George Henry Winn Devonshire

(1887 - )
     George Henry Winn Devonshire was born in 1887 in Carlton, Victoria. He was the son of William Henry Devonshire and Amelia Anne Sebo.

Guy Satterswaite Devonshire

(1892 - )
     Guy Satterswaite Devonshire was born in 1892 in Prahran, Victoria. He was the son of William Henry Devonshire and Amelia Anne Sebo.

Harriet Wynne Devonshire

(circa 1837 - 1922)
     Harriet Wynne Devonshire was born circa 1837. She was the daughter of Charles Devonshire and Elizabeth Rashleigh.
     Harriet Wynne Devonshire married John Thomas Stamp in 1862 in Victoria. They had a large family in North Melbourne.
     Harriet died in 1922 in Sandringham, Victoria.

Irene Devonshire

(1886 - )
     Irene Devonshire was born in 1886 in Carlton, Victoria. She was the daughter of Frederick Augustus Devonshire and Margaret Spear.
     Irene Devonshire married Eveleyn Bruce Skinner in 1909 in Victoria.

John Charles Rashleigh Devonshire

(circa 1841 - 1898)
     John Charles Rashleigh Devonshire was born circa 1841 in Adelaide, South Australia. He was the son of Charles Devonshire and Elizabeth Rashleigh.
     John Charles Rashleigh Devonshire married Charlotte Cocksedge, daughter of William Cocksedge and Maria Wallaker, in 1872 in Victoria.
     John died in 1898 in East Melbourne, Victoria.

Children of John Charles Rashleigh Devonshire and Charlotte Cocksedge

John Frederick Devonshire

(1917 - 1931)
      John Frederick Devonshire was also known as Frederick John in records. He was born in 1917 in Yarram, Victoria. He was the son of Alfred Rashleigh Devonshire and Laura Campbell Collis.
     John died in 1931 in Yarram, Victoria.

Louis Devonshire

(circa 1919 - 1919)
     Louis died in 1919. He was born circa 1919 in Victoria, Australia. He was the son of Walter George Devonshire and Charlotte Marion Sedunary.

Mary Ellen Devonshire

(circa 1845 - 1899)
     Mary Ellen Devonshire married (?) Mott. Mary Ellen Devonshire was born circa 1845. She was the daughter of Charles Devonshire and Elizabeth Rashleigh.
     Mary Ellen Devonshire married Griffith Evans in 1865 in Victoria.
     Mary died in 1899 in East Melbourne, Victoria.

Olive Grace C Devonshire

(1894 - )
     Olive Grace C Devonshire was born in 1894 in Prahran, Victoria. She was the daughter of William Henry Devonshire and Amelia Anne Sebo.

Pamela Phyllis Devonshire

(1937 - 1975)
     Pamela Phyllis Devonshire married Clive Christie. Pamela Phyllis Devonshire was born in 1937 in Victoria, Australia. She was the daughter of Ronald Bland Devonshire and Irene Phillis Clarke.
     Pamela died in 1975.

Peter Gerrard Devonshire

(1958 - 1958)
     Peter died in 1958 in Melbourne, Victoria. He was born in 1958. He was the son of Ronald Bland Devonshire.

Reginald Charles Devonshire

(1891 - )
     Reginald Charles Devonshire was born in 1891 in Armadale, Victoria. He was the son of William Henry Devonshire and Amelia Anne Sebo.

Ronald Bland Devonshire

(26 April 1912 - 22 August 1968)
     Ronald Bland Devonshire was born on 26 April 1912 in Victoria. He was the son of Walter George Devonshire and Charlotte Marion Sedunary.
     Ronald Bland Devonshire married Irene Phillis Clarke in 1935.
     Ronald died on 22 August 1968 in Fitzroy, Victoria, aged 56.

