John Tollemache (formerly Halliday)

1805 - 1890

Claimant or beneficiary


Conservative MP for Cheshire Southern (1841-1868) and Cheshire West (1868-72) and created Baron Tollemache in 1876, awarded the compensation for six estates in Antigua as owner-in-fee.

  1. Son of Vice Admiral John Richard Delap Tollemache, who was born John Richard Delap Halliday and in 1821 took the name Tollemache from his mother, Lady Jane Tollemache, youngest daughter and co-heir of 4th Earl of Dysart. John Tollemache himself was born John Jervis Halliday, his mother being Lady Elizabeth Stratford, daughter of 3rd Earl of Aldborough.

  2. Described as a 'benevolent landlord and affable tory politician' by Asa Briggs in his entry in the Oxford DNB on his son, Lionel Arthur Tollemache (1838–1919), 'writer and man of leisure'.

  3. The Tollemache estates in Suffolk, Cheshire, Northamptonshire and Ireland were extensive and included the building of Peckforton Castle.

  4. The children of Tollemache and Georgina Best included, as well as Lionel Arthur, Wilbraham Frederic Tollemache (1832-1904), Conservative MP for Cheshire West (1868-1885), who succeeded his father as 2nd Baron Tollemache in 1890.

John Tollemache’s nephew, the son of a younger brother of John, Wilbraham Spencer Tollemache (1807-1890), was Henry James Tollemache (1846-1939), Conservative MP for Cheshire Western (1881-1885) and Eddisbury (1885-1906).


T71/877 Antigua claim nos. 39 (Wetherill's), 40 (Boons), 58 (Glanville's Estate), 82 (Delap's Estate), 83 (Lucas's Estate) and 123 (Gamble's Estate, St Johns).

  1. The Peerage p2551, accessed 06/08/2012.

  2. Asa Briggs, ‘Tollemache, Lionel Arthur (1838–1919)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004); online edn, Oct 2005: ODNB, accessed 07/08/2012.

  3. Ronald Durdey, ‘John Tollemache and his Castle’, Cheshire History, 47 (2007-08), pp. 75–87.

  4. The Peerage p2551 #i25509, although there are inaccuracies in the listing of the children of John Tollemache with both Georgina Louisa Best and Eliza Georgiana Duff.

Further Information

(1) Georgina Louisa Best (2) Eliza Georgiana Duff
Wilbraham Frederic
Politician and landowner

Associated Claims (6)

£1,996 4s 5d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£1,437 4s 1d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£1,794 5s 4d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£3,952 18s 11d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£1,665 3s 7d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£1,823 6s 3d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)

Legacies Summary

Physical (2)

Country house
Helmingham Hall 
description →
Manor house in the possession of the Tollemache family from 1480 to the present. For notes on the house and gardens see: [English Heritage Pastscape...
Country house
Peckforton Castle, Cheshire [Built] 
description →
Fortified home in the style of a medieval castle. Image source:...
notes →
1840: John Tollemache bought/inherited 36,000 acres of land which included the villages of Peckforton and Beeston. (Tollemache ancestral home in Helmingham, Suffolk.) Work commenced in 1842;...

Political (2)

Local Government
office →
High Sheriff
1840 - 1840
election →
Cheshire Southern Cheshire
1841 - 1868
election →
Cheshire, West Cheshire
1868 - 1872
parliamentary notes →

Relationships (3)

Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Notes →
John Tollemache married Georgiana Best, daughter of Thomas Best and later Lady...
Grandson → Grandfather
Son → Father

Addresses (2)

Peckforton Castle, Peckforton, Cheshire, North-west England, England
Sackville Street, London, Middlesex, London, England