with the regt. for Egypt to join the forces of Sir R. Abercromby. He was present in all the actions in Egypt, and at the capitulation of Cairo and the reduction of Alexandria. Upon his return to England he was appointed to the Staff of the Earl of Rosslyn as Aide-de-camp, still Capt. in the 12th dragoons, and was with his Lordship at the siege of Stralsund and the reduction of Copenhagen. He was appointed Major of the 17th Dragoons at the time the Walcheren expedition was about to sail in 1809, and accompanied the Earl of Rosslyn as Assist. Adj. Gen. to that island. He exchanged into the 9th light dragoons with Major Orde in 1810, and accompanied and commanded that regt. in the Peninsula till after the retreat from Burgos. He purchased the Lt.-Colonelcy of the 50th regt. 29th Oct. 1812, and exchanged with the Vicomte de Chabot, of the 9th Dragoons, 4th March, 1813. He obtained the brevet of Colonel the 27th May, 1825. The following complimentary order was issued in July, 1816:—” Horse Guards, 29th July, 1816. “It is a great personal gratification to the Com.-in-Chief to have the opportunity of expressing to Gen. the Earl of Rosslyn, and through his Lordship’s means, to convey to Lieut.-Col. Morland, and to the officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates of the 9th Light Dragoons, his entire approbation of the appearance of the regiment, when reviewed on the 27th instant. The condition of the horses, the uniformity and excellence of the appointments, the horsemanship of the officers and men, and, above all, the regularity and precision of their movements, indicate general attention and exertion which reflect much credit on every individual belonging to the regiment.” Robert Darling, D. A. General. “To Lt.-Col. Morland, 9th Lt. Dgs.” A vase, of the value of 500 guineas, was lately executed by Mr Lewis, for the officers of the 9th Lancers, to be presented by them to this gallant officer on his retirement from the service, after commanding that regiment fifteen years. It is boldly chased, and represents some Roman battles in a good style of art, though not, of course, of the highest finish. Into the cup fits a circle resembling an ornamental crown, which renders it what in more ancient times was called a Monteith. Into this circlet, in those ruder days, the glasses were stuck, and all the guests dipped into the same bowl. But the circumstance that gives an additional interest to this compliment is, that the gallant officer died before it could reach him —so literally and sadly verified, in this instance, is the proverb that speaks of what may happen between the cup and the lip.
- Elizabeth’s husband, lord Charles Henry Somerset (1831)
Gentleman’s Magazine April 1831 | Obituary | Lord Charles H. Somerset. Feb.20. At the Bedford Hotel, Brighton, aged 63, the Right Hon. Lord Charles Henry Somerset, a Privy Councillor, General in the Army, and Colonel of the 33d regiment; next brother to the Duke of Beaufort, and brother-in-law to Earl Poulett. His Lordship was born Dec.12, 1767, the second son of Henry fifth Duke of Beaufort, K.G. by Elizabeth, daughter of Adm. the Hon. Edward Boscawen, and aunt to the present Viscount Falmouth. He was appointed Cornet in the first regiment of dragoon guards in 1785, Lieutenant in the 13th light dragoons 1786, Lieut.-Colonel in the army 1791, Lieut.-Colonel commandant of the 103d foot 1794, Colonel of the same regiment 1795, Major-General 1798, Colonel commandant of the 4th foot 1799, Lieut.-General 1803, Colonel of the 1st West India regiment 1814, General in the same year, and Colonel of the 33d regiment 1830. Such were his Lordship’s military gradations. We shall now notice, in order of dates, his several preferments in the State and the Court. He was returned to Parliament for Scarborough at the general election of 1796, being then a Gentleman of the King’s Bedchamber. In April 1797 he was appointed Comptroller of the King’s Household; and, on the consequent issue of a new writ, was re-elected for Scarborough. At the general election of 1802 he was returned for the town of Monmouth; again, in June 1804, when (having resigned the control of the Household) he was appointed joint Paymaster-general of his Majesty’s land forces, which post he relinquished on the change of Ministry in the following February. At the general elections of 1806 and 1812 he was also returned for Monmouth. In 1814 he was appointed Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Cape of Good Hope, where he remained until about two years since. Lord Charles Somerset was twice married: 1st, June 7, 1788, to the Hon. Elizabeth Courtenay, third daughter of William second and late Viscount Courtenay; by whom he had three sons and four daughters: 1. Elizabeth, married in 1812 to Lt.