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Webb, General John Richmond als

Webb, General John Richmond als

Male 1667 - 1724

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  • Title  General 
    Born  Y  [1
    Christened  26 Dec 1667  Rodbourne Cheney, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Fact 1  28 Dec 1667  Rodbourne Cheney, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Baptised 
    Fact 2  Ludgershall, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 
    Died  05 Sep 1724  Biddesden, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I00175  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  10 Nov 2017 

    Father  Webb, Edmund Richmond als,   c. 26.01.1638/39, St Bride Fleet Street, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1705, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Smith, Jane,   b. Abt 1641, Of St Sepulchre, Holborn, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 21 Apr 1669, Rodbourne Cheney, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  31 Jan 1661/62  St. Peters, Pauls Wharf, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F00093  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Borlase, Henrietta,   c. 4 Sep 1660, Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1711, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  03 Feb 1690  St. Pauls, Covent Garden, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Webb, Jane Richmond,   c. 26 Apr 1691, St James's Piccadilly, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 12 Sep 1737, Free Chapel of St George, Windsor Castle, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Webb, Anne Richmond,   c. 31 May 1692, St James's Piccadilly, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1768, Holyport, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Webb, Edmund Richmond,   c. 26 Aug 1694, St James's Piccadilly, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1724, Gibralter Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Webb, Borlase Richmond,   c. 18 Oct 1696, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 11 Mar 1738, Ludgershall, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Webb, Alicia,   b. Abt 1700, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1768, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Webb, Henrietta Richmond,   b. Abt 1700, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1768, Thorpe Lee, Egham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F00090  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Skeate, Anne,   b. Abt 1695, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 8 Apr 1737, Ludgershall, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  20 May 1720  St. Martins in the Field, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Webb, Catherine Richmond,   c. 3 Jan 1718, St James's Piccadilly, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 1730, Ludgershall, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Webb, Frances Richmond,   b. 6 Feb 1719, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1777, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Webb, John Richmond,   b. 6 Feb 1719, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1766, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F00091  Group Sheet

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    John Richmond alias Webb

  • Notes 
    • Dictionary of National Biography including 1899 edition.
      Described in Swift's Journal to Stella; "he goes with a crutch and a stick."
      Portrayed in "The History of Henry Esmund Esquire", by W.M. Thackeray.
      Richmond Family Records Volumne 11.
      The Richmonds alias Webb of Wiltshire- Both of these by Henry I. Richmond, 1935.

      Army Lists and Commissions(Portsmouth Library) Volumne 6, 1707-1714
      page17, JRW to be Lieut-Gen 01.01.1709 St. James.
      page183, JRW to be Lieut-Gen and Commander in charge of all our forces in England 11.06.1712 Kensington.
      page 327, Lieut-Gen Webbs Regiment of Foot(8th Regiment) JRW Colonel 26.12.1695(The Kings Regiment)

      The Queen's Regiment of Foot, John Richmond Webb's. Raised 1685. Ranked as the 8th in 1747.

      Listed in the Dictionary of National Biography, Vol.LX. London, 1899.
      Summary- Second son of Colonel Edmund Richmond Webb and Jane Smith.
      Commissioned as a cornet in Queens Regiment of dragoons(now the 3rd Hussars) in November 1687.
      November, 1688 wounded at Wincanton in a skirmish between the kings's army and a group of the prince of Orange's regulars.
      On 26.10.1695 became a Colonel of the 8th Regiment of Foot.
      1697 Seriously wounded in a duel with Captain Mardike.
      1702 Distinguished himself at the storming of Venloo.
      1703 Served under Marlborough in Flanders and was promoted brigadier-general on 11.04.1704.
      Showed great gallantry during the attack on Blenheim on 13.08.1704.
      Involved against the French at Helixem on 17.06.1705.
      Commanded on the left during the attack on Ramillies on 23.05.1706.
      Made a major-general on 01.01.1706
      Distinguished himself at Oudenarde on 11.07.1708.
      In August, 1708 raided Picardy.
      Webb commanded the small force which defeated Comte de Lamothe at Wynendale. Congratulated by his commander in chief, Marlborough. He received the order of Generosity from the King of Prussia, and the thanks "in his place" of the House of Commons on December 13th, 1708.
      Made Lieutenant-general on 01.01.1709.
      During 1709 fought at Malplaquet. Listed as dead but survived, being virtually crippled.
      Captain and govenor of the Isle of Wight in August, 1710
      Given the seat of Newport.
      Made general and Commander of the Land Forces in Great Britain on 16.06.1712
      Deprived of his posts by the Whig government and in 1715 forced to sell out.
      Returned for the family borough of Ludgershall in 1717 and in 1721/22.
      Died September, 1724.

