Person NameHeathcote; John Norman (1863-1946); of Conington Castle
ForenamesJohn Norman
Titleof Conington Castle
ActivityJohn Norman Heathcote (1863-1946) was the eldest son of John Moyer Heathcote (1834-1912) and inherited the family estates on the death of his father. Like the previous two generations of his family, he was educated at Eton and the University of Cambridge, however he did not go on to study law. Instead he was interested in nature, and received a gold medal from the Royal Agricultural College in 1889, before embarking on the work for which he is best remembered: his study of the St Kilda archipelago in the Outer Hebrides. He went to the islands, which were owned by his uncle on two trips in 1898 and 1899, and on the second occasion he stayed for two months. In this time, he climbed several sea stacks including one which he was told he was the first non-St Kildan ever to visit. Upon his return he published a book which dealt with his experiences as well as the history and culture of the St Kildans, and the wildlife (particularly birds) of the islands. He was the first person to record several speices of bird on the islands. He was an avid photographer and a gifted watercolourist, as had been his father and grandfather, and the book is illustrated with his sketches and photographs. Upon returning to Huntingdonshire, he served as a Justice of the Peace from 1906, and as High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire in 1917-1918 - both positions held by several previous generations of his family. During the 1910s, he sold a great deal of the land that his family held in the county, which perhaps suggests the family's finances were not as strong as they had been. He did however own a steam yacht called Ketch in 1933 and so was far from destitute. He never married or had children, and died in 1946, likely at Conington Castle.
RelationshipsFather: John Moyer Heathcote (1834-1912
Mother: Louisa Cecilia Macleod (1838-1910) daughter of Norman MacLeod of Macleod
Spouse: None
Children: None
Linked entries in the catalogue
KCON/4/1/2/14Account Book Payments for wages and labour on Conington Castle estates.
KR/R45/1/4Particulars, Plans & Conditions of Sale of an agricultural estate of J.N. Heathcote at Gt. & Lt. Stukeley, Sawtry, Holme and Steeple Gidding.
KCON/4/1/2/24Farm Account Book Conington. Receipts and Payments.
KCON/4/1/2/9Account Book Conington Castle estates. Copy letter book. Statement of Cash Accounts.
KCON/4/1/2/22Farm Account Book Conington. Receipts and Payments.
KCON/4/1/2/25Farm Account Book Conington. Receipts and Payments.
KHAC1/1342Steeple Gidding Estate
KCON/3/3/B/11List; Of 49 documents forming the title deeds of Great Stukeley; from the Abstract prepared by Mr. Mayer of Gray's Inn in 1750; goes up to 1731.
KCON/4/1/2/10Wages Book Account of wages paid by John Heathcote for work done on his estate.
KCON/4/1/2/23Farm Account Book Conington. Receipts and Payments.
KCON/4/1/2/15Account Book Conington estates. Misc.
KCON/4/1/2/27Farm Account Book Conington. Receipts and Payments.
KCON/4/1/1/11Rentals of the Conington estate of John N. Heathcote.Lands at Conington, Sawtry, Steeple Gidding, Stukeleys, Upton, Alconbury, Holme.
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/9/118Vesting Assent of the Boxworth Estate by John Norman Heathcote of Conington Castle, Huntingdonshire, Esq., as Special Representative of the late A.J. Thornhill, deceased, in favour of Noel Thornhill of Diddington Hall, Huntingdonshire, Esq.
KCON/2/2/18Will; John Moyer Heathcote (cancelling all previous wills)
KCON/2/2/16Will; John M. Heathcote
KHAC2/2145/2Bundle of 5 deeds relating to Steeple Gidding, Lodge, Grange and Cold Harbour Farms and Advowson of Rectory. Includes Conveyance of John Heathcote of Conington to Wm Fower of Littleport in 1915 and subsequent mortgages to 1922 when Lodge Farm is shown by an abstract of title to be the property of F Doggett.
KCON/4/1/2/20Farm Account Book Conington. Receipts and Payments.
KCON/4/1/2/19Farm Account Book Conington. Receipts and Payments.
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/9/117Vesting deed for the Boxworth estate
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/9/122Deed under the hands and seals of John Norman Heathcote of Conington Castle, Huntingdonshire, Esq., and Noel Thornhill of Diddington Hall, Huntingdonshire, Esq. declaring that they are discharged from the Trusts of the Compound Settlement affecting land in the parish of Boxworth, Cambridgeshire.
KCON/4/1/2/26Farm Account Book Conington. Receipts and Payments.
KED/4169/1/8/155Sale for J.N.Heathcote Esquire
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/9/120Declaration re trustees of the Boxworth estate
KR/R45/1/14Particulars, Plan & Conditions of Sale The Upton Estate and property in Sawtry, (J.N. Heathcote).
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/14/192Indemnity against death duties arising on the death of the late Arthur John Thornhill
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/9/119Deed of Appointment
KCON/4/1/2/21Farm Account Book Conington. Receipts and Payments.
KCON/2/2/15Will; John M. Heathcote
KCONConington Collection
KAcc148/UNCAT/5109/10/152Appointment of trustee
KCON/4/1/1/8Rental of the estate of John M. Heathcote. Conington, Steeple Gidding, Stukeleys, Sawtry, and some lands in Essex, Bucks and London.
KED/4169/1/9/254Sale for J.N.Heathcote Esquire
KHP32/30/3Book marked 'Steeple Gidding Parish Records, 1898 -'
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