Towards the end of the last post I mentioned Dennis Lydell, who is described as ‘my honoured friend’ in the 1715 will of Martin Markland, the second husband of my ancestor Elizabeth Boulton. I noted that Lydell was, like Markland, an official with the Navy Board, but it turns out that I may have underestimated his importance.
I’ve since discovered that Dennis Lydell was actually Commissioner of the Navy and a friend of Samuel Pepys, no less. Not only that, but he must also have been a wealthy man, since in 1695 he purchased Wakehurst Place in Sussex from the Culpeper family. It is now a National Trust property. In 1701 Lydell served as Member of Parliament for Harwich, Essex: the same constituency that Pepys had represented a couple of decades earlier.
Apparently West Sussex Record office holds a copy of Dennis Lydell’s will, made in 1714, the year before Martin Markland’s. From the reference at the National Archives we learn that Lydell’s wife was called Martha and that they had two sons, Richard (his executor) and Charles. We also learn that Lydell’s London address was in the parish of St Olave Hart Street, which I believe was also the parish where Martin Markland spent his childhood, as well as being the home of Captain Richard Boulton of the East India Company, the brother of Markland’s wife Elizabeth.
From other family trees at Ancestry I’ve discovered that Dennis Lydell married Martha Haddock, the daughter of Captain and later Admiral Richard Haddock, in September 1690. Their elder son Richard was born in 1680 and died in 1746. He served as Chief Secretary for Ireland and Member of Parliament for Bossiney in Cornwall. His younger brother Charles, a clergyman who served the parish of Ardingley, in which the family home of Wakehurst Place was situated, died in 1758.
I’ve also found another record that links Dennis Lydell and Martin Markland to the Littleton family, albeit in a fairly indirect way. An extract from the declared accounts of the navy for 1704-5 includes payments to both Lydell and Markland. The name at the head of the page reads as follows:
Dame Anne Littleton, widow and sole executrix of Sir Thomas Littleton, bart., late Treasurer of the Navy.