Sir John Middleton is a minor character in Sense and Sensibility. He is married to Lady Middleton, the daughter of Mrs. Jennings. He is wealthy and resides mostly at Barton Park, his family estate. He is about 40 at the beginning of the novel[1]. He has four children, the eldest of which is a son of six years of age. The boy is also his heir.


Sir John heard of Mrs. Dashwood's predicament and offered Barton Cottage, a small home on the outskirts of his estate[2]. He came to greet them immediately upon their arrival and welcomed them heartily to the cottage. He showed his further generosity by giving them gifts of fruit and vegetables from his estate, as well as meats[1]. He delivered a note from his young wife cordially asking them to visit Barton House.

Personality and traitsEdit

Sir John is jolly and good-humoured, and is manners are very congenial. He is kind and generous and was incredibly concerned with the Dashwood women's general comfort in Barton Cottage[1]. He jokes quite a bit with his mother-in-law, Mrs. Jennings. He enjoys throwing frequent parties, picnics, and other gatherings to bring the young people of the village together.

He is described as being tall and good looking.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sense and Sensibility, Chapter 6
  2. Chapters 4 & 5

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