Maj Gen Sir Robert John Harvey
Of Mousehold House, Norfolk


Born: 21 February 1785 in Thorpe, and was Christened 19 April in Norwich.  He died 18 June1860, at Norwich, aged 75.
Son of: John Harvey (1755-1842) and Frances Kerrison (1765-1809).
Brother of:
1. Fanny Bellman nee Harvey (1784-1867) who married Rev Edmund Bellman (1773-1843).
2. Marianne Day nee Harvey (1786-1812) who married the Rev Charles Day (1780-1856).
3. John Harvey (1787-1806).
4. Julia Harvey (1788-1808).
5. Emma Harvey (1790-1880).
6. Caroline Harvey (1792-1792).
7. George Harvey (1793-1831) who married Mary Ann Julia Beevor.
8. Louisa Harvey (1795-1810).
9. Caroline Mary Savill Onley nee Harvey (1797-1845) who married Onley Savill Onley (1795-1890).
10. Roger Kerrison Harvey (1802-1882) who married Eliza Beecroft.
11. Harriot Blakiston nee Harvey (1803-1886) who married Capt Thomas Blakiston RN (Thomas Blakeston, 1790-1861)
12. Rosa Ranking nee Harvey (1805-1865) who married John Ranking RN (1798-18??).
13. Augusta Trelawney nee Harvey (Augusta Lady Goring,1807-1875) who married 1st Sir Harry Dent Goring, 2nd John Trelawney (1793-18??).
14. Charlotte Blake-Humphrey nee Harvey (1809-1894) who married Robert Blake-Humphrey (1795-1886).
Robert married: his cousin Charlotte Mary Harvey (1793- 1869), only child of Robert Harvey Esq (1753-1820) and Charlotte Purdy.
Robert and Charlotte had issue:
1. Julia Sutton nee Harvey (1816-1893) who married 1st Capt Samuel Ives Sutton (1807-1850) son of Adm Sutton of Ditchingham. Julia married 2nd Peter Wells (see Norfok Portraits, Vol 2, page 171).
2. Sir Robert John Harvey (1817-1870).
3. Emma Harvey (18??-1895) who married Rev Henry Churchman Long, Rector of Newton and Swainsthorpe, son of Rev C Long of Dunston Hall (see Norfok Portraits, Vol 2, page 171).
4. Maria Frances Harvey (1821-1845).
5. John Harvey (1822-1874).
6. Charles Onley Harvey (18??-1824).
7. Edward Kerrison Harvey (1826-1906) who married 1st: Emma Susanna C hevallier (1828-1886), 2nd: Sophia Elizabeth Beevor (1843-1924).
8. Archibald Harvey (18??-1827).


Maj Gen Sir Robert John Harvey: An Overview

The information I have about Robert comes from the following sources:

1. Information supplied to me by Carla Woodworth Lynas and based on the 'Original Genealogical Collections, by the late Lieut. Col. Robert John Harvey of Thorpe'.  This is mentioned in a publication called 'Walter Rye, Memoir Bibliography and Catalogue of of his Norfolk Manuscripts in the Norwich Public Libraries' by Geo. A. Stephen published in 1929? by the Public Libraries Committee, Norwich.  Original documents in the Norfolk Archives.
2. The book 'A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain' By John Burke, published 1836, page 400, Harvey of Thorpe.
3. The Norwich Churches website
4. His bookplate.
5. The private publication 'Heir Looms Left By General Sir Robert John Harvey, Knight, At Mousehold House', 1860.

Engraving of Lt Col Sir Robert John Harvey 1785-1860
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Engraved portrait of 
Lt Col Sir Robert John Harvey



Bookplate of
Sir Robert John Harvey

Bookplate of Maj Gen Sir Robert John Harvey
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Robert had a very distinguished miltary career.  In the expedition sent to Portugal in March 1809, under the command of Major-General Lord Hill, he served as a Captain of the 53rd Foot Regiment. In 1810, he was made a Major and appointed Assistant-Quarter-Master-General of the Portuguese Army attached to the Headquarters of the Portuguese Army’s Commander-in-Chief - Marshall William Carr Beresford. In 1811, Beresford appointed him to General-Headquarters of Marshall Lord Wellington – Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces, as a liaison Officer with the Portuguese troops in the field and as Chief of the Staff of the Portuguese Army, in his absence. He remained in this position till the end of the war in 1814.

During the first years of the War his services were particularly relevant in organizing nine Portuguese Guerrilla Corps, the Ordenanças and in intelligence services owing to his superior linguist abilities and perfect domain of the French and German languages.

He was present namely, at the battles of Oporto, Buçaco, Salamanca, Vitoria, Pyrenees, Nive, Nivelle, Orthez, Toulouse and in the sieges of Ciudad Rodrigo, Burgos, Badajoz and San Sebastian. After the capture of Badajoz (April 1812) Robert was made a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Portuguese Army. After Salamanca and Vitória, Harvey was promoted a Lieutenant-Colonel in the British Army, on the recommendation of Lord Wellington.

For his distinguished services in the Peninsular War he was made by the King of Portugal a knight of the Order of the Tower and Sword (British Royal Warrant of May 1816). The Prince Regent awarded him a knighthood, in February, 6th, 1817, [3] and in 1831 he was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath.

He married his cousin Charlotte, the daughter and heir of Robert Harvey of Watton.  Robert inherited his Uncle Robert Harvey’s estate and so between them Robert and Charlotte were very wealthy.

A family portrait of the three daughters of Sir Robert and Lady Harvey. 

Maria, Julia and Emma.  Painted by George Clint ARA, Jan 1841.  Mrs Long, aged 22, married to Rev H Long, Rector of Newton, Swainsthorpe, Norfolk.  Mrs Sutton, aged 24, married to S I Sutton, Captain in the Army.  Miss Harvey, age 20.  This portrait is recorded in the book 'Portraits in Norfolk Houses' by Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, Vol 2, undated but published around 1928.  Rainthorpe Hall, The Property of Sir Charles Harvey Bart, 6th August 1907.  Page 171.  George Clint also painted a number of other portraits of the Harvey family including Sir Robert John Harvey and his son John Harvey.

Mulitiple Portrait of the Harvey Family of Norwich Norfolk painted by the Artist George Clint ARA
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Multiple Portrait of the Harvey Family
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Mousehold House near Norwich home of Gen Sir Robert John Harvey

Mousehold House. Formally the home of Gen Sir Robert John Harvey
Photograph believed to have been taken in the 1930s by Piggot?

Mousehold House near Norwich home of Gen Sir Robert John Harvey


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