Family:Mostyn-Champneys, Thomas Swymmer (1769-1839)

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Sir Thomas Swymmer Mostyn-Champneys (Thomas Champneys, Richard, Elizabeth Chaundler, Richard, Robert, Richard, Elizabeth Robage, Anne Whitney, Robert, Robert Robert, Eustace, Robert, Robert, Robert, Eustace, Eustace, Robert, ...) was born 21 May 1769 and died 21 November 1839 in Orchadleigh, Somersetshire.

He married on 21 April 1792 at St. George's Street, Hanover Square, London, Charlotte Margaret Mostyn, daughter of Sir Roger Mostyn, 5th Bt. and Margaret Wynne. She was born about 1767 and died 12 December 1845.

Sir Thomas Swymmer Mostyn-Champneys, 2nd Bt. was baptised with the name of Thomas Swymmer Champneys. He succeeded to the title of 2nd Baronet Champneys, of Orchadleigh, co. Somerset on 2 July 1821. In 1831 his name was legally changed to Thomas Swymmer Mostyn-Champneys. On his death without issue the baronetcy become extinct.

From The Gentleman's Magazine:

Sir T.S.M. Champneys, Bart.

Nov. 21. At Orchadleigh Park, Somersert, aged 70, Sir Thomas Swymmer Mostyn Champneys, the second Baronet of that place (1767.)

He was born on the 31st May 1769, the only son of Sir Thomas Champneys, the first Baronet, by his first wife Caroline-Anne, daughter of Richard Cox, esq. of Quartley, co. Southampton. He was Lieut.-Colonel commandant of the Selwood Forest Legion of volunteers by commission dated Aug. 13, 1802: and in 1804 he published "A Letter to Earl Powlett on the Selwood Forest Legion," Svo. He successed to the title on his father's death, Aug. 21, 1821. Descended from a family of great antiquity, he, from early life, associated with the highest and noblest of the land, especially with his late Majesty, King George the Fourth. Amidst this illustrious circle, he was not only a welcome and courted guest, but commanded universal admiration by his wit and humour, tempered, as they were, by courtesy and good taste, and adnorned with the polish of the finished gentleman. Of his fine perception of the beautiful, the improvements made by him in his ancestral domain of Orchardleigh, are an dinsputable proof. As a magistrate he evinced acuteness, discernment, and impartiality, united wiht admirable tact and good temper. As a public speaker he pssessed facility,gracefulness, and perfect self-possession, with a felicitous diction. Of the poor, whilst he had the means, he was an extensive employer and liberal genefactor - and these, added to his unvarying kindliness of manner, rendered him not only popular amongst them, but beloved almost to enthusiams. His life was of a chequered character, but he ended his days in peace, amidst the consolitations of religion. He married on the 21st of April 1792, Charolotte Margaret, second daughter of Sir Roger Mostyn, of Mostynhall, co. Flint, Bart. and sister and heiress to Sir Thomas Mostyn, the sixth and last Baronet of that family. Sir Thoma had no issue, and the baronetcy has become extinct.

From the Piozzi Letters:

Note 4. For Thomas Swymmer Mostyn Champneys and his wife Charlotte Margaret, nee Mostyn, see HLP to LC, 30 July 1803, n. 15. Long "a man of the first fashion in ... Somerset...and...once...a man of considerable opulence," Champneys, "by a course of imprudence," found himself so heavily in debt that his homne "became a frequent resort for bailiffs" (Bath and Cheltenham Gazette, 2 August). Arrested for debt in February 1820, he was committed to the King's Bench Prison and was compelled to auction his furniture and household goods. See GM, n.s. 13(1840): 205.


George Edward Cokayne, editor, The Complete Baronetage, 5 volymes (no date(c. 1900); reprint, Gloucester, UK: Alan Sutton Publishing, 1983), volume V, page 144.

The Gentleman's Magazine Published 1840 Some vols. are reprints for Machell Stace, bookseller, 1806. Original from the University of Michigan, Digitized August 10, 2005 by Google. Sir T.S.M. Champneys, Bart. - Sir Isaac Coffin, Bart. pp. 205.

The Piozzi Letters: Correspondence of Hester Lynch Piozzi, 1784-1821 (formerly Mrs. Thrale) By Hester Lynch Piozzi, Lillian D. Bloom, Edward Alan Bloom. Published 1989 University of Deleware 10 October 1820 page 453

Copyright © 2007, Adrian Benjamin Burke, Esq. and the Whitney Research Group.

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