Above: extract from Biographie des hommes remarquables de Seine-et-Oise depuis le commencement de la monarchie jusqu'à ce jour: précedée d'un aperçu

First name(s): Thomas Riley

Last name: Blankley

Age: -

Birth year: -

Death year: 1753

Death date: 1753

Burial year: 1753

Burial date: 10 May 1753

Burial place: St Clement Danes

County: Middlesex

Country: England

Archive: City of Westminster Archives Centre

Source: findmypast.co.uk

The old Naval Hospital at Gibraltar was built in 1730s and was completely reconstructed on 1905 shortly before this photograph was taken.


Above: Saunder’s News-Letter 23 Mar 1779

General Eliott watches the destruction of the Spanish Battering Ships on 13th September 1782 during the Siege of Gibraltar, 1779 to 1783 in the American Revolutionary War: picture by John Singleton Copley britishbattles.com

Above: Chelmsford Chronicle 03 February 1786

Source: findmypast.co.uk (britiahnewspaperarchives)

Old house in Little Hallingbury, photographed by author in April 2017

Another old house in Little Hallingbury, photographed by author in April 2017

Somerset Monumental Inscriptions Transcription

First name(s): ELIZABETH


Birth year: 1736

Death year: 1797

Death day: 25

Death month: Jan

Age: 61

Dedication: St Swithun


Type of memorial     Wall tablet

County: Somerset

Country: England

Notes: wife of Charles Mackintosh, esq.

Reference     22

Above: Chelmsford Chronicle 13 October 1786

Source: findmypast.co.uk (britiahnewspaperarchives)

Above: Chelmsford Chronicle 05 October 1787

Source: findmypast.co.uk (britiahnewspaperarchives)

Death of 5th great-grandfather Henry Blanckley

Augustus Hervey

Joshua Reynolds [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Birth of 4th great-grandfather Henry Stanyford Blanckley

Henry Stanyford Blanckley in 31st Regiment

Birth of 3rd great-grandfather Edward Blanckley

Marriage of 4th great-grandparents

Blanckleys 1750 - 1799 Timeline

Naval Expositor republished by Thomas Riley Blanckley (1750)  2nd dual challenge (1752)  death of Henry Blanckley  HSB marries Mary Rogers (1779)  HSB appointed Consul Minorca (1790)  family tree


Thomas Riley Blanckley published his father’s Naval Expositor under his own name (pictured right and described below).

“Thomas Riley Blanckley was Clerk of the Survey at Portsmouth and was made Commissioner of the Victualling Office in 1746. His Naval Expositor, first printed in 1750, was the first illustrated maritime dictionary in the English language. Manuscript, illustrated, in a copperplate hand, of Thomas Riley Blanckley's alphabetically arranged maritime dictionary, first published in 1750. The illustrations are done in colored pen and wash. Both text and illustrations vary somewhat from the first published edition. Ex libris James Hope. Purchased from Sotheby's on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2008. Binding: contemporary full red morocco, gilt spine in compartments; marbled endpapers.” 


4 Jun 1750 

Extract of letter from Henry Blanckley, Naval Officer at Gibraltar. Is sending the defects of the Chapel or Centre pavilion and Upper Gallery of the Hospital with an estimate for its repair.

(National Archives record)

26 Jan 1750 

Thomas Corbett. Mr Blanckley, Naval Officer at Gibraltar, has drawn a bill that was not countersigned but has a certificate signed by Mr Sims. Have deferred paying the bill and ask for orders.

