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Thursday, 6 August 2009

Winsor's Backers - More grandees

There were other grandees

Christopher Baynes
Christopher Baynes was born in 1755 and died in 1837. His father was William Baynes and his mother Mary Roberts. The family seat was at Kilburn, Nr. Thirsk where an 'ancient looking building, called the Old Hall, was formerly the property and residence of the Baynes family'. Christopher’s career followed that of many wealthy men in the eighteenth century - in 1773 he had been sent on the Grand Tour, in 1777 he was appointed a Lieutenant. in the First West Yorkshire Militia, and became a Cornet in the Horse Guards. A year later he married, Nanny Gregory and the couple had three children, William, Mary & Walter. In 1791 Baynes was appointed a Commissioner of the Peace for Middlesex. He went on to become Deputy, Lieutenant for both Middlesex and Hertfordshire as well as Major Commandant of the Uxbridge Gentlemen and Yeomanry Cavalry. He was created a Baronet in 1801. He was also Chairman of the London Docks Company and lived in Harefield, Middlesex.


Charles Cockerell
Cockerell was one of a family several of whom were architects. Charles was a banker with ex-Indian service who had made a fortune through the East India Company. In England he was a Member of Parliament with a country house, Sezincote, near Broadway. This house – the gardens of which are still open to public view – has been described as 'an extraordinary blend of English and Indian architecture in a country house' . The Prince Regent visited it in 1807 and it is thought to have some . It was designed by his brother, Samuel Pepys Cockerell.
Cockerell resigned from the Gas Light and Coke Company Court of Governors in September 1812 on pressure of business, but a bank called Cockerell Paxton continued to be used by the Company.

There were also two medical doctors:

John Turton
One of George III's doctors who also lectured at 53 Dorset Street on scientific subjects with ‘commanding ability’. Turton was physician to many famous people of the day – including Garrick, Oliver Goldsmith and Horace Walpole. In 1784 he bought Brasted Place in Kent – and the house still contains some mementoes of his patronage by the Royal Family. He died in 1810 and so missed seeing the gas company in which he had invested come to fruition.

Isaac Oliphant
According to Winsor’s "Notice Historique" Oliphant was a medical doctor – in fact he was a Member of Royal College of Surgeons who lived in Chelsea.

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