Charles Scrivenor

Charles Scrivenor subscribed to Kirby’s Historical Account. He was High Sheriff of Suffolk in 1745. The Scrivenors (or Scriveners) were lords of the manor at Sibton in Suffolk. John Scrivener acquired Sibton abbey and built a house adjoining the ruins in 1655. His son Thomas married in 1740, had his lands sequestered, and spent time in prison during the Interrregnum, but retired to the new house and died there in 16667. The estate then passed to his son Charles and then down to our Charles. Charles Scrivenor married Margaret Bedingfield, but they had no children, and he died in 1751. The estate went to his sister Ann, and then to her son John who took the name Scrivenor, and married Dorothea Howman, whose portrait was painted by the young Thomas Gainsborough.

Charles Scrivener has a memorial at Sibton church, which praises him as having had a “Mind adorned with every Virtue to which were added by the Assistance of an Excellent Understanding all the Accomplishments becoming the Son, the Husband, and the Friend”.

2 thoughts on “Charles Scrivenor

  1. Charles Levett-Scrivener

    For a project I am reading John Freston Scrivener’s (Ann’s son mentioned above) diary from 1758 to 1783 which includes the mention that his sister (Ann’s daughter) married his wife’s brother in April 1762 at Woodbridge Church!
    I would be interested to know where this portrait by Gainsborough is?

    1. dmelville2012 Post author

      Thank you for your interesting comment and update on the family. I’m afraid I do not know anything of the whereabouts of the Gainsborough portrait of Dorothea. It was sold at auction by Sotheby’s in 1999, presumably to a private buyer.


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