(National Archives record)

This is Henry Blanckley, my 5th great-grandfather

10 Sep 1752

Augustus Hervey’s journal records his hounding Henry Blanckley in Gibraltar

The 10th  got into Gibraltar, and having long resolved where-ever I met Mr. Blankley (who was Naval officer here now) to call him to an account for his behaviour at Portsmouth in the year 1746 [it was actually ’47]  which I related before, I desired Captain Morgan, a friend of mine and an officer of the garrison, to go to that fellow and tell him that to avoid any intercourse with him I desired he would immediately give me satisfaction for his conduct and that we must meet with sword and pistol at 4 o'clock on the Neutral Ground. He sent me word by Captain Morgan he desired to ask my pardon publickly in any manner I pleased, upon which Captain Morgan and Lord Robert Manners, whom I sent too, told me, surely it was sufficient, let his offence have been what it would. And so he came with his friend, and asked me pardon before these gentlemen all in the humblest manner. I asked then these gentlemen before him if they thought this was publick enough ; on their saying surely so, I turned to him and told him I should think no more of it. Everyone said I had done wrong had I done more. I stayed here but three days, as it was a wretched place to be at and as I had such great sums on board for Italy that I was. uneasy to get it landed.

29 Sep 1752 

Birth of Henry Stanyford Banckley in Gibraltar

My 4th great-grandfather.  

Family records for this period in  Gibraltar are extremely elusive, but we know HSB’s birth date from a transcription of his tomb (left) and that he was born in Gibraltar from a letter written by his granddaughter (right).  We also know his mother was Elizabeth, aged only 16 when HSB was born, and that he had a sister called Ann Elizabeth,

15 Nov 1752 

Estimate of workmanship required to repair the Hospital from Mr Blanckley, Gibraltar.

(National Archives record)

30 Nov 1752 

Copy letter from Mr Blanckley, Naval officer at Gibraltar to the Board. The old wall above the line wall leading to the New Mole Fort, partly broke away and damaged the line wall but was not damaged by mines. Roger Withers has been employed here 14 years and testifies that any damage was due to frequent bad weather.

(National Archives record)

6 Jun 1753

Nicholas Staunton, Purser of the Lyme. There is an objection in the ticket office to the examination of his victualling book for want of a muster book from Gibraltar, though we had but one muster there in November. Asks for dispensation as all the Captain's books are delivered in and so he does not suffer from Mr. Blanckley's neglect. 

(National Archives record)

10 May 1753

Burial of Thomas Riley Blanckley

St Clements Danes, London (left)

My 6th great uncle

23 May 1753

Probate of Thomas Riley Blanckley’s will in which he has written, “Also I give and bequeath all the manuscripts of my late ffather [sic] unto my beloved brothers Stanyford Blanckley, George Blanckley and Henry Blanckley.  Also I give and bequeath the copper plates and blank books of the Naval Expositor composed by my late ffather and lately by me published unto my said beloved wife Jane Blanckley and my said beloved brothers Stanyford Blanckley, George Blanckley and Henry Blanckley.”

Source: ancestry.co.uk

Thomas Riley Blanckley’s admittance that his father, not he, was the true author of the Naval Expositor

30 Oct 1759 

F [sic]. Blanckley and J. Lillicrap, Gibraltar Yard. Copy letter reporting the survey of the Valeur Frigate

(National Archives record)

This is Henry Blanckley, my 5th great-grandfather

7 Nov 1753

Commander George Edgcumbe,Villa Franca, Deptford. Receipt of letter that orders have been sent to the Naval Officer at Gibraltar to repair the Hospital there in the manner proposed by the survey and to be inspected. Mr. Blanckley informs me the materials have arrived but he has no orders from the Board to take the work in hand. Will direct him to begin. Will have a survey taken by the Carpenters of ships under my command with the Naval Officer on the masts and yards at Gibraltar, that have been exposed to weather to make them unfit for service at sea, to use them for the repairs of the Hospital. Receipt of account of stores sent to Gibraltar in the Elizabeth, Alexander Jolly Master, for the ships under his command, which has arrived safely

(National Archives record)

29 Jan 1761 

Henry’s brother Stanyford Blanckley (now a London apothecary) and his pet monkey are the subject of his boy neighbour, Jeremy Bentham’s satirical poetry:

Source: The Works of Jeremy Bentham, Now First Collected: Under the Superintendence (free e-book)

Henry Blanckley in Gravesend

13 Sep 1763 

Philip Stephens. Receipt of letter to order the Muster Master and Storekeeper of Gibraltar, to return to his duty immediately. Mr. Blanckley informs us from Gravesend, that he was embarking on the Prince George merchant ship bound for Gibraltar on the 26th

