Joseph Feilden

28th Feb 1792 - 29th Aug 1870

Claimant or beneficiary


Joseph Feilden of Witton House (given in Parliamentary Papers as Joseph Fielden), awarded half of a moiety of the compensation for Spring Vale and Green Park esates in Jamaica, for which the claim was originally by Eleanora Atherton and her brother-in-law Richard Willis: Feilden was trustee of the latter, who was his first cousin.

  1. Trustee (originally with Robert Dalrymple of Manchester Square) of marriage settlement in 1819 of Lucy Atherton and Richard Willis junr., of Hal[s]nead.  Eleonora and Lucy Atherton, both of Great James St in the parish of St Andrews Holborn, are described as the co-heiresses of Henry Atherton.

  2. Son of Henry Feilden of Witton, born 28/02/1792; married Frances Mary daughter of Rev. Streynsham Master rector of Croston June 1817; magistrate and DL; High Sheriff 1818. The Feildens were linked by marriage to the Willis family: Joseph Feilden's aunt Cicely m. Richard Willis of Halsnead.

  3. MP for Blackburn 1865-9; married Fanny, daughter of William Hill of Blythe Hall near Ormskirk; left £100,000. The will of Joseph Feilden of Witton dated 08/04/1819 lodged at the Lancashire Archives and shown on TNA's site appears to be an early will that was later superseded.

  4. One of Feilden's sons, Randle Joseph (1824-19 May 1895), army officer, businessman and politician, was Conservative MP for Lancashire Northern, 1880-1885, and Chorley (1885-1895). Strongly in favour of Conservative opposition to Home Rule for Ireland; favoured repeal of the Indian cotton duties.


T71/873 St James No. 393A-C; T71/874 Trelawny No. 539A-C.

  1. Lancashire Record Office Shuttleworth, Dallas and Cromblehome Solicitors of PrestonDDCM 2/209 16 July 1819 - DDCM 2/225 23 Apr. 1841, consulted at [accessed 12/12/2010].

  2. Burke's 'A genealogical and heraldic history of the commoners of Great Britain' Volume 2 1836 pp. 444-5 Feilden of Witton.

  3. William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? 1860- (Volumes 3 and 4, manuscripts in preparation), reference 1870/33; Lancashire Archives DDCM 2/243, [accessed 02/09/2016].

  4. The Morning Post, 20 May 1895.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Joseph Fielden
Frances-Mary Master
Henry Master (1818-), Randle Joseph (1824-), William Leyland (1825-), John Robert (1827-), Oswald Barton (1832-), Frances Mary, Cecilia, Margaretta Priscilla, Emily Augusta
Wealth at death

Associated Claims (2)

£3,466 8s 8d
Awardee (Trustee)
£10,172 17s 9d
Awardee (Trustee)

Legacies Summary

Political (1)

election →
Blackburn Lancashire
1865 - 1869

Relationships (2)

Nephew → Uncle
Trustee → Beneficiary of Trust
Notes →
The two men were also first...

Addresses (1)

Witton House, Blackburn, Lancashire, North-west England, England