Child of Ronald Bland Devonshire and Irene Phillis Clarke

Child of Ronald Bland Devonshire

Royden Spear Devonshire

(1888 - 1952)
     Royden Spear Devonshire was born in 1888 in Yarram, Victoria. He was the son of Frederick Augustus Devonshire and Margaret Spear.
     Royden died in 1952 in Beechworth?, Victoria.

Valda Meryl Devonshire

(1907 - 1910)
     Valda Meryl Devonshire was born in 1907 in Essendon, Victoria. She was the daughter of Walter George Devonshire and Charlotte Marion Sedunary.
     Valda died in 1910.

Valentine Frederick Devonshire

(1891 - 1966)
     Valentine Frederick Devonshire was born in 1891 in Yarram, Victoria. He was the son of Frederick Augustus Devonshire and Margaret Spear.
     Valentine Frederick Devonshire married Dorothea Gertrude Kelsey in 1922 in Victoria.
     Valentine died in 1966 in Heidelberg, Victoria.

Walter George Devonshire

(28 October 1873 - 18 December 1949)
     Walter George Devonshire was born on 28 October 1873 in Yarram, Victoria. He was the son of William Thomas Devonshire and Eliza Ann Bland.
     Walter George Devonshire married Charlotte Marion Sedunary on 8 September 1901 in Yarram, Victoria.
     Walter died on 18 December 1949 in Melbourne, Victoria, aged 76.

Children of Walter George Devonshire and Charlotte Marion Sedunary

William Allan Devonshire

(before 8 May 1871 - circa 8 May 1874)
     William Allan Devonshire was born before 8 May 1871 in Alberton, Victoria. He was the son of William Thomas Devonshire and Eliza Ann Bland.
     William died circa 8 May 1874 in Yarram, Victoria. He was buried on 9 May 1874 in the Church of England section, Alberton, Victoria.

William Henry Devonshire

     William Henry Devonshire was the son of Charles Devonshire and Elizabeth Rashleigh.
     William Henry Devonshire married Amelia Anne Sebo in 1880 in Victoria.

William Pendennis Devonshire

(1884 - )
     William Pendennis Devonshire was born in 1884 in Carlton, Victoria. He was the son of William Henry Devonshire and Amelia Anne Sebo.

William Thomas Devonshire

(1842 - 6 December 1900)
     William Thomas Devonshire was born in 1842 in Adelaide, South Australia. He was the son of Charles Devonshire and Elizabeth Rashleigh.
     William Thomas Devonshire married Eliza Ann Bland, daughter of Abraham Bland and Harriet Bullett, in 1870 in Yarram, Victoria. William was a storekeeper..
     William died on 6 December 1900 in the Austin Hospital, Heidelberg, Victoria. 7 Dec 1900: Devonshire. The many friends of Mr F A Devonshire will regret to hear his brother Thomas died in the Austin Hospital yesterday morning. The deceased had been seriously ill for many months, and had to undergo a critical operation to the throat. Not being in a condition to withstand the shock, he gradually declined during the past two or three weeks, and passed away early yesterday morning, Dec 7th [sic] at the age of 56 years. The funeral will take place in the Melbourne Cemetery this afternoon. The now deceased gentleman was a widower, and has left one son (Mr Walter Devonshire of Yarram) to mourn his loss.
12 Dec 1900: Death notice: In Melbourne, on the 6th Dec, William Thomas Devonshire, third son of the late Chas Devonshire, aged 57 years
. He was buried on 7 December 1900 in Melbourne General Cemetery, Carlton.

