Godfrey Vassall Webster, 5th Bt (1789 - 1836) MP

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Death: Died in London
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About Godfrey Vassall Webster, 5th Bt

  • Profile painting by a follower of Gilbert Stuart.
  • Godfrey had a brief affair with Lady Caroline Lamb in 1809. He is depicted as Buchanan in her novel Glenarvon, as arrogant, selfish, cold and preoccupied with horses and gambling.

Godfrey Vassall Webster inherited Battle Abbey in 1810 when he came of age. He was a compulsive gambler and was described as 'one of the greatest blackguards in London ... I never remember ... anybody more generally disliked, or more completely excluded from the pale of good company' by John Williams Ward described him, 5 Apr. 1810. See http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1790-1820/member/webster-sir-godfrey-1789-1836 for full quote.

Family and Education

b. 6 Oct. 1789, 1st s. of Sir Godfrey Vassall* (afterwards Webster), 4th Bt., by Elizabeth, da. and h. of Richard Vassall of Jamaica, and Golden Square, Mdx. educ. Harrow 1798-1800; St. John’s, Camb. 1806. m. 22 Aug. 1814, Charlotte, da. of Robert Adamson of Westmeath, 5s. suc. fa. as 5th Bt. 3 June 1800.

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Sir Godfrey Vassall Webster 5th Bt's Timeline

1789
October 6, 1789
1796
1796
Age 6

His mother marries Lord Holland.

1798
1798
- 1800
Age 8
1800
June 3, 1800
Age 10

who shoots himself.

1806
1806
Age 16
1809
1809
Age 19
1809
- 1812
Age 19
1812
1812
- 1820
Age 22
1813
1813
- 1813
Age 23
London, UK
1813
Age 23

...Sussex Militia.