(National Archives record)

17 Oct 1764 

Philip Stephens. Henry Blanckley, was Storekeeper and Clerk of the Survey at Gibraltar, during the War. Since the reduction of the yard he has been continued in the office of Muster Master, as well as Storekeeper and Clerk of the Navy and has applied to us for his salary. We cannot order his salary bills to be made out until he produces his warrant for this new appointment

(National Archives record)

14 Nov 1764 

Philip Stephens. Mr. Blanckley, Naval Officer at Gibraltar, informs us that there is a large quantity of private caps and drummers coats and slings in store which are liable to be moth eaten. Ask that when Marine clothing is ordered there, those species are omitted

(National Archives record)

 28 Mar 1765  

Captain John Ruthven, the Guadalupe at Gibraltar. Has delivered his books to Mr. Blanckley, Naval Storekeeper here and a pay ticket for John Hardy, discharged unserviceable by order of Commodore Harrison

(National Archives record)

 16 Apr 1766 

Lieutenant Robert Deane, Florida Storeship, Gibraltar Bay. Has left two monthly books with Mr. Blanckley, Naval Officer at Gibraltar

(National Archives record)

14 May 1766 

Henry’s brother Stanyford Blanckley’s will is proved in London.  Henry is named as executor and co-guardian of his niece, Elizabeth, with Stanyford’s widow Joannah.  Henry is also bequeathed a life grant.

13 May 1768 

Commodore Richard Spry, the Jersey in Gibraltar Bay, to the Board. Inspected the condition of the storehouses with Mr. Blanckley under the Lines here. Opines all the buildings are of great use to the public service so has directed Mr. Blanckley to begin the repairs and ordered stonework to be raised to support the ground plates of the several buildings. Reports in detail on each set of buildings and makes the case for any repairs necessary.

(National Archives record)

13 May 1768 

Commodore Spry, the Jersey, Gibraltar Bay. Has directed Mr. Blanckley to begin the repairs to the storehouses and other buildings. Will give Mr. Warren in Port Mahon orders to send condemned sails to cover the buildings. Recommends the repair of the White Convent and the pier at the watering place. The Burford and Belle Isle needed caulking in order to return home. Is still in need of stores which were not sent on the Guardships

(National Archives record)

16 May 1768 

Copy letter from Mr. Blanckley, Naval Officer at Gibraltar to the Board. Gives a detailed estimate for the repair of the White Convent, the buildings and the other necessary works on the new mole and informs us that a great part of the ground plates of the great sail loft and working sail loft are decayed and must be shifted

(National Archives record)

13 May 1769 

Commodore Spry, the Jersey in Cadiz Bay. Mr. Blanckley writes to say the Isabella arrived at Gibraltar on the 10th and began unloading with the assistance of the Aquilon, Captain Onslow. Mr. Warner informs the Briton arrived at Mahon on the 1st of last month

(National Archives record)

27 May 1772

London Review critique of the news that naval buttons were soon to sport anchor motifs referencing the illustrations in ’Blankley’s Naval Expositor’ (left)

15 Mar 1773 

Henry Jenkins, Clerk, Gibraltar Yard. Has informed the Board of the death of Mr. Blanckley Naval Officer here and Captain Stott of the Alarm, the Commanding Officer, ordered the keys of the stores to be delivered to him. Has been the Clerk here for 25 years and acted for Mr. Blanckley whilst he was absent but Captain Stott has appointed Mr. Morris, Master of the Alarm, to take the stores into his charge. He is now unable to settle Mr. Blanckley's public accounts, which are in arrears or to sort the victualling accounts. Asks if in view of his long service he may succeed the deceased. 

(National Archives record)

This is Henry Blanckley, my 5th great-grandfather

25 May 1773 

Philip Stephens. James Price, whom Rear Admiral Sir Peter Denis informs us, he has appointed to act as Naval Officer at Gibraltar on the death of Mr. Blanckley, has drawn a bill for carrying on the current service, which is countersigned by the Rear Admiral and ask if it may be accepted

(National Archives record)


Memorial of Ensign Henry Stanyford Blanckley, 31st Regiment, requesting permission to purchase the Lieutenancy of Alexander Hamilton, of that regiment, who has 'quit the regiment'. 

