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It is more than likely that descendents and family of the Baronet Mordaunts are already well aware of their family tree. Much of the following has been taken from "The Baronetage of England" by William Betham, published by William Miller in 1801, (isn't 'Google Books' wonderful?), supplemented from other sources including "Massingham Parva, Past and Present" by Ronald Fisher McLeod, published by Waterow in 1882, and modern publications such as Burke's Peerage and Debrett's, available in any central public reference library in the United Kingdom
(1901 - 1988) married Anne Frances Gilmour (? - 1976) in 1934
(1873 - 1959) appeared in the 1891 census, aged 17 years, as a visitor to the Brougham family in Crowthorne, Berkshire. He had been baptised on 16th February, 1873 . He married Grace Adeline Impey (? - 1965) in 1900. Aged 28 years, a stockbroker, he was living comfortably in Gloucester Street, Victoria, in the 1901 census and the 1911 census. He was another of the cricketing Mordaunts
- Sir L'Estrange Mordaunt (abt. 1572 - 1628?), whose ancestry is described on the previous webpages, purchased the baronetcy in 1611.
painted on wood,
|The idea of creating and selling baronetcies was a bright idea by King James I (James VI of Scotland) to get round his limited tax raising powers. Until then L'Estrange had pursued a military career, first serving in Flanders against Spain where he met, courted and married 1. Margaret (? - 1606), the daughter of Peter de Charles, a Flemish gentleman from Antwerp. She was presumably the Margaret Mordant (sic) for whom an Act of naturalization was passed on Parliament in 1604. In 1598 he served in the Earl of Essex's ill-fated expedition to Ireland, and in 1600/1601 served in Ireland under Mountjoy. Would he there have met his mysterious kinsman, Nicholas Mordaunt? In 1602 he succeeded to his grandfather's estates. L'Estrange married 2. Frances Sotherton (? - 1621), a widow, daughter of Sir Robert Cheek of Debnam. Frances was buried in St. John's, Maddermarket, central Norwich, now under the care of the Redundant Churches Fund. L'Estrange was buried with his first wife in Little Massingham church
I am very grateful to Sylvie Nicholls, who made contact through the Guest Book and forwarded to me a scan of the painting in the possession of a friend.
- Sir Robert Mordaunt 2nd Bart. (abt. or before 1590 - 1638), who married Amy Southerton. According to 'Massingham Parva, Past and Present' they had a total of seven children five of whom were born and baptized at Little Massingham.
- Robert Mordaunt . (? - ?) died in infancy, or so says one source. I am not certain he necessarily was the firstborn. There was another son Robert (of Hesperton) who did grow to manhood, see below.
- Sir Charles Mordaunt 3rd Bart. (abt. 1615 - 10th July 1648) married Catherine, daughter of Sir Lionel Tollemache. According to 'Massingham Parva, Past and Present' she was the widow of Drake William Playters by whom she had six children. Then, with Charles her second husband she had a further seven children but I am not at all certain as to their order of the birth. I do not know how she could fit all that in the time available! After her second widowhood, she married Sir Charles Lee of Billeslee in Warwickshire.
Siding with the King in the Civil War, he was inside King's Lynn during its three-week seige by parliamentarian forces, August/September 1643. A clause of the treaty of capitulation allowed "gentlemen strangers in the town to have liberty to depart, with every man a horse, sword and pistols" and with a guarantee for the safety of their estates. Charles consequently was released and retired to Little Massingham. However, later accused of complicity with an intended Royalist rising, the Little Massingham estates were sequestered and he retired to London with his family. On his death his body was carried to Little Massingham for burial.
- Sir Charles Mordaunt 4th Bart. (1638 - 24th April 1664) was baptised at Fakenham Magna, Suffolk, on 11th November 1638. He married Elizabeth Johnson (abt 1645 - ?) of St Gregory,London, at St Benet's, Paul's Wharf on 18th December 1663, but he died without issue. His widow, still only 24 years old, married Francis Godolphin, of Colston, Wiltshire at St. Botolph's, Aldersgate, London, 26th August, 1669.
- Catherine (Kate) Mordaunt (1640 - 1705) was baptised at Fakenham Magna, Suffolk, on 7th May 1640. She died unmarried and was, apparently, the last Mordaunt to be interred in the church at Little Massingham
- Tollemarche Mordaunt (1642 - 1644) was baptised at Fakenham Magna, Suffolk, on 6th January 1642 (1643 in new calender?). He was a boy in case you are curious!
- Henry Mordaunt was baptised in late 1643 and died three days later
- Sir John Mordaunt 5th Bart (1643 - 6th September 1721) was baptised in late 1643. He married 1st Anne Risley (abt. 1661 - before 1695) on 13th June 1678, by curious coincidence at the local church of his distant cousins, "the Mordaunts of the Hill" at Caldecote, Northill. I wonder if he invited them all as guests. Curiously, the transcription of his licence application gave his age as "about 21" when he was clearly about 35 years old; perhaps this is an error for "above 21." His bride's age was given as 17 years, permission "by her mother's consent."
