|Ainslie of Great Torrington,|
The sons were George Ainslie (c.1803-75) and Robert Ainslie (1812-95) who both entered the church, and Charles Ainslie (1816/21-63) of Rowntree Cottage, Edmonton, who became an architect; a fourth son, Henry Ainslie (c.1813-57) became mentally incapacitated after a period in the Army. A sermon of George’s which survives from the late 1830s suggests that he possessed an exceptional humility and found himself inadequate to the emotional demands on a clergyman working with the urban poor; he may have had a breakdown in 1854 and thereafter never held a benefice, but worked as assistant secretary of the Church Building Society and the Additional Curates Society.
As a coda to this story, it may be noted that following the death of Sir Robert Sharpe Ainslie in 1858 his first cousin once removed, Col. Henry Francis Ainslie, a gifted amateur artist who recorded his travels in the army in a series of watercolours (three of which are reproduced below), lost no time in petitioning the Queen and the Prime Minister for the revival of the baronetcy in their favour, but the appeals were unsuccessful and the baronetcy was allowed to lapse.
|Col. H.F. Ainslie, The 43rd Regiment crossing the Lachine Rapids on the St Lawrence River, 1843. |
Image: Canadian Heritage Gallery
|Col. H.F. Ainslie, The entrance to the Rideau Canal, Canada, 1839. Image: Library & Archives Canada|
|Col. H.F. Ainslie, View of my bungalow at Poorundur, the fort of the Vizier behind, 1850. Image: V&A Museum|
The Ainslies of Pilton, Torrington and The Rolls
|Engraving of Sir Philip Ainslie from|
a portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1876
(6) Philip Barrington Ainslie (1785-1869); served in Royal Navy, 1799-1803; sugar planter in Jamaica, 1804-06; employed by Edward Corrie & Co., shipping merchants, 1806-26; factor of the Morayshire estates of his brother-in-law, the Earl of Moray, who named Ainslie Place in Edinburgh after him; described as 'an agreeable and interesting companion, but of a violent and unforgiving temper'; m.1, 25 May 1807 Bridget, daughter of Edward Corrie of Liverpool, merchant, and had issue a daughter, who died young; m.2 Isabel Ellerton of Ellerton House (Fife) and m.3, 13 January 1852, Sophia Mary, daughter of Thomas La Coste of Chertsey (Surrey); lived at St. Colme, Aberdour (Fife) and later at The Mount, Guildford (Surrey); died 18 June 1869; will proved 30 July 1869 (estate under £3,000); his widow died in 1885 and her will was proved 27 June 1885 (estate £3,599);
He also had, prior to his marriage, an illegitimate son:
(2) Sophia Mary Ainslie (1805-1906); born 2 February 1805; m. 1840 Rev. Richard Kempthorne and had issue; died 24 December 1906 aged 101; will proved 14 March 1907 (estate £205);
(3) Frederick Robert Ainslie (1809-54); died unmarried of wounds received at the Battle of Inkerman in the Crimea;
(4) Georgiana Grace Ainslie (1811-1907); born 19 August 1811; died unmarried, 30 April 1907, aged 95; will proved 4 June 1907 (estate £1,202)
(5) Caroline Matlida Ainslie (1815-93); born 17 December 1815; m. Henry Fowler Mackay (1803-1901) and had issue one son and one daughter; died 18 December 1893; will proved 14 July 1894 (estate £595)
(6) A daughter; died young.
|F.Y. Hurlstone, portrait of |
Maj-Gen. C.P. de Ainslie
(2) Frances Ainslie (1811-84), m. 10 August 1848 Charles Matthew Whitehurst of Battersea Hill (Surrey); died without issue, 27 May 1884 at Churchfields, Woodford (Essex); will proved 16 July 1884 (estate £22,804);
(8) Anne Ainslie (1825-80), born 12 May and baptised 2 September 1825; died unmarried at The Rolls, 20 May 1880; will proved 15 June 1880 (estate under £18,000);
It is possible that the baptism of Elizabeth, daughter of Elizabeth Wanger, in 1805 relates to another child who died young.
|Rev. George Ainslie|
Ainslie, Canon Robert (1812-95), of Rolls Farm. Second son of Sir Robert Sharpe Ainslie (1777-1858), 2nd bt., and Elizabeth Wanger, baptised 20 October 1813 at Christ Church, Southwark. Educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge (BA 1840; MA 1844); clerk in holy orders (deacon 1840; priest 1841); vicar of Sixhills (Lincs) 1841 and Ludford Magna 1842; rector of East Barkwith (Lincs) 1843-54; vicar of Grimsby 1854-79; rural dean of Grimsby; minor canon of Lincoln Cathedral 1864-95; at one time Warden of the House of Charity in Soho. He retired in 1879 and lived with his unmarried sisters at Rolls Farm. He was unmarried and without issue.
Location of archives
Revision & Acknowledgements
This post was first published on 11 August 2013 and revised on 10 May 2015, 15 October 2016 and 11 August 2023. I am most grateful to Robert Wheeler, John Ainslie and Bill Norton for additional information and corrections.