      His son and heir was Captain Borlase.

      "Biddesden" is the home the General built for himself at Ludgershall.

      Victoria County History
      Publication
      A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 16
      Author
      D A Crowley (Editor), A P Baggs, J Freeman, C Smith, J H Stevenson, E Williamson
      Year published 1999 Pages 164-181
      'Milton Lilbourne', A History of the County
      ".. In 1740 the northern half of Edward Clerk's estate, thereafter called the manor of MILTON UNDER THE HILL, was bought by John Webb (d. 1756). In 1754 Webb gave it to his son John Richmond Webb (d. 1805), who devised the estate, c. 275 a., to his sisters Ann Richmond Webb (d. 1808) and Elizabeth Richmond Webb (d. 1823) for life as tenants in common and afterwards to T. G. Villet (d. 1817). (fn. 24)P.R.O., E 315/56, f. 94From: 'Milton Lilbourne', A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 16: Kinwardstone Hundred (1999), pp. 164-181. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=23047. Date accessed: 05 March 2008. In 1825 From: 'Milton Lilbourne', A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 16: Kinwardstone Hundred (1999), pp. 164-181. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=23047. Date accessed: 05 March 2008.


      no title] 348/I/20 1740
      Contents:
      Marriage settlement (Vilett to Richmond alias Webb and Vilett, for Young), land in Swindon.
      Parties: John Vilett of London, John Richmond alias of Biddestone, John Vilett of Swindon, Elizabeth Louisa Young of Swindon.
      no title] 348/I/19 1739
      Contents:
      Lease for 1 year (Elizabeth Vilett to John Vilett) rectory of Swindon, parsonage house, shop and land in Swindon.
      Parties: Elizabeth Vilett of Swindon, relict of Thomas Vilett, John Vilett of Swindon, nephew of William Vilett, deceased, and son of Thomas, John Vilett of Swindon, son of William Vilett.

      no title] 348/I/22 1784
      Contents:
      Probate will of Thomas Vilett of Swindon, made 1783. Reference to Ambrose Goddard of Swindon, Mary Goddard, his daughter, Thomas Goddard his son, Ambrose Awdry of Seend, William Galley of Chisledon, John Jacob of Tockenham, Mary, wife of Thomas Vilett above, John Prower of Purton, Elizabeth and Pricilla, daughters of Thomas Vilett above, Thomas Goddard Vilett, son of Thomas Vilett above, witnessed by Lucy Goddard, Ann Goddard, James Bradford, properties unspecified.

      Docquet of a Grant unto John Richmond.
      Calendar Volume Title: A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts, in the British Museum: With Indexes of Persons, Places, and Matters.
      Entry Number: 2264, 119 Date: [no date]
      Gale Document Number: MC4319022395
      2264, 119. Docquet of a Grant unto John Richmond
      138.
      119. Docquet of a Grant unto John Richmond alis Webb Lieutenant Generall of her Majesties Forces in the Low Countries of the yearly Pension of 1000 out of the Revenue of the Post-Office: to hold during her Majesties Life. Signed by the Lord Treasurer Godolphin; and sealed the 28th of March, 1710.

