Henry Fielding Dickens
Sir Henry Fielding Dickens Kt (
16 January, 1849[Birth certificate of Henry Fielding Dickens. General Register Office (GRO) ref: 1849 MAR - Marylebone I 260] – 21 December, 1933) was the eighth of ten children born to British author Charles Dickens[http://charlesdickenspage.com/fast-facts.html] . He was a barrister, a KC and Common Serjeant of London, a senior legal office which he held for over 15 years.
Baptised in the church of St. Mary Marylebone in
Londonon April 21, 1849 [http://www.links.org/links-cgi/readged?/home/ben/camilla-genealogy/current+c-dickens1502+2-2-0-1] , Henry Fielding Dickens was named after Henry Fielding, one of his father's favourite authors. As a boy, with his brother Edward he started the 'Gad's Hill Gazette', a family newspaper. [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/olivertwist/dickens_timeline_text.html] Dickens was educated at Wimbledon School and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, originally studying Mathematics, but later changing to Law. In 1873 he was called to the Bar, and in 1892 he was appointed Queen's Counsel. In 1899 he became a Bencher of the Inner Temple.
For some years he was the Recorder for Deal and
Maidstonein Kent. His interests included fencing, and he was the first President of the Chatham Yachting Club. As Common Serjeant of London he judged criminal trials at the Old Baileyfor over 15 years. He repeatedly refused nominations for election to Parliament, believing it would adversely affect his legal practice. [http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/contractsprof_blog/2005/12/today_in_histor_3.html] Later in life he performed readings of his father's works. [http://charlesdickenspage.com/family_friends.html]
Henry 'Harry' Dickens married Marie, the daughter of Monsieur Antonin Roche, on 25th October, 1876, they having three sons and three daughters together. His son Philip Charles Dickens is buried beside him in
Putney Vale Cemeteryin London, while a second son, Henry Charles Dickens, was the father of the author Monica Dickens. Henry Fielding Dickens was appointed a Knight Bachelorin 1922, and retired in August 1932. He died in 1933 two weeks after being hit by a motorcycle. [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,746701-2,00.html]
Dickens was the grandfather of
Cedric Charles Dickens(1916–2006), an author and the steward of Charles Dicken's literary legacy, and Monica Dickens, the author. [http://www.charles-dickens.ws/dickens_children.asp#move]
*'Memories of My Father' Gollancz, London(1928)
*'The Recollections of Sir Henry Dickens, K.C.' W. Heinemann Ltd (1934).
* [http://koti.mbnet.fi/dickens/henryf.html Excerpt from 'Memories of My Father']
* [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,746701-2,00.html Brief obituary in
* [http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital_dev/dgkeysearchdetail.cfm?trg=1&strucID=569670&imageID=1223045&total=2&num=0&word=Dickens%2C%20Henry%20F%2E%20%28Henry%20Fielding%29%2C%20Sir%2C%201849%2D1933&s=3¬word=&d=&c=&f=2&k=0&lWord=&lField=&sScope=&sLevel=&sLabel=&imgs=20&pos=1&e=w Photographs of Dickens in the
New York Public LibraryDigital Gallery]
* [http://www.npg.org.uk/live/search/person.asp?name=&search=as&desc=&grp=1053%3BLawyers&lDate=&LinkID=mp01295 Portraits of Dickens in the National Portrait Gallery]
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