Perhaps saddened by its associations, John seems to have quitted Massingham and to have retired to Walton in Warwickshire. Although the Massingham estates were not sold until 1807, from this time on Walton Hall became the main seat of the family. Into his 50s, he married 2nd Penelope (abt. 1673 - ?), daughter of Sir George Warburton, nearly 30 years his junior, at St. James, Westminster, on 8th June 1695.
- Penelope Mordaunt who died young. In 1701 her father's uncle, Robert, wrote commiserating on the death of his daughter. Perhaps this was the young Penelope. The letter is in Warwickshire County Archives.
An account of his life is given in the History of Parliament Online website.
- Sir Charles Mordaunt 6th Bart. (1698 - 1778). A biography of his parliamentary career is printed in the History of Parliament Online website. He married 1st. Dorothy Conyers (? - 1726) at St. Mary's, Walthamstowe, Essex, on 1st December 1720, by whom he had two daughters
He married 2nd. Sophia Woodhouse (? - April 1738) at St. Mary's, Marylebone, London, on 7th July 1730. Their children may not be listed in birth order.
- Penelope Mordaunt, who died unmarried
- Dorothy Mordaunt (? - after 1801) who died unmarried
- Sophia Mordaunt who died unmarried.
- Sir John Mordaunt 7th Bart (14th May 1734 - 1806) was christened on 1st June 1734 in Westminster. He married Elizabeth Prowse. A brief account of his career as Member of Parliament for Warwickshire is given in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986.
- Elizabeth Mordaunt (12th July 1769 - 1856?) was baptised at St. James, Westminster, on 16th November 1769. I presume she was the Elizabeth Mordaunt, age given as 86, who was living at 11, Montague Square and whose burial was recorded in St. Marylebone, 17th January, 1856
- Sir Charles Mordaunt 8th Bart. (15th January 1771 - 1823) was baptised at Westminster on 2nd February 1771. He married Marianne Holbech (1777 - 1842) in Farnborough, Hampshire, on 31st January, 1807.
A deeply personal account of his young life and marriage was given in "The Mordaunts - An Eighteenth Century Family, Elizabeth Hamilton, pub. Heinemannn, 1965, based on his and Marianne's letters and diaries. A more formal account of his public life is given in the History of Parliament Online website. I am very grateful to Kelly McDonald, conducting her own research, who kindly wrote to me with touching references of Marianne from the diaries of the Rev. Richard Seymour, rector of Kinwarton.
As a widow, Marianne appeared in the first national census of 1841, living at Avonhurst, an estate just east of Stratford-upon-Avon, which she leased at her own expense. Others there were her daughter Emma and Mary Erskine, presumably a niece, the daughter of her sister-in-law, Mary, (see below), together with seven servants. The house and estate no longer exist. In her Will she left the house and estate to her daughter, Emma, books from her library to her son, John, and minor but equal bequests to her Holbech siblings and her servants.
- Sir John Mordaunt 9th Bart. (24th August, 1808 - 27th September, 1845). Sir John was recorded in Eaton Place, Westminster in the 1841 census.
By then he had married Carolyne Sophia Murray (20th July, 1814 - 28th March, 1913), born on the Isle of Man while her father was Bishop of Sodor and Man (He was a son of the Duke of Athol and later became Bishop of Rochester). At the 1851 census, Carolyne was already a widow and her son was the 10th baronet. After the early death of her husband, Carolyne married Gustavus Thomas Smith (1800? - 1875) and bore him two daughters. However, it seems that being Mrs Smith did not suit this granddaughter of an Earl and she continued to be called Lady Mordaunt until her death. I have not found them in an 1861 census but it was as Caroline Mordaunt that she was listed in the 1871 census. She was widowed again by the 1881 census when she was living in Eaton Square, Knightsbridge. She had moved to Warwick Square for the 1891 census, and hadn't been so insistent in her title being recorded. Living with her was her grandson Eustace. In the 1901 census she was listed as Dowager Lady Mordaunt. In the 1911 census, she was listed with her grandson, Harry, the future 12th baronet. Her servants are reminiscent of the TV series, Downton Abbey with a 64 year-old butler, a 70 year-old housekeeper, a 70 year-old lady's maid and a 59 year-old housemaid.
Carolyne Sophia, Lady Mordaunt, the young bride, circa 1830s
Kindly sent to me in June 2021 by a correspondent, Jim Symington, who had recently acquired it. He also kindly provided additional information for the site.
- Sir Charles Mordaunt 10th Bart. (1836 - 1897). He was caught by the 1851 census as a 14 year old pupil at Eton. Curiously, in the 1861 census, he is listed with his brothers John and Osbert staying in Walton Village in the house of his steward, together with his butler, cook and housemaid. Perhaps he was having to rough it while Walton Hall was being redecorated. He married 1st. Harriet Sarah Moncrieffe (1848 - 1906), the daughter of a Scottish baronet in Perth on 6th December 1866. During the celebrated divorce case her, or her family's, defence was that she was insane. She was recorded in the 1871 census at what an article in Wikipedia refers to as an asylum. It was quite a small and select one. After the final decision in the divorce case in 1875 she seems to disappear from the public record until her death in 1906. She was buried in Brompton cemetery.
