|Bennet of Babraham, baronets|
|Broad Marston Manor|
|Northcourt Manor, Shorwell: engraving of 1864.|
Beachampton Hall, Buckinghamshire
|Beachampton Hall: the house from the north-east in 2020, with the 17th century Great Chamber wing on the left.|
|Beachampton Hall: the house from the south-west in the early 20th century.|
|Beachampton Hall: the staircase in 1911.|
Calverton Manor, Buckinghamshire
|Calverton Manor House in the early 20th century.|
Babraham Hall, Cambridgeshire
Bennet family of Beachampton
(1) Joan Bennet the elder; married Thomas Fritwell;(2) Elizabeth Bennet (d. 1580); married Edward Gunn, and had issue at least two sons and two daughters;(3) Avis Bennet (d. 1574); married, before 1547, Robert Southby, and had issue;(4) Richard Bennet (1528-74) [for whom see below, under Bennet family of Babraham];(5) Edmund Bennet (d. 1602), of Oxford; buried at St Martin, Oxford, 28 May 1602;(6) Margaret Bennet;(7) Avelen Bennet; married [forename unknown] Burt, and had issue at least one son;(8) Joan Bennet the younger;(9) Sir Thomas Bennet (c.1544-1627), kt (q.v.);(10) Samuel Bennet (b. c.1548), presumably the child his wife was carrying when he wrote his will in 1547.
(1) Thomas Bennet (b. 1575), baptised at St Benet Fink, London, 21 December 1575; died young;(2) Anne Bennet (1577-1611), baptised at St Benet Fink, London, 14 July 1577; married 1st, 22 October 1594 at St Lawrence Jewry, London, William Duncombe (d. 1608), haberdasher, son of Thomas Duncombe (d. 1596), and had issue one son and seven daughters; married 2nd, 6 November 1609 at St Olave, Old Jewry, London, George Lowe (c.1570-1639), merchant, financier and MP for Calne, 1625-29 (who m2, by 1625, Katherine (d. 1629), daughter of Sir John Smythe of Ostenhanger (Kent) and widow of Sir Henry Baker (c.1587-1623), 1st bt., of Sissinghurst (Kent)), son of William Lowe (d. 1588) of Shrewsbury (Shrops.), draper, and had issue two sons; buried 16 July 1611;(3) Robert Bennet (b. 1579), baptised at St Benet Fink, London, 24 February 1578/9; probably died young;(4) Elizabeth Bennet (1580-82), baptised at St Benet Fink, London, 21 February 1579/80; died young and was buried at St Benet Fink, London, 29 April 1582;(5) Ambrose Bennet (1582-1631), baptised at St Benet Fink, London, 15 April 1582; died unmarried and without issue, 22 March 1630/1; will proved in the PCC, 28 March 1631;(6) Thomas Bennet (b. 1583), baptised at St Benet Fink, London, 12 May 1583; probably died young;(7) Sir Simon Bennet (1584-1631), 1st bt. (q.v.);(8) Sarah Bennet (1585-87), baptised at St Benet Fink, London, 1 August 1585; died in infancy and was buried at St Benet Fink, London, 18 May 1587;(9) Richard Bennet (1586-1628) (q.v.);(10) John Bennet (c.1589-1631); a rich merchant in London; married, possibly 15 January 1606/7 at St Andrew by the Wardrobe, London, Joan [surname unknown*] (fl. 1627) and had issue at least three sons; buried in the chancel of St Stephen Walbrook, London, 3 May 1631;(11) Mary Bennet (1590-1657), baptised at St Benet Fink, London, 10 January 1590; married, 16 June 1608 at St Olave, Old Jewry, London (with a portion of £3,000), Sir George Croke (1560-1642), serjeant-at-law, justice of the common pleas, 1623-28 and justice of King's Bench, 1628-41 and MP for Bere Alston (Devon), 1597, third son of John Croke (d. 1608) of Chilton (Bucks), and had issue one son and three daughters; died 1 December and was buried at Waterstock (Oxon), 3 December 1657; will proved in the PCC, 20 November 1658;(12) George Bennet (1593-96), baptised at St Benet Fink, London, 11 July 1593; died young and was buried at St Lawrence Jewry, 10 September 1596.
(1) Simon Bennet (1624-82) (q.v.).
