The generations are numbered from Richard Lambert alias Gorwyn (1689-1765), William’s grandfather, who is generation (1); William's father John is generation (2); William is generation (2); his children generation (3) etc. The Wallon branch of the family died out in the male line in the early 20th century, but there are probably lots of descendants of its daughters around. They sold Wallon and their other farms (including Lambert, which the second William inherited from his uncle) in the late 19th century, as by then they had given up the agricultural life for the professions.



(3) William Lambert Gorwyn (1750-1797), son of John Lambert alias Gorwyn of Lambert and his wife Mary Cann (see TABLE 1 and TABLE 2 for his parents).  Lived and farmed at Walland (now Wallon) in Drewsteignton. As a younger son of his parents he was not in line for the main family property of Lambert and was probably given Wallon (acquired by his grandfather) instead.  He died from a drowning accident.

m. Mary Ann Reed in Shobrooke in 1777. She died in 1823. Her will survives. They had four children, all baptised in Drewsteignton: John, Ann, William and Mary – see details below.


(4) John Lambert Gorwyn (c1779-1788).


(4) Ann Lambert Gorwyn (1777-1860).

      m. John Germon of Moretonhampstead, in Exeter  in 1815.  Farmed 140 acres at Meacombe House, Moretonhampstead. They appear to have had two children:


(4) Frances German (c.1816-1880).


(4) Richard Charles Germon (1821-1902).  He died 3.3.1902 at Meacombe.


(4) William Lambert Gorwyn (1780-1853). Took over Wallon from his father and spent his life farming there. Also owned or rented other property in Drewsteignton and Moretonhampstead. In 1823 he inherited Lambert and Bowden and other property in Cheriton Bishop from his unmarried uncle John Lambert Gorwyn.  In the 1851 census he is described as a farmer of 350 acres with 13 employees. His will survives.

m. Anne or Ann Campion (1772-1844) in 1809 in Exeter. She was the daughter of John Campion of Exeter, gent. Her will survives. They had six children, all baptised in Drewsteignton: John, William, Richard, Mary, Anne and Henry – see details below.


 (5) John Lambert Gorwyn  (1810-1844).  Died at Dawlish. His will survives.

m. Emily Eliza Copeland of Winterton in Lincoln in 1841. After she was widowed, she lived with her daughter at Broadmoor in Drewsteignton. She then married Rev. William Ponsford, Rector of Drewsteignton, but he also died shortly after and by 1881she had moved to Ford in Drewsteignton with her daughter. She died in 1889. They had one daughter:


(6) Elizabeth Emma Lambert Gorwyn (1843-1903)

                            m. John Ponsford of Ford in in Drewsteignton in 1867.  In 1871 he was described as a magistrate and landowner and they had 4 servants, which had increased

                            to five by 1891: parlourmaid, cook, housemaid, page and coachman. The Ponsfords were an ancient Drewsteignton family, at Ford since at least 1601.


(5) William Lambert Gorwyn (1810-1887) . Twin of the above. He became a solicitor in Exeter, with chambers first in Queen Street and the Castle Street.  In 1851 he was living at The Close with his family, plus an articled clerk, 2 nurses, a cook and a housemaid. He and his family dropped the Gorwyn from their name.

m. Emmeline Mary Cole (1824-1891) in 1844. Daughter of Rev. Nathaniel Cole of Whitestone. Her dates were 1824-1891. They had five children:


(6) William Lambert  (c. 1845-1878).  Apparently unmarried.


(6) Emmeline Elizabeth Lambert (1849). She died in 1849 aged 10 weeks.


(6) Charles James Lambert of Exeter (1850-1923). Unmarried. He became a well-known solicitor in Exeter and died seems to have owned property in Exeter as well. Left effects (excluding real estate) of £1,747. Devon County chess champion – see


(6) John Speare Lambert of Exeter (C.1855-1928). He became a medical officer in the Royal Navy, serving on a number of different ships and retiring in 1904 with the rank of Deputy Inspector-General of Hospitals and Fleets.  Unmarried. When he retired he went to live with his brother in Exeter.


(6) Emmaline A.  Lambert, b. about 1857. She was living with parents in 1881 at 6 The Crescent, but appears to have died not long after.


(5) Richard Campion Lambert, buried as an infant  in Cheriton Bishop in 1812.


(5) Elizabeth Campion Lambert (c.1814-1840). Unmarried.


(5) Mary Anne Lambert (c.1816-1848).  Unmarried.


(5) Henry Lambert Gorwyn (1818-1853). Became a surgeon and was working in St Luke’s Hospital in 1844. Unmarried.  His will survives.


(4) Mary Lambert (1782-1857)

m. John Truscott (1779-1865) in January 1805 in Newton St Cyres. He was the son of Admiral Truscott and first joined the Royal Navy. But he was then given a commission in the Honourable East India Company by Lord Teignmouth and rose to become a Lieutenant-General in the Company. He was serving in Bengal at the time of his marriage. The couple owned and subsequently lived in Brockhill House in Broadclyst.


 (5) Charles William Truscott 1805-1837. Born in Bengal in December 1805, he became a judge in India but then died young on his way home and was buried at sea.