Windham Hunt Holley [Obituary]

Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. XXX, (1898), p. 44.


Rev. W. Harpley

Prepared by Michael Steer

The obituary was read at the Association’s July 1898 Honiton meeting. Detailed information about Mr Holley and his mother, Horatia Windham including his baptismal record, have been provided by WikiTree. Their home, Oaklands House, is a Grade II Listed building, constructed c.1820 in the Palladian style. The obituary, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

Windham Hunt Holley, of Oaklands, Okehampton, was the son of Mr. James Hunt Holley, a descendant from the ancient Norfolk family of Windhams, who, in the early part of the century, purchased the Oakland estates of the ancient Okehampton family of Savile. Succeeding to his father's property, Mr. Holley took a prominent position in the town and county. He was pricked for the Shrievalty for the coming year, was Deputy-Lieutenant of the County, Lord of the Manor of Okehampton, County Councillor, and Justice of the Peace, and was deservedly respected as a man of sound judgment and business-like habits. He was well known in the hunting field, and for two years was joint master of the Mid-Devon hounds. He rowed in the University Boat Race in 1854.

Mr. Holley joined the Association in 1895, and was elected one of the vice-presidents for that year; and the Association will remember with pleasure the kind reception given by him and Mrs. Holley on that occasion. He died on the 17th of April, 1898.