Barnard Dickinson

1746 - 1814


Son of Ezekiel Dickinson (q.v.), uncle of Jeremiah and Ezekiel Harman and cousin of William Dickinson I (each of whom q.v.). Sometimes given as 'Bernard' and 'Dickenson'.

  1. Will of Barnard Dickinson of Bowden Park Wilts. [made 19/07/1813] proved 02/04/1814. Under the will he reconfirmed his 1773 marriage settlement with his wife Elizabeth and instructed his trustees to set aside for her the £13422 16s 3d in 3% consols lodged with them that in the event of her death would have devolved to him, plus the interest on a further £12,000 in reduced consols: after her death, half was to go to each of his two nephews Jeremiah and Ezekiel Harman. His books, furniture and household effects he left to Elizabeth for life and then to his nephew Ezekiel Harman (somewhat unusually, these were also in placed trust with instructions to make an inventory of them). He left Bowden Park in trust for his wife for life and then to his nephew Ezekiel Harman. He left one moiety of his Jamaica lands and enslaved people to his nephew Jeremiah and his heirs in trust, and left the other half to Ezekiel absolutely, together with his property in Fenchurch Street London and his unnamed estate in Hertfordshire, and £3000; he also left £3000 to Jeremiah, but again in trust. He also left: a further £20,000 in trust, the income one half of which was for his niece Elizabeth Lloyd wife of Richard Lloyd of Allesley in Warwickshire and then her children and the other half for her children alone; £5000 to Walker Gray the younger, son of his late niece Frances [Holden] Gray; £1000 to Mrs Elizabeth Harman widow of his late nephew Barnard Harman; £1700 to his three trustees William Dickinson, Caleb Dickinson and John Harman; £200 to his clerk Hugh Lavington; £100 each to two servants and £100 each to a series of philanthropic institutions, including the Bath Hospital, the Salisbury Infirmary, and the poor in the neighbourhoods of Monks House and Bowden Park. He also directed the sale of his leasehold in Lower Seymour Street, property in Surrey and at Hanworth in Middlesex, the proceeds to go into his residuary estate to which the heirs were Jeremiah and Ezekiel Harman. He provided that if his wife let any part of Bowden Park then her life interest in it would cease 'as if she were actually dead.'


  1. PROB 11/1555/17.

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Associated Estates (7)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1788 [EA] - 1810 [LA] → Joint owner
1806 [EA] - 1806 [LA] → Joint owner
1788 [EA] - 1811 [LA] → Owner
1790 [EA] - 1798 [LA] → Owner

The attribution of the estate to 'Richard Dickinson' in 1803 might be an error in the original or a transcription error for 'Barnard Dickinson', given that no Richard Dickinson has yet been traced in the family of Ezekiel Dickinson.

1804 [EA] - 1804 [LA] → Joint owner
1788 [EA] - 1811 [LA] → Joint owner
1789 [EA] - 1801 [LA] → Joint owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Member of London Committee
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It is not clear how significant was the Dickinson family involvement in the share capital between 1747 and 1787, or whether the family subscribed new capital or bought existing shares. Caleb...

Physical (2)

Country house
Bowden Park [Built] 
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Grade I country house, built 1796 by James Wyatt for Barnard Dickinson, extended c. 1850 for Capt. J.N. Gladstone, the C19 extensions reduced and remodelled 1955 by K. Peacock. The estate had been...
Country house
Monks House [Built] 
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Country house, 'probably built 1780 for B. Dickinson' and certainly built by the Dickinson family. Later C19 alterations for Hon. J.T....

Relationships (7)

Uncle → Nephew
Son → Father
First Cousins
First Cousins
Grandson → Grandfather
Nephew → Uncle
Nephew → Uncle