-Col. Henry Wyndham; 2. Georgina; 3. Lt.-Col. Henry Somerset, now Governor of Caffraria; he married in 1817 Frances-Sarah, eldest daughter of Rear-Adm. Sir Henry Heathcote, and has several children; 4. Caroline-Isabella, who died in childhood; 5. Charlotte, married in 1822 to Herbert Cornwall, esq. son of the Bishop of Worcester; 6. Major Charles-Henry Somerset, of the 3d dragoons; 7. the Rev. Plantagenet-Villiers-Henry Somerset, now Rector of Honiton in Devonshire. The first Lady Charles Somerset having deceased Sept.11, 1815, his Lordship married secondly, Aug. 9, 1821, Lady Mary Poulett, second daughter of John fourth and late Earl Poulett, by whom he had a son and two daughters: 8. Poulett George-Henry; 9. Mary-Sophia; and 10. Augusta-Anne. His Lordship had been in Brighton only four days; and rode out on horseback two days before his death.
- Lucy’s husband, the earl of Lisburne (1831)
Gentleman’s Magazine June 1831 | Obituary | The Earl of Lisburne. May 18. Aged 62, the Right Hon. John Vaughan, third Earl of Lisburne (1776), sixth Viscount Lisburne and Baron Vaughan of Fethers (1695); a Colonel in the army. His Lordship was born March 3, 1769, the only son of Wilmot the first Earl by his second marriage with Dorothy eldest daughter of John Shafto of Whitworth, co. Durham, esq. He was appointed Lieut.-Colonel of the Loyal Sheffield regiment 27 Aug. 1794; and obtained the rank of Colonel in the army, Jan. 1, 1800. He succeeded his half-brother Wilmot in the family honours, May 6, 1820. His Lordship married Aug. 2, 1798, the Hon. Lucy Courtenay, fifth daughter of William second Viscount Courtenay, and sister to the present Earl of Devon; and by her Ladyship, who died Dec. 17, 1821, had a family of five sons and one daughter: 1. John-Wilmot-Courtenay, who died in 1818, in his nineteenth year; 2. the Right Hon. Ernest now Earl of Lisburne, born in 1800; 3. the Hon. George Vaughan, a Captain in the Rifle brigade; 4. the Hon. John Shafto Vaughan; 5. the Hon. William-Malet Vaughan, Lieut. 4th drag. guards; and 6. Lady Lucy-Harriet.
- Matilda’s husband, lieutenant-general John Locke (1837)
Gentleman’s Magazine June 1837 | Obituary | Lieut.-General Locke. Lately. At Florence, aged 66, Lieut.-General John Locke. This officer was the youngest brother of the Rev. T. Locke, of Newcastle, co. Limerick. He was appointed Cornet in the 10th dragoons in 1793. He served in the West Indies from 1793 to 1796, under Sir C. Grey, and was present at the reduction of Martinique, St. Lucie, Guadaloupe, and at the siege of Fort Bourbon. In 1795 he obtained first a Lieutenancy in the 10th dragoons, and was employed at St. Vincent’s in the Charib war as Major of brigade. He then returned to England to join the 26th dragoons, as Captain, but found on his arrival that the latter corps had sailed for the West Indies; he joined it with recruits in 1797 at Martinique, and returned to England in 1798 with the regiment. In 1799 he accompanied it to Portugal. In 1801 he was appointed to a majority in the 27th dragoons, and soon after went on half-pay, and exchanged into the 87th foot, owing to the failure of the house of Ross and Ogilvie, with whom he had lodged a very considerable sum of money. He obtained the rank of Lieut.-Colonel in the army Jan. 1, 1805; and subsequently served in the 8th Garrison battalion, and as Inspecting Field Officer of Yeomanry and Volunteers. He was removed to a majority in the 84th foot in 1808. In 1809, he was employed in the expedition to Walcheren. He obtained the brevet of a Colonel 1814; in 1815, he exchanged on to the half-pay of the 1st Provisional Battalion of Militia; became Major-General 1819, and Lieut.-General 1837.
