Thomas Levett-Prinsep ( – 1849), born Thomas Levett at Wychnor Park in Staffordshire, was a Derbyshire JP, member of the Tamworth Board of Guardians, landowner and cattle breeder in Derbyshire who took on the additional name of Prinsep upon inheriting his uncle's holding of Croxall Hall.
Thomas Levett was born at Wychnor Park in Wychnor, Staffordshire, the third son of Theophilus Levett. Thomas was educated at Eton College and in 1831 married Margaret, the daughter of Scottish merchant David Monro, a seigneur, businessman and political figure in Lower Canada who, after building a fortune in the Canadian ironworks, left North America and moved to Bath, Somerset.
Shortly afterwards, in 1835, Levett inherited Croxall Hall in Derbyshire, located eight miles (13 km) southwest of Burton-on-Trent, and which the Curzon family held for 15 consecutive generations. Mary Curzon, the heiress of the Curzon family and governess to the Royal Family, married Sir Edward Sackville, 4th Earl of Dorset. John Prinsep Esq., India merchant and progenitor of the Anglo-Indian family of the same name, purchased the property from George Sackville, 4th Duke of Dorset, and became lord of the manor. The Prinseps became well known for the cattle they bred at their Croxall estate, which at 1,450 acres (5.9 km2) was said to be the biggest family farm in Derbyshire at the time.
Thomas Prinsep, High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 1802, died without an heir, and so left Croxall Hall to his nephew, the son of Theophilus Levett of Wychnor Hall, High Sheriff of Staffordshire, who had married in 1794 Frances Prinsep, daughter of John Prinsep of Croxall Hall, and sister of Thomas Prinsep. Prinsep left his property to his nephew Levett on condition that he adopt the name and coat of arms of Prinsep in addition to Levett.
Following the early death of his wife Margaret, the by-now Thomas Levett-Prinsep married in 1838 as his second wife Caroline Mary Templer. She was the daughter of Rev. John James Templer of Newton Abbot in Devon, the Rector of Teigngrace and a member of the Templer family who owned Stover House and the 80,000-acre (320 km2) Stover Estate in Devon – later sold due to Templer family financial troubles to Edward St Maur, 11th Duke of Somerset. Rev. Templer's other daughter Henrietta was married to Thomas Levett-Prinsep's elder brother Theophilus Levett, who had inherited the Levett family's Wychnor Park.
By his first wife, Levett-Prinsep had a daughter Margaret Catherine Levett-Prinsep, born in 1837 in Bath. In 1860 she married her cousin Robert Thomas Kennedy Levett, son of John Levett and his wife, the former Sophia Eliza Kennedy, of Wychnor Park. By his second wife, Caroline, Levett-Prinsep had an eldest son, also Thomas Levett-Prinsep, to whom he left the Croxall estate at his early death in 1849. The son Thomas Levett-Prinsep married Georgina Holdsworth, the granddaughter of Devonshire merchant and member of Parliament Arthur Howe Holdsworth, in 1868 at Stokenham, Devon.
Following his marriage in Devon, Thomas Levett-Prinsep returned to Croxall Hall, which he inherited from his father. He renovated the Hall, and built The Grange to control his farmland. He and his wife had three daughters and a son, Thomas. Ultimately, their daughter Katherine Mary married Lt. Col. Henry Edward Disbrow Wise, CBE. The couple moved to nearby Walton Hall, Walton-on-Trent.
Eventually the Levett-Prinsep heirs sold Croxall Hall in 1920, and moved to the West Country, closer to family relations there. The Levett-Prinseps eventually inherited Widdicombe House in Kingsbridge, Devon, the home of Arthur Bastard Easterbrook Holdsworth, son of MP Arthur Howe Holdsworth.
Croxall Hall is near to Catton Hall, once a property of the Anson family, who later intermarried with the Levetts of nearby Milford Hall, distant relations of Thomas Levett-Prinsep. The author John Dryden was said to have visited the Curzon family at Croxall Hall, and the land once known as Dryden's Walk was said to be named for the poet.
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