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William TURNER
(1777 - 1842)

Married: March 1826; Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire, Scotland [111]
Divorced: June 1827
Edward Gibbon WAKEFIELD
(1796 - 1862)
(1811 - 1831)
 bd.  20 March 1796
 dd.  16 May 1862, age 66; Wellington, New Zealand
 occ.  UK Colonial Office diplomat
 res.  London, UK
Wellington, New Zealand
 src.   [111]
 bd.  12 Feb 1811
 dd.  17 Jan 1831, age 19
 res.  Shrigley Hall, Pott Shrigley, Macclesfield, Cheshire
Lyme Hall, Disley, Cheshire, UK
 src.   [105],[111]
Spouses: 1, 2


[1 son] WAKEFIELD (1828 - 1828)
[Died in Infancy]

Divorce notes for Edward Gibbon WAKEFIELD and Ellen TURNER

Annulled by Act of Parliament. [111]

Notes for Edward Gibbon WAKEFIELD

Despite abducting and marrying Ellen Turner, and being jailed for that, Wakefield went on to enjoy a successful diplomatic career in New Zealand. On his death a marble bust was presented to the Colonial Office, inscribed "Edward Gibbon Wakefield / Born in London 20th March 1796 / Died in Wellington (N.Z.) 16th May 1862 / Author of 'The Art of Colonisation' / To Commemorate / His Statesman Like Qualities / For the Improvement / Of the Empire / His Friends and Admirers / Have Presented this Bust / To The Colonial Office". [111]

Notes for Ellen TURNER

She was infamously abducted from boarding school, aged 15, and taken to Gretna Green for illicit marriage by Edward Gibbon WAKEFIELD in a ludicrous plot to secure her wealth. [105],[111]


105.  Book, Bridget Franklin, 17 June 2016, The Gaskells of Ingersley Hall
111.  Book, Abby Ashby & Audrey Jones, 2003, The Shrigley Abduction, Sutton Publishing

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Divorce record last updated: 21 Nov 2017

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