Charles married 2nd. parson's daughter, Mary Louise Cholmondeley (abt. 1852 - 1947) on 24th April, 1878. One source I followed stated she was 16 years-old at the time of her marriage. I am grateful to a correspondent, Chris Cowell, for pointing out the wealth of alternative sources giving her year of birth as around 1851/52. Anyway, the new family were esconced in Walton Hall for the 1881 census. At the 1891 census their youngest daughter, Winifred, was one month old and the older children had been dispatched off to Llandudno. By the 1901 census Mary was a widow at Walton Hall with her six children.
- Violet Caroline Mordaunt (1869 - 1928). Some Internet sources offer a variety of alternative natural fathers and, although he apparently made comfortable provision for her maintenance, Sir Charles apparently took no direct interest in her. I have not found her mentioned in the 1871 census but in the 1881 census she was listed, aged 12 years, with a solicitor, Charles M. Hole, and his family in Tiverton, Devon. What, if any, relationship they were to her I have not found out. She married Thomas Henry Thynne, 5th Marquess of Bath (1862 - 1946) in 1890. Neither her mother nor father were at the wedding. The Marquesses of Bath seem to go in for unconventional brides.
- Alice Kathleen Violet Thynne (1891 - 1977)
- Emma Margery Thynne (1893 - ?)
- John Alexander Thynne (1895 - 1916).
- Mary Beatrice Thynne (1903 - 1974)
- Henry Frederick Thynne (1905 - 1992) 6th Marquess of Bath
- Adela Mordaunt (1879 - ?) She and her younger siblings were all recorded in the 1891 census boarding in Llandudno, along with supporting nurses and servants. Perhaps they were sent away during their mother's latest confinement. At home in 1901, she was a visitor at the Perry household near Kenilworth at the 1911 census.
- Irene Mordaunt (abt. 1881 - 1969). She married Sir Robert Caradoc Hamilton, bart, in 1907. Curiously, her father bequeathed the family's principal seat and estate, Walton Hall, to her eldest son, Richard.
- Lillian Mordaunt (1882 - ?). She married Mildmay Francis Hall in 1904.
- Sir Osbert L'Estrange Mordaunt 11th Bart. (1884 - 1934). Curiously, he did not inherit the family's principal seat and estate of Walton Hall along with the title. His father bequeathed it to his sister Irene's eldest son, Sir Richard Hamilton. So, after being in the family for over 400 years and being the family's principal home for 250 years, it was lost to the name Mordaunt. Briefly owned by famous drag artist, Danny La Rue, it is now a hotel. I am not sure which is the greater ignomy.
- Cicely Mordaunt (1889 - ?)
- Winifred Mordaunt (1891 - ?) married John Geare in 1923. Was she the Miss W Mordaunt who serve in WW1 as a driver in the First Aid Yeomanry Nursing Motor Ambulance Convoy?
- Jacqueline Geare (1924 - 1997)
- Gillian Geare (b. 1925)
Photographs generously provided by a correspondent, Paul Frecker, from his personal collection
Carolyne Sophia, Lady Mordaunt,
the older widow
Mordaunt, 10th Bart.
- John Murray Mordaunt (1837 - 1923), educated at Eton and Oxford, married Elizabeth Evelyn Cotes (27th January 1845 - 1914) of Woodcote in 1866. He was the first of the Mordaunts to play "first class" cricket - two matches for the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club).
Among any other of his activities, in 1876, in partnership with Thomas Oswald, he briefly went into shipbuilding and in a relatively brief time the company built a number of ships of note which can be researched by typing Oswald Mordaunt & Company into any Internet search engine. (Wikipedia, for some reason, calls him John Henry Mordaunt). It was presumably this activity that took him and his family to Bitterne, near Southampton, to live before the 1881 census and then to Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, in time for the 1891 census. He had given it all up by the 1901 census when he was recorded as an insurance broker living in Ecclestone Square, Victoria, not far from son Gerald, with Mabel, Eustace and Gertude still at home. He was not at home the night of the 1911 census but lodging or boarding in Usk, in what was then Monmouthshire. The name was deleted from the page and he was given his own page, for some reason.
Sketch made in 1858 on a journey on the Nile, courtesy of John Bowen who kindly contacted my Guestbook. John's mother was housekeeper to Sir Henry Mordaunt, 12th Bart. from about 1915
The undertakers's bill for Evelyn's funeral includes details for cashmere frilling and cashmere robe, outer case of panelled French polished etc., hearse and pair of horses also bearers removing to Newport Station, carriage of the body to Paddington, including attendance, all for £20 18s., no small sum (with thanks to John Bowen)
- Sir Henry John Mordaunt, 12th Bart. (1867 - 1939) died unmarried. He had been born at 12 Grosvenor Street, London, according to the 1901 census, At 3 years-old, he had been left with his grandparents Cotes in Shropshire, with his sister Mabel and brother Eustace at the time of the 1871 census. At the 1881 census he was at Eton, aged 13 years. He became an inspector for the Board of Education and was perhaps on official duty when caught at the 1901 census staying in some comfort in Goodrich, Herefordshire. At the 1911 census he was staying with his grandmother, Caroline Sophia in Warwick Square, working as an education officer for the Grosvenor Hospital. He was another of the cricketing Mordaunts
Picures left: Henry John Mordaunt as a young man in a team photo captioned, "Atheneum v. 1. 2. Cambridge 1887," and as an older man with his housekeeper, Mrs Bowen. I am grateful to Mrs Bowen's son, John, who kindly contacted my Guestbook and provided much interesting information and these photographs.
