Robert Honner was an officer in the Nineteenth Regiment of the British Army. After a controversy in which he was charged with inappropriate behavior toward another officer in India in 1807, he was discharged from the Army. His pleas for reinstatement were to no avail, so by the time Eliza Fenwick was approached in 1812 about coming to Lee Mount as governess, Honnor had resigned himself to life as a country gentleman, though his schemes for the property would not materialize as he hoped. The Honners had four children: three girls and one son about a year younger than Fennick’s son, Orlando, all having been born in India. Fenwick left the Honners in 1814, and shortly thereafter the property was sold to John T. Hartnell.