Conway-Gordon and Aston Family History

The Conway-Gordon family

It Started with Frances Shepheard 1734-1807

Frances Shepheard (Shepherd) was born in 1734, she was the illegitimate daughter of Samuel Shepheard MP for Cambridge. Her mother was Frances Gibson, she never married Samuel but he did acknowledge his daughter and gave her his name and an education. He also left his large amount of money to her in his will. Samuel and his father Samuel both were MPs and very wealth men associated with the New East India Company.

1733-1755 Rev R Lilly, Rector of Linwood, Lincolnshire and Frances Shepheard was the Lady of the Manor.

Her father or Grandfather Samuel Shepheard is listed as the Lord of the Manor of Linwood and parts of Market Rasen in 1700.

Frances marries in 1758, Charles Ingram 9th Viscount of Irvine Ingram.

Charles was born in 1726 in Whitkirk, Yorkshire. He was landowner and MP for Horsham, and served as a Groom of the Bedchamber to King George III.

They had 5 daughters.

Isabella 1759-1834, married Francis Seymour-Conway, Viscount Beauchamp, later 2nd Marquis of Hertford. She was the mistress of HRH George, The Prince of Wales for many years.

Frances 1761-1841 married Lord William Gordon

Elizabeth 1762-1817 married Hugo Meyrell

Harriet 1765-1815 married Col Henry Hervey Aston

Louise 1765-1857 married 4th Baronet Lord John Ramsden

The Five Sisters Painting by Benjamin Wilson. Leeds

The family lived at Temple Newsam, Yorkshire. In 1760s, they had Capability Brown. The Painting of Frances, Viscountess Irvine by Benjamin Wilson, as a Shepherdess was at Temple Newsam.

Charles died in 1778, and Frances died in 1807. The property went to their eldest daughter Isabella.

It then passed to Frances (their second daughter) on the death of her sister in 1834. When Frances died in 1841, Temple Newsam was given to Elizabeth’s (third daughter) son Hugo Charles Meynell Ingram.

Painting of daughter Isabella, ca 1789. Isabella (Ingram) Seymour Conway, Viscountess Beauchamp, later Marchioness of Hertford. By Benjamin Wilson  in the Huntington Library.

In 1807, She and her husband added INGRAM to their name when they inherited their share of her mother’s future. Francis Seymour-Conway, Viscount Beauchamp, later 2nd Marquis of Hertford.

Frances Ingram Shepheard 1761-1841

Frances married Lord William Gordon in 1781 at Whitkirk. She was 20 years old and he was 37 years old. The King had to give his consent and permission for the wedding to take place. Right Hon. Frances Ingram-Shepheard was a very wealth heiress and a Ward in Chancery.

Their daughter Lady Frances Gordon was born in 1782, in St Martin in the fields, London. She was painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds in 1786/7. It is called “A child’s portrait in Different Views: ‘Angel’s Heads’ ”, it is in the Tate, London. Lady William Gordon donated the picture to the National Gallery. It has been copied many many times.

Lady Frances Gordon died in 1831 in Piccadilly, London and is buried in Whitkirk.

Lord William Gordon was born in York in 1744, the second son of Cosmo Gordon, 3rd Duke of Gordon (1720–1752) and his wife Lady Catherine Gordon (1718 – 10 December 1779), daughter of William Gordon, 2nd Earl of Aberdeen. His elder brother was Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon (1743–1827). His younger brother was the controversial Lord George Gordon, notorious for the anti-Catholic riots named after him. He also had a sister, Lady Susan Gordon.

In 1760s, Lord William had an affair with a married woman, Lady Sarah Bunbury, who had once been courted by King George III. In 1768, he fathered a child upon Lady Sarah, a daughter who was not immediately disclaimed by Sir Charles Bunbury, and received the name Louisa Bunbury. Nevertheless, Lady Sarah and Lord William eloped shortly afterwards, taking the infant with them. Lord William soon tired of his lover’s incessant demands for attention, gifts and ceaseless entertainments and abandoned her. Her husband refused to take her back, and Lady Sarah returned to her brother’s house with her child, while her husband, Sir Charles, moved Parliament for a divorce on grounds of adultery, citing her elopement, not the birth of Louisa. It was not until 1776 that the decree of divorce was issued. The affair with Lady Sarah ruined both hers and William’s social reputation, and also his military and political career.

 In 1778 he was appointed lieutenant-colonel in his brother’s new fencible regiment ‘the Northern regiment of Fencible Men’ (Gordon’s Fencibles).

1790, listed as a Landowner in a tax record in Market Rasen. Tenant Anthony Lightfoot a Butcher.

While married to the Hon. Frances, Lord William had another affair with Catherine Conway of Brompton and fathered an illegitimate son, William Conway (1798–1882). He arranged for the boy to receive an education and settled a reasonable income upon him.

