Dame Ann McGilchrist then Sheridan (née Fearon)

???? - 14th Mar 1808


Tenant-for-life of the Mount Hindmost estate under the will of her first husband Daniel McGilchrist (q.v.).

  1. Memorial inscription in Marylebone Old Church to Daniel McGilchrist Esquire, late of Jamaica who died at his house in Portland Place, 16/03/1783, aged 64 years; he married Ann, fourth daughter of the Hon. Thomas Fearon Esquire of Clarendon, 24/07/1772 and she erected the monument "in grateful remembrance of him".

  2. As Mrs M'Gilchrist of Portland Place she married Henry Sheridan, 05/05/1789. On Sheridan's death, 4,000l per annum was reportedly to revert to Lady Sheridan. She bought the “elegant villa at Hampton” from Hon. Capt. Grey for 9,000 guineas in 1804 and died at Portland Place 14/03/1808.

  3. Will of Dame Ann Sheridan widow of [Portland Place] St Marylebone [made in 1802] proved 31/03/1808. In the will she left an annuity of £50 p.a. to her sister Mary Fearon, various monetary legacies of £50 or £100 to relatives including her nephew Edmund Fearon Bourke and brother-in-law James Chisholme (each of whom q.v.) with her sister Frances Fearon as residuary heir, including of her leasehold house in Portland Place. In codicil of 1804 she said that she had purchased freehold property at Hampton in Middlesex, which she also left to her sister Frances Fearon.

  4. The Hampton property appears to have been the site of Rose Villa, later Beveree.


  1. Vere Langford Oliver, Caribbeana being miscellaneous papers relating to the history, genealogy, topography, and antiquities of the British West Indies (6 vols., London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1910-1919) vol. 3 p. 92.

  2. Kentish Gazette 12/05/1789; Morning Post, 05/02/1802; Morning Post, 15/05/1804; Morning Chronicle, 14/03/1808.

  3. PROB 11/1476/306.

  4. Twickenham Museum, 'Beveree' http://www.twickenham-museum.org.uk/detail.php?aid=71&cid=5&ctid=2 [accessed 20/08/2018].

We are grateful to Paul Hitchings for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Maiden Name
(1) Daniel McGilchrist (2) Sir Henry Sheridan

Associated Estates (2)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1783 [EA] - 1808 [LA] → Tenant-for-life

Shown as owner in 1796-1798 and 1801-1804, and joint-owner 1798-1800, but known to have been tenant-for-life under the will of her first husband Daniel McGilchrist.

1803 [EA] - 1804 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Sheridan Place 
description →
Sheridan Place in Hampton is named after Dame Ann Sheridan, who purchased in 1804 what later became the Beveree estate....
notes →
'SHERIDAN PLACE – which leads past Twickenham Preparatory School and Beveree House is built on part of the old Beveree Estate. Sheridan Place recalls the name of a previous owner of the site, Lady...

Relationships (4)

Sister-in-law → Brother-in-law
Notes →
Dame Ann Sheridan's will shows James Chisholme as the widower of her sister Susanna. ...
Wife → Husband
Wife → Second Husband
Aunt → Nephew
Notes →
Dame Ann Sheridan identified Edmund Fearon Bourke as her nephew in her will made in 1802. It appears that this was the elder Edmund Fearon Bourke, as the younger was still a child....

Addresses (2)

Portland Place, London, Middlesex, London, England
Roseville (later Beveree), 43 High Street, Hampton, Middlesex, London, England