(1) Mary Bennet (1651-63), born 10 July 1651; died young, 20 July 1663;(2) Thomas Bennet (b. & d. 1653), born 28 April and baptised at Beachampton, 1 May 1653; died in infancy, 2 May 1653;(3) Elizabeth Bennet (1659-80), born 27 February and baptised at Beachampton, 27 March 1659; married, May 1674 (licence 23 May), Edward Osborne (1654-89), Viscount Latimer, MP for Corfe Castle, 1677-79 and Buckingham, 1679-81, eldest son of Thomas Osborne (1632-1712), 1st Earl of Danby, and had issue one son and one daughter (who both died young); died 1 May 1680;(4) Grace Bennet (1664-1732), born 27 September 1664; married, 1681, after a turbulent courtship*, John Bennet (1656-1712) of Great and Little Abington (Cambs), MP for Newton (Lancs), 1691-95, eldest son of John Bennet (d. 1663), and had issue one son (who predeceased her); died 5 September and was buried in Westminster Abbey, 13 September 1732; her will was proved 7 September 1732;(5) Mary Bennet (1666-74), born 28 April 1666; died young, 26 November 1674;(6) Simon Bennet (1668-73), born 27 June 1668; died young, 23 August 1674;(7) Frances Bennet (1670-1713), born 20 October 1670; in 1700-01 she undertook a Grand Tour, visiting Rome, Venice and Padua, apparently accompanied by her late husband's younger brothers and a lover called Colonel Josselyn; married (aged just thirteen), 13 July 1683 at St Martin Outwich, London, James Cecil (1666-94), 4th Earl of Salisbury, and had issue one son (who succeeded his father as 5th Earl); died at Epsom (Surrey), 7 or 8 July and was buried at St Giles in the Fields, Westminster (Middx), 15 July 1713; her will was proved 3 October 1713.
Bennet family of Babraham, baronets
(1) Anne Bennet (b. c.1553), born about 1553; married 1st David Harris junior (d. 1586) of Bristol, and 2nd, 23 July 1587 at St Nicholas, Bristol, as his second wife, William Vawer (c.1548-1620) of Bristol, merchant, and had issue four sons; probably died before 1619 as she is not mentioned in her husband's will;(2) Ralph Bennet (b. c.1555; fl. 1608), of Morden (Surrey); educated at Christ Church, Oxford (matriculated 1574?); married, before 1582, Alice, daughter of David Harris (d. 1582), alderman. grocer and apothecary of Bristol, and had issue at least two sons and three daughters; living in 1608;(3) Richard Bennet; probably died in infancy;(4) Sir John Bennet (c.1557-1627), kt. [for whom see my post on the Bennet family of Dawley House, Chillingham Castle and Walton Hall, Barons Ossulston and Earls of Tankerville](5) Thomas Bennet (c.1562-1620) (q.v.);(6) William Bennet (c.1564-1609), of Fulham (Middx) and Marlborough (Wilts), born about 1564; educated at Abingdon Grammar School and Grays Inn (admitted 1584); MP for Ripon, 1593; married Anne [surname unknown] but had no issue; died February 1608/9; will proved in the PCC, 22 February 1608/9, by which he endowed six scholarships at Abingdon school and a charity for the poor of Marlborough;(7) Bridget Bennet (b. c.1565; fl. 1610), born about 1565; married, c.1587, Rev. Thomas Brickendon, and had issue; living in 1610;(8) Edmund Bennet (b. c.1567; fl. 1608); educated at Christ Church, Oxford (matriculated 1581); living in 1608;(9) Rev. Walter Bennet (c.1568-1614), born about 1568; educated at New College, Oxford (matriculated 1588; BA 1592; MA 1596; BD 1608; DD, 1609); Fellow of New College, 1599-1607; university proctor, 1602-03; ordained deacon and priest, 1606; rector of Little Wittenham (Berks), 1607-14; canon of York Minster, 1608-14; precentor of Salisbury Cathedral, 1608-13 and canon there, 1610-13; archdeacon of Wiltshire and rector of Minety (Wilts), 1610-14; married, 13 September 1608 at Salisbury Cathedral, Katherine, daughter of Henry Cotton (d. 1615), bishop of Salisbury; died before 25 August 1614; administration of goods granted to his widow, 1615;(10) Elizabeth Bennet (b. c.1570), born about 1570; married, 6 February 1591/2 at St Michael-le-Belfry, York, John Piers (d. 1647), registrar to Archbishop of York, son of Thomas Piers of South Hinksey (Berks) and nephew and heir of Most Rev. John Piers (1523-94), Archbishop of York, and had issue.