Lord William Gordon was Vice Admiral Lord William 1744-1823. He died in 1823.

1827-1861      Rev W Ramsden, Rector of Linwood, Lady William Gordon was the Lady of the Manor until her death in 1841. Rev Ramsden was related to Lady William Gordon thorough her sister Louise’s marriage.

William Conway 1798–1882

William was born in Richmond.

William Conway Gordon served as ADC to General Sir Peregrine Maitland, a relative by marriage of Lord William, being a distant cousin of the Hon. Frances.

William Conway Gordon entered services for the Bengal Army in 1815, belonging to the 53rd Native Infantry. He married Louisa Vanrenen, daughter of Brigadier-General J. Vanrenen, Honourable East India Company’s Service, in Bengal in 1828. They had four children: William George Conway Gordon 1833-1858, Francis Ingram Conway-Gordon 1833-1908, Charles Van Renen Conway-Gordon 1834-1884, Woodford Conway-Gordon 1836-1854 and Lewis Conway-Gordon 1838-1895.

In 1839, The Queen granted William the right to be called Conway-Gordon by Royal Licence.

Served in India and Hampshire and died in Portsea, Hampshire in 1882.

1861-1869 Rev G T Palmer, Rector of Lynwood. Lord of the Manor was Captain W Conway-Gordon

1861 Captain W Conway-Gordon, also the Lord of the Manor of Market Rasen.

1862 Captain W Conway-Gordon built school and Mistress’ house

1869-1888 Rev T P Holdich, Rector of Lynwood. Lord of the Manor Captain W Conway-Gordon until his death in 1882.

Francis Ingram Conway-Gordon 1833-1908

Francis inherited the Lord of the Manor title from his father.

1901 census, Retired Lieut-Col Francis Ingram Conway-Gordon, his wife Mary, sons Ingram and Frank, Ingram’s wife Ethel, and 2 children, plus 7 servants. All living at Linwood Manor.

1888-1905 Rev S Briscoe, Rector of Lynwood. Lord of the Manor,  L/C F I Conway-Gordon

1885 Kelly’s directory

Lieut-Col Francis Ingram Conway-Gordon, D.L.J.P of Lynwood Manor, Lord of the Manor and Principal landowner.

Son Ingram Cosmo inherited the title.

Daughter Ethel married Major Charles A Swan, JP and High Sheriff of Lincolnshire.

Ingram Cosmo Conway-Gordon 1860-1930

1891 census, he is a Captain in the army, living in barracks in Kent.

1892, he married Ethel Macbean.

1900, Resigned from the Caistor Rural Council as he had lost faith in the government.

1901 census, he is living at Linwood Manor.

1911 census, he is a retired Lt Colonel with his family in Lynwood.

1924, Ethel died in Chichester.

1926, listed in the telephone directory for Chichester.

Ingram Cosmo died in 1930 in Chichester.

Arthur Ingram Aston 1796-1859

He was born in London in 1796, his parents are Harriet Ingram-Shepheard 1765-1815 and Col Henry Hervey Aston. He was the second son, but his elder brother died young and Arthur inherited the estates.

1790, 2nd May a land tax notice was fixed to the door of St Thomas, Market Rasen. It stated that Henry H Aston was the landowner and the occupiers were Thompson Farm, rent paid linked with several other landowners including Lord William Gordon-£106.00

1817 at Oxford University.

1843, First Class Knight Grand Cross Order of the Bath. Honoured for his service in Spain and the Foreign Office. He retired in 1843 and returned to Aston Hall.

1842 He was Lord of the Manor of Market Rasen and Lynwood.

1851 census, he is visiting Lady Ramsden (his Aunt) in Yorkshire. Related to the Rector of Lynwood.

1850’s Land of Sir Aston-tithes for the market place and the pub.

1846 GT Gordon was Lord of the Manor of Lissingly.

1851 Pub-Aston Arms, Proprietor Sir A Aston, Occupier Mr ND Lister.

Rate collection and assessment £30.00

1856 Sir Arthur Aston influenced the debate on the two corn exchanges, waved his claim on the market tolls.

1859 He paid for the resurfacing of the market place just months before he died. He died in at Aston Hall and is buried at Aston-by-Sutton, Cheshire. The family home.

Lord of the Manor of Market Rasen 1849-1937 Kelly’s directories

1849 Sir Aston

1851 Mr Melville

1856 Sir Aston

1861-1882 Captain W Conway-Gordon and of Linwood

1882-1905 Lieut-Col Francis Ingram Conway-Gordon

1913-1919 Lieut-Col Ingram Cosmo Conway-Gordon

1920-1937 Mr James Nettleship