The Down House.
Near Blandford, Dorsetshire.—Smith-Marriott, Baronet.
The situation of this place is very pleasant, among the Dorsetshire Downs, or Wolds as they would be called in Yorkshire, formerly all grass, but now much ploughed up in many parts of the former county, and almost entirely in the latter.
There is a good view of it from the old coach road between Southampton and Dorchester, now however supplanted by the railroad, the change in its way as great as that between the Downs as they used to be, and as in so many parts they are now; the former scene certainly by far the most picturesque.
Robert Smith, Esq., Mayor of Exeter in 1469, was ancestor of
John Smith, Esq., (younger brother of Sir Greorge Smithe, Kuight, Sheriff of Exeter in 1583, and of Devonshire in 1615,) father of
Robert Smith, Esq., of Ilminster, married Alice, daughter of —. Their second son,
George Smith, Esq., of Woolham, iu Somersetshire, died in 1700, leaving, with other issue, a son and heir,
John Smith, Esq., of West Dawlish, Somersetshire, and left, with other children,
Henry Smith, Esq., of New Windsor, Berkshire, who married Mary, daughter of John Hill, Esq., and died January 31st., 1768, leaving an elder son,
John Smith, Esq., born April 10th., 1744, who served the office of High Sheriff of Dorsetshire in 1772, and was created a Baronet June 1st., 1774. He married, first, Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Robert Curtis, Esq., of Wilsthorpe, Lin- colnshire, by whom he had,
Sir John Wyldbore Smith, second Baronet, born May 19th., 1770, who married, May 13th., 1799, Elizabeth Anne, second daughter and coheiress of the Rev. James Marriott, D.C.L., of Horsmonden, in Kent, and by her had issue, (he died September 3rd., 1862,) with several other children, an eldest son,
Sir John James Smith, third Baronet, born April 10th., 1800, and married, November 11th., 1828, to Frances, eldest daughter of John Frederick Pinney, Esq., of Somerton, Somersetshire, but had no issue. He died September 3rd., 1862, and was succeeded by his brother,
The Rev. Sir William Marriott Smith, fourth Baronet, born August 31st., 1801. He had assumed by sign manual, in 1811, the additional sirname of Marriott. He married, first, December 29th., 1825, Julia Elizabeth, fourth daughter of Thomas Law Hodges, Esq., of Hemsted, Kent, and had, with other issue—he died October 4th., 1864—
Sir William Henry Smith-Marriott, fifth Baronet, born August 7th., 1835. He married, December 12th., 1868, Dorothea Eliza, daughter of the Honourable Richard Cavendish, of Thornton Hall, Buckinghamshire, his eldest son being
William John Smith, Esq., born November 6th., 1870.
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