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Dunn-Gardner family, of Chatteris House and Fordham Abbey, Cambridgeshire.



The Gardners lived at Chatteris House for many generations. John Gardner (1697-1768) and his son John (d.1804) both married heiresses, and acquired land and manorial rights in Chatteris. John's daughter and heir Jane (d.1839) married William Dunn of Chatteris, who assumed the name Dunn-Gardner in 1804. The Dunns were attorneys and businessmen. Their daughter and heir Sarah (1786-1859) married George, Earl of Leicester, in 1807, who succeeded as 3rd Marquess Townshend in 1811. Sarah left Lord Leicester in 1808 and 'married' John Margetts (d.1842) of St. Ives, Hunts., by whom she had a large family. She later styled herself Marchioness Townshend. Her eldest surviving son, John Margetts (1811-1903), called himself Townshend (1823-43) and Earl of Leicester (1828-43), and inherited the Chatteris estate in 1839 on the death of his grandmother Jane. Having been declared by Act of Parliament not to be a son of Marquess Townshend, he called himself Dunn-Gardner from 1843. His brother William Dunn-Gardner (1813-80) inherited the Fordham Abbey estates.

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Dunn-Gardner Family: Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9358
Scope and Contents

Manorial, local administrative, business, estate, and personal papers.

Dates: 1622-1925 (Circa)
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