(National Archives record)

My 4th great-grandfather

This would have been in Quebec (see right)

3 Jun 1774 

Philip Stephens. James Price, appointed by Sir Peter Denis, to be Naval Officer at Gibraltar, in place of William Morris, Master of the Alarm, who had been placed in that employment by Captain Stott, on the death of Mr. Blanckley, has in his account of disbursements for April to November 1773, when he was superseded by Mr. Pownoll, charged a salary of £200 a year, which is the usual Naval Officer's salary at Gibraltar. Ask if it should be allowed

(National Archives record)

10 Mar 1777 

Henry Blanckley’s will proved in London.  He bequeaths everything to his wife Elizabeth.  He wrote his will in the 23rd year of the reign of George II (1750) and it can be assumed shortly after his marriage and before Ann Elizabeth was born.

My 5th great-grandfather.  We can assumed Elizabeth sought the will’s proving on returning to England from Gibraltar.

26 Sep 1778 

Henry Blanckley’s widow, Elizabeth marries Charles MacKintosh in St Pancras Parish Chapel, London (right)

My 5th great-grandmother


Siege of Gibraltar. Henry Stanyford Blanckley is described as Captain, made a Brigade Major for the conflict (right).

HSB is now with the 97th Regiment

C. 1784

Mary and Henry Stanyford Blanckley’s first child Ann is born.  Ann was baptised in St Martin in the Fields, Middlesex on 5 Feb 1784 (right).

5 Mar 1785

Mary and Henry Stanyford Blanckley’s first son is born, they name him Henry Stanyford Blanckley

He is described as turning 22 on 5th March, 

Six Years Residence in Algiers, 1839,  (memoirs published by 

his paternal half sister), page 30.   There is no baptism record for him in Little Hallingbury Parish records, so his family must have moved there after his baptism.

13 Oct 1786

Henry Stanyford Blanckley listed as an Essex gamekeeper, this time as resident in Little Hallingbury (left).

8 Jan 1787

Mary and Henry Stanyford Blanckley’s daughter Maria is born on 8th January 1787 and baptised in Little Hallingbury parish church on 28th January (right).

5 Oct 1787

Henry Stanyford Blanckley listed as an Essex gamekeeper resident in Little Hallingbury (left)

Monday 19 Oct 1789 (and the day after)

Catalogue of household furniture of Captain Blankley, Little Hallingbury who is moving abroad.

Source: Essex Records Office

The family evidently left England after their furniture auction, although Henry Stanyford Blanckley does not appear to have received a foreign posting until December the following year.  

The final pages (apparently listing the possessions they wished to keep longest) are missing, but their catalogue lists:

3 Sep 1788

Twins: Mary and Henry Stanyford Blanckley’s twins Charles and Caroline are born on 3rd September and baptised in Little Hallingbury parish church on 7th October (right (amalgamated entries)).


Of all the neat and genteel 

Household Furniture,

Fixtures, Brewing and Dairy Utensils, Beer Casks, about fifteen Loads of exceedingly good Meadow and Clover Hay, and other Valuable Effects

The Property of


Of Little Hallingbury, in the County of Essex

(Leaving the Country,)

Which will be sold by Auction,

ON THE PREMISES, By Francis Cotsford,

On Monday, the 19th October, 1789, And the following Day.


