Mary Bourke Dennis

???? - 2nd Jan 1832


Married to Francis Dennis who owned Pembroke Hall and Prospect Pen in Jamaica. Bought Norbiton estate in Surrey in 1797. Owned a group of enslaved people in her own right who were settled on Pembroke Hall. Died 02/01/1832 at the home of her son-in-law James Hewitt Massy-Dawson, Gloucester Place in London.

  1. Will of Mary Dennis late of Norbiton Place Kingston now of Gloucester Place proved 07/07/1832. In the will she said that she had become entitled 'under the marriage settlement of her daughter Maria Frances Pallmer or otherwise' to an annuity of £1000 p.a. secured on certain estates in Jamaica,'I have yet received no part of the same.' She forgave the first two years of payments and left the remaining arrears in trust, for the benefit of her daughter Maria Frances Pallmer and then to her grand-daughter Isabella Pallmer Massy Dawson.


Gentleman's Magazine Vol. 102 Part 1 p. 92 (January 1832).

  1. PROB 11/1802/460.

Further Information

Francis Dennis
Eliza Jane, Maria Frances

Associated Estates (2)

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  • EY - Association End Year
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Annuitant for £1000 p.a., no part of which she had received, she said when made her will in 1831, when she forgave the first two payments. Her executors claimed for £20,111 in arrears, implying her annuity had begun c. 1809, which fits with the statement in her will that her right to an annuity arose from the marriage settlement of her daughter Maria Frances Pallmer, who had married Charles Nicholas Pallmer in 1808.

1817 [EA] - 02/01/1832 [ED] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Country house
Norbiton Place or House [Purchased] 
description →
Estate and house (now demolished) at Kingston, Surrey, purchased by Mary Dennis in 1797 after the death of her husband Francis, and passing in her lifetime from her to her son-in-law Charles Nicholas...

Relationships (11)

Wife → Husband
Mother → Daughter
Mother → Daughter
Mother-in-law → Son-in-law
Mother-in-law → Son-in-law
Grandfather → Grandson
Grandmother → Grandson
Grandmother → Grand-daughter
Grandmother → Grand-daughter
Grandmother → Grandson
Grandmother → Grand-daughter

Addresses (2)

Gloucester Place, London, Middlesex, London, England
Norbiton House, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, South-east England, England