Witham Park, Witham Charterhouse, Somerset
|Witham Friary: ground plan of James Gibbs scheme from Vitruvius Britannicus, 1717.|
|Witham Friary: design by Robert Adam for a new house, as published in Vitruvius Britannicus, 1771|
|Witham Friary: plan of new house designed by Robert Adam, as published in Vitruvius Britannicus, 1771|
Basing Park, Hampshire
|Basing Park: engraving of the house in 1833, after the addition of the wing on the right by Sydney Smirke.|
|Basing House: the mansion after the addition of a third storey c.1870.|
|Basing Park: the new house from the south-east. Image: Shazz. Some rights reserved.|
Stepleton House, Iwerne Stepleton, Dorset
|Stepleton House: view of the central block from the south-east. This part of the house dates in essence from the 1650s, although altered after 1728. Image: Country Life.|
|Stepleton House: staircase hall. Image: Country Life.|
|Stepleton House: north front, showing the wings added in 1758.|
Beckford family of Fonthill House, Basing Park and Stepleton House
|Peter Beckford (1643-1710)|
(2.1) Peter Beckford (1673-1735) (q.v.);(2.2) Priscilla Beckford (b. 1675), baptised at St Catherine, Jamaica, 20 May 1675;(2.3) Charles Beckford (b. & d. 1677), baptised at St Catherine, Jamaica, 3 August 1677; died in infancy and was buried at St Catherine, Jamaica, 14 August 1677;(2.4) Elizabeth Beckford (b. 1678), baptised at St Catherine, Jamaica, 8 October 1678;(2.5) Thomas Beckford (1682-1731); married Mary, daughter and heiress of Thomas Ballard esq. and had issue two sons and four daughters; murdered by a man he had offended, 1731.
|Peter Beckford (1673-1735),|
a posthumous portrait
by Benjamin West
(1) Peter Beckford (1705-37) (q.v.);(2) Anne Beckford (1706-46), said to have been born in 1706; married, 8 November 1726, George Ellis (1704-40), chief justice of the island of Jamaica, and had issue four sons and one daughter; died in January 1745/6;(3) Phyllis Beckford (b. & d. 1708), born 21 May 1708; died in infancy, 28 July, and was buried in St Catherine, Jamaica, 29 July 1708, but is commemorated on her father's monument in Spanish Town Cathedral, Jamaica;(4) William Beckford (1709-70) (q.v.);(5) twin, Richard Beckford (1712-56), baptised at St Catherine, Jamaica, 3 February 1711/2; educated at Westminster School (admitted 1721), Balliol College, Oxford (matriculated 1728), University College, Oxford (BA 1731), and the Middle Temple (admitted 1730; called 1736); in 1754 he was the absentee landlord of 9,241 acres in Jamaica; MP for Bristol, 1754-56; Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths Company, 1755; alderman of the City of London, 1754-56; he was unmarried but in his will provided for Fanny Scott and her daughter Elizabeth and for Jane Foot and her son Beckford Foot in Jamaica and for Elizabeth Hay in London 'who I do esteem... in all respects my wife' and her son, William Beckford (1744-99), later an historian of France; died at Lyon (France), 24 January and was buried at Fonthill Gifford, 7 March 1756; will proved in PCC, 4 March 1756;(6) twin, Thomas Beckford (b. 1712), baptised at St. Catherine, Jamaica, 3 February 1711/2; educated at Westminster School (admitted 1721), but died young;(7) Nathaniel Beckford (1713-37), born 3 December 1713; educated at Westminster School (admitted 1722); merchant in London; died unmarried, June 1737; will proved in the PCC, 29 July 1737;(8) George Beckford (1715-25), baptised at St Catherine, Jamaica, 14 December 1715; educated at Westminster School (admitted 1724) and died there; buried at St Margaret, Westminster, 2 September 1725;(9) Julines Beckford (c.1717-64) (q.v.);(10) Bathshua Beckford (b. 1720), born and baptised at St Catherine, Jamaica, 11 June 1720; living in 1737 but probably died unmarried;(11) Francis Beckford (1723-68) (q.v.);(12) Elizabeth Beckford (1726-91), born 18 and baptised at St Catherine, Jamaica, 23 February 1725/6; a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Charlotte, 1761-69; married 1st, 14 February 1744/5 at St James, Piccadilly, Westminster (Middx), Lt-Gen. Thomas Howard (1714-63), 2nd Earl of Effingham, and had issue two sons and four daughters; married 2nd, 21 May 1776 at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, as his second wife, Field-Marshal Sir George Howard KB (1718-96), Governor of Royal Hospital, Chelsea; died at Royal Hospital, 13 October and was buried at Great Bookham (Surrey), 20 October 1791.
|Alderman William Beckford (1709-70)|
(1) William Thomas Beckford (1760-1844) (q.v.).
