Note: N31766 In the early part of the year 1838, Denman was made very happy by the union of his second daughter, Elizabeth, with his old friend and schoolfellow, Francis Hodgson, who had for some years been vicar of Bakewell, the little town where Denman’s grandfather lived and where Denman’s father had been born.
(Life of Thomas, first Lord Denman: formerly lord chief justice of ...: Volume 2. Sir Joseph Arnould - 1874.)
Thomas Denman of
Bevercotes. Nottinghamshire, who was born in 1644 and died in 1740. He had a son Thomas, born 1705 and died 1752. who was a doctor and apothecary in Bakewell, Derbyshire. This doctor had two sons, Joseph who died without heirs, and Thomas, who became the most eminent surgeon of his time, and was author of a valuable medical work. He married Elizabeth Brodie*, a descendant of the family of Brodie, of Morayshire, Scotland.
They had twin daughters, and one son. Thomas, who became one of the most celebrated of the Lord Chief Justices of England.
(Denman family history; from the earliest authentic records down to the present time.)
* dau of Alexander Brodie, army accoutrement maker, of Brewer Street, Golden Square, London.
Son of Thomas Denman, the elder, M.D. (b 1733 Bakewell, Derbyshire. d. 1815) a physician, who was the second son of Thomas. In Bakewell church is a tablet to Thomas Denman “an eminent apothecary” who died 25 Sep 1752.
The 1st Lord Denman married Theodosia Anne, daughter of Reverend Richard Vevers, in 1804.
His Derbyshire seat was Middleton Hall, Stoney Middleton.
He died at Stoke Albany, Northamptonshire aged 75, and was succeeded in the barony by his son Thomas.
Dr. Thomas Denman, (1733-1815)’s reminiscences of his early life as a ship's surgeon have been quarried for some historical novels. Denman had a fashionable obstetric practice, in which he was followed by his son-in-law, the ill-fated Sir Richard Croft (1762-1818), who killed himself after the death of his patient Princess Charlotte, the heir to the Throne.
Denman's son, Thomas Denman (1779-1854), a lawyer, advocated legal reform including the abolition of slavery, defended Queen Charlotte and became Lord Chief Justice.
Justice Denman interested himself in the Hunter-Baillie Collection (now at the Royal College of Surgeons of England), helping his brother in law Matthew Baillie's granddaughters to complete the work, begun by Matthew's wife Sophia (Denman), of identifying and arranging the letters.
A FAMILY OF DENMANS had for many generations been settled in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. They were persons of reputable condition as early- as the days of the Third Edward; intermarried, in later times, with several county families of distinction; and in one of their branches became progenitors, in the female line, of Anne Hyde, the first wife of James the Second, and mother of the two queens, Mary and Anne*.
A more characteristic, if not a more honorable, circumstance in the family story is that a Rev. Wiliam Denman, Rector of Ordsall, near Retford, in Nottinghamshire, refusing in the evil days of Queen Mary to renounce his Protestant principles, was ejected from his living, to which, however, he seems to have been restored under Elizabeth.
It is probable but, from defect of parish registers, not provable that Thomas Denman of Bevercotes, in Nottinghamshire, the great-grandfather and first known lineal ancestor of Lord Denman, was of this family. Thomas Denman of Bevercotes died about the year 1740, at the age of ninety-six, and was born, therefore, in the early years of the great civil war.
Lord Denman's grandfather, John Denman, the second son of Thomas of Bevercotes, settled as a general practitioner at Bakewell, in Derbyshire.
*The connexion was sufficiently remote :the second wife of the great Lord Clarendon, and mother of Anne Hyde, was a daughter of Sir Thomas Aylesbury, Master of Requests in time of James I., by a Miss Frances Denman, daughter of the Rev. Francis Denman, Rector of East Retford, and, of Anne Blount, one of the Blounts of Eckington in Derbyshire a county family of high repute.
( Life of Thomas, first Lord Denman: formerly lord chief justice of England.)
Made a peer in 1834.
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