Melchior Guy Dickens

(18 February 1695/96 - after 10 July 1775)
Melchior Guy Dickens, from the Watts Gallery
     Melchior Guy Dickens was christened on 18 February 1695/96 in St James, Paddington, England. Baptised Melchior, the son of Peter & Ayme (Agnes?) Guy Dickins. He was the son of Peter Guy Dickens and Ayme or Agnes Unknown (Guy Dickens).
     Melchior was educated at Westminster School, London. Although Wikipedia states he was educated there and his 2 sons attended, he is not listed in their published records.
     Melchior Guy Dickens served in the military in the Army from 16 February 1715/16 to 28 February 1750/51. He began his army service as a Cornet in Col. Charles La Bouchetiere's newly raised regiment of dragoons (which had a Huguenot chaplain in Ireland). He served in that regiment until its disbandment in June 1717 when he went on half pay until August 9th following when he joined Col. Descury's Regt. of Foot, the 32nd in Ireland, as a Captain. On Feb 6th 1740/1, he was promoted to the rank of Lt Colonel in the newly raised 47th Foot (Mordaunt's). He retired from the Army Feb 28 1750/51. He is listed in the State Papers (SP 90/36) between Jan & March 1734 and Jul-Dec 1730 .
     Melchior Guy Dickens married Mariane Oiseau before 1721 in Dublin?.
     Melchior Guy Dickens and Hannah Handcock obtained a marriage licence in 1721 in Ireland. Guy Dickens Melchior and Hamilton [sic], Hannah, 1721 M. L. #109.
     He was a subscriber to books printed in 1722, 1730 & 1733 when described as a Captain in the Hon. Brigadier General du Bourgay's regiment, and in 1749 as His Majesty's envoy, Stockholm.
     Melchior Guy Dickens married secondly Hannah Handcock on 6 February 1721/22 in St John, Dublin, Ireland. Melchior Guydickens of parish of St John's Dublin Esq. & Hannah Handcock, of the same parish, spinster.
In the same year, there is a document:
Release 1722 Melchior Dicken to Gustavus Handcock & George Rochfort Athlone & Grantstown 22 577
now held by the Genealogical Society of Ireland among the Laois papers. Crowe states that he eloped with and married the Dean's 15 year old daughter.
The ms index to the Marriage Licence Bonds gives Guy, Dickens Melchior and Hamilton, Hannah.
     He was Secretary of Embassy and Chargé d'Affaires from 1730 to 1740, and then for a short time Minister to Prussia.
     Melchior Guy Dickens Esq was appointed Secretary of Gt Britian at the Court of the King of Prussia [Caledonian Mercury 27 Aug, Newcastle Courant, etc]. In 1742 he was described as Lt Colonel in HM Regt of Foot commaned by Mordaunt....
     The London gazette on 12/15 Aug 1732 reported: Melchior Guy Dickens, Esq., His Majesty's secretary at the court of the King of Prussia, whom the King had permitted to come hither for a short time, took his leave of his Majesty, and returned this morning to Berlin.
     The Derby Mercury on 23 Nov 1738 reported: Berlin Nov 9. O.S. Mr Guydickens, charged with British Affairs at ths Court, had a private audience of the king a few days ago, and was received with great marks of esteem. His Majesty talked with him a long while, and expressed a great regard for the British Court.... Melchior Guy Dickens was listed in the rate book in 1740 for property in Old Palace, Westminster, St Margaret, Middlesex. Melchior Guy Dickens, Esq., £24 /3/-.
     He was Envoy Extraordinary to the Empress of Russia between 1740 and 1744.
     Melchior was appointed Minister at the Court of Prussia (after serving there from 1724) in August 1740.
     Melchior was appointed Envoy in Sweden in January 1742.
     A newcomer to the village, Colonel Dickens, had lately taken possession of the adjoining Porch House. The story is given in the Court Roll: Complaint made by Melchior Guy Dickens against Mr Collier of this manor that he had stopped an underground drain of the sd Mr Dickens running through the yard of Mr Collier... Porch House was not mentioned in the 1664 survey and was presumably built after that date, Elizabeth Martyn occupied it from 1713-1747 when Col. Guy Dickens took it over. He was still there in 1779, when his son, a clergyman, was buried in the Blockley church. Soon after it passed to Thomas Wilkes".
     In February 1848, he was expelled from Sweden because of his zeal and indiscretion.
     Melchior Guy Dickens lived at 66 Great Queen St, London, between 1749 and 1751.
     Colonel Murray's memorial has not yet arrived. Major [John] Preston has sent one to the Lords Justices, and Colonel Guy Dickens has presented one to the Lord Lieutenant, both desiring to sell their commissions..
     Melchior was appointed Envoy Extraordinar to the Empress in Russia on 6 July 1749. Copy held of King George II instructions to Melchior Guydickens, esq. on being appointed Envoy Extraordinary at the Court of the Tzarina [Elizabeth] in Russia, dated 24 August 1749. Elizabeth reigned between 1741 & 1762.
     1753 (9 March): Letter from the Duke of Newcastle to Colonel Melchior Guydickens concerning the Russian Great Chancellor's "distresses", money loaned to him by King George II and the need for the Tzarina to agree to George II's proposals against the "extravagent conduct of the King of Prussia".
     1753 (31 May): [Copy] letter from Melchior Guydickens in Moscow to the Consul [at St. Petersburg] concerning financial support given to the Great Chancellor.
1753 (31 May): [Copy] notification from Melchior Guydickens to send the original mortgage to be annulled (enclosed with D4582/2/4 above).
     1753 (July): [Copy] letter from Melchior Guydickens in Moscow to the Duke of Newcastle concerning the Great Chancellor's influence at the Russian Court, "I acquainted him with the further present His majesty was willing to make to him if He could procure the Empress's consent to the Plan proposed in your Grace's letter".
     Feb 1754: Contract between Melchior Guydickens and Chrapowitsky, Colonel and Sergeant of the Tzarina's Company of Corps, for the lease of a house in St Petersburg.
     Manor Court of Blockley 22 Feb 1757: Award of Jury at the Manor Court of Blockley, on a dispute between Colonel Guy Dickens and Mr. Edward Collier, concerning the cutting down of nut trees to build a wall; and appointment of Thos. Whatcot of Blockley as impartial inspector. 10 signatures or marks.
     1762 (15 Oct.): Letter from Melchior Guydickens to 'Gusty' [in Germany] concerning political factions in England, the progress of the war and advice for Gusty's advancement. He On May 31 1763 he was granted a pension of £500 for "31 years of service to the Irish establishment". During his career he filled several important diplomatic posts. After 10 years as Secretary of the British Embassy in Berlin and as Charge d'Affaires between 1730 and August 1740, he was appointed Minister to Prussia and continued at Berlin in that capacity until Jan 1741/2 when he was appointed Minister to Sweden, in which capacity he served until July 1749 when appointed to Russia. He served twice as Minister in St Petersburg, first from July 1749 to 1751 and again from 1753 to April 1755 on 31 May 1763.
     His grand daughter Mary Ann was married from his home in Wigmore St London.
His son Rev. Frederick William Guy Dickens's will reqests that he be buried at Blockley, [Worcs, a detached parish in Gloucestershire] with a deceased brother.
     In Nov 1773 he was granted a pension of 500 pounds p.a. from the Irish House of Commons.
     Melchior Guy Dickens made a will dated 10 July 1775 in Waddon, Croydon. Melchior Guy Dickens of Waddon in the parish of Croydon in the county of Surrey Esquire and is as follows
In the first place I give and bequeath to my son-in-law Eliah Handcock of Waddon afsd, gent. & Solomon Hamilton? of the Inner Temple Society gent. ... my eldest son ffrederick William Guydickens of E?ssensey co Middlesex & of ... Barrister at law... my daughter Mary Reinhardina Guydickens now the wife of the said Eliah Handcock ... upon the marriage of my younger son Gustavus Guydickens ... corpse not to be carried to Blockley but interred in a vault in the parish church where I now live, dated 10 July 15 Geo 3 1775.
Witnessed by vicar & curate of Croydon.
     Melchior died after 10 July 1775 in Waddon, Croydon, Surrey.
     His will was proved on 4 January 1776 at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. Proved at London 4 Jan 1776 by the oath of Mary Reinhardin Handcock wife of Eliah Handcock Esq.

