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Thomas Edward Dicey

Grave of Thomas Edward Dicey, Claybrooke Parva church.
Photo 2014. See full size and closer shot.

Thomas Edward Dicey,
of Claybrooke Hall, Leicestershire,
born at Claybrooke Hall on 11 October 1789.
He matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford, 17 October 1806.
He inherited the family business and property 1807.
He "migrated" to Cambridge, admitted as a pensioner to Trinity College, Cambridge, 4 May 1808.
Senior Wrangler at Cambridge (highest-ranking student in mathematics) in 1811.

He mar 10 Nov 1814 [her age 17 or 18] to Anne Mary Stephen [born 27 Nov 1796, or Ann Mary].
Marriage settlement dated 9 Nov 1814.
She was dau of James Stephen, MP, the leading slavery abolitionist who helped abolish the slave trade in the British Empire in 1807.
She was sister of Sir James Stephen.
She was aunt of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen and Sir Leslie Stephen.
She was grandaunt of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell.

Thomas Edward was an important railway entrepreneur.
He was a director from at least 1836 of the Midland Counties Railway, which he helped develop.
He was Chairman of the Midland Counties Railway from at least 1837.
A section of the Midland Counties Railway ran through Ullesthorpe (just E of Claybrooke). This section opened 1840.
See entry in Claybrooke in 1841 census.
The Diceys were still involved in patent medicines until at least the 1840s.
The Midland Counties Railway merged in 1844 into the Midland Railway.
In 1847 the Diceys left the Midlands and moved to London.
The family continued to own the Northampton Mercury.
The family continued to own Claybrooke for many years but did not live there.

Thomas Edward dies, 1858:
He died on 20 February 1858, at Princes Terrace, Hyde Park, London, age 68 yrs.
He was bur in St. Peter's Church, Claybrooke Parva (opposite Claybrooke Hall).
Anne Mary died on October 28, 1878, age 81 yrs.
They had issue:

  1. Henry Thomas Stephen Dicey,
    born 1831, eldest son,
    educ Trinity College, Cambridge, MA,
    barrister, Lincoln's Inn,
    died Sun 30 Nov 1884, age 53 yrs,
    bur St. Peter's Church, Claybrooke Parva.

  2. Edward Dicey (and here), journalist and author,
    Edward James Stephen Dicey, born 1832, Claybrooke Hall,
    educ Trinity College, Cambridge,
    President of the Cambridge Union 1853,
    journalist, foreign correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and other publications,
    editor of The Observer 1870-89,
    author of many books on foreign affairs, see works,
    like his brother he was an opponent of Irish Home Rule,
    died 1911, age 79 yrs, bur Brompton cemetery, London.

  3. Albert Venn Dicey, legal scholar and writer,
    born 4th Feb 1835, Claybrooke Hall,
    educ Balliol College, Oxford,
    lawyer and journalist,
    the Dicey family continued to own the Northampton Mercury, and he occasionally acted as temporary editor,
    mar 1872 to Eleanor Mary Bonham-Carter [born 1837, aunt of Maurice Bonham Carter, and great-grandaunt of Helena Bonham Carter],
    Vinerian Professor of Law at Oxford, 1882 to 1909, fellow of All Souls College,
    author of An Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution (1885), see works,
    strong opponent of Irish Home Rule,
    became Q.C. in 1890,
    post-1909 he became one of the first Professors of Law at the London School of Economics (est 1895),
    died 7th Apr 1922, age 87 yrs, at his home, The Orchard, 80 Banbury Road, Oxford (this house is now replaced by a block of flats, see map and street view),
    buried at St Sepulchre's cemetery, Oxford.

  4. Frank Dicey,
    Francis William Dicey, born 1838.

Arms of Midland Railway, Derby station, photo 2006.
From here.




Grave of Henry Thomas Stephen Dicey, Claybrooke Parva church.
Photo 2014. See full size.

Edward Dicey, 1865.
See full size. From here.

Albert Venn Dicey.
From here.

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