Vansittart, Henry

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Vansittart, Henry

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1779 - 1841


Henry Vansittart, Vice Admiral with the British navy, was born at Bisham Abbey, Berkshire, England in 1779. He entered the British navy as a midshipman in 1791, and served throughout the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. In 1830 he was promoted to Rear-Admiral, and in 1841 Vice-Admiral. In 1834 he bought an estate near Woodstock, Upper Canada, on which he settled; and died there in 1844. While living in Woodstock, he helped finance the construction of Old St. Paul’s Church and pledged maintenance of the Church’s first incumbent, the Rev. William Bettridge, who served the congregation from 1834 to 1879.


Bisham Abbey, Berkshite, England

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