- Harriet’s husband, lord Carteret (1838)
Gentleman’s Magazine April 1838 | Obituary | Lord Carteret. Feb. 22. At Dalkeith Palace one of the mansions of the Duke of Buccleuch, aged 68, the Right Hon. George Thynne, second Baron Carteret, of Hawnes, co. Bedford (1784), a Privy Councillor, M.A. &c. ; great-uncle of the Marquis of Bath: uncle to the Duchess of Buccleuch, the Countess of Cawdor, the Earl of Aylesford, and the Earl of Chesterfield. His Lordship was born Jan. 23, 1770, the second son of Thomas first Marquis of Bath, K.G. by lady Elizabeth Cavendish-Bentinck, eldest daughter of William second Duke of Portland, K.G. He was educated at St. John’s college, Cambridge, where the degree of M.A. was conferred upon him in 1791. He first entered Parliament shortly after the general election of 1790, on his eldest brother the then Viscount Weymouth making his election for Bath; and in that Parliament (now nearly half a century ago) the late Lord Eldon was his colleague. He was again returned at every subsequent election for the same borough until that of 1812, from which time he did not again sit in the House of Commons. During the Addington administration from March 1801 to May 1804 he was one of the Commissioners of the Treasury; and on his retirement from that office he was sworn of the Privy Council and appointed Comptroller of the King’s Household; in which office he was succeeded by the Earl of Courtown in 1807. His Lordship succeeded to the peerage, June 17, 1826, on the death of his uncle Henry-Frederick first Lord Carteret, of the creation of 1784. His Lordship married, May 12, 1797, the Hon. Harriet Courtenay, fifth daughter of William 2nd Viscount Courtenay, aunt to the present Earl of Devon, and sister to the Countess of Mountnorris; she died without issue, April 13, 1836 ; and the barony of Carteret has now devolved on the late Lord’s only surviving younger brother Lord John Thynne; who married in 1801 Mary-Anne, daughter of Thomas Master, esq. but also has no family.
- Anne’s partner, John Bellenden Ker (1842)
The Asiatic Journal August 1842 | Deaths (Lately) | At Southampton, J. Bellenden Ker, Esq.
- Louisa’s husband, general lord Edward Somerset (1843)
Gentleman’s Magazine February 1843 | Obituary | Gen. Lord Edward Somerset. Sept. 1. In Grafton-street, Bond-street, in his 66th year, Lord Robert Edward Henry Somerset, G.C.B., K.M.T., T. and S., and St. W., a General in the Army, and Colonel of the 4th Light Dragoons, a Commissioner of the Royal Military College and the Royal Military Asylum; uncle to the Duke of Beaufort, and brother to Lord Fitzroy Somerset, the Military Secretary to the Commander-in-chief. Lord Edward Somerset was born on the 19th Dec. 1776, the fourth son of Henry fifth Duke of Beaufort, K.G. by Elizabeth daughter of Adm. the Hon. Edward Boscawen. He was appointed Lieut.-Colonel in the 5th regiment of Foot, from whence he effected an exchange in the following year into the 4th Dragoons. In April 1809, he embarked for Portugal in command of that regiment, and continued to serve under the Duke of Wellington in the Peninsula, until the conclusion of the war: he was present at the battles of Talavera, Busaco, Salamanca, Vittoria, the Pyrenees, Orthes, Toulouse, and other actions of less importance. At Salamanca, the 4th Dragoons, under his command, in conjunction with the 5th Dragoon guards, and the 3d Dragoons, forming the heavy brigade under the late Major-Gen. Le Marchant, made a brilliant and successful attack on a strong body of the enemy’s infantry, which was completely defeated with great loss. On this occasion, two pieces of artillery, and nearly 2000 prisoners, were captured by the brigade. In July 1810 Lord Edward was appointed Aide-de-Camp to the King; and in June, 1813, being promoted to the rank of Major-General, received the command of the Hussar brigade, consisting of the 7th, 10th, and 15th Hussars, with which he was actively employed in the advance of the army into