- Mabel Louisa Mordaunt (1869 - 1958 ) was first listed in a census in 1871 , staying with her maternal grandparents. She had been baptised on 4th April, 1869 . She married Rupert Palmer Colomb in 1904.
- Eustace Charles Mordaunt (1870 - 1938) was first listed in a census in 1871 , staying with his maternal grandparents. In the 1881 census he was boarding at a small prep school near Lymington, on the Hampshire coast. In the 1891 census he was working as a clerk on the Stock Exchange and living with his grandmother in Warwick Square. He married Cicely Marian Tubb (? - 1974) of Bicester in 1906. I have not found him in the 1901 census but he and his new family were recorded in Montague Square in the 1911 census by which time he had advanced to being a dealer in stocks and shares. He was another of the cricketing Mordaunts
- Sir Nigel John Mordaunt, 13th Bart (1907 - 1979) married Anne Tritton in the Westminster district in 1938
- Richard Nigel Mordaunt, 14th Bart (b. 1940), having moved to Australia, perhaps wisely eschews use of his title. Since 1965 he has been a film-maker, a story teller of our times, producing successful films first in the UK and then in Australia. He married 1. Myriam Atchia and they have two children
Richard married 2. Diana Barbara (who has a daughter, Saskia), in 1975 and they emigrated to Australia in 1979. I am grateful to Richard for writing to me, correcting errors and adding information. He explained that they live in Byron Bay, a very beautiful part of northern NSW, where he has continued to make films.
- Michele A. Mordaunt (b. 1965), Her husband is Christopher and they have three children, Rhian, Liam and Tia.
- Kim John P.Mordaunt (b. 1966). A writer/producer/director of Australian films, any Internet search engine will bring up references. He married Sylvia Wilczinski
- David Arthur John Mordaunt (b. 1942) married Elizabeth Aske in 1969
- Katherine Elizabeth Aske Mordaunt (b. 1970). She married Oliver Green in 2002
- Rocket Mordaunt Green (b. 2000)
- Lily Blue M. Green (b. 2004)
- Alexandra Caroline Aske Mordaunt (b. 1972). As 'Wink' Mordaunt she has been executive producer of a number of successful Hollywood films: "Sweet Home Alabama" (2002), "Hitch" (2005) , "Fool's Gold" (2008) and "The Bounty Hunter" (2010). She married Marcus Hanbury in April 2010
- Peter Anthony Charles Mordaunt (b. 1946) married 1. Angela Hubbard in 1972. They divorced in 1997
He married 2. Amanda Wooton in 1999
- Alastair Nigel Charles Mordaunt (b. 1974) who married Helen Mackinnon in 2002
- Oliver Michael C. Mordaunt (b. 2003) and his twin
- William Peter J. Mordaunt (b. 2003)
- Anna Rose Mordaunt (b. 1981)
- Tessa Anne Mordaunt (b. 1947) married Sir David Nutting, 4th Bart. (b.1944) in 1974
- Belinda Nutting (b. 1975)
- Serena Nutting (b. 1977)
- Alexandra Nutting (b. 1978)
- Evelyn Margarette Mordaunt (1908 - ?). She married George W. A. Tufton in Marylebone in 1936.
- Jennifer M. Tufton (b. 1937) was born in Marylebone
- Anthony C. S. Tufton (b. 1939) was born in Bath
- Nicholas W. S. Tufton (b. 1946) was born in Lambeth
- Ursula Marion Mordaunt (1913 - ?). She married Charles Edwin Awdry (1906 - 1965) in 1933 in Marylebone in 1936.
- Juliette Cynthia Awdry (b. 1934)
- Patricia Margaret Awdry (b. 1945)
- David Charles Eustace Awdry (b. 1940)
- Vere Charles Awdry (b. 1945)
- Selwyn John Awdry (b. 1945)
- Cynthia Violet Mordaunt (1918 - ?)
- Henry Caryle Charles Mordaunt (1922 - 1973). He married Doris Ellen Crutchley in Battle, Sussex, in 1964. He died in a motor accident
- Gerald John Mordaunt
Catherine Evelyn Mordaunt (1903 - ?)
Robin Charles Mordaunt (1908 - 1998) married Brita Thoren from Sweden in 1940 and they emigrated to Christchurch, New Zealand.
- Angela M. Mordaunt (b. 1934) was born in Chelsea
- David J. Mordaunt (b. 1937) was born in Chelsea. He is the last, to date, of the cricketing Mordaunts
- Gerald Charles Mordaunt (b. 1939) was born in Cuckfield, Sussex. In 1965 he married Carol Elspeth Villiers in Dartford, Kent, but they divorced in 1981.
- James Richard J. Mordaunt (b. 1967) was born in Hammersmith
- Christopher Charles Mordaunt (b. 1970) was born in Chelmsford
- Tania Alexandra Mordaunt (b. 1974) was born in Colchester
- Harriet Georgia Mordaunt (b. 1980) was born in Chelmsford
A correspondent,Martin, kindly wrote the following to me in June 2018
- Kristina Birgitta Mordaunt (b. 1946) was born in England before her parents moved to New Zealand. She married Christopher Ardagh McVeigh in 1967.
