General Sir Tomkyns Hilgrove Turner

12th Jan 1764 - 6th May 1843

Claimant or beneficiary


Executor and trustee of will of Francis or Frances Jennings. Soldier, in ODNB, responsible for bringing the Rosetta stone to England.
Had a distinguished career as a soldier and, among other things, 12 June 1814 – March 1816: Lieutenant-governor of Jersey and commander of the troops there. 1825-1831/32: governor of Bermuda, a post in which he remained for six years. At some point after 1832 he retired to Jersey, ‘where he encouraged the artist Millais’. Died at his home, Govray Lodge, Jersey, and was buried in Grouville churchyard.
His wife - they married on 24 March 1795 'at the Catholic chapel at Wildhausen, Westphalia (confirmed by a protestant ceremony at Greenwich on 24 February 1803)' - was the adopted daughter of the French royalist L'Oignon family.


R. H. Vetch, ‘Turner, Sir (Tomkyns) Hilgrove (1764–1843)’, rev. S. Kinross, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004), [accessed 12/01/2013].

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Gen. Sir Tomkins Hilgrave Turner
Esther Senecaut (1773/4–1863)
3 sons, 2 daughters
Southampton grammar school, Revd Mr Hinton's school in Hayes, Dr Rutherford's school in Uxbridge, and Eton College [Eton from 1779 ]
Oxford DNB Entry

Associated Claims (3)

£4,184 0s 1d
Awardee (Trustee)
£4,251 2s 11d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£73 14s 8d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)

Associated Estates (1)

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
1821 [SY] - 1834 [LA] → Trustee

Addresses (2)

Greenwich, Kent, London, England
Govray Lodge, Jersey, Channel Islands
Notes →

Retired to Jersey sometime after 1832.