France in the campaign of 1814. At the battle of Orthes, the Hussar brigade made a successful attack, and captured many prisoners from the enemy in his retreat. For his conduct on these occasions, his Lordship received the thanks of Parliament on his return to England in 1814, was decorated with a cross and one clasp, and appointed a Knight Commander of the Bath, on the enlargement of that order in Jan. 1815. He also received permission to accept the foreign decorations of the third class of Maria-Theresa of Austria, of the Tower and Sword of Portugal, and of Saint Wladimir of Russia, the first for his services in the Peninsula, and the two latter for Waterloo. In the engagements in the Netherlands in June, 1815, his Lordship had the command of the first brigade of British cavalry, consisting of the 1st and 2nd regiments of Life Guards, the Royal Horse Guards Blues, and the 1st or King’s Dragoon Guards. This brigade bore a conspicuous part in the battle of Waterloo, and made several gallant and successful charges against the enemy’s cuirassiers. After the conclusion of peace in 1815, Lord Edward Somerset continued to command the 1st brigade of cavalry in the army of occupation in France; and on the 15th of Jan. 1818, was appointed Colonel of the 21st regiment of Light Dragoons. In March, 1836, he was removed from the Colonelcy of the Royal Dragoons to his old regiment, the 4th Light Dragoons, which he had commanded in the earlier part of his career in Spain and Portugal. Lord Edward was frequently employed upon the staff. The last appointment which he held was that of Inspecting General of Cavalry, which the rules of the service compelled him to relinquish upon his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant-General. He was made Lieutenant-General, May 27th, 1825; General, Nov. 23, 1841: and was raised to the grade of a Grand Cross of the Bath, in 1834. His Lordship married Oct. 17, 1805, the Hon. Louisa Augusta Courtenay, twelfth daughter of William second Viscount Courtenay; and by that lady, who died Feb. 9, 1823, he had issue five daughters, of whom the second was married in 1840 to Theophilus Clive, esq. and three sons, of whom two are surviving.
- Anne’s husband, the earl of Mountnorris (1844)
Gentleman’s Magazine October 1844| Obituary | Earl of Mountnorris. July 23. At Arley Castle, Staffordshire, aged 74, the Right Hon. George Annesley, second Earl of Mountnorris (1793), ninth Viscount Valentia, co. Kerry (1621), and Baron Mountnorris of Mountnorris Castle, co. Armagh (1628); eighth Baron Altham, of Altham, co. Cork (1680); the premier Baronet of Ireland (1620), F.R.S., F.S.A., and F.L.S., and a Vice-President of the Literary Fund. The Earl of Mountnorris (who was better known by the title of his youth, when Lord Valentia,) was born Dec. 7, 1770, at Arley Castle, one of the seats of his maternal ancestors the Lytteltons, the eldest son of Arthur first Earl of Mountnorris by his first wife, the Hon. Lucy Fortescue Lyttelton, only daughter of George the first and celebrated Lord Lyttelton, and heiress to her brother Thomas second Lord Lyttelton. He received the early part of his education at Upton-upon-Severn, under the tuition of the clergyman of that place. He was subsequently removed to Stanford in Worcestershire, and placed under the care of the Rev. Dr. Butt, one of the King’s chaplains, until he reached his fourteenth year, at which period he went to Rugby school, then raised to a very flourishing condition by the abilities and management of Dr. James. At sixteen his Lordship was entered of Brazenose college, Oxford, where he continued only a short time in consequence of his entering the army. In 1789 he visited France, and fixed his residence chiefly at Strasburg, with a view of facilitating his acquirement both of the German and French languages. On the appearance of the troubles in France, and the prospect of a speedy rupture with England, his Lordship returned to his native country. Upon