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Family
Marriage: Children:
  1. Thomas Gott: Birth: 29 MAR 1762 in Kensington, Middlesex. Death: AFT 1807

  2. Sarah Ann Gott: Birth: 3 MAR 1763 in Brentford, Middlesex. Death: 13 MAR 1832 in Great Malvern, Worcestershire

  3. Henry Gott: Birth: 22 JUN 1764 in Brentford, Middlesex.

  4. Samuel Gott: Birth: AFT 1764. Death: BEF 1807

  5. William Augustus Gott: Birth: AFT 1764. Death: 1860 in Canada

  6. Richard Gott: Death: AFT 22 DEC 1809

  7. Anne Gott: Death: 9 MAY 1832 in Southampton, Hants


Sources
1. Author:   Desmond, Ray
Publication:   London : Taylor & Francis,
2. Text:   Elaine Wiltshire <wiltshire@britishlibrary.net>
3. Page:   (Place) Volume 79, Part 2. p1178.
Author:   Gentleman’s Magazine
4. Page:   1755
Text:   Elaine Wiltshire <wiltshire@britishlibrary.net>
5. Page:   1761
Text:   Account of Births of the Kinnersley Hooper and Whitcombe family. Drawn up 1764 by Winifred Hooper nee Kinnersley.

Notes
a. Note:   N1087 Said by some sources to have been gardener to George III at Windsor, but the Royal Archives say that this would not appear to be correct.
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 Sheriff of Bucks.
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 Knighted 1774.
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 In 1741 the 3rd Duke of Marlborough hired workmen/disbanded soldiers create a lake in Black park, Langley Park, Bucks, under the direction of Thomas Greening, George II’s head gardener.
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 Changed surname from Greening in 1769, as directed by the terms of the will of Mary Gott of Streat, Sussex, to whom he was executor:
 Codicil to will of Mary Gott, spinster of Streat, Sussex. Dated 3 July 1767:
 “I do hereby order and direct that Henry Thomas Greening Esq. my Executor in my said Will named shall and so as soon as he .... ... after my ... by act of parliament or otherwise take upon himself and use the sir name of Gott.”
 Proved 28 July 1768.
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 Act of Parliament 1769 (9 Geo. 3).
 c. 4 Henry Thomas Greening: change of name to Gott, pursuant to the will of Mary Gott.
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 Newlands was owned in the 17th and 18th centuries by the Saunders. (fn. 10) It was sold by Sir John Saunders to Mr. Hopkins, of whom it was purchased by Mr. Croke. Sir H. T. Gott acquired it about 1770, and after his death in 1809 it was sold to Thomas Allen, later of the Vache, (fn. 11) with which this estate passed to Mrs. Stevens. In 1903 it was purchased from Mrs. Stevens by Mr. Henry Andrade Harben, at whose death in 1910 the property went to his son Mr. Henry Devenish Harben, the present owner.
 (VCH - nb no mention of Abraham Newland)
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 “Newlands, in this parish, the seat of Sir Henry Thomas Gott, was purchased by its present possessor about the year 1770, of Mr. Croke of Beaconsfield: it had been formerly in the family of Saunders, and was sold by Sir John Saunders to Mr. Hopkins, of whom it was purchased by Mr. Croke.”
 Newland Park estate was purchased in 1809 (from HTG?) by Thomas Allen whose family lived in the Manor until 1903, when it was sold to the Harben family. The Harbens were great socialites and political campaigners. Their notable guests included Emmeline Pankhurst, George Bernard Shaw, and HG Wells. After WWI the Harbens could no longer afford the upkeep of the estate, and by 1922 Thomas Hutchinson was in residence.
 (A Short History of Newland Park, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, www.bcuc.ac.uk)
 Henry Harben owned it 1910-1921? There are photos of house party there in Bertram Hodgson’s photo album...
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 To the north of the parish is Newlands Park, whose original site dates back to the 13th century, but the present house was rebuilt in the 1770's by Sir Henry Gott, son of George II's gardener, and Abraham Newland, Cashier of the Bank of England (1807 - 1829). [I have not seen this in other sources]
 [The house was called Newlands when Gott was there - so is it just coincidence that Abraham Newland lived there?]
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 It is not impossible, of course, that Abraham Newland may still have been the owner of the freehold of Newlands and that Sir Henry Gott leased the property from him, as it is known that Newland invested a large part of his fortune in land, but the suggestion that the estate derived its name from him seems to be finally disproved...
 (Notes and Queries. 1943. Page 228.)
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 His great grandson Henry Hodgson wrote that Henry Gott was “on terms of intimacy with George III. Many anecdotes were current about him and his Royal Patron.”
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 It may be possible to find the Greening/Gott relationship through the the various court actions surrounding Henry Thomas Greening's acquisition of the Gott estates. The Lords Minute Books and Appeals Books show the story in some detail but do not state the relationship.
 Mary Gott and her sister Sarah held moieties on certain of the Gott estates.
 Mary left hers to Henry Thomas Greening who then persuaded Sarah (who was bedridden by this time) to sell hers to him for £10,000. He did not pay this sum but instead gave a bond with 4% interest and paid the first quarterly interest. Then the Sarah's sister's family (Hugesson) realised what was happening and had Sarah's moiety revalued at £29,000. Then HTG also had it valued at £19,000 and the Hugessons challenged what HTG had done. The hearing took place before the Lords Commissioners for Custody of the Great Seal on 10/11/12 December 1770. and although Sarah died, her executors pressed on.