- Brita McVeigh (b. 1970)
- Carlotta McVeigh (b. 1971)
- Anna McVeigh (b. 1975)
- Juliet McVeigh (b. 1978)
- Timothy John Mordaunt (b. 1949). He married Heather Gowing in 1976
- Guy John Mordaunt (b. 1977)
- Anthony Charles Mordaunt b. 1979)
- Samuel John Mordaunt (b. 1986)
- Rebecca Jean Mordaunt (b. 1982)
"I'm not a Mordaunt or related to your family in any way. However, when I was at secondary school in New Zealand, I was taught history subjects by a Mr. Robin Mordaunt.
Robin Mordaunt had an interesting life story. During WWII he was with the RAF and was shot-down over Germany. He was held as a POW at Stalag Luft III, the location of the escape fictionalised into the film The Great Escape. Fortunately, he was still waiting in line to go into the escape tunnel when the guards found the exit outside the wire. As you know, most POWs who escaped were executed by the SS.
Mr.Mordaunt was a great teacher and held an MA (Oxon). The school was Nelson College in Nelson, NZ.
Gertrude Catherine Mordaunt (abt. 1875 - ?). She was still living with her parents in the 1901 census and 1911 census but married (later Lt. Gen.) Leonard Thales Pease (later C.B.) later in 1911.
Mary Augusta Mordaunt (1839 - 1924). She was baptized in Alton chapel 0n 13th August, 1839. She was listed in the 1871 census with her mother and stepfather in Alderminster, Worcestershire. She married the Rev. Humphrey Farren Hall, Rector of Pylle (? - 1910) in 1879
Osbert Mordaunt (1842 - 1923). Like many younger sons he took holy orders and by the 1871 census was vicar of St. Michael's, Handsworth, Staffs. By the 1881 census he had become Rector of Hampton Lucy in Warwickshire, probably a living in the gift of his elder brother, but at the census was back in Handsworth perhaps staying with a former parishioner, Henry Pattison and his family. He was listed back in his parish at the 1891 census and in the 1901 census. Like his elder brother John, he played some "first class" cricket and it was through that, possibly, that he met his wife Jessie Louisa Snow (? - 1933) from Bibury, Glos, whom he married in Hampton Lucy on 14th October, 1879. A book of "8 Instructions and 3 sermons" was published in 1882.
He achieved world wide celebrity as the owner of the "parson's public house", his death being reported even as far away as the Ogden Standard Advertiser, Utah, (far right column)
More entertaining was the reason for his resignation. Disgusted with the loose morals of the country set, he stopped a communion service rather than be faced with the embarrassment of refusing communion to local gentry whom he knew to be adulturous. Read all about it in, of all places, The San Antonio Light.
Despite this report, he was still at Hampton Lucy at the 1911 census.
Alice Mordaunt (1844 - ?). She married the Rev. Hon. Walter Berkeley Portman (1836 - 1903) in 1864.
- Caroline C. Mordaunt (1881 - 1918). She married Roderick Pryor in Hampton Lucy on 11th September 1906
- Bridget Mordaunt (1883 - 1958). She was living at home for the 1911 census, listed almost as an afterthought after the five family servantts.
- David Osbert Mordaunt (1892 - 1894). He was baptized by his father in Hampton Lucy on 24th July 1892.
Henry Mordaunt (1845 - 1853)
Mary Mordaunt (? -1851), who was christened at Wellesbourne, Warwickshire, on 3rd November 1811. Her marriage to Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, 11th Bart., was recorded at Wellesbourne, Warwickshire on 14th April, 1841.
Emma Mordaunt (b. abt. 1813 from the 1871 census), who was christened at Wellesbourne, Warwickshire, on 3rd January 1813. From Jane Austen and the like, we all have an image of young ladies being taught to play the piano and being expected to entertain the family and guests. I am grateful to a correspondent, Penelope Cave, who not only wrote to correct an error on this page, but to tell me of a volume of piano arrangements of Haydn symphonies inscribed with the name of Emma Mordaunt she had come across while doing research in the library of Tatton Park (home of the Egerton family, Earls of Ellesmere, though what they had to do with the Mordaunts I am not sure). As the one unnmarried daughter at her mother's death she was the main beneficiary of her mother's Will, inheriting the lease of the house and estate of Avonhurst, near Stratford-upon-Avon, where her mother lived after her son's marriage. Several family trees on the Public Member Trees page of www.ancestry.co.uk note that she married William Shairp, a major in the Royal Marines and that they had five sons who all served in the forces and a daughter. However, I have found no documentary corroboration for this and it was as Emma Mordaunt that she was listed in the 1871 census (it omits to give her marital staus), living on her own comfortably with four servants in Christchurch, then Hampshire and now Dorset.
Sophia Mordaunt (17th December 1771 - 1846?) was baptised at Westminster on 6th January 1772. I presume she was the Sophia Mordaunt, age given as 74, who was living at 4, Upper Wimpole Street and whose burial was recorded in St. Marylebone, 28th February 1846
Mary Mordaunt (24th February 1773 - 17th July 1821) was baptised at St. James, Westminster, on 10th March 1773. Her marriage, performed by her brother, John, to John Erskine was recorded at Wellesbourne, Warwickshire on 6th November, 1802. He was to become Comptroller of Army Accounts.
