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A Naval Biographical Dictionary/Bendyshe, John

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BENDYSHE. (Lieut., 1811. f-p., 11; h-p., 31.)

John Bendyshe, born 10 April, 1791, is son and successor of the late Rich. Bendyshe, Esq., of Barrington, co. Cambridge, by Jane, daughter of John Jervis, Esq., of Darlaston, co. Stafford. One of his brothers, Richard, died an officer in the 1st Foot Guards; and the other, Robert, a Lieutenant, R.N., was lost in the Blenheim, with Sir Thos. Troubridge, in 1807. The family is directly traceable to the twelfth century, at which period it became possessed of a considerable lordship in Radwinter.

This officer entered the Navy, 8 Jan. 1805, as Fst.-cl. Vol., on board the Queen 98, Capt. Manley Dixon, flag-ship subsequently of Sir John Knight in the Channel, and of Lord Collingwood in the Mediterranean. He removed, as Midshipman, in April, 1806, to the Seahorse 38, Capt. John Stewart, on the latter station, where, and again in the Channel, as also at Newfoundland, he next served, with Sir John Duckworth and Capt. Rich. Dalling Dunn, in the Royal George 100, San Josef 110, Hibernia 110, Armide 38, and Antelope 50. After suffering shipwreck in the Avenger 16, Capt. Urry Johnson (to a Lieutenancy in which vessel he had been promoted on 11 Nov. 1811), Mr. Bendyshe successively joined – 24 Oct. 1812, the Hazard sloop, Capt. John Cookesley, also on the Newfoundland station – 22 Aug. 1814, as Senior, the Belle Poule troop-ship, Capt. Fras. Baker, under whom he attended the expedition to New Orleans – and, 15 Dec. 1818 (after an interval of three years), in a similar capacity, the Wye 26, Capt. Geo. Wickens Willes, on the Leith station. He was superseded from the latter vessel, at his own request, 29 Nov. 1819, and has not since been employed. Lieut. Bendyshe is a Magistrate and Deputy-Lieutenant for the co. of Cambridge, for which he has also served as High-Sheriff.

He married, first, 10 May, 1820, Catherine, eldest daughter of Geo. Matcham, Esq., of Ashford Lodge, co. Sussex, by Catherine, sister of the immortal Nelson, by whom, who died in 1831, he had issue four sons and four daughters; and secondly, 21 Oct. 1833, Anna Maria, third daughter of Sir Chas. Watson, Bart., of Wratting Park, co. Cambridge. Agents – Messrs. Stilwell.