Children of William Thomas Devonshire and Eliza Ann Bland

Susan Dew

(17 May 1826 - )
     Susan Dew was christened on 17 May 1826 in Thurston, Suffolk.
     Susan Dew married Samuel Whiting, son of Samuel Whiting and Mary Bullett, on 23 January 1858 in Thurston, Suffolk.
     Susan Dew and Samuel Whiting appeared on the 1861 census in Thurston. Samuel Whiting, head, 39, farm labourer, his wife Susan 34, daughter Eliza 5, son Robert 2, all born at Thurston and son in law Thomas Clutram?, 19, born Livermere.
     Susan Dew and Samuel Whiting appeared on the 1871 census in Great Green, Thurston. Samuel Whiting, head, 48, farm labourer, his wife Susan 44, and son Robert, 12, errand boy, all born at Thurston.
     Susan Dew and Samuel Whiting appeared on the 1881 census in the Green, Thurston. Samuel Whiting, head, 59?, labourer, his wife Susan 54, both born at Thurston.
     Susan Dew and Samuel Whiting appeared on the 1891 census in Stony Lane, Thurston. Samuel Whiting, head, 69, labourer, his wife Susan 64, both born at Thurston.

Children of Susan Dew and Samuel Whiting

Robert Dewar

(circa 1910 - )
     Robert Dewar was born circa 1910.
     Robert Dewar married Jean Fox, daughter of Marjoram Fox and Annie Maria Miller, in 1933 in Victoria.

Joan Dibbs

( - before 1982)
     Joan Dibbs married Henry Albert Clark, son of Owen Clark and Hannah Bullett.
     Joan died before 1982.

John Dick

     John Dick married Elizabeth Rose, daughter of Hickman Rose and Jane Handy, before 1823.

Daughter Guy Dickens

(circa 1728 - after 1794)
     Daughter Guy Dickens was born circa 1728. She was the daughter of Melchior Guy Dickens and Hannah Handcock.
     Daughter Guy Dickens married Jordan Costello, son of Charles Costello and Mary French, before 1746.
     Daughter died after 1794. She was mentioned in her grand-son's diary as visiting him with her sister in London.

Children of Daughter Guy Dickens and Jordan Costello

Rev Frederick William Guy Dickens

(before February 1729 - 14 September 1779)
      Rev Frederick William Guy Dickens was also known as Guydickens in records. He was born before February 1729. He was the son of Melchior Guy Dickens and Hannah Handcock.
     Frederick was educated between 1738 and 1741 in Westminster School, London. He was admitted aged 10 in September 1738.
     Frederick matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford University, on 16 February 1748/49. He matriculated 16 Feb 1748/9 aged 20. Frederick was a Barrister at Law, Lincoln's Inn in 1753.
     In 1758 Frederick Guydickens, Esq. was a subscriber to The History of the life and reign of Philip, King of Macedon vol. 1, published by Thomas Leleand, London. Frederick was ordained at St George, Bloomsbury, on 11 June 1775.
     In Melchior Guy Dickens's will dated 10 July 1775 in Waddon, Croydon, Surrey, Rev Frederick William Guy Dickens was named as heir; Melchior Guy Dickens of Waddon in the parish of Croydon in Surrey ... to my son-in-law Eliah Handcock of Waddon afsd, gent. & Solomon Hanritton? of the Inner Temple Society gent. ... my eldest son ffrederick William Guydickens of E?ssensey co Middlesex & of ... Barrister at law... my daughter Mary Reinhardina Guydickens now the wife of the said Eliah Handcock ... upon the marriage of my younger son Gustavus Guydickens ... corpse not to be carried to Blockley but interred in a vault in the parish church where I now live, dated 10 July 15 Geo 3 1775. Witnessed by vicar & curate of Croydon. Frederick was a clergyman at Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire. He was also a barrister.
priest - Letters Dimissory
No - Source: LRO, B/A/1/23 (Register 1771-7) (Episcopal Register)
Bishop
Hurd, Richard/Coventry & Lichfield 1775-1781.
     Rev Frederick William Guy Dickens made a will dated 13 September 1779 in Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire. This is the last will & testament of me Frederick William Guydickens of Wotton Underedge in the county of Gloucester, clerk ffirst ... that my body be buried in the same grave with my dear brother at Blockley in Worcestershire and that it be removed thither and interred without the least pomp and unnecessary expense also it is my request that my executors do burn and destroy all my sermons and other manuscripts as soon as may be after my decease
I give my servant Mary Bishop at the ... of two shillings per week to be . from the time she last came to my service until the time of my decease in full for wages & also give her all my clothes and wearing apparel
I give my beloved brother all my household furniture books and prints (?) which are now in his custody
I give my friend John Cooper of Wotton und... aforesaid surgeon five guineas for a ring in testimony of my respect
All the residue and remainder of my personal estate and effects whatsoever I give to my friend the said John Cooper and Thomas Perry of Wotton Underedge aforesaid Gentlemen and trust to sell and a convert the same into ... and therewith to pay and discharge my debts and funeral and to distribute the surplus if any equally between my two heirs Frances & Elizabeth Guydickens daughters of my siad brother Gustavus Guydickens and of this my will I appoint the said John Cooper and Thomas Perry joint exectors ... whereof I I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 13th day of September 1779.
[Signed] Fred W Guydickens ... in the presence of Elizabeth Cooper, James Park.

