Dwight Enys was a doctor who married Caroline Penvenen, and was a friend of Ross Poldark and his family.

Early Life

Dwight Enys was a doctor during the Revolutionary War who worked in Virginia. He met Ross Poldark there and in around 1783, he helped stitch up his face when he was hurt.

Move to Cornwall

A few years after the war ended, Dwight moved to Cornwall to study lung disease in miners. He was reunited with Ross Poldark, and became a well known and respected doctor.

Meeting Karen Daniel

Dwight eventually met a young woman named Karen Daniel, and he fell in love with her. Karen was free-spirited, but even though Dwight was in love with her, she was married to Mark Daniel.

Despite this, Karen returned an affection for him and continued to pursue him. They would eventually slept together, but Mark Daniel found out. Karen was later found dead, when Mark ended up killing Karen in revenge and fleeing the country. Dwight was devastated by her death.

Helping the Poldark Family

When Elizabeth Poldark and her child, Geoffrey Charles Poldark became unwell, Dwight helped Demelza Poldark tend to them and they recovered from their throat infection.

However, he was later called by Ross to tend to Demelza and her infant daughter, Julia Poldark who were now unwell with the same throat infection. Dwight stayed with them and tried to save them, but later had to tell Ross that while Demelza would recover, Julia would eventually pass away. He stayed with Ross and Julia until she died, and Demelza eventually recovered.

Marriage to Caroline Penvenen

Dwight stayed and supported Ross when he was arrested for ship wrecking. He had originally planned to leave Cornwall, but he was persuaded to stay. He met Caroline Penvenen, a wealthy heiress and in time the two fell in love. They had hoped to marry, but her uncle, Ray, would not give his approval of the match.

Dwight and Caroline had planned to elope together, but when Dwight never showed up to meet her because he became involved in smuggling scheme of Ross, he eventually left her. When he returned, he found her engaged to another. Despite this, Caroline and Dwight would eventually marry.

On the night of their wedding, Dwight was called away to assist in the birth of Valentine Warleggan. He didn't arrive home until late, and then made the decision to rejoin to the Royal Navy where he was taken prisoner in France. Ross Poldark helped to break him out of jail. Once he returned home to Caroline he was severly traumatised by the events of the war and distanced himself from Caroline. With the help of Hugh Armitage, he became his normal self. Dwight and Caroline married for the second time, and invited their friends, announcing to everyone that they were now married.

Behind the Scenes

  • In the books by Winston Graham, Dwight meets Ross when he moves to Cornwall. In the TV show, they meet during the Revolutionary War where Dwight was working as a doctor.[1]

Notes and References

  1. Dwight Enys on the BBC Poldark website