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Sewell, Thomas, 1775-1842 (solicitor)



  • Existence: 1775 - 1842


Thomas Sewell (1775–1842) of Newport, Isle of Wight, was a well-known figure on the island. A solicitor, he was also variously recorder of the borough and served as the island's mayor, steward and deputy governor. He married his first cousin, Jane Edwards (1773/4–1848), youngest daughter of the Revd John Edwards, curate of Newport. Their children included: William Sewell, clergyman and author (1804-1874); Richard Clarke Sewell, a legal writer (bap. 1803, d. 1864); Henry Sewell, first premier of New Zealand (1807–1879); James Edwards Sewell, warden of New College, Oxford (1810–1903); Elizabeth Missing Sewell, novelist (1815–1906).

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Pen and wash design for a memorial to Thomas Sewell (1775-1842), solicitor, of Newport, Isle of Wight, 19th century

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9750/10
Scope and Contents

The design is possibly for a stained glass window or a brass, in ‘bibliothe’ Columbiens [the library of St. Columba’s]. The design is initialed: possibly ‘GDL’. Thomas Sewell was the father of William Sewell (1804-79), founder of St. Columba’s College, Rathfarnham, Ireland, and St. Peter’s College, Radley.

Dates: 19th century
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