Sir Peregrine, like his uncle Jack, contributed greatly to his community. He built several village schools and rebuilt St Audries Church at West Quantoxhead. He was the founder and first Chairman of the West Somerset Railway.
Peregrine Palmer Fuller Palmer Acland
1789 - 1871
Son of Jack Fuller's sister Elizabeth
& Sir John Palmer Acland
Lady Lydia Acland & her sons, Tom aged 5 and Arthur aged 3
Sir Peregrine's wife Fanny and their three children contracted tuberculosis but only their eldest daughter, Isabella (1832 - 1903), survived. As a "thank you" offering, Sir Peregrine built Stogursey Primary School. Designed by John Norton, it was built in 1860. The building still functions as the village primary school, although a portion of it is now a private house In 1849, Isabella married Sir Alexander Hood Bart (1819 - 1892) in Stogursey Church. They took the joint name of Acland-Hood and lived at both St Audries and the Fairfield Estates.
The Aclands are one of the oldest families in the West Country of England. "Their continuity is [also] owed to a genetic tendency to produce sons. This enabled them to marry heiresses and so increase their possessions, century by century. By the 18th century they ranked among the largest landowners in the West, with their main bases the Killerton estate in Devon and the Holnicote estate in Somerset, both of which have now been given to the National Trust." Source: A Devon Family: The story of the Aclands by Anne Acland.
Sir Peregrine's father Sir John Palmer Acland, was a descendant of Sir Hugh Acland 6th Bart and Cicely Wroth, coheiress of Sir Thomas Wroth of Petherton Park Somerset. It is from her ancestors that the Palmer lineage originates.
Sir Peregrine's father Sir John Palmer Acland, was a grandson of Sir Hugh Acland 6th Bart and Cicely Wroth, coheiress of Sir Thomas Wroth of Petherton Park Somerset. It is from her ancestors that the Palmer lineage originates. Sir John's parents were Arthur Acland and Elizabeth Oxenham.