Sir Wolstan Dixie, 1st Baronet (before 3 October 1602–13 February 1682) married (firstly) Barbara, daughter and heiress of Sir Henry Beaumont, Bart. of Gracedieu, Leicester, and widow of John Harpur; and (secondly) Frances, daughter of Edward Hersilridge, Esq. Barbara Beaumont was her father's sole heiress and represented a Leicestershire family which claimed descent from the House of Plantagenet. The first Baronet died in 1682 at the age of eighty and was succeeded by his eldest son
Sir Beaumont Dixie, 2nd Baronet (1629–1692) married Mary, daughter and sole heiress of Sir William Willoughby of Selston, Nottinghamshire, and was the builder of Bosworth Hall. He died in 1692 and was succeeded by his eldest son
Sir Wolstan Dixie, 3rd Baronet (1667 – December 1713) married Rebecca (died 1714), daughter of Sir Richard Atkins, Bart. The 3rd Baronet died in December 1713 and was succeeded by his eldest son
Sir Wolstan Dixie, 4th Baronet (1700–1767) who married firstly, 1 May 1735, Anna (died July 1739), heiress of Tobias Freer, Governor of Barbados; secondly, Theodosia (died 14 May 1751), daughter of Henry Offley Wright, Esq.; and thirdly Margaret, daughter of William Cross, gent. This Sir Wolstan was a colourful character. One story which is told of him is that he strongly objected to men with waggons driving across his park, and a neighbouring squire, Wrightson Mundy of Osbaston Hall, dressed up as a waggoner, was warned off by Dixie, and they fought. When Dixie was later presented to King George II, he asked "Bosworth, Bosworth. Big battle at Bosworth, wasn’t it?" and Dixie replied "Yes, sire. But I thrashed him." The 4th Baronet died in 1767 and was succeeded by his son. This is the baronet who employed Samuel Johnson during his four months at Bosworth in 1732. He was Sheriff of Leicestershire in 1727.
Sir Wolstan Dixie, 5th Baronet (9 March 1737–12 January 1806) who died unmarried in 1806, and was succeeded by his cousin
Sir Beaumont Joseph Dixie, 6th Baronet RN (?–20 July 1814) grandson of the Rev. Beaumont Dixie, second son of the third Baronet, he was a prisoner of war in France from 1802 to 1814 and died unmarried at Bosworth House in 1814, six days after his return from France, and was succeeded by his brother
Sir William Willoughby Wolstan Dixie, 7th Baronet (-
Sir Willoughby Wolstan Dixie, 8th Baronet (16 October 1816–23 July 1850) married,
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Sir Alexander Dixie, 9th Baronet (1780 – December 1857), Captain RN, died 1857 and was succeeded by his eldest son
Sir Alexander Beaumont Churchill Dixie, 10th Baronet (24 December 1819–1872) was a Doctor of Medicine and a Justice of the Peace for Leicestershire. The 10th Baronet died in 1872 and was succeeded by his eldest son
Sir Alexander Beaumont Churchill Dixie, 11th Baronet (22 December 1851–1924), who married the travel writer and feminist Lady Florence Douglas, 3 April 1875. He died in 1924 and was succeeded by his eldest son. Sold Bosworth Hall to Charles Tollemache Scott.
Sir Douglas Dixie, 12th Baronet (18 January 1876–25 December 1948) After serving in the Royal Navy as a midshipman, he was commissioned into the King's Own Scottish Borderers in 1895 and married Margaret Lindsay, daughter of Sir A Jardine, 8th Baronet. He was promoted a temporary captain in the 5th Battalion the KOSB, 26 November 1914. He died in 1948 and was succeeded by his son
Sir Wolstan Dixie, 13th Baronet (8 January 1910–28 December 1975), who married twice and had two daughters. With his death in 1975, the title became DORMANT. The 13th Baronet wrote an autobiography, published in 1972, called Is it True What They Say About Dixie? The Second Battle of Bosworth.
His eldest daughter Eleanor has claimed that the title should be passed through the female line on the grounds of the Sex Discrimination Act of 1975 (repealed 2010) but the claim has not yet been settled.
Ends. © The Dixie Grammar School Association 2015
THE IDIOSYNCRATIC DIXIES 1589 – 1975
Peter Loseby, a former Committee Member and active supporter of DGSA, in his capacity as a member of the Market Bosworth Society was invited, by the management of the Bosworth Hall Hotel, to give a talk to their guests and visitors tracing the Dixie Line from 1589 through 1975.
You can read a transcript of Peter’s talk by clicking here.