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Richard DICKSON [7072]


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Richard DICKSON [7072]

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Richard Dickson lived in Denmark Street close to the St Giles in the Fields church to the West. A monument on the middle pillar on the North side of the church is for Elizabeth Downing daughter of Richard Dickson Esq died January 18, 1713 also for Mrs Sarah Dickson October 2, 1709

The locality is described by John Stow/John Strype as:
Denmark street fronts St. Giles Church and falls into Hog Lane; a fair, broad Street, with good Houses, well inhabited by Gentry. On the back side of this Street is Dudley Court, which falls into Hog Lane, and hath a Passage into the said Street. Loyds Court, or rather Alley, paved with Freestone, is parted from Denmark street by the Lord Whartons House and Garden, which fronts St. Giles Church on the West side.

He had the plague but recovered.

Details from Skrine of Warleigh put him as a "citizen and haberdasher of London, an important member of the Haberdashers' Company."

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Copy of a letter E H T Liveing to (probably) his brother Henry
21 Jan 1928
My dear Harry
Many thanks for your notes an particulars I will put in Richard Dixon as you suggest. I also have the fathers note re Richard Dickson of the Haberdashery Co and Denmark Street St Giles having had plague and recovering from it also that Dickson Downing lived in Denmark Street St Giles and died from effects of a fall in his own drawing room caused by catching his foot in the carpet.
I also remember our grandmother CML telling me both these stories when she showed me relics and letters in the cabinet drawers. I enclose a copy of 2 notes by Uncle George re Richard Dixon his wife and daughters. Mrs Sarah Dixon who died 20 October 1709 was evidently the wife of Richard Dixon and mother of Elizabeth Downing who died January 18, 1713. Her son Dickson Downing being then only 12 years old he inherited from his mother a considerable fortune (doubtless made by old Dixon in his clothing business) but being ill advised lent it out on some French . . . . . and before his death in 1745 he had lost most of it, it is evident from the letters of G Downing to his sister Bridget that she and her Mother were not too well off, and that Aunt Skrine widow of Richard Skrine (Dixon's half brother) wanted Bridget to come and live with her at Cobham (sic) this G.D. opposes and urges her to remain? with her mother and hopes to be able to provide for her on leaving college, subsequently her mother married again some man in the city, a match not approved by the family (according to Aunt Knottesford - G.D.L.) I do not know the man's name but only that she is buried at St Aldermanbury Church in the City. It is of course impossible to print particulars of people into the pedigree for want of space my intention is the pedigrees shall indicate who the people were and to add figures and separate notes about each person of whom I have relics or know facts regarding their lives.
The pedigree dated 1787 which I have shows the 3 children of Dickson Downing who died infants however I did not put them in the pedigree for want of space. The 1st wife of Nathaniel Chambers (Sarah Boucher) by whom he had one child who died an infant is also omitted for the same reason.
With regard to the Chamberlains they certainly came from Westmorland possibly from Kendal, the father was a yeoman farmer and the 3 sons were doubtless educated at Kendal Grammar School. Zachary and Nathanial both became Attorneys in London and Ephraim the youngest was apprenticed to (Sennex) a globemaker (some type of instrument maker of today). There is an interesting account of him in the Penny Encyclopedia according to G.D.L. he of course compiled the 1st encyclopaedia 3 large volumes and back? in 1728 an immense labour for one man to have accomplished, he died at the early age of 44 and is buried in the cloister of Westminster Abbey, in the tomb on the wall.
Nathanial was of Grays Inn but lived at Hackney which as the letter of his which I have dated 2 August 1750 speaks of peaches and nectarines in his garden was then a country place he died there 9 Dec 1755 aged 66 (mem Ring number 7) his burial there is recorded in the Hackney register. Zachary lived at Wimbledon (Vide G.D. letter to sister. Died December 1773). . . . . .

bullet  Research Notes:

Denmark St. St Giles. See image 4026 in pictures.

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Richard had a relationship Sarah [22470] [MRIN: 2351]. (Sarah [22470] died on 2 Oct 1709 and was buried in St Giles in Fields Camberwell.)

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