Monday, 15 June 2009

Lord Colchester

Charles Abbot, 1st Baron Colchester, PC, FRS (1757 –1829)

He was the son of Dr John Abbot, rector of All Saints, Colchester, and, by his mother's second marriage, half-brother of the famous Jeremy Bentham. In 1793, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society.
MP and statesman holding cabinet positions under six prime ministers, including Chief Secretary and Privy Seal for Ireland (1801) and Speaker of the House of Commons. On 1817 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Colchester with a pension.
In 1796, he married Elizabeth Gibbes (1760-1847), the elder daughter of Sir Philip Gibbes, baronet, of Springhead, Barbados.

Frank’s #4

Arms: Gules on a chevron, between three pears or, as many crosses, reguly, az. Within a tressure, flory, of the second.
Crest: Out of a ducal coronet or, a unicorn’s head erm. maned and tuffed of the first, between six ostrich feathers ar. quilled or.
Supporters: On either side a unicorn erm. armed, maned, hoofed and tufted, or gorged.

Sources: John Burke. A General and heraldic dictionary of the peerage and baronetage of the British Empire, vol. 1, H. Colburn and R. Bentley, 1832

See, The Diary and Correspondence of Charles Abbot, Lord Colchester; Speaker of the House of Commons 1802-1817, 3 vols, 1861; reprint, Adamant Media Corporation, 2002

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