John Mordaunt (4th June 1774 - 1806) was baptised at Westminster on 25th June 1774. Like his uncle and many another younger son of a titled family of the time, he took Holy Orders and was Rector of Wickham, Buckinghamshire. He performed the wedding ceremony for his sister, Mary.
Catherine Mordaunt (? - 7th May 1852). She married Rev. Francis Mills of Pillerton, Rector of Barford,on 26th October 1811
Charlotte Mordaunt (23rd December 1777 - May 1848) was baptised at St. James, Westminster, on 15th January 1778. Her marriage to Richard Hippisley was recorded at Wellesbourne, Warwickshire on 15th April 1800.
Susanna Mordaunt (15th December 1779 - 5th February 1830) was baptised at Westminster on 5th January 1780. Her marriage to William Eliot, 2nd Earl of St. Germans (his 4th marriage), was recorded at Wellesbourne, Warwickshire on 30th August, 1814.
Charles Mordaunt (26th February 1736 - January 1820). He was baptised at St. Anne, Soho, on 25th March, 1736. He took Holy Orders and was granted the living of both St Andrew's, Ryburgh Magna, and All Saints, Ryburgh Parva, in 1760 and then of Little Massingham. He married Charlotte Musgrave (1752 - 1816), daughter of Sir Philip Musgrave, Bart. at St. Mary's, Marylebone, London, on 24th May 1774. They retired to Sunbury on Thames and were both buried there at the church of St. Mary, Charlotte on 28th October, 1816, and Charles on 29th January, 1820. They had at least two children, in which order I do not know:
- Alan Berkeley Portman (1872 - 1953)
- Lionel Portman (1873 / 1940)
- Francis John Portman (1878 - 1905)
- Lionel Portman (1873 / 1940)
Mary Mordaunt who died unmarried
Diana Mordaunt (1st November 1701 - ?) was christened in Westminster on 19th November 1701. I have not seen her mentioned in any other source so perhaps she did not survive long.
Penelope (Pen) Mordaunt who married a Joseph Heme, Esq.
Catherine Mordaunt who married Dr. Dobson, Warden of Winchester College.
Charlotte Mordaunt. I had not found her in any source until I was contacted by David Barry Gee in early 2012 who had found this site doing research into his own family. I am very grateful to him for contacting me. She did not marry and, after the deaths of her parents apparently went to live with an aunt, her mother's sister, and after her aunt's death she moved to her aunt's granddaughter, Matilda Charlotte Houston, a writer and diarist who penned an affectionate portrait of her.
Charles Mordaunt was apparently the last Mordaunt born and baptised at Massingham. From him descend the Mordaunts of Somerset.
Charlotte Mordaunt née Musgrave by or after Sir Joshua Reynolds, National Portrait Gallery
In 1715, magistrates judged that Sir John Mordaunt, baronet, was the father of a bastard child, John, born on 17th December 1714, to a single woman, Mary Stanton. The baby died shortly after. Sir John was ordered to pay the costs (£5.18s.) arising to the parish of St James, Clerkenwell for the sum expended on necessary support and relief of Mary Stanton in her lying in and for the cost of christening and burial of the child and other incidental charges
Elizabeth Mordaunt (1646 - ?) was baptised at Fakenham Magna, Suffolk, on 18th December 1646. She, apparently, died unmarried
Amy Mordaunt (abt. 1650/53 - ?) seems to have died young
Robert Mordaunt "of Hesperton" in Warwickshire, married Elizabeth Rouse, like his grandmother, from Utrecht
William Mordaunt (abt 1631? - 1707) married Anne Butler of Scovis Town (var. Scovistown, Scavington, Scovaston and Scoveston), Pembrokshire, on 22nd July 1656 at St Benet's, Paul's Wharf. In 1661 they were enjoying the Butler estate at Hilton before moving to the main Butler residence, Scoveston. Among anything else, he achieved office in Wales in the "Court of the Marches of Wales" and as "officer of receiving answers, replications, rejoiners etc." whatever they may have been; perhaps they were the same appointment (Calender of State Papers Domestic, Charles II, December 1662).
- Elizabeth Mordaunt who married Robert Throckmorton of Hasely in Warwickshire.
- John Lewis Mordaunt (? - 1724) who married a widow, Anna Maria Terril (? - 1689?), daughter of Thomas Harrington of Boothby (Lincolnshire?) on 8th July 1686 at St. Luke, Chelsea.
The Will of Sir John Mordaunt, Bart., written in 1714, would, if none of his own family survived, have left all the family estates to John Lewis. John Lewis's own Will dated 1719/20 makes no mention of his sister, any children of his sister, his wife or any children of his own. He made bequests to his cousins Anne and Katherine Mordaunt, presumably the daughters of his uncle William (below), a cousin Elizabeth Swain, widow, whom I have not identified and, after bequests to his landlady, Anne Browne, and her family in St Anne's Parish, Holborn, left the rest of his estate to Charles Mordaunt, son of Sir John, Bart.