(1) Edward Bennet (1592-1604), baptised at St Thomas the Apostle, London, 3 December 1592; died young and was buried at St Thomas the Apostle, London, 9 May 1604;(2) William Bennet (1594-1604), baptised at St Thomas the Apostle, London, 25 August 1594; died young and was buried at St Thomas the Apostle, London, 9 May 1604;(3) Richard Bennet (1595-1658) (q.v.);(4) Sir Thomas Bennet (1596-1667), 1st bt. (q.v.);(5) Mary Bennet (1597-1648?), baptised at St Thomas the Apostle, London, 4 December 1597; married, 1 January 1617/8 at St Michael Paternoster, London, Richard Lewkenor (c.1589-1635), and had issue at least one son; buried at West Dean (Sussex), 13 May 1648;(6) Dorothy Bennet (1599-1651), baptised at St Thomas the Apostle, London, 22 April 1599; married, 28 February 1619/20 at St Pancras, Soper Lane, London, Sir Gamaliel Capel (1601-83), kt., and had issue one son; buried at Oxted (Surrey), 2 January 1651/2;(7) Elizabeth Bennet (b. 1600), baptised at St Thomas the Apostle, London, 22 June 1600; married, 30 April 1622 at St Pancras, Soper Lane, London, Sir Richard Stone (d. 1660), kt. of Great Stukeley (Hunts), Ridgmont (Beds) and Rushden House (Herts) (who m2, 1643, Elizabeth (1620-71?), daughter of Sir Richard Gery of Bushmead Priory (Beds) and had further issue), son of John Stone (d. 1640), serjeant-at-law, and had issue four sons and five daughters; died before 1643;(8) Humphrey Bennet (b. 1601), baptised at St Thomas the Apostle, London, 16 August 1601; died young;(9) Anne Bennet (1602-c.1630), baptised at St Thomas the Apostle, London, 5 September 1602; married, 9 May 1622 at St Pancras, Soper Lane, London, William Amcotts (c.1593-1639) of Aisthorpe (Lincs), son of Sir Richard Amcotts of Aisthorpe, and had issue two sons and three daughters; probably died in or soon after 1630;(10) William Bennet (b. 1604), baptised at St Thomas the Apostle, London, 30 December 1604; died in the lifetime of his father but death not traced;(11) Sir Humphrey Bennet (1606-67), kt., baptised at St Thomas the Apostle, London, 19 March 1605/6; educated at Inner Temple (admitted 1622) and St John's College, Oxford (matriculated 1623); High Sheriff of Hampshire, 1643-45; the leading Royalist in Hampshire, he was an officer in the Royalist army (Col. of horse), 1643-45 and was described as 'very active and very cruel'; knighted in October or November 1644 for his distinguished service at the second Battle of Newbury, but went abroad after the fall of Winchester in 1645, returning in 1646; he compounded for his estates in 1649, paying a fine of £890, but during the 1650s he continued to plot against the Commonwealth government and was arrested and imprisoned at least three times; JP and DL for Hampshire, 1660-67; MP for Petersfield, 1661-67; a gentleman of the privy chamber, 1666-67; owned the manors of Shalden (Hants) - which he bought in 1632 and was obliged to sell in 1653 - and Newport (IoW), but lived latterly at Rotherfield Park (Hants), in which his third wife had a life interest; married 1st, 7 July 1631 at St Mary Aldermanbury, London, Mary (d. 1637), daughter of Thomas Smith of Aldermanbury, London and South Tidworth (Hants), merchant and had issue one son (killed at the Battle of Sole Bay in 1672) and one daughter; married 2nd, Elizabeth (d. 1660), daughter of Meredith Thomas and had issue two daughters; married 3rd, 14 February 1660/1 at St Clement Danes, London, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir William Button (1585-1655), 1st bt., of Alton Priors (Wilts) and widow of Sir