     Frederick died on 14 September 1779 in Blockley, Worcestershire/Gloucester. He was buried on 18 September 1779 in Blockley, Worcestershire/Gloucester. Frederick William Guydickens, clerk, (son of Melchior Guydickens and Hannah his wife) late curate of Wotton under Edge in the county of Gloucester, buried in the chancel, September 18th 1779.
     His will was proved on 24 December 1779 in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury.

Gustavus Guy Dickens

(1732 - before 20 March 1802)
     Gustavus Guy Dickens was born in 1732. He was the son of Melchior Guy Dickens and Hannah Handcock.
     Gustavus was educated in September 1741 in Westminster School, London.
     Gustavus matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford University, on 16 February 1748/49.
     He served in the Army between 1754 and 1790. Gustavus Guy Dickens, gentleman was appointed 17 December 1754, a cornet in the Inniskilling Regiment of Dragoons, commanded by Major James Cholmoneley, Esq. Lt General [Gents mag, via Biography database].
Appointed Lt in the 6th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Dragoons, 27 Oct 1760.
     Major General Gustavus Guydickens: Commissioned Lt & Captain 1 May 1761 3rd Foot guards (with them until 1793), last commission dated 13 September 1791 as Lt Colonel. [Army lists, PRO Kew].
In 28 July 1767 he was appointed Adjutant of the 3rd Regt of Foot Guards in place of John Turner, deceased. [Gent Mag via Biography database].
In 1768 he was described as Capt Gustavus Guydickens in the 3rd Foot Guards when he subscribed to a military book The Military medley adjustant and gentleman usher to the Queen.
By 1772 he was Capt Gustavus Guydickens, 3rd Regt of Foot Guards, Gentleman Usher to the Queen when he subscribed to another military book.
On May 1 1790 he was appointed to be Major-General.
     [1760s?]: Letter from Melchior Guydickens to his son 'Gusty' [Gustavus] concerning the gift of a gold watch from Ferdinand of Brunswick.
[c.1760-1763]: Marching orders for Gustavus Guydickens (in the Dinkelhausen area).
1768: Letter from General Reden in Hanover to Gustavus Guydickens discussing present army affairs and wishing to be remembered to English companions [during the Seven Years War].
1791: [Copy] letter from Gustavus Guydickens in London to Ferdinand of Brunswick expressing his respect for the Duke.
1792: Letter from Frederick [----] [to Gustavus Guydickens] concerning the confinement of two officers in the Coldstream Guards.
     1760 (22 Sept.): Letter from D. Reden, Adjutant General, at Geismer, to Lieutenant Gustavus Guydickens concerning troop movements [during the Seven Years' War].
     1760 (27 Oct.): Appointment of Gustavus Guydickens as lieutenant in the 6th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Dragoons
ref. D4582/3/11 1761 (1 May): Appointment of Gustavus Guydickens as lieutenant in the 3rd Regiment of Footguards
ref. D4582/3/12-15 - 1761-1766: Letters from Ferdinand of Brunswick to Gustavus Guydickens giving tactical instructions (1761) and showing appreciation for Gustavus' services (includes reference in 1766 to writing to Lord Chatham on Gustavus' behalf)
ref. D4582/3/16 - date: c.1762: Letters from Charles Duke of Mecklenbourg, while in England, to Gustavus Guydickens concerning their friendship.
     Gustavus Guy Dickens married Frances Tracy on 7 April 1762.
     1762 (14 August): Letter from Fieldmarshal H S Conway at Ellenburg to Gustavus Guydickens, aide de camp to the Duke [Ferdinand] concerning purchases of supplies from local population.
     1762 (15 Oct.): Letter from Melchior Guydickens to 'Gusty' [in Germany] concerning political factions in England, the progress of the war and advice for Gusty's advancement.
     Guydickens, Gustavus Gentleman was Usher Daily Waiter 1765-83.
     He was appointed Captain Adjutant of the 3rd Regt of Foot Guards.
     Mrs Costello's brother Major General Gustavus Guy Dickens (born 1732) belonged to the Queens household, being appointed a Gentleman Usher Daily Waiter in 1765 and promoted to Gentleman Usher of the Privy Chamber in 1783. He was the uncle of Mary Ann Costello and witnessed her wedding in 1768. Gustavus Guy Dickens witnessed George Canning and Mary Ann Costello's wedding on 21 May 1768 in St Mary, St Marylebone, Westminster.      
Gustavus Guy Dickens was Member of Parliament for Athlone, Westmeath/Roscommon, Ireland.
     Lease of Hall Place, Heston, for three years from 24 June 1778. - 1778 1 Sept - 1. Gustavus Guydickens of Hinde Street, St. Marylebone, esq. 2. Richard Brinsley Sheridan of Gt Queen St, St Giles in the Fields, esq.

