Godfrey Webster, 4th Bt (1747 - 1800) MP

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Death: Died
Cause of death: shot himself
Managed by: Richard Mills
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About Godfrey Webster, 4th Bt

  • Profile painting by Louis Gauffier. Battle Abbey, English Heritage.
  • Shot himself after a bad run at cards

Captain in the Sussex militia, a notorious rake and gambler with a famously hot temper. He sold outlying parts of the Battle Abbey estate to fund his gabling and profligate lifestyle. He married the 15year old heiress Elizabeth Vassall in 1786. She inherited an annual income of £10000 in 1795 when her father died, together with a West Indian Estate for Sir Godfrey that produced a further £7000 annually, provided he changed his name to Vassall.

The marriage was not a success. An extended grand tour pf Europe in the 1790's saw Lady Webster with a string of lovers. In 1796 Lady Webster returned from Florence pregnant with the child of Lord Holland, and she and Sir Godfrey divorced in 1797. The settlement awarded Sir Godfrey the custody of the children as well as the whole of his wife's fortune during their joint lives, except for an annual payment of £800 to her. He shot himself 3 years later.

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Sir Godfrey Webster, 4th Baronet's Timeline

December 25, 1747
Age 38
October 6, 1789
Age 41
Age 42
February, 1793
Age 45

The pictures show his mother, Lady Holland, and his father, Sir Godfrey Webster, 4th Bt

Age 46
October, 1795
Age 47
June 3, 1800
Age 52