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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”.