      Wiltshire Memorial Inscriptions:
      Forenames: John Surname: RICHMOND Place: North Tidworth; Holy Trinity County: Wiltshire Country: England Reference: 60316 Notes: alias WEBB Lt Gen of Biddesdon
      Forenames: John Surname: WEBB Place: North Tidworth; Holy Trinity County: Wiltshire Country: England Reference: 101973 Notes: Lt Col otherwise RICHMOND

      The history of the borough of Ludgershall .... As at many other boroughs during the same period, the representation was shared between a number of local families, the most important being the Webbs of Rodbourne Cheney, where they had been established for many generations. The Webbs were by the late 17th century a family of more than local importance. Colonel Edmund Webb, who represented Ludgershall from 1700 to 1705, had also an interest at Cricklade, for which he sat for many years; his son Thomas was an eminent lawyer, counsellor-at-law to the Prince of Denmark and Recorder of Devizes, which he represented in the Parliament of 1710. More important in the history of Ludgershall was Colonel Webb's second son, General John Richmond Webb, the hero of the battle of Wynendael, who figures in Thackeray's Henry Esmond. The reports made to James II in 1688 had referred to Ludgershall as influenced by Thomas Neale and the Roman Catholic Sir Anthony Browne, who had 'the chiefe interest'. (fn. 145) In 1692 John Richmond Webb laid the foundation of his family's predominating influence at Ludgershall by purchasing an estate at Biddesden from the Brownes, an estate on which in 1711, when he had become something of a popular hero, he was to build himself a house modelled upon Kensington Palace. (fn. 146) For the next few years Thomas Neale and the Webbs competed; John Webb defeated Neale's son in 1695 and successfully petitioned against Neale's own election in 1698. (fn. 147) From 1698 to 1734 the Webbs held the field; in no Parliament was Ludgershall not represented by at least one Webb, and more often than not by two, or by one Webb and another member in the Webb interest. (fn. 148)
      General Webb died in 1724 and was succeeded by his son Borlace, who sat for Ludgershall in 1722 and 1727 but was defeated in 1734 (fn. 154) and died without heirs in 1738. (fn. 155)
      From: 'Parliamentary history 1689-1832', A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 5 (1957), pp. 195-230. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=116093 Date accessed: 18 November 2009.


      No. 13 Great Marlborough Street
      Demolished
      The large house which formerly stood on the west corner of Blenheim (now Ramillies) Street was built as two separate houses. (ref. 17) The eastern house was mortgaged by Joseph Collens in 1707 (ref. 41) and assigned in 1710 by his widow Lydia, who had in the meantime obtained the reversionary lease, to the Hon. John Richmond, alias Webb. (ref. 42) In the latter year Webb also obtained the reversionary lease of the adjoining house on the corner, which had been built by Richard Daston. (ref. 43) Webb had fought at Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde and Malplaquet and rose to the rank of general. He combined the two houses, which remained one thereafter, and lived here until his death in 1724. The house was said to have been occupied by the Duke of Marlborough himself, (ref. 44) but it was probably Webb's tenancy which gave rise to this story. After the general's death the house remained unoccupied for several years. (ref. 17)
      Webb's house was advertised for sale in The Daily Courant in 1725. (ref. 45) Besides the 'large fine and commodious new-built House with a pleasant Garden adjoining', the advertisement mentioned 'a beautiful new-built Apartment at the further End of the said Garden, through which is a Communication from the House to that Apartment, which also lies next a Street, consisting of a very good Kitchen and other convenient Offices under Ground, over which is but one Floor, containing a very good Dining-Room, Parlour, Withdrawing-Room, and a lodging-Room, all very beautiful and convenient, and both Houses well serv'd with New-River-Water; with good Coach-houses and Stabling adjoining.'
      The house was eventually taken by Lord Charles Cavendish, third son of the second Duke of Devonshire, who purchased the freehold in 1738. (ref. 13)
      From: 'Great Marlborough Street Area', Survey of London: volumes 31 and 32: St James Westminster, Part 2 (1963), pp. 250-267. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=41476 Date accessed: 10 October 2010.

  • Sources 
    1. [S00142] Rodbourne Cheney Wiltshire Bishops Transcripts.

    2. [S00148] St Martins in the Field Westminster Parish Registers.