     In the small chapel on the south side of the chancel, which is the property of General Guydickens, are the monument of William Denington, Esq. of Wallingford (fn. 41) , 1686; Henry Collins, Esq. of the Middle Temple, 1705; Henry Lovibond, Esq. (fn. 42) , 1710; and Lord George Bentinck (fn. 43) , son of Henry Duke of Portland, 1759. At the east end of the nave is the monument of Elisha Biscoe, Esq.From: 'Heston', The Environs of London: volume 3: County of Middlesex (1795), pp. 22-45. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=45431&strquery=guydickens Date accessed: 13 September 2009.      
Gustavus Guy Dickens paid land tax between 1782 and 1792 in Heston, London. He is also listed there in the 1798 Land tax redemption records. Gustavus was raised to be Gentlemen Usher of Privy Chamber (Queen Charlotte's household), from being Gentleman Usher Daily Waiter, from1783-93 from 24 March 1783.
     He advertised in The London gazette on 8 May 1790: All persons having demands on Major-General Gustavus Guydickens, of Bryanstown-street, Portman-square, are desired immediatly to send particular accounts thereof to Mess. Hill and Meredith, no. 15, Gray's Inn, by whoms meeting will be shortly called for the purposed of adjusting and discharging such demands, and of which further notice will be given.
     Gustavus Guy Dickens lived, 18 December 1790. The Sun Fire Office records mention: Insured - Charlotte Alexander, Mulbarton, near Norwich, widow. Other property or occupiers: 27 Somerset Street, Oxford Street (Major General Guydickins).
     Gustavus died before 20 March 1802 in Fleet Prison, London. Alan Sutton wrote in 2006: The Mr Guydickens who married Frances Tracy was a ne'er-do-well who had been in debtors prison. He was buried on 20 March 1802 in St Bride, Fleet St, London. He died of "decline", in Fleet Prison.
     1913: Newspaper cutting concerning the Guydickens' letters in the possession of H F Westlake.