Richard Norton (1619-52), 2nd bt., of Rotherfield (Hants); died December 1667;(12) Margaret Bennet (b. 1607), baptised at St Thomas the Apostle, London, 5 August 1607; married, 5 April 1627 at St Pancras, Soper Lane, London, Henry Rolle (c.1589-1656) of Shapwick (Som.), lawyer, MP for Callington, 1614, 1621, 1624 and for Truro, 1625-29, serjeant-at-law, 1640-45, and Lord Chief Justice of Kings Bench, 1648-55, second son of Robert Rolle (d. 1633) of Heanton (Devon), and had issue one son; probably the woman of this name buried at St Giles in the Wood (Devon), 21 January 1676/7;
(13) Rebecca Bennet (1609-34), baptised at St Thomas the Apostle, London, 2 April 1609; married, 22 June 1630, as his first wife, Sir Bulstrode Whitelock (1605-75)*, kt., of Fawley Court (Bucks), Parliamentarian lawyer and politician, who was raised to the peerage by Oliver Cromwell as Lord Whitelock, 1657, although this lapsed at he Restoration, eldest son of Sir James Whitelocke (1570-1632), and had issue one son; died insane, 9 May 1634;(14) Joan Bennet (1610-93), baptised at St Pancras, Soper Lane, 20 May 1610; married, 30 June 1631 at St Pancras, Soper Lane, Stephen Smith (1604-70) of Blackmore (Essex), son of Arthur Smith, and had issue five sons and five daughters; buried at Blackmore, 18 May 1693.
(1.1) Jane Bennet (1629-1700), baptised at St Olave, Hart St., London, 19 February 1628/9; married, 14 September 1648 at Babraham, Hon. James Scudamore (1624-68), MP for Hereford, 1642-44 and for Herefordshire, 1661-68, son of John Scudamore, 1st Viscount Scudamore of Sligo, of Holme Lacy (Herefs), and had issue two sons and one daughter; died 21 February 1699/1700 and was buried at Holme Lacy, where she is commemorated by a splendid baroque monument; will proved in the PCC, 2 November 1700;(2.1) Dorothy Bennet (1642-1721), baptised at St Andrew, Holborn (Middx), 16 November 1642; married, 1659 (settlement 16 February), Sir Henry Capel KB (1638-96), 1st Baron Capell of Tewkesbury, of the White House, Kew (Surrey), MP for Tewkesbury, 1660-85, 1690-92 and for Cockermouth, 1689-90, third son of Arthur Capel (d. 1649), 1st Baron Capell of Hadham, but had no issue; died 7 June and was buried at Kew (Surrey), 15 June 1721; she was commemorated by a memorial in Mortlake church (Surrey);(2.2) Leman Bennet (1650-c.1655), baptised at St Andrew, Holborn, 20 August 1650; said to have died young, in the lifetime of his father, but death not traced;(2.3) Richard Bennet (b. 1654), baptised at St Andrew, Holborn, 19 June 1654; said to have died young, in the lifetime of his father, but death not traced.
(1) Mary Bennet (c.1629-1711), born about 1629; married, 25 December 1650 at All Hallows, London Wall, London, Sir Heneage Fetherstone (1627-1711), 1st bt., only son of Henry Fetherstone of Hassingbrook, Stanford-le-Hope (Essex) and London, stationer, and had issue three sons and seven daughters; buried at Stanford-le-Hope, 30? January 1710/11;(2) Sir Levinus Bennet (1631-93), 2nd bt. (q.v.);(3) Elizabeth Bennet (1633?-1711), perhaps the woman of this name baptised at St Olave, Hart St., London, 3 July 1633 although age stated on her marriage licence would imply a birth around 1647; married, 7 December 1682 at Babraham, as his second wife, Hon. Robert Bertie (1619-1708), third son of Robert Bertie (1582-1642), 1st Earl of Lindsey, but had no issue; buried at Barking (Essex), 12 January 1712/3; will proved in the PCC, 13 January 1712/3;(4) Thomas Bennet (d. c.1680); mentioned in his father's will in 1664, but said to have died about 1680.
