John Fuller

20th Feb 1757 - 11th Apr 1834


Biography

John 'Mad Jack' Fuller, MP and heir to the Jamaica fortune of his uncle Rose Fuller MP (1708-1777). John Fuller owned the Knollis estate in St Thomas-in-the-Vale and Grange Pen in St Catherine, the compensation for which was paid to Augustus Elliott Fuller (q.v.) (the son of John Fuller's cousin John Trayton Fuller and partner with Rose Fuller (1748-1821)) after John Fuller's death in 1834. John Fuller's primary heir was his nephew Sir Peregrine Palmer Fuller Palmer Acland, the son of his sister Elizabeth.

  1. Son of Rev. Henry Fuller and his cousin Frances Fuller; nephew of Rose Fuller MP (1708-1777) and Stephen Fuller (1716-1799), the agent for Jamaica. MP for Southampton 1780-84 and Sussex 1801-12. Builder of follies, and in the ODNB as 'politician and eccentric.'

  2. The family fortune had twin sources, slave-ownership and a gunfoundry business in Sussex.

  3. Between 1810 and 1818 Fuller commissioned the great British painter, J. W. M. Turner to make a series of watercolours of Fuller’s house, Rosehill, and the area around it to be engraved and published as a record of Sussex. Some of Turner’s sketchbooks are in Tate Britain; the British Museum also owns some of the prints which were made.

There is a website http://johnmadjackfuller.homestead.com/index.html [accessed 22/02/2012] devoted to John 'Mad Jack' Fuller, though it has little on his Jamaican connections.

Sources

T71/852 St Catherine no. 575 and T71/855 St Thomas-in-the-Vale no. 289. See William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? A biographical dictionary of British wealth-holders Volume One 1809-1839 (London, Social Affairs Unit, 2009) reference 1834/26 for John Fuller (which gives erroneously John Fuller's father as Rev. John [sic] Fuller: his father was Rev. Henry Fuller.

  1. ODNB online J. P. J. Entract, 'Fuller, John (1757-1834), politician and eccentric'.

  2. ODNB online J.S. Hodgkinson 'Fuller family (per. c. 1650-1803), gunfounders and landowners' .

  3. For Turner and Fuller see among others, Anthony Bailey, Standing in the sun: a life of J. M. W. Turner (London, Sinclair-Stevenson, 1997). Collections include the Hastings Sketchbook in Tate Britain and watercolours and prints in the British Museum.


Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Wealth at death
£160,000
Occupation
Landowner
Oxford DNB Entry

Associated Claims (2)

£762 16S 10D
Previous owner (not making a claim)
£3,895 7S 7D
Previous owner (not making a claim)

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

Benefactor
Royal Institution...... 
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John Fuller subscribed two professorships, the Fullerian chairs in anatomy and physiology and in chemistry, at the Royal Institution....

Physical (3)

Obelisk
The Sugar Loaf [Built] 
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35 feet high cone...
Monument
The Observatory [Built] 
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One of several follies constructed by John Fuller, built between 1810 and 1818....
Castle
Bodiam Castle [Purchased] 
description →
Ruined...
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Purchased by John Fuller in 1828 and repaired by him to save it from complete...

Political (1)

MP
 
election →
Southampton Hampshire
1780 - 1784
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Sussex Sussex
1801 - 1812

Addresses (1)

Rosehill, Brightling, Sussex, South-east England, England