COYTE, Beeston

1681 - 1743

Son of Revd William Coyte of Shepton Mallet, Somerset. Matriculated at Balliol College, Oxford on 15 May 1697, aged 16, graduating BA in 1700. Master of Woodbridge school in 1703, vicar of Tuddenham 1708, rector of Hintlesham 1709 and Brantham and East Bergholt 1722-1743, all in Suffolk. Brother and uncle of the second and third owners of Coyte’s Garden’s, Ipswich. By his wife Martha, he had a son William (1708-1775) who inherited from his uncle William Beeston the mansion house in Ipswich with instructions to ‘replensish and keep up the garden with the same number of species and physick plants it is now planted with’ a responsibility that he passed to his son William Beeston Coyte (1741-1810)[q.v.]. An artist who signed himself only ‘J.W.’ and wrote an ‘Elegy to the memory of Beeston Coyte (1636-1702), who lately died at Kingston, Jamaica.’ 'The Dictionary of Pastellist before 1800' has under William Beeston Coyte eight pastel portraits of Nayland personalities which were probably by Beeston Coyte, the works include John Alston (b.1680); Samuel Alston (b.1696); Rachel Bowen, housekeeper to Samuel Alston, and Mrs John Smith née Alston (born 1741).