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Joanna (Granville) Thornhill (1635 - 1709)

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Lady Joanna Thornhill formerly Granville aka Grenville
Born in Kilkhampton, Cornwallmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in St Clement Dane, Westminster, Middlesexmap
[children unknown]
Died in Englandmap
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Categories: Kilkhampton, Cornwall | Wye, Kent.


Joanna was born on the 30 Sep 1635 and baptised 'Joane Grenvile' on 14 Oct 1635 at Kilkhampton, Cornwall, England.[1]

Joanna Grenville, daughter of Sir Bevil Grenville, was the second wife of Richard Thornhill esq.[2]. Joanna 'Greenvill' married Richard 'Thornell' on 29 Sep 1653 at St Clement Danes, Westminster, Middlesex[3].

A replica of a portrait of Lady Joanna Thornhill by John Michael Wright is on display at Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire [1].

Lady Joanna Thornhill is mentioned in the 1701 codicil of the will of her brother, John, Earl of Bath[4].

Lady Joanna Thornhill was buried on 31 Jan 1708/1709 at Wye, Kent [2].

"Lady Johanna Thornhill, of Ollantigh, by her will in 1708, among other charitable bequests to this parish, gave the residue of her estate to her executors in trust, that they should apply it to the use and benefit of the poorest sort of children of the town of Wye, for their improvement in learning. With it the executors purchased a farm in Wye and in Romney Marsh, of ninety-seven pounds per annum, out of which a schoolmaster and mistress are paid, who teach the poor children gratis. This, with the rest of her charitable bequests, was settled by the court of chancery."[2].

Memorial to Lady Joanna Thornhill

A fine memorial to Lady Joanna exists in the Church of St Gregory & St Martin, Wye, Kent. The inscription is as follows:

"Near this Marble lyes interred the body of right Honourable Lady Joanna Thornhill Daughter of Sr Bevil Grandvell who at ye Battle of Lansdown Gloriously dyed in defence of his Sovereign King Charles the Martyr.

And sister to John Earl of Bath who with his near kinsman General Monke, afterwards Duke of Albemarle, was the noble instrument of the happy Restoration of ye Church and Monarchy in ye year 1660.

She was second wife of Richard Thornhill of Ollantigh in this parish Esqr Commander of a Regiment of Horse which he had raised at his own charges for the service of King Charles the first.

A Gentleman whose loyalty, and Sufferings Steady adherence, and large contributions to the Royal cause were not inferiour to the Greatest Examples.

She liv’d with him in the most intire affection near three years, being in the 22nd year of her age at the time of his death. She survived him fifty two years which she spent in the most Devout and Religious widowhood.

She was Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Catharine Consort to King Charles the 2nd to the time of her death and being adorn’d with ye most amiable Virtues a rare piety, Singular Chastity, and most abundant Charity might here Challenge ye Greatest Character, as her just Due in ye Severall Stations of her life, had not her peculiar Humility expressly forbid it upon her Death bed.

She was borne the 30th of September 1635; and dyed January the 7th 1708.

She chose to be buried in this place out of a due regard to the memory of her excellent Husband, and manifested her love for this parish in a large & lasting Benefaction towards ye Support of poor House Keepers and the teaching thir Children to read and write."


  1. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018, Joane Grenvile, 30 Sep 1635); citing KILKHAMPTON,CORNWALL,ENGLAND, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 897,356.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wye. The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 7. Originally published by W Bristow, Canterbury, 1798.
  3. St Clement Dane, Westminster, Middlesex. Register. Accessed via findmypast.
  4. England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 (, Will of The Right Honourable John Earl of Bath Viscount of Lansdowne and Baron of Granville Bideford and Kilkhampton, dated 11 October 1684, codicil dated 15 August 1701, proved 10 September 1701, the codicil mentions: "my dear and loving Sister the Lady Johanna Thornhill"

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