his marriage, in 1790, he quitted the army and settled at his estate of Arley, which was bequeathed to him by his uncle, Thomas Lord Lyttelton, in 1779. At this beautiful and picturesque spot Lord Valentia continued to reside until June, 1802, at which period he embarked for the East Indies, with the intention of putting in execution a long-formed and favourite project of visiting the principal districts of those celebrated and extensive regions, together with many other interesting and remote countries. He was attended on his travels by his draughtsman and secretary, the late Henry Salt, esq F.R.S., the nephew of his Lordship’s former tutor and friend, Dr. Butt, and whose Egyptian collections have been added to the British Museum.* His Lordship returned to England at the close of the year 1806, and in 1809 appeared, in three volumes quarto, his “Voyages and Travels in India, the Red Sea, Abyssinia, and Egypt, 1802—6.” A second edition was published in 1811, in six volumes octavo, with one in quarto, of plates. In 1808 his Lordship was returned to Parliament for the borough of Yarmouth in the Isle of Wight, and sat until the dissolution in 1812. He succeeded to the Irish peerage on the death of his father, July 4, 1816. The Earl of Mountnorris married, Sept. 3, 1790, the Hon. Anne Courtenay, eighth daughter of William second Viscount Courtenay, and sister to the late Earl of Devon; and by that lady, who died Jan. 6, 1835, he had issue two sons, both deceased: 1. George-Arthur, Viscount Valentia, who died March 16, 1841, without issue, having married in 1837 Frances-Cockburn, only daughter of the late Charles James Sims, esq.; and 2. the Hon. and Rev. William Annesley, who died in 1830, unmarried. The earldom of Mountnorris has become extinct. The other titles are inherited by Arthur Annesley, esq. of Bletchingdon House, Oxfordshire, the representative of Francis, sixth son of the first Viscount Valentia; from which son the Earl Annesley is also descended, in a junior line. The present Lord Valentia married Eleanor, daughter of Henry O’Brien, esq. of Blatherwycke house, co. Northampton, and has a numerous family. The late Earl’s estates in England and Ireland devolve on his nephew, Arthur Lyttelton Macleod, esq. of Broadwas Court, Worcester, eldest son of the late Major-Gen. Norman Macleod, C.B. and his lordship’s sister, the Lady Hester Annabella Annesley. The will and three codicils of the Earl of Mountnorris have been proved in the Prerogative Court by Arthur L. M’Leod, esq. (the nephew), and E. R. Nicholas, esq. (his lordship’s solicitor), the executors. His lordship gives an annuity of 300l. per annum to his sister Lady Annabella M’Leod (since deceased on the 14th August, at the baths of Lucca); to his nephew John M’Leod, 1,000l.; to his nephew Edward M’Leod, 1,000l., but this last legacy (to Edward M’Leod) is revoked by a codicil; and to his niece Miss M’Leod, 1,000l.; to one of the alleged illegitimate children of his late son (Viscount Valentia) 1,000l., and to two others 500l. each; to the Rev. J. Allen, Rector of Arley, 500l.; to his wife, 200l.; and legacies to two of their children. By a codicil he directs that a sum not exceeding 10,000l. be laid out in the improvement of Arley Castle, which, together with the collections of paintings, statues, antiquities, &c. it contains, are to descend as “heir-looms,” an inventory of them being first made, in order that the collection may remain undisturbed. He also gives one year’s wages to his servants above what may be due to them. The personal property is sworn under 10,000l.; but this is an unimportant item compared with the value of his large estates in Staffordshire and the adjoining counties. The will is of extreme length, and dated 1841.
*Mr. Salt became Consul-general in Egypt. He died in that country Oct. 30, 1827, and a memoir of him will be found in our Magazine for April 1828, p. 374.
- Frances’s second husband, Louis Léon comte du Genevray (?)