First Day’s Sale

Monday, the 19th October, 1789



1 A shovel, tongs, poker and fender

2 A pair of bellows, filter and trevits

3 A pair of flat irons, flesh fork, toasting fork, a chopping knife and a set of skewers

4 A chaffing-dish, footman and gridiron

5 A gridiron, pot iron, pair of light racks and salt box

6 Two pair of flat-irons, a spit, hold salt and pair of steak tongs

7 A fender, spit and cleaver

8 A meat screen lined with tin

9 A japann’d plate warmer and a candlebox

10 A large tin boiler, stewpot and kettle

11 A stewpan, dutch oven and pea boiler

12 Three tin saucepans, cullendar and plate basket

13 Three tin saucepans, tea kettle, slice and ladle

14 Four tin saucepans, fish kettle, tea kettle, lanthorn, dust pan, 2 tinder boxes and pint pot

15 Two baking pans, 1 cake ditto, 2 flat candlesticks, cheese toaster, funnel, chocolate pot, 2 pepers, 1 dredger and 4 extinguishers 

16 A candle safe and sundry tin ware

17 A wind up jack complete

18 A large ironing board fixed

19 A large oval dining table

20 Six wood bottom chairs

21 A japann’d tea board, waiter, knife box and 6 dessert knives and forks

23 [22 is not present] A knife box with 13 knives and 15 forks

24 A large tray

25 A large cupboard with drawer as fix’d

Numb. II. Back Chamber.

26  A tent bedstead with blue check furniture

27 A feather bed and bolster

28 A quilt and pair of blankets

29 A neat mahogany dressing chest of drawers

30 A linen press with pannel doors, painted

Numb. III. Servant’s Room.

31 A stump sacking bedstead with blue harrateen furniture

32 A feather bed and bolster

33 A pair of blankets

34 A quilt and not Mrs Vale’s coverlid

35 An easy chair cover’d with green morine and brass nail’d

36 Six beech chairs matted seats

37 A square, deal table

38 A scotch carpet, small glass and 3 baskets

39 A small stove grate and fender

Numb. IV. DAIRY.

40 A barrel churn and stand

41 A milk pail, stool, chopping block, ditto board, small flower tub and pat board

44 [42 & 43 are not present] Five large milk pans

45 Five ditto, 2 pots, 3 small pans and 2 sieves

46 A pickling tub and cover

Numb. V. Brewhouse.

47 A 70-gallon brewing copper

48 Iron work to ditto

49 An iron bound mash tub

50 Two working tubs

51 Two ditto

52 A 2 ear’d tub

53 Two wash tubs

54 A large plate rack

55 Three cloaths horses

56 A jet mash rule, tap-horse and strainer

57 Two pails, 2 small tubs and a large bowl

58 Two wood bowls, 1 pail and 2 coal tubs

59 A large sink fixed

60 An iron peal, shovel, &c.


Henry Stanyford Blanckley’s brother in law Alexander Shaw becomes acting Lieutenant Governor and Deputy to the Governor of the Isle of Man

Source: wikipedia

13 Dec 1790

Henry Stanyford Blanckley’s appointed British Consul to the Balearic Islands (left)

We can assume the Blanckleys were already present in Mahon at this time as they had left Little Hallingbury to move abroad over a year earlier.

C. 1790

Birth of Edward Blanckley (pictured right).

Edward was presumably born in Mahon, where his father was stationed.  His burial records give his birth year as both 1790 and ’91.

25 Jan 1797

Death of Elizabeth, Henry Stanyford Blanckley’s mother (pictured right) in Bathford, Somerset (see memorial inscription (left).

10 Mar 1798

Death of Mary Blanckley née Rogers at Bristol Hotwells (a then fashionable health spa)

She had first lodged at Bath for her ‘final illness’ (below):

“I know that our grandmother died at Bristol, she was in her last illness in Bath, & went to what was then called Bristol Hotwells as a last ressource (sic), & there she died.  All this I heard from my mother” Extract from 1875 letter from Mary Louisa (Maria’s daughter) to Henriette (HSB Jr’s daughter). Blanckley Family Papers, Box B-000820; Folder 8, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Above: Bristol Hotwells in 1798, the year in which Mary Blanckley née Rogers died there bl.uk/onlinegallery

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Mar 1779 

Marriage of Henry Stanyford Blanckley to Mary Rogers, Coolyduff, Inniscarra, Cork, Ireland (left and modern street view, right)

My 4th great-grandparents

Notes on the identity of Mary Rogers’s family here.