- John Mordaunt seems to have died young
- Elizabeth Mordaunt seems to have died young
John Lewis was buried at St George the Martyr, Queen Square, Middlesex, on 16th June, 1724, arranged on his behalf by his landlady, the "Widow Brown."
He seems to have invested in an estate of 607 acres in Pennsylvania which his children later disposed of:
"John Evans of Denbigh, in the Co. of Denbigh, Great Britain, Esqr. to Thomas James, recites transfers from William Penn, October 24 and 25, 1681, to William Mordent (alias Mordaunt) of Lansterwell in the county of Pembroke, Esq., for 500 acres of land in Pennsylvania, and deed from Thomas and Osmond Mordent, sons of the said William, dated February 29, 1711, unto the afore-said John Evans (under the name of John Evans late of Pensilvania but now of London, Esqr) and the said John Evans did grant said land to John Moore, March 5, 17 — ." (Philadelphia Deeds, Liber F, No. 3, folio 243.)
And from the website of the Great Valley House of Valley Forge Bed and Breakfast website:
William Penn received the royal charter for Pennsylvania from Charles II, in 1681. William Penn granted land to John ap John, the chief disciple of Quakerism in Wales. This tract of land was part of the original Welsh Tract that covered most of what is known today as the Main Line of Philadelphia.
William Penn deeded to William Mordaunt, on 10/24/1681, a tract of 607 acres in Philadelphia, William Mordaunt later died leaving as heir Thomas Mordaunt.
During the period of time from 1681 to the 1700s there were many squatters and informal leases in the area. The original construction of the Great Valley House began prior to 1700 by undocumented tenants. This conclusion is based on the architectural feature of the stone sink built as part of the stone wall in the Old Kitchen. Sinks of this nature were typical of Welsh construction prior to the advent of the Dry Sink in the late 1600's
Thomas Mordaunt and Osmond Mordaunt by deed dated 1/28/1711 conveyed the land to John Evans. John Evans, by deed dated 3/5/1716 in Philadelphia, conveyed the property to John Moore.
On quite a different issue, British History Online has an extract from the Calender of State Papers Domestic: William and Mary, for 18th April, 1689, from Scovestown:
William Mordaunt to the Earl of Shrewsbury. In obedience to your instructions, I have committed two Irish papists, common soldiers, named Richard Brown and John Park. I have also secured one Alexander Fitzgerald, son of David Fitzgerald of Limerick, a papist but who does not own to have been a soldier, having received orders for securing Irish mariners and soldiers, but Mr. Fitzgerald being neither, I have confined him in my own house. I desire to know what to do with him. [S.P. Dom. Will & Mary 1, No. 27.]
William's children were sensitive to their reliance on the goodwill of their wealthy cousin the baronet and so wrote regular letters, which may be found in Warwickshire County Archives, wishing him good health and recounting their exploits.
, the daughter of a William and Anne Mordaunt was baptised on 26th March, 1661, at St.George, Mayfair. She is the only one I have been able to date, but which order the daughters came I do not know. I have not found her mentioned in any other source.
Anne Mordaunt. She was to receive £40 from her brother Cole's will dated 1706
Katherine Mordaunt is a sister mentioned in the will of Cole Mordaunt, dated 1706, when he left her the residue of his chattels after the bequest to Anne, including his linen sheets, table cloths, towels, plate and gold watch. Such household items frequently occur in wills if this period and were clearly considered of greater value than we think of these days.
Amy Mordaunt (1621? - ?) married Sir Giles Estcourt (? - 1688), 1st Bart. of Newton
Anne Mordaunt (1623? - July 1655) married Christopher(?) Pickering
Henry Mordaunt (of Congham in Norfolk), second son of L'Estrange, the first baronet. He was admitted to the Middle Temple on 12th November, 1614, and called to the Bar 23rd November, 1621. He married Barbara Calthorp (? - Christmas Day 1690) of Cockthorp, Norfolk. She was buried in the church of St Andrew, Congham.
- Cole Mordaunt (? - 1708). Cole is quite an unusual name in the Mordaunt family and so I make the assumption for the moment that all references to a Cole in this period are to this son.
A Cole Mordaunt is listed among those taking their oath of allegiance to William and Mary, in 1696 in Easingwold, Yorkshire and later to Queen Anne on 14th July 1702 at Hemsley in Yorkshire, where he received £80 a year as an officer for surveying and inspecting the Duties on Houses and on Marriages.
He is later found at sea, in the War of the Spanish Succession. His distant relation, Charles, 3rd Earl of Peterborough, had distinguished himself with the capture of Barcelona and Valencia. Charles had quit Barcelona and it soon came under seige. Cole, and his younger brother Butler, were among the forces that relieved the siege of Barcelona in May 1706.
I have not found any record of him marrying. His will, written in 1708, after referring to him inheriting his father's "estate in Wales," leaves everything to his brothers and sisters. At the time, he was a captain in Colonel Lillingston's Regiment at Batchelor Thorne, Devon. It is an interesting coincidence that in the same vicinity of Devon there was already a Mordaunt family commonly using the names of the brothers, Osmond, Thomas and Cole. (See "The Mordaunt family in the rest of Britain" page)
- Thomas Mordaunt (? - after 1723?) had joined the Navy several years earlier, while his elder brother was still collecting taxes in York but, according to his letters, seemed never to leave port or English coastal waters, and he left in 1701, ostensibly because of the illness of his father, William (who recovered to live another 6 years). A history of Hilton Court in Pembrokeshire, no longer on the Internet, stated in passing that Thomas was the sole surviving son in 1723.