Nieces and nephews
Gentleman’s Magazine November 1830 | Clergy Deceased | Nov. 1. At Rambridge-cottage, near Andover, aged 34, the Hon, and Rev. William Annesley, Rector of North Bovey, Devon, and Vicar of Studley, Warw. younger son of the Earl of Mountnorris, and nephew to Viscount Courtenay. He was a nobleman of Peterh. Camb. M.A. 1817; was presented to Studley in 1823 by the Rev. Robert Knight, and to North Bovey in 1825, by the trustees of Lord Courtenay.
Gentleman’s Magazine October 1832 | Obituary | SIR J. C. HONYWOOD, BART. | Sept. 12. At Evington, Kent, aged 45, Sir John Courtenay Honywood, the fifth Baronet of that place (1660); nephew to the Earl of Devon, the Countess of Mountnorris, the late Countess of Lisburne, Lady Carteret, &c. He was the only son of Sir John the fourth Baronet, by the Hon. Frances Courtenay, second daughter of William second Viscount Courtenay, and sister to the present Earl of Devon. He succeeded his father in March 1806, and served the office of High Sheriff of Kent in 1812. He was highly respected by his numerous tenants and dependents, who always found in him a liberal landlord and kind friend. Sir J. C. Honywood married, July 27, 1808, Mary-Anne, eldest daughter of the Rev. Sir William Henry Cooper, Bart. of Nova Scotia, and had issue: 1. Mary, who died April 6, 1829, in her 19th year; 2. Isabella-Charlotte, who died in 1812; 3. a son and heir, born in 1812; 4. a son, born in 1816; and 5. a daughter, born in 1818.
- Charles Harcourt Palmer | Gentleman’s Magazine | July 1838 | OBITUARY | SIR C. H. PALMER, BART. | Lately. Aged 78, Sir Charles Harcourt Palmer, Bart, of Dorney Court, Buckinghamshire. One of the oldest titles of the baronetage has become extinct by the death of this gentleman. It was conferred by the Founder of the Order, King James the First, in 1621, on Sir Thomas Palmer, who had been knighted in the expedition to Cadiz; he was seated at Wingham in Kent, and was descended from an ancient family which had long flourished in that county and Sussex. The elder branch of the family terminated in heiresses, on the death of the fourth Baronet, in 1723; viz. Mary, married first to Sir Brook Bridges, and secondly to the Hon. Charles Feilding; Elizabeth, married to the Hon. Edward Finch Hatton; and Mary, married to Daniel Earl of Winchelsea. The title then devolved on Sir Charles Palmer, great-grandson of Sir James Palmer, Knt. (third son of the first Baronet,) by his wife Martha, dau. and heiress of Sir William Garrard, of Dorney Court. Sir Charles married Anne daughter of Richard Harcourt, esq. by Elizabeth half-sister to Simon first Lord Harcourt, whence the late Baronet (their grandson) derived that name. Sir Charles Harcourt Palmer was the only son of Charles Palmer, esq. an officer in the East India Company’s service, (only surviving son of Sir Charles,) by Sarah, daughter of Thomas Clack, esq. of Wallingford, and sister to Frances Viscountess Courtenay. Sir Charles succeeded his grandfather in the title Nov. 8, 1773. He has died without legitimate issue, but has left three sons born out of wedlock, between whom he has left a large property, the accumulations resulting from an unostentatious style of life.
- Edward Robert Clack | Gentleman’s Magazine | April 1855 | OBITUARY | DEATHS | 13 February 1855 | At Chudleigh, aged 69, Edward Robert Clack, esq. fifth son of the late Rev. Thomas Clack, Rector of Kenn and Moretonhampstead.
- Miss Locke | Walker’s Hibernian Magazine | September 1786 | DEATHS for Aug. and Sept. | At Bristol, Miss Locke, daughter of the rev. Thomas Locke, of Newcastle.