11 Feb 1782 

Marriage of Ann Elizabeth Blanckley to Alexander Shaw (15th of Shaw, 10th of Clan Ay & Tordarroch) in the Parish Chapel, St Pancras, London (right).

Henry Stanyford Blanckley’s sister. Charles MacKintosh, her step father is named as a witness, where usually the bride's father would have witnessed.

A relative of the groom writes of the Blanckleys a century later (below)

 Alexander [Shaw] was twice married […] his second wife [was] Anne Elizabeth, daughter of

  Henry Blanckley*

1 The Blanckleys were a Hampshire family, and representatives — in the female line — of the family of Raleigh,  to which Sir Walter Raleigh belonged. They possessed various relics of that great man. The family of Blanckley is believed to be now extinct in the male line.

Alexander Mackintosh Shaw, Genealogical account of the Highland families of Shaw, London : Privately printed by W.P. Griffith & Son,1877. p. 110  (available digitally on digital.nls.uk/histories-of-scottish-families) ––page image: left

Blanckley references to Sir Walter Raleigh: here.

3 Feb 1786

Henry Stanyford Blanckley is listed as an Essex gamekeeper for Lanthornes (above left).

18th Century Gentleman Gamekeepers

The passing of the [Game] Act was really a triumph by the country gentry, not only over the king but also over all those with non-landed wealth. From 1671 lords of manors were authorised to employ one or more gamekeepers, and these men had the right to take and seize the guns, nets and other hunting * engines of unqualified persons, however wealthy they might be. In real terms sporting privilege had been transferred from the king to the landed gentry, and so had the preservation of the game. Not surprisingly, in such a tight-knit social group, there was a tendency to appoint gamekeepers from within their own ranks. In 1733, for example, Dame Anne Kaye of Woodsome Hall 'appointed Sir John Lister Kaye of Denby Grange her gamekeeper';6 in 1738 the Rev. Mr Philip Kitchon was 'appointed gamekeeper to Thomas Bright and Mrs Mary Lowther, for the Mannors of Marton, Tolthorpe and Nunthorp'.7 These were hardly gamekeepers as we now understand the word, but persons of considerable social status and this gave them the authority to confiscate weapons and enforce the property qualifications of the Game Acts.



61 An iron bound pipe

62 A ditto puncheon

63 An iron bound 4-gallon cask

64 Ditto 

65 Ditto

66 An iron bound bell half hogshead

67 Ditto

68 Ditto

69 Ditto

70 Ditto

71 Ditto

72 Ditto

73 Ditto

74 Two small cocks, a runlet, tilter and funnel

75 Four beer stands

76 A large pickling pot and cover

77 Ditto


78 A corn bin

79 A man’s saddle with plated stirrups and nails

80 Ditto

81 A snaffle bridle

82 A curb ditto

83 A ditto plated

84 Two leather-head stall halters, horse cloth, 

curry comb, a brush, a swish girths, &c.


85 A stack of meadow hay , at 1: 16: 0 per load

86 A stack of clover ditto, at 1: 19: 0 per load

87 Ditto, at 1: 10: 0 per load

88 Two mead rakes, 2 forks, a fan, a cutting 

knife and sieve

89 An iron crow and pick-axe

90 A crow crib

91 Two dozen and 6 hurdles

Numb. IX. Yard, Garden, &c.

92 A large doing kennel on wheels

93 A wheel barrow

94 A small cart, a milch ass and harness complete

95 A fine milch cow

96 A pair of garden shears, a dung fork, a shovel, 

2 hoes, 2 rakes, a spud, a scythe and dibber

97 A cucumber and melon frame and lights

98 A quantity of dung

99 All the boxes and perches in the hen-house

100 Two scrapers with boxes and sundries

101 Sundries

102 Ditto

103 Ditto

a brace of excellent pointers

End of the First Day’s Sale.

Second Day’s Sale.