(X1) Bathshua Barbara Beckford (c.1739-77); married, 15 December 1757 at East Knoyle (Wilts), as his second wife, Rev. Dr. Charles Wake (1722-96), rector of East Knoyle (Wilts), and had issue three sons and eight daughters; died 17 September 1777 and was buried at East Knoyle;(X2) Richard Beckford (1741-96), baptised at St Catherine, Jamaica, 8 January 1741/2; West India merchant in London, in partnership as Beckford & James of Nicholas Lane, Lombard St., London; MP for Bridport, 1780-84, Arundel, 1784-90, and Leominster, 1791-96; he was unmarried but had a long term relationship with Amy Ashton, for whom he provided in his will; died 12 August and was buried at St James, Piccadilly, Westminster (Middx), 20 August 1796; will proved 24 September 1796;(X3) John Beckford (d. 1814), born after 1744; in 1765 he was 'now employed in the counting house of Messrs. Hope & Co., merchants in Amsterdam', a Dutch bank specialising in loans to plantation owners in the West Indies at this time; later an officer in the Guards (Cornet, 1770; Sub-Lt., 1772; Guidon & Capt., 1776; retired 1779); married, 6 May 1797 at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, Maria Ann Strange (c.1756-1820); will proved in the PCC, 29 July 1814;(X4) Charles Beckford alias Jennings; 'a youth now living with Mr Benjamin Molineux of Wolverhampton' in 1765;(X5) Rose Beckford (d. 1801)*, of Offley Holes, Hitchin (Herts), born after 1744; educated at Peckham (Surrey); absentee owner of plantations on Nevis; died 28 August 1801 and was buried at Hitchin, 4 September 1801; administration of his goods with will annexed granted in the PCC, 2 November 1803; and a further grant of administration made 13 January 1863; he left an illegitimate daughter (Rose Hannah Beckford (1791-1836), unprovided for;(X6) Susanna Beckford* (c.1750-89), born about 1750; educated at Kensington (Middx); lived in London; portrait painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds; died unmarried and was buried at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 10 September 1789; will proved in the PCC, 8 September 1789;(X7) Thomas Beckford* (1752-1824), born 13 June 1752; educated at Peckham (Surrey) and Balliol College, Oxford (matriculated 1769); lived at Bath (Som.); married, 27 September 1774 at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster (Middx), Phyllis Howard (c.1748-1826); died 9 April 1824 and was buried at Woolley (Wilts); will proved in the PCC, 10 June 1824;(X8) Nathaniel Beckford* (d. 1810?), born after 1749; plantation and slave owner in Jamaica, who divided his time between London and Jamaica; a member of the legislative council of Jamaica, 1777-1810 (President, 1806); married, apparently as a child, August 1763 at Edinburgh (with a fortune of £3,000), Elizabeth, daughter of James Carroll (d. 1753), a Jamaica plantation and slave owner, and had issue one daughter; 'now living with Dr Wake at Knoyle (Wilts)' in 1765; said to have died in 1810.
|William Thomas Beckford (1760-1844)|
(1) Margaret Maria Elizabeth Beckford (1784-1818), born 9 April 1784 and baptised at Fonthill Gifford, 24 March 1785; raised by her maternal grandmother at West End, Hampstead (Middx); disowned by her father after she eloped and married, 16 May 1811 at St George, Hanover Sq., London (without her father's consent), Lt-Gen. James Orde (1775-1850) of Weetwood (Northants), and had issue one son (who died in infancy) and two daughters; died at Bath (Som.), 7 September, and was buried at Fonthill Gifford, 12 September 1818;(2) Susanna Euphemia (k/a Susan) Beckford (1786-1859), born at Chateau-la-Tour, Vevey (Switzerland), 14 May, and was baptised at Vevey, 17 May 1786; raised by her maternal grandmother at West End, Hampstead (Middx); married, 26 April 1810 at St Marylebone (Middx), Alexander Hamilton (1767-1852), 10th Duke of Hamilton and Brandon, and had issue one son (later the 11th Duke) and one daughter; died 27 May 1859 and was buried at Hamilton (Lanarks); will proved 8 July 1859 (effects under £14,000).
|Julines Beckford (c.1717-64).|
(1) Peter Beckford (1739-1811) (q.v.).
|Peter Beckford (1740-1811) by Batoni.|
(1) Louisa Beckford (1774-88), born 4 May and baptised at St Marylebone (Middx), 31 May 1774; died young, 2 September 1788 and was buried in the English Cemetery at Livorno (Italy);(2) Maria Beckford (1775-80), born 20 June and baptised at Iwerne Steepleton,18 July 1775; died young and was buried at Iwerne Steepleton, 16 July 1780;(3) William Augustus Beckford (b. & d. 1776), baptised at Iwerne Steepleton, 9 June 1776; died in infancy and was buried at Iwerne Steepleton, 29 September 1776;(4) William Horace Beckford (1777-1831), 3rd Baron Rivers, born 2 December 1777; as a young man he ran up gambling debts of £12,000 which his maternal grandfather paid off; he inherited his grandfather's barony under a special remainder in the peerage patent in 1828 and took the surname Pitt-Rivers in lieu of Beckford for himself and his male issue and the name Pitt for his female issue; married, 9 February 1808, Frances (d. 1860), daughter and heiress of Lt Col. Francis Hale Rigby, of Mistley Hall (Essex), and had issue two sons and two daughters; he drowned in the Serpentine in Hyde Park (Middx), 23 January 1831, arousing suspicions of suicide;(5) Harriet Beckford (1779-1853), born 2 January and baptised at Iwerne Steepleton, 30 January 1779*; married, 27 January 1807 at Iwerne Steepleton, Henry Seymer (later Ker-Seymer) (1782-1834), of Hanford (Dorset), and had issue; lived latterly at Southampton (Hants); buried at Hanford, 27 December 1853; will proved in the PCC, 7 January 1854.
