|1. Edward Christopher Merryweather, b. February 12, 1820||See Edward Christopher Merryweather & Augusta Maria Mitchell|
|2. Henry Alworth Merryweather, b. April 23, 1812||See Henry Alworth Merryweather & ? OR Henry Alworth Merryweather & Maria Fellows|
|3. William Lockyer Merryweather, b. February 06, 1825||See William Lockyer Merryweather & Harriet Dale|
|4. Francis White Merryweather, b. abt. 1814|
|5. John Robert Merryweather, b. June 22, 1818|
|6. Herbert Walton Merryweather, b. May 20, 1816|
|7. Eliza Mary Ann Merryweather, b. abt. 1826||See Mathew Henry Marsh & Eliza Mary Ann Merryweather|
Shown as Henry Allworth MERIWETHER.
HENRY ALWORTH MEREWETHER D.L.C. 1782-1864, "SERJEANT AT LAW"
A younger brother was Francis 1784-1864 Rector of Cole Orton. Henry was
educated at Reading School, called to the Bar 5 May 1853. Recorder of
Reading, Attorney General to Adelaide Queen Dowager. Received the Degree
of D.C.L. from the University of Oxford 12th June 1839, Elected Town
Clerk of London 23rd June 1842. By accepting this appointment, he
relinquished a 5,000 Pound income at the Bar. It was said of those who
knew him, that the office of Town Clerk, had never been filled with such
dignity as in his time. He appeared on behalf of the Corporation, in the
Court of Chancery and elsewhere on several occasions, and defended their
interest with great learning and ability. He resigned the Office of Town
Clerk on the 10th Feb. 1859 and died at his family seat of Castleford
near Calne, Wilts., 22 July 1864, in his 84th year.
The Serjeant's principal work is, "The History of the Boroughs and
Municipal Corporations of the United Kingdom" published in three octavo
volumes in 1835 and of the corporate right of Electors.
Report of the case of the Borough of West Looe, 1823. An address to King,
Lords and Commons, on the representative constitution of England 1830.
In the Town Hall at Devizes is a Marble Bust to Henry Merewether,
Recorder of Devizes for 30 years.
St Cath's Death Ref V5a P40 Sep 1864 Calne
Calne Parish Church
Window at the East End of the church, To the Glory of God and in Memory
of Henry Alworth Merewether Sergeant at Law DCL who died at Castlefield
July 22 1864 aged 80. This window was placed by his widow(Elizabeth Mary)
and children.( a problem here as Elizabeth Mary Died 1837)
source Alan Merryweather 2000
NOTE It is thought by some that Henry Alworth was the son of Henry and
Mary White, this would put him as the second or more son! this does not
In the Alumni Oxonienses by J Foster he is given as the first son of
Henry of Calne, Armorial.
Will of Henry Alworth proved 22 Nov 1864 at the PRO, Estate of 4000
pounds, Exec's Cealne Mary Merryweather Widow and Relict, and Henry
Alworth Merryweather of Bowden Hill, Chippenham, Barrister at Law, a son
NOTE this is at odds with the name of his Widow on the memorial.
Merewether, Serjernt, 1830, Chippenham, Wil, Pigot Trade Dir, p.795.
MEREWETHER, Henry Alworth - The Speech of Mr Serjeant Merewether, at the
Bar of the House of Commons, Against the Bill Intituled "An Act to Make
Temporary Provision for the Government of Jamaica." Tuesday, 23rd April
1834. (London: Calkin & Budd) 8vo pamph, 1839. The history of Jamaica.
The post-emancipation period. By a British barrister (1780-1864). Very
scarce. BL, DNB, LOC
Elizabeth Mary Lockyer is given as her name but Her memorial Gives Eliza
Memorial on the Wall of the Church Porch,
In the Church of St Martin, Westminster, London. are Deposited the
remains of Eliza Maria, Daughter of Thomas Lockyer Esquire of Wembury
House, Devon, and the beloved wife of Henry Alworth Merryweather Sergeant
at Law of White Hall Place, Westminster and of this Parish.
She was exemplary in all the relations of life A dutyful child and
affectionate wife and tender mother, warm in friendship, active in
benevolence. Deeply sensible of his loss after XXVIII years of
uninterrupted Connubial happiness the husband has erected this monument.
She died June XXIII, MDCCCXXXVII aged XLV years. four sons died before
their mother six sons and two daughter survive.
From the above she (Died June 23 1837 aged 45)= birth 1792 thus age 17 at
marriage. this differs from other sources that gives birth at 1782 and
death at 1864 !
Pupil at St Pauls School London Aged 8 in June 1822
This maybe the Fracis W Merewhether, Mate of H.M.S. Rainbow.
From M.I.s of the B.W. Indies by Larence Archer, London published Chath
Page 290 Jamaica " To the Officers and seamen of H.M.S. Rainbow who died
of fever at Port Royal between 31 July and 28 Oct 1835, Francis W
Fourth son of Henry Alworth M
Educated at Charterhouse School (Day Boy) Mar 1827- Feb 1832
Chief Officer of Indiaman Bucephalus, Drowned while saving 30 persons
during the night, from a Wrecked Vessel, Off the Cape, while returning
for a fourth time the boat was swamped and and he drowned.
Wheelers Manchester Chronicle 13 Nov 1841 Death Notices, gives this
On the 5 September, aged 23years, in Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope, John
Robert Merewether, third son of Mr Sergeant Merewether. As first Officer
of the ship Bucephalus this humane and intrepid young man had during the
night made three trips to a wrecked emigrant ship the Prince Rupert in
the course of which he succeeded in saving the lives of thirty persons,
returning a fourth time to compleat his benevolent purpose the boat was
NOTE some errors in the Newspaper report I.e. Fathers Rank given instead
of name, and given as third son when in fact he was the fourth son.
3rd son of Henry Alworth, Dat Boy at Charterhouse April 1825 to Feb 1832,