- Butler Mordaunt (? - 1721). This brother too joined the navy and was on ship by 1699. In February 1706 he was a midshipman on HMS Royal Ann in Portsmouth harbour and in May the same year was taking part in the relief of Barcelona, meeting up with his brother Cole. In September he was present at the capture of Mallorca.
He married Elisabeth Clinton at St. Benet, Pauls Wharf, London, on 1st December, 1715. His Will, dated 1716 and apparently unaltered by his death in 1721 left all his estate, however much that was, to his wife, Elizabeth, with no mention of any children or surviving brothers/sisters or any children of theirs.
- Osmond Mordaunt (? - before 1723?). Osmond was sent to Rugby School and registered 23rd, June 1697, according to the school register. It does not say how long he stayed. Osmond did not go to sea but to London instead. He too dutifully wrote letters to his wealthy cousin and told him about the weather in London. The correspondence can be seen in Warwickshire County Archives.
- Mary Mordaunt
Jane Mordaunt married Sir James Reynolds of Bumpstede, Essex at Little Massingham in June 1620
- L'Estrange Mordaunt (abt. 1628 - 1691) who married Barbara Catelyn (abt. 1642 - 1729) of Kirby-Cane in Norfolk. Both were buried in Congham church
- Henry Mordaunt (abt. 1682 - ?) of Congham in Norfolk. He was admitted to St. John's College, Cambridge, 18th May, 1699, aged 17 years. His date of birth and status could match the Henry Mordaunt, living in Salisbury Court near Fleet Street, listed on the Mordaunts of London webpage under "Unplaced Mordaunts"
- Barbara Mordaunt (abt 1677 - 1714), who married Captain John Brown of Scarning in Norfolk and is buried in Scarning church.
Anne Mordaunt (1596 - 16th October 1631) married Thomas Cleere (1580 - 1621) of Pontney, Norfolk at Bumpsted Helion, Essex, on 28th November 1620. She is buried in Grimston, Norfolk, curiously not with her husband. (With thanks to a Bradley family webpage for additional information)
As yet, unplaced Mordaunts
- Charles Mordaunt, of the Middle Temple, by his 1681 Will, left money to brothers John Mordaunt, undergoing an apprenticeship at the time, Henry Mordaunt and a married sister whose name I cannot, with confidence, decipher. One of the beneficiaries and one of the executors was Sir John Mordaunt Bart., although what the family connection was I have no idea.
- Sir(?) or even Lord, Philip Mordaunt, aged about 27 years-old, shot himself in the head, so many believed. This was clearly a well known event in its time, being refered to by Voltaire (enter Philip Mordaunt in the Search), 1733, Oliver Goldsmith, pre-1776, Immanuel Kant , who in his Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View (1798) mentions a "Lord Mordaunt" of whom it was said in Paris that he hanged (sic?) himself out of boredom: "The luxurious person has experimented with pleasures of every kind,and no pleasure is new to him any longer; just as people in Paris said of Lord Mordaunt: "The English hang themselves in order to while their time away," a 1822 publication The Youth's Instructor and Guardian" and a 1835 medical textbook on diseases of the mind written in Pennsylvania.
Described by Voltaire as a cousin-german (today we would say first cousin) to Charles, the 3rd Earl of Peterborough, this places him in time anywhere from 1670 - 1740 but Earl Charles did not have any male Mordaunt cousins. I have been unable to place him in any family tree.
In this post-President Trump era, I can look upon Sir Philip as "fake news" and, like modern fake news, it seems it went the 18th century equivalent of "viral." I do really hope, one day, to discover the origin of the story.
I am grateful to Dr. Anne Delouis, associate professor at the University of Orleans, who kindly wrote with additional information on two of the above references to Sir Philip Mordaunt in February 2021, which I have been able to add.
- Osmond Mordaunt and his wife Barbara informed on the beneficiaries of a bequest as recorded on 2nd November 1743 and were able to take half of the money for themselves:
"A petition read from Osmond Mordaunt and Barbara, his wife, informing of two legacies, left to a frier and a nun, viz.: to Merry and Penelope Simpson, children of Frances Simpson, of St. Andrews, Holborn, which they look upon as superstitious bequests and forfeited, one moiety to the Crown, the other to the informer. Referred to the Attorney General." (
From: 'Treasury Books and Papers: November 1743', Calendar of Treasury Books and Papers, Volume 5: 1742-1745 (1903), pp. 326-333. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk)
- Charlotte Mordaunt (abt. 1771 - ?) and
- Sohia Mordaunt (abt. 1776 - ?) were resident/staying in Bryanstone Square, Marylebone at the 1841 census. Their apparent wealth, with seven servants, suggests they were the sisters of the 8th Baronet above but I cannot say with certainty from Internet material alone.
- Charlotte Mordaunt (abt. 1776 - ?) was resident/staying at Warwick Terrace, Clarendon Crescent, Leamington Priors, (now Royal Leamington Spa) at the 1841 census. She may have been a member of this family or she may not have been.
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