(1) Mary Bennet (1654-1725?), baptised at Babraham, 25 April 1654; married, 7 January 1680 at Holy Trinity, Minories, London, James Bush (d. 1724) of London and Amsterdam, merchant, and had issue one son (Levinus (d. 1723)); inherited a one-fifth share in the Babraham and Hurcot (Som.) estates from her niece, 1713; said to have died in 1725 but is not mentioned in her husband's will, written in 1722, and may therefore have died considerably earlier;(2) Levinus Bennet (b. 1656), born at Babraham, 26 August 1656; died before 1693 and probably in infancy;(3) Judith Bennet (1657-1724), born at Babraham, 27 September 1657; inherited a one-fifth share in the Babraham and Hurcot estates from her niece, 1713 and also owned the manor of Foulden (Norfk); died unmarried, 3 October 1724; her will, proved in the PCC, 23 October 1724, added a further £1,000 to similar charitable bequests by her brother-in-law James Bush and the latter's son, Levinus Bush, for the establishment of a school and almshouse at Babraham;(5) Dorothy Bennet (1661-1735), born 18 November and baptised at Babraham, 28 November 1661; inherited a one-fifth share in the Babraham and Hurcot estates from her niece, 1713; married, 25 November 1690 at Babraham, John Page (d. by 1717); buried at Babraham, 13 June 1735;(4) Elizabeth Bennet (1660-84), born 3 June and baptised at Babraham, 14 June 1660; died unmarried and was buried at Babraham, 16 October 1684;(6) Levina Bennet (1664-1732) (q.v.);(7) Bridget Bennet (1665-66), born 11 September and baptised at Babraham, 20 September 1665; died in infancy and was buried at Babraham, 5 December 1666;(8) Jane Bennet (b. 1667), born 8 March 1666/7 and baptised at Babraham, 25 March 1667; inherited a one-fifth share in the Babraham and Hurcot estates from her niece, 1713; married, 27 July 1703 in the Bishop of London's chapel in St Botolph Aldersgate, London, James Mitchell (fl. 1721) and had issue at least one son; living in 1721;(9) Caroline Bennet (b. 1669), born 28 September and baptised at Babraham, 3 October 1669; died before 1693 and probably in infancy;(10) Sir Richard Bennet (1673-1701), 3rd bt. (q.v.).
(1) Judith Bennet (1701-13), born 6 January 1700/1; died young, and was buried at Warminghurst (Sussex), 6 July 1713.
(1) Bennet Alexander (later Bennet) (1702-45) (q.v.).
(1) Levina Bennet (1739-1822), baptised at High Ongar (Essex), 3 August 1739; married, 21 January 1762 at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster (Middx), John Luther (c.1739-86) of Great Myles, Kelvedon Hatch (Essex), MP for Essex, 1763-84, and had issue two children (who died in the lifetime of their father); buried at Shorwell (IoW), 9 February 1822; will proved in the PCC, 13 February 1822;(2) Richard Henry Alexander Bennet (1743-1814) (q.v.).
(1) Emilia Elizabeth Bennet (1766-1839), born 1 December and baptised at St James, Piccadilly, Westminster, 26 December 1766; married, 13 July 1787 at Beckenham (Kent), Sir John Edward Swinburne (1762-1860), 6th bt. of Capheaton (Northbld), and had issue two sons and five daughters; died 28 March 1839;(2) Richard Henry Alexander Bennet (1769-1818), born 26 October and baptised at St James, Piccadilly, Westminster, 13 November 1769; educated at Westminster School, 1777-81; joined Royal Navy (Lt. 1790; Cdr. 1793; Capt. 1796; retired 1809); MP for Launceston, 1802-06, 1807-12 and for Enniskillen, 1807; he suffered a stroke in 1813 and died unmarried, 11 October 1818, being buried at Shorwell (IoW), 21 October 1818; will proved in the PCC, 26 November 1818;(3) Isabella Julia Levina Bennet (1775-1867), born 11 September and baptised 5 October 1775; artist (as Lady Gordon), who published a volume of etchings in 1847; married, 15 October 1805 at her father's house in Beckenham (Kent) by special licence, Sir James Willoughby Gordon (1772-1851), 1st bt., Quartermaster General of the army and MP for Launceston, 1829-31, son of Capt. James Grant-Gordon, and had issue one son and one daughter; died 28 March 1867; will proved 6 June 1867 (effects under £4,000).
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