Genealogy of John "Mad Jack" Fuller


John Trayton Fuller

"During Eliott's absence in Gibraltar - and also after his return when he live mainly in London - the family association with Bayley Park [now Heathfield Park] was maintained by his daugher Anne who in 1776 become the second wife of John Trayton Fuller...Eliott paid a dowry of £3000, and promised a further similar sum on his death, in the meantime making a substantial loan of £15,000 to his son-in-law. The newly-married couple move into Bayley Park where they had seven children in quick succession- Augustus Eliot (June 1777), Elizabeth Ann (July 1780), Francis John (March 1782), Sarah Maria (April 1783), Thomas Trayton (February 1785), William Stephen (March 1788) and Rose Henry (March 1789).
Heathfield Park: A private estate and a Wealden Town, Roy Price 1996, pp. 72.


Died in infancy.


Died in infancy.


Died in infancy.

Joseph Jekyll MP

Joseph Jekyll was one of the few successful Welsh politicians of his age. Though often thought of as a lightweight, he nonetheless became Solicitor- General and was universally thought of as a wit and pleasant dining partner. Although by no means an active abolitionist, well before his parliamentary career began he wrote The Life of Ignatius Sancho, the work for which he is best remembered now. On this page I give a biography of Jekyll, the author through whom we have learned most of what we know about Ignatius Sancho.
We know very little about the early life of Joseph Jekyll. He was born around 1753, the only son of Edward Jekyll, a captain in the Royal Navy, and was a great-nephew of the famous Sir Joseph Jekyll who had been prominent during the ministry of Sir Robert Walpole. We do not know where he was born, although some eighteen years later his father was described as living at Haverfordwest in the then rather remote county of Pembrokeshire, in south-west Wales. This description is available to us through the records of Christ Church college at Oxford where Jekyll matriculated in February 1771 at the age of eighteen years. He graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1774. Almost immediately afterwards he left the country to live in France for a year, a period of his life which is well documented because his letters to his father have been preserved and were published in 1894, edited by Algernon Bourke.

Joseph Jekyll, K.C., F.R.S., F.S.A., M.A., of Wargrave Hill, Berkshire, barrister-at-law, Solicitor-General to the Prince of Wales, Bencher of the Inner Temple, Master in Chancery 1815-23, M.P. for Calne 1787-1816, author of The Life of Ignatius Sancho, b. 1 Jan 1754, educ Westminster, Christ Church, Oxford

Sir John Palmer Acland

1831 02 Mar Ackland Sir John Palmer - died age 76 Royal Crescent Bath of Fairfield
Source Bridgwater and Somersetshire Herald

Created Baronet by a patent dated Dec 8 1818 and in the same year took the name and arms of Palmer in addition to Acland by Royal sign manual.
Souce: The Gentleman's Magazine, 1907

Arthur Acland

Inherited the Manor of Fairfield from Peregrine Palmer (died without issue in 1762) his first cousin 2 times removed.

Thomas Palmer Acland

Died unmarried.
Source: Burke's Annual Register 1844

Lieut-Gen. Sir Wroth Palmer Acland KCB

"the hero of Maida, who fought with General Stuart in Italy, in 1808, and gained victory". Somerset Free Press, 20 April 1888
Served under the Duke of Wellington, becoming K.C.B. and Lieutenant-General in 1814.

From: British History Online
Source: Stogursey. A History of the County of Somerset: Volume VI, R.W. Dunning (Editor) (1992).

Died unmarried.

Memorial Inscription:

Sacred to the Memory of
Lieut General Sir Wroth Palmer Acland
Col Commt of 60th Regt of Infantry, Knight Commander of the Bath.
His Life was devoted to the Duties of his Profession,
His Conduct approved in the various Expeditions
in which he was actively employed in the East Indies,
in South America, in Holland, in the Peninsula, and in Italy,
where for his gallant Conduct at the Battle of Maida,
he received the Thanks of both Houses of Parliament

He was the youngest Son
of ARTHUR ACLAND Esq of Fairfield in this County
and died lamented by all who knew him,
March 8th 1816, in the 46th Year of his Age,
and is buried in this Church

Sir Peregrine Palmer Fuller Palmer Acland

The following notes are courtesy of Lady Gass, Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Somerset:

He was very active in Somerset, building several village schools and rebuilding St Audries Church at West Quantoxhead. He was the founder and first Chairman of the West Somerset Railway (Watchet to Norton Junction).
His wife and their three children all caught TB. Only his eldest daughter, Isabel (1832 to 1903), survived. As a "thank you" offering, Sir Peregrine built Stogursey School. (Compiled with the invaluable help of Ted Cubitt of Cannington)

All the Fuller land in Catsfield, by then called the Park Gate Estate was owned by Sir Peregrine Palmer Fuller Palmer Acland by 1851 when an estate map was produced. In 1835 Sir P P FP Acland had purchased the manor of Hooe from his cousin Augustus Elliot Fuller and had inherited 'Mad Jack's' London estate in 1834 [ESRO SAU, Hutchinson; 1 12].

