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Regency Personalities Series

In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables.

Sir James Tylney-Long 7th Baronet
1736 – 28 November 1794

Sir James Tylney-Long 7th Baronet was a member of the Wiltshire Militia, gaining the rank of Captain in 1759, and Major in 1769, and later formed the Draycot Troop of Yeomanry Cavalry.

In 1784 he inherited the estates of Wanstead, and Tylney Hall from his uncle the 2nd Earl Tylney, and Sir James took the additional name of Tylney. He also became a generous benefactor of public and private charities, living a modest and unassuming lifestyle.

He was Member of Parliament for Marlborough (1762–1780), for Devizes (1780–1788) and elected for Wiltshire in 1788, replacing the late Charles Penruddocke.

In 1775 Long married firstly, Harriet, fourth daughter of Jacob Bouverie, 1st Viscount Folkestone. She died on 12 November 1777, there were no children from this marriage. He married secondly, in 1785, Catherine Sydney Windsor, daughter of Other Windsor, 4th Earl of Plymouth.

They had three daughters including Catherine, whose disastrous marriage to William Pole-Tylney-Long-Wellesley, 4th Earl of Mornington saw the destruction of Wanstead House.

Sir James Tylney-Long died at his home, Draycot House on 29 November 1794. His wife, Lady Catherine died in 1823. Sir James’ only son, also called James, was born two months before his father’s death and became the 8th Baronet. A sickly child, he died on 14 September 1805 just short of his eleventh birthday, and the vast estates of the Long, Child and Tylney families devolved onto his elder sister Catherine. The Baronetcy became extinct.

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