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Smith of Tidworth House, Hampshire

Tidworth is on the border of Hampshire and Wiltshire. In the past, North Tidworth was in Wiltshire and neighbouring South Tidworth was in Hampshire. Smith were of Tidworth House, South Tidworth, Hampshire. After boundary change in 1992, both parts of Tidworth are now in Wiltshire.

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John Smith in a list of the Speakers of the House of Commons.
From "A View of the House of Commons", published 1749.
See full size. From here.

Thomas Smith,
purchased Tidworth House, South Tidworth, Hampshire, in 1650,
had issue:

John Smith,
of St. Mary Aldermanbury, City of London,
and of South Tidworth.
He mar Mary Wright [daughter of Sir Edmund Wright, alderman, of London].
He was a militia commissioner in 1659.
He died in 1690,
buried in the old church at South Tidworth.
He had issue:

  1. Mary Smith,
    mar Thomas Farrington [of St. Andrew Undershaft, City of London],
    he was a London merchant,
    he purchased an estate at Chislehurst, SE side of London, in about 1670,
    he worked 1672–73 for Royal African Company (founded 1660), a major slave-trading company,
    he died 1694,
    had issue:

    1. Thomas Farrington,
      army officer and Whig MP,
      born 1664, only son,
      raised the 29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot in 1694,
      regiment raised again in 1702, his cousins Richard Goddard and Henry Goddard joined his regiment in 1702,
      MP for Malmesbury 1705 to death 1712,
      Lieutenant General 1709,
      died 7 October 1712, age 48 yrs, bur at Chislehurst.

  2. Elizabeth Smith,
    mar Edward Goddard, MP and had issue.

  3. John Smith, the Whig politician,
    born 1656,
    fourth, but only surviving son.
    He was educ St. John's College, Oxford; matric 18 May 1672, aged 16.
    Admitted to Middle Temple 1674 (or 1675).
    First elected an MP in the March 1679 Parliament, for Ludgershall.
    Succeeded to his estate of his father 1690 and then to the estate of his uncle Thomas Smith in 1692.
    Inherited Tidworth House, South Tidworth.
    Chancellor of the Exchequer 1699–1701.
    He was the last Speaker of the House of Commons of England 1705–1706.
    He was a Commissioner for arranging the Union of England and Scotland which came into effect 1707.
    He was the first Speaker of the House of Commons of Great Britain 1707–1708.
    Chancellor of the Exchequer 1708–1710.
    He died 30 Sept or 2 Oct 1723, age 67 yrs,
    buried 4 Oct 1723 in the old church at South Tidworth.
    He had issue:

    1. Mary Smith,
      mar before 1723 to Robert Sawyer Herbert.

John Smith, Speaker of the House of Commons.
Portrait c.1707–08 by Godfrey Kneller.
From the Tate (and here).
He is shown holding a scroll inscribed "The Union Act".




Lieutenant General Thomas Farrington.
Copy of earlier painting, by unknown artist. Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum.
From here. See photo on wall.
See copy in preface of [Everard, 1891].

Lieutenant General Thomas Farrington.
From "The History of Chislehurst". From here.

Tidworth House

Tidworth House (now spelled Tedworth House), South Tidworth (or Tedworth), Hampshire (now in Wiltshire).
The old manor was purchased by Thomas Smith 1650.
Inherited by John Smith (died 1723).
The old house was re-built between 1828 and 1830.
Sold out of the family. Had various owners.
"Tedworth House", Wiltshire, is now a recovery centre for the veterans' charity Help for Heroes.
See videos.


Tidworth House on 1873 map.
See modern satellite view.
See street view at house and on the avenue.

Tidworth House.
Photo 2010. See full size. From here.
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