Michell Onslows of St Tudy and Chitterne

sttudychurch Chitterne is mentioned on more than one memorial in St Tudy Church, Cornwall. Why? The Michell and Onslow family members who are buried in All Saints graveyard here in Chitterne had connections with St Tudy village in Cornwall and some of them are remembered in both places. The two families were united in 1773 when Admiral Sir Richard Onslow married Anne Michell, the daughter of Commodore Matthew Michell of Chitterne House. Admiral Sir Richard Onslow, the first baronet, who lived in Wiltshire, received his title for services as second in command at the Battle of Camperdown, 1797.

Memorial tablets to Admiral Sir Richard Onslow 1sr bart. bottom, and Sir Roger Warin Beaconsfield Onslow 6th bart.
Memorial tablets in St Tudy Church to Admiral Sir Richard Onslow 1st bart. bottom, and Sir Roger Warin Beaconsfield Onslow 6th bart. top.

Sir Roger Warin Beaconsfield Onslow, the 6th bart. lived at Hengar Manor, St Tudy. His father had sold the Chitterne estate but, in in one of those strange twists of fate that seem to happen frequently around here, he has a more modern connection to Chitterne. His daughter Ursula Onslow was the first wife of the late John Harris who lived at Anzac House, Townsend Chitterne.

Grave of Sir William Wallace Onslow at St Tudy.
Grave of Sir William Wallace Onslow at St Tudy.

Sir Roger’s father was Sir William Wallace Rhoderic Onslow 5th bart. who is buried in St Tudy churchyard. He inherited the family’s Chitterne estate in 1876 on the death of his father and offered it up for sale in 1895 or 1896.

Memorial to Sir Henry Onslow in St Tudy Church
Memorial to Sir Henry Onslow in St Tudy Church

Sir Henry Onslow 2nd bart. (1784-1853) son of Admiral Sir Richard and Anne Michell is actually buried in Chitterne, but also has a memorial tablet in St Tudy Church.

The side aisle of St Tudy Church. Site of the memorial tablets to the Onslow family.
The side aisle of St Tudy Church. Site of the memorial tablets to the Onslow family.

I apologise for the awful interior photographs, but the sun was streaming through the windows of the side aisle where the tablets are located and I could do nothing about it.

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Michell Onslows of St Tudy and Chitterne

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