- Alfred Furlong | Belfast Newsletter | 9 April 1861| DEATHS | April 6, at his residence, 4, Wilton Terrace, Dublin, aged 69 years, Alfred Furlong, Esq., youngest son of the late Wm. Furlong, Esq., Solicitor, Dublin [father’s will proved 9 June 1838 – will made 1827 with address of Angier-street, Dublin; daughters & 3 sons: John Smith, William Croker, Alfred. William Croker Furlong of Nadrid co. Cork, died 17 January 1859 at his residence Leeson-street, Dublin in 71st year – Belfast Newsletter 20 Jan; also Limerick Chronicle 22 Jan – Limerick corporation solicitor]
- George Smith | South Australian Register | 13 July 1871 | DEATHS | Smith | On the 6th July, at his residence, Gumeracha, Mr. George Smith, aged 76 years, for many years Postmaster at Gumeracha.
- Joseph Carnall | New Monthly Magazine | 1 November 1818 | Provincial Occurrences, Devonshire | At Kenton, aged 96, Mr. Joseph Carnall. He lived 53 years in the service of the present and late Lord Viscount Courtenay, and rode post from Powderham Castle to Exeter every day (and frequently twice a-day) during the above period, without exciting an hour’s illness. In these repeated journeys he had travelled upwards of three hundred thousand miles, being more than twelve times the circumference of the whole earth.
- Timothy Napleton | Gentleman’s Magazine | February 1816 | DEATHS | Jan. 16. At Powderham Rectory, suddenly, aged 59, Rev. Timothy Napleton, rector of that parish and of North Bovey.
THOMAS LOCKE AND HIS FAMILY
mother, father, stepfather, sister, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, uncles, cousins
wife, children, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren
- miss Locke | Walker’s Hibernian Magazine | September 1786 p. 504 | August-September, Bristol
- Thomas Locke | Limerick Chronicle | 30 December 1846 | died 25 December 1846 at Newcastle in the 80th year of his age the Rev. Thomas Locke, for more than half a century Rector of the parishes of Newcastle, Mahoonagh and Monegay
- Thomas Locke | Limerick Chronicle | 28 June 1848 | died | copied below
- William Thomas Locke | Limerick Chronicle | 29 August 1817 | died | copied below
- John Locke | Limerick Chronicle | 18 March 1837 | died | copied below
- Charles Locke | Limerick Chronicle | 26 February 1800 | A few days ago, died in Bath, (England) sincerely lamented, Charles Locke, Esq: Captain of the Inspector sloop of war, third son to the late Rev. Thomas Locke, and brother to William Thomas Locke, of Newcastle, in this County, Esq.
- Anne Margaret Locke | Limerick Chronicle | 5 September 1838 | DEATHS | At Cheriton, Kent, at a very advanced age, Anne Margaret relict of the late William Thomas Locke, Esq. formerly of the Castle, Newcastle, in this County.
- Aphra Locke | Limerick Chronicle | 16 October 1839 | died | copied below
- Charles Courtenay Locke | Limerick Chronicle | 23 February 1848 | DEATHS. On February 16, at Paris, the Rev. Charles Courtenay Locke, Rector of Newcastle, county of Limerick
- Marianne Locke | Limerick Chronicle | 15 December 1877 | died 12 December 1877 at 4 Florinda Place, North Circular Road, Dublin | widow of the late Thomas Lock, Esq. JP of Castleview, Newcastle West, Co Limerick | daughter of James D’Arcy Evans Esq. Knockaderry House , Co Limerick
- Thomasina Jemima Locke | Limerick Chronicle | 22 November 1854 | DEATHS | died 19 November 1854 of inflammation after whooping cough at 12, Merino crescent, Dublin | aged 6 years, youngest daughter of the late Thomas Locke. Esq. J.P. Castleview, county Limerick
- John Locke | Limerick Chronicle | 2 October 1888
- Robert Locke | Limerick Chronicle | 8 February 1860
- mrs Anne Locke | Limerick Chronicle | 29 December 1838
- John Langford | 11 November 1857
- mrs Langford widow 17 June 1801
- Jane Langford daughter 3 June 1857
- etc etc
Frances Jefferies | Limerick Chronicle | 24 March 1783
DIED. Last Friday [21 March] […] relict of Edward Jefferies, Esq: […] and affectionate, a Mistress […] indulgent, discharging all the duties of […] that benevolence and mildness which ever distinguishes the amiable part of her sex; she bore a tedious illness with patience, and saw her approaching dissolution with that calmness and resignation, which Christianity never fails to inspire.
