Sir Richard Kaye (1736-1809)

The Very Revd. Sir Richard Kaye was the sixth and final Baronet of Woodesham.


He was born on 11 August 1736, the son of Sir John Lister Kaye (4th Baronet) and his second wife Dorothy (née Richardson).

He was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford. His friendship with explorer Captain James Cook led to the latter naming an island in the Gulf of Alaska as "Kaye's Island" (now Kayak Island) in May 1778.[1]

He held several positions in the Church of England before being appointed to the office of Chaplain to King George III in 1776. He took up the position of Dean of Lincoln from 1783 until his death.

Following the death of his elder half-brother Sir John Lister Kaye in 1789, he became the sixth Baronet of Woodesham.

He married Ellen Fenton, daughter of William Fenton of Rothwell, on 29 August 1791.

The Very Revd. Sir Richard Kaye died aged 73 on 25 December 1809. Since he had no male son to inherit the title of Baronet of Woodesham, the baronetcy became extinct.


A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland, and Scotland (1844) by John Burke & Sir Bernard Burke:

The Very Rev. Sir Richard Kaye, Dean of Lincoln, who married Mrs. Mainwaring, relict of Thomas Mainwaring, esq. of Goltho, in Lincolnshire, and daughter of William Fenton, esq. of Glassho, near Leeds, but died without issue 25th December, 1810, when the Baronetcy expired.


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