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  • ID: I7948
  • Title: Sir 1 2
  • Name: Simon BENNET 1st Baronet, of Beachampton, co. Buckingham 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Change Date: 04 FEB 2014
  • Note:
    From NOTES AND QUERIES, 5th S.X. Dec. 14, '78
    The Bennet Family and University Col lege, Oxford.
    Baker, in his History of Northamptonshire, vol. ii. p. 342, says that Sir Simon Bennet, in grateful commemoration of having been educated at University College, Oxford, and for the advancement of learning there, devised by his will, dated August 15, 1631, the reversion of the Hanley Park estate, near Towcester, after the death of Dame Elizabeth his wife, to the master and fellows of that college, for enlarging and completing the buildings and founding four new fellowships and four new scholarships. The master and fellows were compelled to engage in a legal contest with the heir-at-law and representative of Sir Simon Bennet in order to obtain possession of the estate, as well as to determine the number and endowment of the fellows and scholars to be maintained. Sir Simon Bennet died without issue on Aug. 20, 1631, and was buried at Beachampton, Bucks, on Aug. 22, leaving Simon Bennet his nephew and heir, who, according to Baker, died on the same day as his uncle, and was buried at the same place the day after. There is, however, an evident mistake here, as the pedigree given by Baker states that he had two sons and five daughters, all born long after 1631. The two sons, Thomas and Simon, died in their infancy. From some original letters and papers in my possession, Hanley Park appears to have been, as late as 1672, in the possession of Ambrose Bennet, of Bulstrode, Bucks, who got into difficulties in consequence of the unfavourable termination of some lawsuit, and went to Jamaica, where he died soon afterwards. Was he the heir and representative of Sir Simon Bennet with whom the college had the litigation ? If so, what was the relationship between them, as his place in the pedigree does not appear ?
    J. H. Cooke, F.S.A. 3
  • Birth: ABT 1583
  • Note: He was 18 when he matriculated in 1602. 4
  • Education: Sir Simon Bennet, of London, gent. UNIVERSITY COLL., matric. 15 Oct., 1602, aged 18, a student of the Inner Temple 1605. See Foster's Inns of Court Reg. 1602 4
  • Event: Title 17 JUL 1627
  • Note:
    Created 17 July 1627, as "of Beachampton, Buckinghamshire"
    From TCB: He succeeded his elder brother, Ambrose Bennett (who apparently was excluded from the family estates), 22 March 1630/1.
    1 2
  • Death: 21 AUG 1631 in Beachampton, Buckinghamshire
  • Note: He died without issue. He was buried 23 Aug. 1631, at Beachampton, when the baronetcy became extinct. " A small mean monument was erected there to his memory, 128 years after his death, by Univ. Coll., Oxford, to which he had been a considerable benefactor." 1 2

    Father: Thomas BENNET Knt, Lord Mayor of London (1603-4) b: ABT 1550
    Mother: Mary TAYLOR

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth INGRAM
    • Married: BEF DEC 1624 1

    1. Title: Book
      Abbrev: Book
      Page: Some Account of the Lord Mayors and Sheriffs of the City of London
      Compiled by GE Cokayne
      Phillimore and Co, London 1897
    2. Title: The Complete Baronetage
      Abbrev: Complete Baronetage
      Author: Compiler: 'GEC', G E Cokayne
      Publication: William Pollard & Co Ltd, Exeter, 1904
      Page: Vol.II (Creations by Charles I), p.30
    3. Title: Website
      Abbrev: Website
      Page: http://www.mocavo.com/Notes-and-Queries-Volume-1878-Part-2/931949/475
    4. Title: Alumni Oxonienses: The Members of the University of Oxford1500-1714 and 1715-1886
      Abbrev: Oxford Alumni
      Author: Compiler: Joseph Foster
      Publication: Parker & Co, Oxford
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