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Sir Henry Watkin Dashwood, 3rd Bart.

Of Kirtlington Park, Oxfordshire


Born: 1745 and died 1828.
Son of: Sir James Dashwood, 2nd Bart (17??-1779) and Elizabeth Spencer (17??-1798). 
Brother of:
1. James Dashwood (died an infant).
2. Lady Anne Stewart nee Dashwood, who was the 2nd wife of John Stewart, 7th Earl of Galloway (1736-1806).
3. Thomas Dashwood (1759-1825) who married Charlotte Louisa Auriol (17??-1833).
4. Elizabeth Dashwood (17??-1832) who married George Montagu, 4th Duke of Manchester.
5. Catherine Dashwood, mar. 14 Apr 1764 L. Knightly.  
Henry married:  Mary Graham (1763-1796) daughter of  John Graham (1741-1775) and Mary Graham nee Shewen (1737?-1798).  
Henry and Mary had issue :
1. Henry George Mayne Dashwood (1782-1803).
2. Sir George Dashwood, 4th Bart.
3. Lt Col Charles Dashwood CB (1787-1832) who married Caroline Barlow (17??-1860), daughter of Adm Sir Robert Barlow GCB.
4. Rev Augustus Dashwood (1795-1863) who married Hester Astley (17??-1867).
5. Anna Maria Dashwood (1785-1857).  She married John Loftus, 2nd Marquess of Ely, son of Charles Loftus, 1st Marquess of Ely and Jane Myhill, in 1810.
6. Georgina Caroline Dashwood (17??-1835) who married Sir Jacob Astley, 6th Bart, later 16th Baron Hastings.

We know of Henry from the following sources:
1. Heath-Caldwell family archive.  Notes relating to William Marsh the Banker and his father George Marsh.
2. The book 'Portraits in Norfolk Houses' by Prince Frederick Duleep Singh. 
3. Dashwood family portraits.
4. The Graham family website (

Henry was the eldest surviving son of Sir James Dashwood, 2nd Baronet.  He became an MP representing Wigtown Burghs 1775-1780.  He failed to be elected for Canterbury in 1780 but as a friend of the heir to the Duke of Marlborough he was elected MP for the pocket borough of Woodstock and represented it 1784-1820.  He was very much a free spender and by 1775 his debts had amounted to the enormous sum of 25,000 pounds and had to be paid off by his father.  After he came into his inheritance in 1779 Henry sold most of the family estate to pay further debts.

The entry in the diary of Eliza Louisa Marsh-Caldwell reads as follows:
Mr Marsh married secondly in 1792 Frances , second daughter of Mr Graham of Kinross and for some years M.P. for that County. She was a person of a most sweet and gentle disposition and was adored by her step children and could not have been more so had she been their own mother.  Her brother was the Colonel Graham who became a Partner in our Grandfather's bank and her only and eldest sister married Sir Henry Dashwood, of Kertlington, Oxon.  Lady Dashwood was very beautiful and much about the Court, but had a troubled life, as Sir Henry was a great gambler and often brought his family to great straits and as Lady Ely, his eldest daughter, who married the Marquis of Ely, used to say with tears in her eyes to her uncle (by marriage) our Grandfather, "What would have become of them all but for his kindness, she used to say" and I believe, in truth that at one time he almost maintained the whole Kertlington family.

Eliza also notes that her father Arthur Cuthbert Marsh accompanied Henry on a tour of Portugal and Spain after the Penninsular Campaign.

Three portraits of Mary's daughter, Georgiana Carolina Lady Hastings, are listed in the book  'Portraits in Norfolk Houses' by Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, undated but published around 1927-1928.  Vol II, page 9 & 10.  Painted by H W Pickersgill around 1835 and a miniature by R Saunders.  Georgiana Carolina, second daughter of Sir Henry Watkin Dashwood, 3rd Bart., by Mary Helen his wife, daughter of John Graham of Kinross, N.B., and the Supreme Court, Calcutta; married 9th March 1829, Sir Jacob Astley, 6th Bart., afterwards 16th Lord Hastings.  She died 28 June 1835.  Georgiana had children, her heir being Jacob Henry Delaval Astley 17th Lord Hastings.

portrait of Henry was sold by Doyle Auctions, New York.  Important English and Continental - Sale 0301221, Wednesday, January 22, 2003.  Lot 158.  George Romney, British, 1734-1802.  PORTRAIT OF SIR HENRY WATKINS DASHWOOD, Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 inches (76.2 x 65.0 cm.).


Henry's father Sir James Dashwood. Painted by the artist Enoch Seeman.

Henry's sister Anne "Countess of Galloway" Stewart. Painted by the artist Sir Joshua Reynolds.

Henry's children. Painted by the artist Sir William Beechey.

Henry's daughter Anna Maria Lady Loftus. Painted by the artist Thomas Lawrence

Henry's daughter Georgina Caroline Lady Astley. Painted by the artist Henry William Pickersgill

Dining Room at Kirtlington

Kirtlington Park, Oxfordshire