Domvile Family Gravestones
St. Mary's Church
The grave on the left is of Captain John Russell Compton Domvile (1856-1893), the grave in the middle is of Eva Kathleen Domvile (1868-1897) and the grave on the right is of John James Flook, who may or may not be related to the Domvile family.
On 4th January 2008 we received a message for the Guest Book from Alistair Caie, Secretary to the Parochial Church Council of St. Mary's Church, Nettleton, Wiltshire, who said that the Reverend Charles Compton Domvile (1816-1898) had been Rector of their church and that they are keen to restore the memorials to two of his children Captain John Russell Compton Domvile and Eva Kathleen Domvile. They would very much like to hear from family members willing to contribute and would also like to put anything anyone can tell them about the late Rector in their church guidebook.
The cross on the memorial to Captain John Russell Compton Domvile has become loose and was laid down a few years ago. The cross on the memorial to Eva Kathleen Domvile has become loose but has not yet been laid down. Refixing the crosses involves drilling and fitting new dowels, for which the estimate is £132 each plus VAT. The fencing is in poor condition and will need to be removed or replaced. Unfenced graves are preferred because maintenance is easier and the graves are more accessible to visitors. However if relatives wish to replace the fencing, an estimate can be obtained and the replacement can be arranged.
In November 2008 we received a message from Alistair Caie to say that the contributions received were not enough to go ahead with the restoration. As the spiked railings are in very poor condition, they will be removed and the insecure memorial for Eva Kathleen Domvile will be laid down, as Captain John Domvile's was a few years ago.
To the much loved and honoured
memory of the Reverend
CHARLES COMPTON DOMVILE.
M.A. OXON. RECTOR OF THIS PARISH.
WHO FOR 58 YEARS WAS A FAITHFUL PASTOR OF HIS FLOCK.
AND TRUE SERVANT OF GOD. AND HAS GAINED A
"CROWN OF GLORY THAT FADETH NOT AWAY."
HE WAS "AS THE SHINING LIGHT THAT SHINETH MORE
AND MORE UNTO THE PERFECT DAY."
HE WAS RECTOR OF NETTLETON FROM 1851 TO 1870.
AND FOR MANY YEARS RECTOR OF CHICKERELL. DORSET.
AND AGAIN RECTOR OF NETTLETON FROM 1892 TO 1898.
HE FELL ASLEEP IN CHRIST MAY 15TH 1898.
GREATLY LOVED AND DEEPLY MOURNED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM.
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY HIS VERY LOVING DAUGHTER LOUISA.
TO THE HONORED AND CHERISHED MEMORY OF
JOHN RUSSELL COMPTON DOMVILE,
CAPTAIN 7TH BOMBAY CAVALRY,
AND COMMANDANT OF THE ADEN TROOP,
AND ARAB LEVY,
OBIIT JULY 1ST 1893 AGED 36.
CHARLES WILLIAM BARRY DOMVILE,
LIEUTENANT ROYAL NAVY, OBIIT JUNE 20TH 1880,
THE DEARLY LOVED SONS OF
THE RECTOR OF THIS PARISH.
THEY FELL ASLEEP TRUSTING IN THEIR DIVINE REDEEMER.
HANC TABELLAM POSUIT PATER MÆRENS
CAROLUS COMPTON DOMVILE M.A.
HUJUSCE PAROCHIÆ RECTOR
TO THE HONORED AND LOVED MEMORY OF
EDWIN BARRY DOMVILE.
THE YOUNGEST SON OF THE RECTOR
OF THIS PARISH.
WHO WAS TAKEN FROM EARTH
ON JANUARY 10TH 1894.
AT WEYMOUTH, AGED 23.
HIS MANY TALENTS, MUSICAL ABILITIES,
AND BENEVOLENCE, MADE HIM
LOVED HONORED AND VALUED
BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM
"AND WITH THE MORN,
THOSE ANGEL FACES SMILE,
WHICH WE HAVE LOVED LONG SINCE,
BUT LOST AWHILE"
"Until the day break
and the shadows flee away"
The Reverend Charles Compton Domvile, Rector of St. Mary's Church, Nettleton, Wiltshire, came from a distinguished family. He was the son of the Reverend Henry Barry Domvile, M.A. Oxon. (1780-1856), Rector of Pencombe in the County of Hereford, and the grandson of Charles Pocklington Domvile (c1739-1810), Member of Parliament for the County of Dublin.
Charles Pocklington Domvile had been born Charles Pocklington, son of (Adam) Christopher Pocklington (d 1766) and Elizabeth Pocklington née Domvile (c1700-1774). His uncle was Sir Compton Domvile (1696-1768). Edward Alan Domville tells the story of Charles Pocklington's adoption of the name Domvile in chapter eleven of his book 'We Came With The Conqueror':
One hundred and sixty two years after the arrival in Dublin of his great grandfather, 100 years after the post of Clerk of the Crown and Hanaper had been bestowed upon his grandfather and had remained in the family, and 44 years after being elected a Member of Parliament, Sir Compton Domvile [1696-1768] announced his retirement from political and public life. He was the only surviving Domvile and he was also unmarried - but he was determined that his name should live on and that his estates should remain in the family.
His plan was simple: Adam Christopher Pocklington [d 1766] who had married his sister, Elizabeth [c1700-1774], would assume the name Domvile in return for which he would receive the estates of Santry and Templeogue. Similarly, Compton would require Dr. Benjamin Barrington [1711-1774], Dean of Armagh and son of his cousin Margaret [1687-1768], to do likewise and inherit Loughlinstown House. Both Adam and Benjamin would also be required to adopt the Domvile family arms as their own.
Adam already had a young son, Charles [c1739-1810], who also expressed his willingness to add Domvile to his surname in time. Benjamin was entering middle age and was a bachelor but Compton made no secret that he hoped that a suitable bride could be found.
A year later, Compton's grand plan had to be slightly altered when Adam died suddenly at his home in Cheshire. After the funeral it was decided that Charles, his son, would move to Templeogue with his mother, who had been born there, and his elder sister, Anna Maria [1723-1806]. Within a year Charles Pocklington had duly changed his name to Domvile - he gave £10 to the poor of Dublin to celebrate the fact - and he had been elected a Member of Parliament for County Dublin.
The Reverend Charles Compton Domvile (1816-1898) is mentioned in chapter thirteen of Edward Alan Domville's book 'We Came With The Conqueror':
The Rev. Charles Domvile became Rector of Nettleton in Wiltshire. His wife was Augusta, widow of Lt. Colonel Archibald Erskine and elder daughter of Sir William Oldnall Russell, Chief Justice of Bengal. Their children included John Russell Compton Domvile [1856-1893], an Army Captain who married Constance Julia, daughter of Sir Howard Elphinstone Third Baronet, and Beauchamp Victor Santry Domvile [b 1864], who would become one of the family's heroes. Their daughter, Evelyn Constance Domvile, died of fever in the Far East in 1928.
The photographs on this page were provided by Alistair Caie, Secretary to the Parochial Church Council of St. Mary's Church, Nettleton, Wiltshire.
Christopher Pocklington (d 1766), grandfather of the Reverend Charles Compton Domvile (1816-1898) and great-grandfather of Captain John Russell Compton Domvile (1856-1893) and Eva Kathleen Domvile (1868-1897).
William Domville (1565-1624), great-great-grandfather of Sir Compton Domvile (1696-1768).