|Francis Beckford (1724-68)|
(2.1) Thomas Beckford (1757-81), born 6 March and baptised at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 7 March 1757; died unmarried and was buried at Ashtead (Surrey), 20 April 1781;(2.2) Susannah Beckford (1758-73), baptised at Epsom (Surrey), 15 September 1758; died young and was buried at Froxfield (Hants), 27 March 1773;(2.3) William Beckford (1759-71/1806), baptised at Epsom, 19 December 1759; died young and was buried at Froxfield, 15 November 1771 or was buried at Mitcham (Surrey), 9 December 1806;(2.4) Charlotte Beckford (1761-1803), said to have been born in Jamaica; married, 19 February 1793 at St Marylebone (Middx), John Charles Middleton (1755-1826), son of Rev. Samuel Middleton, and had issue three sons and three daughters; she and her husband rented Hinton Ampner (Hants), Rossington Hall (Yorks) and Shawford House, Twyford (Hants), and as a widower he settled at Hildersham House (Cambs); she died in London, 27 February 1803, and was buried at St Mary, Battersea (Surrey), 5 March 1803;(2.5) Bathshua Beckford (1762-1804?), born 15 August and baptised at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 28 August 1762; said to have died in 1804;(2.6) Francis Love Beckford (c.1764-1838) (q.v.);(2.7) Maria Beckford (1766-1854), born 30 August and baptised at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 27 September 1766; lived at South Stoneham House (Hants); died unmarried, 25 June 1854, and was buried at Froxfield (Hants); will proved in the PCC, 15 July 1854.
(1) Francis Love Beckford (1789-1875), of Mitcham (Surrey), born 15 February at baptised at St Marylebone (Middx), 20 March 1789; educated at Eton (admitted 1802) and Christ Church, Oxford (matriculated 1807); an officer in the Coldstream Guards (Ensign 1810; retired 1813), who served in the Peninsula Wars; died unmarried, 1 June and was buried at St Andrew, Ham, 5 June 1875; will proved 12 July 1875 (effects under £25,000);(2) William Beckford (1790-1859), of Ruxley Lodge (Surrey), born 23 March and baptised at St Marylebone, 30 March 1790; plantation owner and West India merchant; married, 12 January 1822 at St James, Piccadilly, Westminster (Middx), Maria Elizabeth (1802-90), daughter of Rev. John Bramston Stane of Forest Hall, High Ongar (Essex) and had issue one son and three daughters; died in Rome (Italy), 22 January 1859; will proved 8 March 1859 (effects under £25,000);(3) Cdr. John Leigh Beckford (1791-1858), baptised at St Marylebone, 25 July 1791; entered Royal Navy in 1803 (Lt., 1810; Cdr., 1821; retired on half pay, 1821); married, 6 November 1829 at Northwood (IoW), Harriet (1803-86), fourth daughter of George Ward of Northwood House (IoW); died 28 October 1858; will proved 17 November 1858 (effects under £12,000);(4) Carlton Beckford (1793-1829), born 15 January and baptised at St Marylebone (Middx), 2 March 1793; died unmarried and was buried at Nursling (Hants), 14 March 1829;(5) Anne Harriet Beckford (1795-1878); married, 29 August 1816 at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, her cousin, Andrew Arcedeckne MP (1780-1849) of Glevering Hall (Suffk), son of Chalenor Arcedeckne, and had issue one son and one daughter; died at her house in Grosvenor Square, Westminster, 27 March 1878; her will was proved 2 May 1878 (estate under £7000);(6) Rev. Charles Douglas Beckford (1798-1884), baptised 2 March 1798; educated at Brasenose College (matriculated 1816; BA 1819); Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, 1821-31 (MA 1823); ordained deacon, 1820 and priest, 1821, but never held a benefice; married, 26 May 1831 at Mitcham (Surrey), his cousin, Charlotte Maria (1795-1889), daughter of John Middleton of Hildersham House (Cambs), and had issue two daughters; lived in London; died 18 July 1884; will proved 9 September 1884 (effects £4,641);(7) Thomas Henry Beckford (1799-1814), born 11 January and baptised at St Marylebone, 19 February 1799; died young, 9 July, and was buried at All Saints, Southampton, 15 July 1814.
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