Children of Gustavus Guy Dickens and Frances Tracy

Mary Reinhardina Guy Dickens

(before June 1736 - before 26 February 1803)
      Mary Reinhardina Guy Dickens was also known as Guydickens in records. She was born before June 1736. She was aged 66 at her burial. She was the daughter of Melchior Guy Dickens and Hannah Handcock.
     In 1757 Miss Guydickens was a subscriber to Conybeare's Sermons along with Frederick & Gustavus. A Miss Fanny Guydichins subscribed to a book of sermons by Mary Deverall in 1776. She possibly visited Geo Canning in 1794.
     Mary Reinhardina Guy Dickens married Eliah Handcock as his second wife, on 9 April 1772 in St Olave, Southwark, Surrey. Eliah Handcock, widower, of this parish & Mary Reinhardin Guydickens of Hornsey, Mdx, spinster were married in this church by lycence . Signed Eliah Handcock & M R Guydickens, in the presence of Eliza Wood & Cha? Gilbert.
He was probably her second cousin and had married in 1749 to Mary Peirce.
     In Melchior Guy Dickens's will dated 10 July 1775 in Waddon, Croydon, Surrey, Mary Reinhardina Guy Dickens was named as heir; Melchior Guy Dickens of Waddon in the parish of Croydon in Surrey ... to my son-in-law Eliah Handcock of Waddon afsd, gent. & Solomon Hanritton? of the Inner Temple Society gent. ... my eldest son ffrederick William Guydickens of E?ssensey co Middlesex & of ... Barrister at law... my daughter Mary Reinhardina Guydickens now the wife of the said Eliah Handcock ... upon the marriage of my younger son Gustavus Guydickens ... corpse not to be carried to Blockley but interred in a vault in the parish church where I now live, dated 10 July 15 Geo 3 1775. Witnessed by vicar & curate of Croydon. She was an executor of Melchior Guy Dickens's estate on 4 January 1776 in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury.
     Lord Chancellor: Tuesday the 15th day of May in the 21st year of the Reign of HM King George III, 1781. Between Mary Reinhardina Handcock (wife of Eliah Handcock, esq) by William Cooper her next friend, plainff; Timothy Handcock, Edmond Kelly, and others, defendants... The plaintiff filed her bill on 27 Oct 1779... Edmond Kelly has gone out of the realm, or doth otherwise abscond, to avoid being served.
     Mary Reinhardina Guy Dickens and Eliah Handcock obtained a marriage licence on 4 June 1787 in London. But she was described as his wife in 1775 and 1776.
SoG reported that in the marriage licence allegation for Eliah Handcock and Mary Reinhardina Guydickens dated 4 June 1787, Mr. Handcock is listed as a widower of the parish of St. Andrew Holborn. Mary Guydickens is listed as a spinster of the same parish, aged 35. A licence was issued to them to be married in the parish church of St Andrew Holborn. We happen to have a microfilmed copy of the St Andrew marriage records and I found a marriage entry for them on 5 June 1787, one day after the licence was issued.
     Mary Reinhardina Guy Dickens was also reported as having married Eliah Handcock, son of Rev? Eliah Handcock and 'Widow' Crowse, on 5 June 1787 in St Andrew, Holborn, London. Eliah Handcock of the parish of St Andrew Holborn, Middlesex, Esq, widower, and Mary Reinhardina Guydickens of the same parish were married in this church by licence 5 June 1787 by me Charles Barton, Rector. This marriage was solemnized between us Eliah Handcock and M R Guydickens in the presence of us Dorothea Handcock, R Perry.
     In Eliah Handcock's will dated 9 June 1787 in Rumney, Mary Reinhardina Guy Dickens was named as executrix of the estate; I Eliah Handcock of Rompney, esquire make this my last will and testament ... I desire that my body may be decently buried at the discretion of my executrix hereafter named And I give devise and bequeath all my estate and effects whatsoever unto my dear wife Mary Reinhardina Handcock her heirs etc absolutely ... and I do hereby nominate my said wife sole executrix. She was the executrix of Eliah Handcock's estate on 2 January 1790 in the Llandaff Diocesan Court, Wales.
     Mary Reinhardina Guy Dickens made a will dated 21 May 1801 in Tithfield? St, St Marylebone, Westminster. Her estate was to go to her god-daughter Caroline Reinhardina Evans, daughter of David & Sarah Evans. Rev Thomas Poole Hooper of Wimpole St was a trustee.
     Mary died The Oxford journal on on 5 March 1803 reported: Died, in Upper Titchfield Street, Portland Place, Mrs Handcock, relict of Eliah Handcock Esq before 26 February 1803 in St Marylebone, Westminster. She was buried on 26 February 1803 in St Anne, Soho, Westminster, Middlesex. Mary Reinhardina Handcock, St Marylebone, aged 66, of decline.
     Her will was proved on 5 March 1803. Will of Mary Reinhardina Handcock, Widow of Saint Marylebone, Middlesex.
     The Oxford journal on 11 Oct 1806 listed unclaimed dividends.... Handcock, Mary Reinhardina, wife of Eliah Handcock, Wickware, Gloucestershire, Esq. Jan 1781.