In 1864 the majority of the estate was purchased by Thomas Brassey and renamed Normanhurst Estate, further pieces of outlying land were purchased from Sir P P F P Acland in 1865 and from other owners throughout the 1870s & 1880s [Salzman; 242-245, ESRO BAT 2502].

Life in Catsfield 1800-1910: History on our Doorstep - Chapter 3 Later 18th & 19th Century Landowners by Don Phillips, pp 9.

History, Gazetteer & Directory of Devonshire, 1850 , p. 795
CHARLES, a village and parish, in the picturesque valley of the river Bray, 6 miles N. by W. of South Molton, contains 362 souls and 2432 acres of land, including Brayford hamlet and a number of scattered houses. Sir Peregrine Fuller Palmer Acland, Bart., of Fairfield, Somersetshire, is lord of the manor, and owner of the pleasant seat called Little Bray, in the valley, 2 miles N. of the village.

Purchased the St Audries estate, Somerset in 1835.

Fanny Leader

The Bristol Mercury (Bristol, England), Saturday, March 23, 1844; Issue 2818.

DIED - Feb. 29, at Naples, Fanny, the beloved wife of Si Peregrine Palmer Fuller Palmer Acland Bart of Fairfield, Somerset.

Died of tuberculosis at age 46.

Frances Elizabeth Acland

Died: At Fairfield, Frances Elizabeth the eldest daugter of Sir Peregrine Palmer Fuller Palmer Acland, Bart., aged 41/2
Source: Jackson's Oxford Journal (Oxford, England), Saturday, December 6, 1834; Issue 4258.

Peregrine John Fuller Palmer Acland

Births: On the 27th September, the Lady of Sir Peregrine Palmer Fuller Palmer Acland, Baronet of Fairfield in the County of Somerset, a son and heir.
Source:Trewman's Exeter Flying Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser (Exeter, England), Thursday, October 2, 1834; Issue 3600.

Sir Alexander Bateman Periam Fuller Acland Hood

Sir Alexander was a member of the well-known Hood naval family, many of whom became Admirals from the time before Nelson, until the First World War. The Hood Monument on his estate near Glastonbury is a memorial to one of them, as was the battleship "HMS Hood".

1881 Census: described as "Baronet Magistrate & Farmer Of 1038 Acres"

Sir Alexander Acland-Hood Bt was Member of Parliament for West Somerset from 3 May 1859 to 1868. Educated at Rugby. Was JP and DL for Somerset; High Sherriff of Somerset 1858; formerly Captain Royal Horseguards (blue). Member of Carlton Club.

Chairman of the Willion Bench of Magistrates. Chairman of the Watchet Harbour Commissioners

"The Treble Bell completing the ring of 6 was added to the tower in 1974 in memory of Alexander Periam Fuller Acland Hood, 2nd Bart the gift of parishioners and friends" St Etheldreda Church, St Audries, Somerset

Isabella Harriet Fuller Palmer Acland

Births: 10 September at Fairfield, Somerset, the Lady of Sir Peregrine Palmer Palmer Acland, of a daughter.
Source: The Bristol Mercury(Bristol, England), Saturday, September 15, 1832; Issue 2213.

Parish Register
Note: This was omitted to be registered at the time the ceremony was performed. It is now inserted by me this 8 Jan 1833, G. Pinnock, Curate

1881 Census: age 48 living at St Audries House, West Quantoxhead, Somerset

"Giving thanks to God for the memory of Alexander Bateman Periam Fuller Acland Hood and of Isabel Harriet Fuller Acland Hood", stained glass window in St. Etheldreda Church, St. Audries, Somerset.

Known affectionately as the "Dowager Lady".

Fanny Fuller Acland Hood

1881 Census: age 29, unmarried, living at St Audries House,West Quantoxhead, Somerset

Ethel Fuller Acland Hood

1881 Census: age 24, unmarried, living at St Audries House,West Quantoxhead, Somerset

Isabel Fuller Acland Hood

1881 Census: age 19, unmarried, living at St Audries House,West Quantoxhead, Somerset

Margaret Fuller Acland Hood M.B.E.

1881 Census: age 11, unmarried, living at St Audries House,West Quantoxhead, Somerset
Appointed 1918 M.B.E. (Civil)

Sir Hugh Acland 2nd Bart MP

M.P. for Barnstaple 1721-27.

Cicely Wroth

Heiress to Petherton Park near Bridgwater and a hansome fortune.