William Ashe | Limerick Chronicle | 29 June 1836
At Croagh, in this County, at a very advanced age, the Rev. William Ashe, the Venerable Prebendary of that parish. Few men possessed higher literary attainments, a clear recollection of which he retained to the last, – while the many Christian and social virtues which adorned his lengthened life will cause his memory to be long revered. He died trusting alone in the merits and mediation of his Blessed Redeemer.
Thomas Locke | Limerick Chronicle | 28 June 1848
At Castleview, in this county, on the 25th inst. Thomas Courtenay, Esq. J P, eldest son of the late Rev Thomas Locke, after a short and painful illness, which he bore with Christian fortitude and patience. His loss will be severely felt in this county, and, especially, in that neighbourhood, which witnessed his daily labours in the cause of the suffering poor. His friends sorrow not, as those without hope – being assured that he is now “Resting in Jesus,” his own oft repeated expression during his illness.
Aphra Locke | Limerick Chronicle | 16 October 1839 DEATHS
On Monday evening, deeply and universally regretted, Aphra, the beloved wife of the Rev. Thomas Locke, of Newcastle, in this County. In recording the death of this pious and charitable lady, we may truly say with the inspired penman, ” Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.” For upwards of 40 years have her labours been incessant in relieving the wants of her fellow-creatures, and following the precepts of our Blessed Redeemer, in feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick, giving means to release the captive, and to bury the dead. All the respectable shops in the town of Newcastle upon the melancholy occasion of this good lady’s death.
William Thomas Locke | Limerick Chronicle | 29 August 1817 | DEATHS
At the seat of his brother, at Newcastle, in this county, after a short illness, on Saturday last, Wm Thos. Locke, Esq. – To write the character of this gentleman, and to do justice to his virtues, would far, far exceed our limits, however, we hope, that the sincere though feeble offering at the shrine of departed worth, may not be unacceptable. – He was possessed of an enlightened and generous mind, a sensible and feeling heart, alive to friendship, virtue and honor – He was in all his duties as a man, a magistrate and a christian, exemplary. In the worst of times, he was intrepid in his public duty, upright, manly, intelligent, temperate and effective – He knew no distinction but between the good and the bad, the peacable and the unruly — he was venerated by the one and feared by the other – His decease may be looked on as a serious public loss, and a public calamity. – His wife has been deprived of the most affectionate husband – his children of the fondest parent – his acquaintance of the sincerest friend – the poor of a benevolent benefactor, and community of an honest and honourable member.
John Locke | Limerick Chronicle | 18 March 1837 | DEATHS
At Florence, on the 26th of February, where he had resided for the last 12 years, to the deep regret of his numerous and respectable relatives and friends, Lieut.-General John Locke, in the 67th year of his age, youngest brother of the Rev. Thomas Locke, of Newcastle, in this county. Few persons have passed from this transitory scene, who possessed in a higher degree the noblest virtues of human nature; the kind and affectionate parent, the sincere and steadfast friend, were united to the upright and honourable man. He was enjoying the society of his family apparently in perfect health, when he was suddenly seized with violent pain produced by organic disease of the heart, and almost immediately expired in the arms of one of his children. His numerous tenantry in the west of this county will long have reason to regret the loss of a kind and indulgent landlord.
Thomas Rowlandson: The dance of death: the good and great. Coloured aquatint, 1816.
memorials in Great Badminton – photos by Kim Hill who has added Louisa & Elizabeth and others to Find A Grave website | https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/160620129/louisa-augusta-somerset | flickr?
- First published online 14 August 2019
- Added 18 April 2020: Significant others, Joseph Carnall
- Added 22 April 2020: Cousins, Edward Robert Clack
- Added 25 April 2020: Cousins, Charles Harcourt Palmer
- Added 30 April 2020: Significant others, Timothy Napleton
- Added 2 June 2020: Cousins, page reference for ‘Miss Locke’