Sir Godfrey Vassall Webster 5th Bt

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About Sir 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 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

October 6, 1789