Melchior Guy Dickens

(18 February 1695/96 - after 10 July 1775)
     Melchior Guy Dickens was christened on 18 February 1695/96 in St James, Paddington, England. Baptised Melchior, the son of Peter & Ayme Guy Dickins. He was the son of Peter Guy Dickens and Ayme Unknown (Guy Dickens).
     Melchior was educated in Westminster School, London.
     Melchior Guy Dickens served in the military in the Army from 16 February 1715/16 to 28 February 1750/51. He began his army service as a Cornet in Col. Charles La Bouchetiere's newly raised regiment of dragoons. He served in that regiment until its disbandment in June 1717 when he went on half pay until August 9th following when he joined Col. Descury's Regt. of Foot, the 32nd in Ireland, as a Captain.
On Feb 6th 1740/1 he was promoted to the rank of Lt Colonel in the newly raised 47th Foot (Mordaunt's). He retired from the Army Feb 28 1750/51.
     He was a subscriber to books printed in 1722, 1730 & 1733 when described as a Captain in the Hon. Brigadier General du Bourgay's regiment, and in 1749 as His Majesty's envoy, Stockholm.
     Melchior Guy Dickens married Hannah Handcock, daughter of Very Rev Stephen Handcock and Margaret Warner, on 6 February 1721/22 in St John, Dublin, Ireland. Melchior Guydickens of parish of St John's Dublin Esq. & Hannah Handcock, of the same parish, spinster.
     He was Secretary of Embassy and Chargé d'Affaires from 1730 to 1740, and then for a short time Minister to Prussia.
     The London gazette on 12/15 Aug 1732 reported: Melchior Guy Dickens, Esq., His Majesty's secretary at the court of the King of Prussia, whom the King had permitted to come hither for a short time, took his leave of his Majesty, and returned this morning to Berlin.
     He was Envoy Extraordinary to the Empress of Russia between 1740 and 1744.
     Melchior was appointed Minister at the Court of Prussia (after serving there from 1724) in August 1740.
     Melchior was appointed Envoy in Sweden in January 1742.
     A newcomer to the village, Colonel Dickens, had lately taken possession of the adjoining Porch House. The story is given in the Court Roll: Complaint made by Melchior Guy Dickens against Mr Collier of this manor that he had stopped an underground drain of the sd Mr Dickens running through the yard of Mr Collier... Porch House was not mentioned in the 1664 survey and was presumably built after that date, Elizabeth Martyn occupied it from 1713-1747 when Col. Guy Dickens took it over. He was still there in 1779, when his son, a clergyman, was buried in the Blockley church. Soon after it passed to Thomas Wilkes".
     In February 1848, he was expelled from Sweden because of his zeal and indiscretion.
     Melchior Guy Dickens lived at 66 Great Queen St, London, between 1749 and 1751.
     Melchior was appointed Envoy Extraordinar to the Empress in Russia on 6 July 1749.
     1753 (9 March): Letter from the Duke of Newcastle to Colonel Melchior Guydickens concerning the Russian Great Chancellor's "distresses", money loaned to him by King George II and the need for the Tzarina to agree to George II's proposals against the "extravagent conduct of the King of Prussia".
