- [S396] The Gentleman's Magazine, Vol. XVI, 1841, p.657 (Reliability: 2).
1841, OBITUARY. - WILLIAM WYNDHAM, ESQ.
Sept. 19. Aged 71, William Wyndham, esq. of Dinton, Wilts.
Mr. Wyndham was descended in the fifth generation from Sir Wadham Wyndham, the ninth son of Sir John Wyndham, of Orchard, co. Somerset, the ancestor of the Earls of Egremont; which Sir Wadham died in 1668. His father, William Wyndham, of Dinton, esq. died in 1786. His mother was Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Sir Thomas Heathcote, of Hursley Ladge, co. Southampton, Bart.
Mr. Wyndham was a perfect country gentleman, a man of ancient family, and of good estate, who resided upwards of half a century on a large portion of that estate, performing all the duties which in this country devolve on our territorial aristocracy.
In his early years he was Lieut.-Colonel of the West Wiltshire Volunteers, raised in Sept. 1803, when this kingdom was threatened with invasion, and was much beloved by his corps; and, as a master of a pack of fox hounds, he contributed largely to manly country amusement.
Through a long life he performed the duties of a magistrate with great discrimination and firmness, combined with patience and that indulgent feeling which never forsook him on any occasion.
To his tenants he was liberal and friendly; to his servants, and those who were in his employ in various stations, he was a good and considerate master; to his excellent wife, who was separated from him by death about four years since, he was a most affectionate husband; and to his numerous family of children he was a kind and indulgent father. But, above all, he was a warm friend to the poor, who at all times had access to him for his advice, his sympathy and his assistance in their distresses and their wants; and the charities of Dinton House were as liberally dispensed to the poor, as its hospitalities to the rich.
A more sincere or steady friend than Mr. Wyndham, this world could not produce. He was also by nature a gentleman, and his disposition and his conduct through life well sustained that character.
Let those who scoff at country gentlemen, and call them useless drones, read this sketch of Mr. Wyndham, and say where they can find a man who has been more useful. In what can a man be more useful than in dispensing comfort and enjoyment of life amongst a large circle of all classes who surround the spot on which he resides? - which circle, with such a man as Mr. Wyndham, will always be of diameter in proportion to his means - in administering the laws of the land with firmness and the strictest impartiality without pecuniary reward - in giving advice and protection to the poor, and also charitable assistance with due discrimination - and, above all, in setting a good example to all by his own conduct, and the conduct of his family, who, under his auspices, were constantly engaged in works of active benevolence.
Mr. Wyndham married Laetitia, daughter of Alexander Popham, esq. a Master in Chancery; and by that lady, who died Dec.7, 1837, he had issue six sons and six daughters. The former were: 1. William, who married in 1831 Ellen, daughter of the Rev. Samuel Heathcote, of Bramshaw Hill, and has issue; 2. Alexander-Wadham, who married in 1830 Emma, daughter of Sir John Trevelyan, Bart. and has issue; 3. George, who married in 1827 Margaret, daughter of John Jay, esq. and has issue; 4. Francis; 5. John, who married the daughter of the late Rev. William Wapshare of Salisbury; and 6. Charles Henry. The daughters were: 1. Laetitia, married in 1824 to William Codrington, esq. of Wroughton, co. Wilts; 2. Mary-Anne, married to Harry, the eldest son of Harry Biggs of Stockton House, in the co. of Wilts, and died s.p.; 3. Louisa-Elizabeth, married in 1825 to the Rev. Wadham Knatchbull, M.A. descended from Alice, daughter of Sir Wadham Wyndham above mentioned; 4. Ella; 5. Charlotte, married to John Edward Andrew Starky, esq. eldest son and heir of the Rev. John Starky, D.D. of Eveleigh, by Maria-Barbara, daughter and heiress of Sir Andrew Bayntun, Bart. of Spye Park, by Lady Maria Alicia Coventry his wife; and 6. Henrietta-Sophia.