Articles tagged with: Inheritance

Martha Davenport

on Tuesday, 24 March 2015. Posted in Davenport

Martha Davenport was born Martha Talbot in 1720, and was the third child and eldest daughter of John Ivory Talbot and Mary Mansel. She inherited a life interest in Lacock on the death of her brother John Talbot, and held it in trust until her death when it passed, on her brother’s wishes, to her third son William. Her eldest two sons were ill.

The Inheritance of John Ivory

on Sunday, 12 February 2017. Posted in Talbot

John Ivory inherited the Manor of Lacock in 1714 on the death of his grandfather, Sir John Talbot. Sir John had had a son, Sharington, who had predeceased him and hence the inheritance passed to his eldest male grandson. The conditions of the bequest, as specified in the last will of Sir John (1), dated 1 August 1712, included an absolute requirement that the inheritor must adopt the name and arms of Sir John, and hence John Ivory became John Ivory Talbot. Sir John also made clear his intention to reach from beyond his grave as he also identified the line of succession should John Ivory die without “issue male”, identifying his other three grandsons as the next in line in birth order. The will also required “keeping the premisses in good repaire & not permitting any wast therein”.

John Ivory Talbot

John Ivory Talbot

The Sharington Talbots of Lacock Abbey

on Tuesday, 26 January 2016. Posted in Talbot

There are four people with this name associated with Lacock Abbey and village, although only one actually owned the property.

The first, Sharington Talbot, sometimes known as “the elder”, was born in 1577 the son of John Talbot and Olive Sharington. Unfortunately he died in 1642 and pre-deceased his mother who owned Lacock.

His son Sharington, “the younger”, born in 1599, inherited the estate from his grandmother. He died in 1677.

His first-born son, also Sharington, died in infancy so it was the second son John who inherited.

In accordance with tradition, John named his first son Sharington but sadly he too died before his father.

The following pages provide details of the lives of the three who grew to adulthood.

The South Sea Bubble and the Davenport Family Fortunes

on Thursday, 10 August 2017. Posted in Davenport

In common with many investors of the early 18th Century, Henry Davenport and a number of his relatives bought shares and annuities in the South Sea Company which spectacularly collapsed in 1720. Many previously wealthy people were brought to poverty although some others managed to cash-in their shares at just the right time and gained exceptional riches. A number of the gainers were politicians, company directors or traders with inside knowledge of what was really happening within a company which was basically a sham.


The South Sea Company coat of arms