Heighes Woodforde was the son of the Rev. Samuel Woodforde (1695-1771), rector of Ansford and vicar of the neighbouring parish of Castle Cary, and Jane Collins (1706-1766). His younger brother was the celebrated diarist, the Rev. James Woodforde (1740-1803). Heighes was attorney for Castle Cary. He married Anne Dorville (1734-1799), daughter of Ralph Dorville of Alhampton, Somerset (see the following lot), at the Savoy Chapel on 17 December 1754, and their son, Samuel, became an artist.