 The hearings are detailed in Appeals to the House of Lords 1773-1774 pp 46-52, 61-68, 461-464. Both appeals were dismissed and the original order was affirmed. i.e. that the parties should proceed to law at the Kent Assizes. Perhaps that is a good place to look next.
 Alternatively, there may be some clues to be found at the time that HTG received his knighthood. We have not tried either of these.
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 Beckley Furnace Farm in Beckley, Northiam and Brede, purchased by William Coleman in 1821 - ref.  AMS6454/11
 [from Scope and Content ]  By her will of 13 October 1766, Mary Gott of Streat, spinster, bequeathed her moiety of the estate to her kinsman Henry Thomas Greening of Brentford End, Mx, esq, who on 12 and 13 March 1777, as Henry Thomas Gott, settled it on his marriage with his wife Ann; on 15 and 16 March 1782 part of the estate in Godmersham, Coundall and Waltham in Kent, was sold to Thomas Knight, esq. On 17 and 18 August 1792, in order to effect a partition of the Kent and Sussex estate (which lay in Horsmonden, Brenchley, Hawkhurst, Goudhurst, Newington, Ticehurst, Northiam, Beckley, Icklesham, Rye, Peasmarsh, Lamberhurst, Udimore, Brede, Westfield and Ore), Henry Thomas Gott, his wife Ann and their children who were then of age conveyed it in trust to Thomas Newbery of Heathfield, esq, John Counden of Hereford Street, Mx, esq and Walter Hill of Grays Inn, gent (AMS6454/11/1)
 (East Sussex Record Office .)
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 Sir Henry Thomas Gott of Newland, co. Bucks, kt., and Dame Anne, his wife, Richard Gott of Marchwood, co. Hants, esq., Harford Jones of Mansell, co. Hereford, esq., and Sarah, his wife, late Sarah Whitcombe, widow, John Arnold Bromfield of Markett Weston, co. Suffolk, clerk, and Anne, his wife, late Anne Gott, spinster, and William Gott of Newland aforesaid, esq., which said Richard Gott, Sarah Jones, Ann Bromfield, and William Gott are the only surviving children of the said Sir Henry Thomas Gott and Dame Ann, his wife, and the said Sir Henry Thomas Gott is administrator of Samuel Gott and Thomas Gott, deceased, the two other younger children of the said Sir Henry Thomas Gott and Anne.
 (Deeds and Papers for the Kentchurch Court Estate, Herefordshire Record Offfice)
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 On 1 May, 1805 Spencer M Meredith wrote to Sir Harford Jones Brydges of the legal matters re Sir Henry Gott 's possible death. Was he ill then? There are several letters about the will in 1809 /1810.
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 Of Brentford at time of his marriage.
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 Act of Parliament:
 1795 c 55: Sir Edward Knatchbull’s, Sir Joseph Banks’s, and Sir Henry Gott’s estates: partition in Kent and Sussex.
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 He had his trunk stolen on 18 May 1785 - see The Proceedings of the Old Bailey 29th June, 1785.
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 James Haines was on 18 Sep 1765 indicted for robbing Henry Thomas Greening, Esq; on the King's highway, of a gold watch, value 15 l. and two cornelian seals set in gold, value 6 l.
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 Ref. Pw F 4274: Letter from Henry Thomas Gott, Newland, to [W.H.C. Cavendish-Bentinck], 3rd Duke of Portland; 14 Dec. 1775 Acknowledges receipt of the particulars for the duke's estates in the Chalfonts; says he is prepared to give full value on an equitable valuation. 2 ff
 (Catalogue of Papers of William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, at Nottingham Univ)
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 Portrait at Kentchurch Court: 965 X 813. Three-quarter length looking slightly to r., gun in lh, rh pointing l.; dark coat and hat, wearing pouch; a dog's head bottom l. Signed: Aw Soldi/Pinx 1756. Exhibited in 1934 and 1953 as 'Richard Gott', but currently labelled Sir Thomas Henry Gott.
 (J. INGAMELLS: 'Andrea Soldi. A Checklist of his Works', Walpole Society, XLVII [1978-80], p. 14, Nos.50,51.)
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 “Sir Henry Gott of New Lands in the County of Bucks” was one of 20 people left a Mourning Ring of the value of Twenty Pounds in the will of Sir Hugh Palliser, Baronet (d 1796), Admiral of the Blue Squadron of his Majesty’s Fleet and Governor of Greenwich Hospital. He owned The Vache in Chalfont St Giles. [See that property elsewhere in this file.]
 And in the same will “Lady Gott, Wife of the said Sir Henry Gott of New Lands” was given” my Diamond Ring”.
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 A letter from his daughter Sarah to her husband Harford Jones in 1801 “Implies a scandal between her father and Mrs. Summers.”, according to the synopis in the Kentchurch Court archive.
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 Will of Henry Thomas Gott of Newlands in Buckinghamshire, kt. 1807-1809.
 Leaving copyhold of the manor of Moor called High Ash Farm in Hertfordshire and other unspecified real property; wife Ann Gott, George Barker Devon of Chalfont St Peter, esq, and James Rumsey of Amersham, surgeon, executors; 24 Jun 1807, codicil appointing sons Richard Gott and William Augustus Gott executors, 14 Jun 1808, and revoking appointment of G B Devon, 11 Oct 1808; proved 22 Dec 1809.
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 The Sir Henry Gott sale, was held at of London, Christie's, 24 Feb. 1810. Among the lots were:
 One of the two versions known by Andrea Soldi of Louis François Roubiliac was (with the companion Rysbrack).
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 Owned Hayes Farm, Beckley, Kent, until his death. The farm had descended from his 3g grandfather Peter Farnden (d. 1653) qv.
b. Note:   From death age
c. Note:   Age 79
d. Note:   Or 1755?


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