FELLOWES, Coulson (1696-1769), of Ramsey Abbey, Hunts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1741 - 1761

Family and Education

b. 12 Oct. 1696, 1st s. of William Fellowes of Eggesford, Devon by Mary, da. and h. of Joseph Martin of London. educ. Ch. Ch. Oxf. 1716; L. Inn 1714, called 1723; Grand Tour (France, Italy) c.1724. m. 20 Apr. 1725, Urania, da. of Francis Herbert, M.P., of Oakley Park, Salop, sis. of Henry Arthur Herbert, M.P., 1st Earl of Powis, 2s. 3da. suc. fa. 19 Jan. 1724.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Devon 1727-8.


Fellowes’s grandfather and great-grandfather were London merchants, and he himself a comparative newcomer in Huntingdonshire. In 1754 he was returned unopposed for the county, together with Sandwich’s candidate, Lord Carysfort. In Dupplin’s list Fellowes was classed as an Opposition Whig. What line he followed after the Bedfords had rejoined the Government at the end of 1755, is uncertain: not one speech or vote of his is recorded in this Parliament.

In 1761 Lord Mandeville, son of the Duke of Manchester, having come of age, was a candidate; and on 12 July 1759 both Sandwich and Carysfort wrote to Bedford about the danger of a contest, and asked for his support.1 Sandwich claimed that they both had told Fellowes ‘that if he chose to stand [presumably against Mandeville] we were ready to support him to the utmost of our power; this proposal he absolutely declined, and as I understood told me he would not stand at all, but wait for a more favourable opportunity’. Now he seemed inclined to join Manchester—‘I could get nothing more from him than that I had misunderstood him as to his intention of standing, and that he could not promise he would not join the other party.’ Thus released of ‘any tenderness for Mr. Fellowes’, they both thought ‘that a negotiation shall be tried to compromise things with the Duke of Manchester; for the trouble and expense of a contest is what we both dread.’ Bedford, who had long been on good terms with Fellowes, would not decide against him without first hearing him, nor oppose the son of Manchester, with whose electoral interest he had to count in Bedfordshire; but always ready to support one candidate of Sandwich’s for Huntingdonshire, Bedford wished for an agreement between him and Manchester. This was concluded, and Carysfort and Mandeville were returned unopposed; Fellowes did not stand either in 1761 or after, but the greatest care was taken by Sandwich to retain his support.2

A highly laudatory, yet not uncritical, character sketch of Coulson Fellowes, written toward the end of