     1753 (31 May): [Copy] letter from Melchior Guydickens in Moscow to the Consul [at St. Petersburg] concerning financial support given to the Great Chancellor.
1753 (31 May): [Copy] notification from Melchior Guydickens to send the original mortgage to be annulled (enclosed with D4582/2/4 above).
     1753 (July): [Copy] letter from Melchior Guydickens in Moscow to the Duke of Newcastle concerning the Great Chancellor's influence at the Russian Court, "I acquainted him with the further present His majesty was willing to make to him if He could procure the Empress's consent to the Plan proposed in your Grace's letter".
     Feb 1754: Contract between Melchior Guydickens and Chrapowitsky, Colonel and Sergeant of the Tzarina's Company of Corps, for the lease of a house in St Petersburg.
     Manor Court of Blockley 22 Feb 1757: Award of Jury at the Manor Court of Blockley, on a dispute between Colonel Guy Dickens and Mr. Edward Collier, concerning the cutting down of nut trees to build a wall; and appointment of Thos. Whatcot of Blockley as impartial inspector. 10 signatures or marks.
     1762 (15 Oct.): Letter from Melchior Guydickens to 'Gusty' [in Germany] concerning political factions in England, the progress of the war and advice for Gusty's advancement. He On May 31 1763 he was granted a pension of £500 for "31 years of service to the Irish establishment". During his career he filled several important diplomatic posts. After 10 years as Secretary of the British Embassy in Berlin and as Charge d'Affaires between 1730 and August 1740, he was appointed Minister to Prussia and continued at Berlin in that capacity until Jan 1741/2 when he was appointed Minister to Sweden, in which capacity he served until July 1749 when appointed to Russia. He served twice as Minister in St Petersburg, first from July 1749 to 1751 and again from 1753 to April 1755 on 31 May 1763.
     His grand daughter Mary Ann was married from his home in Wigmore St London.
His son Rev. Frederick William Guy Dickens's will reqests that he be buried at Blockley, [Worcs, a detached parish in Gloucestershire] with a deceased brother.
     In Nov 1773 he was granted a pension of 500 pounds p.a. from the Irish House of Commons.
     Melchior Guy Dickens made a will dated 10 July 1775 in Waddon, Croydon, Surrey. Melchior Guy Dickens of Waddon in the parish of Croydon in Surrey ... to my son-in-law Eliah Handcock of Waddon afsd, gent. & Solomon Hanritton? of the Inner Temple Society gent. ... my eldest son ffrederick William Guydickens of E?ssensey co Middlesex & of ... Barrister at law... my daughter Mary Reinhardina Guydickens now the wife of the said Eliah Handcock ... upon the marriage of my younger son Gustavus Guydickens ... corpse not to be carried to Blockley but interred in a vault in the parish church where I now live, dated 10 July 15 Geo 3 1775. Witnessed by vicar & curate of Croydon.
     Melchior died after 10 July 1775 in Waddon, Croydon Surrey.
     His will was proved on 4 January 1776 in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. Proved at London 4 Jan 1776 by the oath of Mary Reinhardin Handcock wife of Eliah Handcock Esq.

Children of Melchior Guy Dickens and Hannah Handcock