Tuesday, 20th October, 1789



104 Sundry pieces of coarse ware

105 Eight yellow plates and dishes and sundry 


106 Three pewter dishes and 6 plates

107 Ditto

108 Ditto

109 Ditto

110 Ditto

111 Ditto

112 A mahogany coffee mill, tea board and 

decanter stool

113 A mahogany butler’s tray and ditto tea board

114 A large deal tray

115 A plated tea pot and brown coffee pot

Numb XI. China, Glass, &c.

116. A large enamel china mug

117 A set of blue and white nankin ditto.

Source: Essex Records Office

 Henry Blanckley’s second run in with Hervey.  Culturally at this time, his grovelling apology was massively humiliating

Thomas Riley Blanckley’s testimony that he was not the author of the Naval Expositor

Henry’s accounts had been in arrears

Remarriage of 5th great-grandmother Elizabeth

Death of 5th great-grandmother Elizabeth

Death of 4th great-grandmother Mary Blanckley née Rogers

Topographic map of Gibraltar and the Bay of Gibraltar, circa 1750 (Wikicommons image)


“I must tell you also about our grandfather, his father had an appointment under government in Gibraltar, & thus his son was born there.”

Extract of a letter from Mary Louisa Philippedes Cammenos (née Tonna) to her first cousin Henriette Blanckley, 9 Jul 1875

Source: Blanckley papers, Princeton University

The Rock from the Spanish lines - a very similar black and white engraving appears in Thomas James' History. The caption is incorrect  (1750s - Rock (William Henry Toms) gibraltar-intro.blogspot.co.uk




Above: “Monkey and a Jar” by Beatrice Offor 1864–1920





One of Henry Blanckley’s successors: Mr. Sentence, Ordnance Store Keeper, Gibraltar (unknown artist) c1790 gac.culture.gov.uk

The 31st sailed west again in 1776 to garrison Quebec during the War of American Independence. The flank companies served under General Burgoyne and were forced to surrender at Saratoga. They served in Canada for eleven years before returning home. 



Name: Elizabeth Blankley

Gender: Female

Condition: widow

Record Type: Marriage

Marriage Date: 26 Sep 1778

Marriage Place: Parish Chapel, St Pancras Camden, England

Spouse: Charles Macintosh

Condition: batchelor

Register Type: Parish Register

Source: ancestry.co.uk


Google Street View of Coolyduff where, in 1779, Henry Stanyford Blanckley married Mary Rogers


Name: Ann Elizabeth Blanckley

Gender: Female

Record Type: Marriage

Marriage Date: 11 Feb 1782

Marriage Place: Parish Chapel, St Pancras Camden, England

Spouse: Alexander Shaw

Register Type: Parish Register

A History of the Late Siege of Gibraltar: With a Description and Account of ... By John Drinkwater

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Name: Ann Blanchley

Gender: Female

Baptism Date: 5 Feb 1784

Baptism Place: St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, Middlesex, England

Father: Henry Stoneyford

Mother: Mary

FHL Film Number:     1866643

Source: ancestry.co.uk


Little Hallingbury, Essex, England

Above: Duke of Newcastle seated on his horse next to his friend Colonel Litchfield, along with his gamekeeper, Mansell, and four Clumber Spaniels. Painting by Francis Wheatley, 1787. Source: austenauthors.net/regency-servants-gamekeepers

The flat rural landscape of Little Hallingbury, photographed by author in April 2017

Name: Maria 

Birth Date: 8 January 1787

Baptism Date: 28 January 1787

Baptism Place: St. Mary the Virgin, Little Hallingbury, Essex

Parents: Henry Stanyford and Mary Blanckley

Birth date: 8 Jan 1787

Source: Essex Records Office

Names: Charles and Caroline 

Birth Date: 3 September 1788

Baptism Date: 7 October 1788

Baptism Place: St. Mary the Virgin, Little Hallingbury, Essex

Parents: Henry Stanyford and Mary Blanckley

Birth date: 8 Jan 1787

Source: Essex Records Office

Little Hallingbury, Essex, England

Isle of Man

Port Mahon - no date given (Wikiwand image)

Mahon, Minorca

Photo of now lost family portrait of Edward Blanckley

Bath and Bristol

Little Hallingbury, Essex, England