Child of Melchior Guy Dickens and Mariane Oiseau

Children of Melchior Guy Dickens and Hannah Handcock

Hannah Handcock

(circa 1706 - 20 October 1752)
     Hannah Handcock was born circa 1706 in Athlone, Westmeath/Roscommon, Ireland. She was the daughter of Very Rev Stephen Handcock and Margaret Warner.
     Hannah Handcock and Melchior Guy Dickens obtained a marriage licence in 1721 in Ireland. Guy Dickens Melchior and Hamilton [sic], Hannah, 1721 M. L. #109.
     Hannah Handcock married Melchior Guy Dickens as his second wife, on 6 February 1721/22 in St John, Dublin, Ireland. Melchior Guydickens of parish of St John's Dublin Esq. & Hannah Handcock, of the same parish, spinster.
In the same year, there is a document:
Release 1722 Melchior Dicken to Gustavus Handcock & George Rochfort Athlone & Grantstown 22 577
now held by the Genealogical Society of Ireland among the Laois papers. Crowe states that he eloped with and married the Dean's 15 year old daughter.
The ms index to the Marriage Licence Bonds gives Guy, Dickens Melchior and Hamilton, Hannah.
     Hannah died on 20 October 1752 in Blockley, Worcestershire/Gloucester, England. There is a memorial in Blockley church: In memory of Hannah, the wife of Melchior Guy Dickens, Esq. who died Oct 20 1752 aged 46. And of Frederick William Guy Dickens, clerk, who died September 15, 1779 aged 50.

Children of Hannah Handcock and Melchior Guy Dickens

Mary Guy Dickens

(circa 1721 - 1795)
     Mary Guy Dickens was born circa 1721 Her mother having died in childbirth, she was left in the care of Mrs Bevins the landlady who handed the child to her childless daughter Mrs Smith. When her father sent for her, he was told that she had died.. She was the daughter of Melchior Guy Dickens and Mariane Oiseau.
     Mary Guy Dickens married Jordan Costello, son of Charles Costello and Mary French, before 1744.
     Mary died in 1795. She was mentioned in her grand-son's diary as visiting him with her sister in London.

Children of Mary Guy Dickens and Jordan Costello