FELTON, Anthony (d.1612), of Furnival's Inn, London.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

m. Margaret, at least 1s. 3da. educ. Queens’, Camb. 1570, Furnival’s Inn.

Offices Held

Lord William Howard’s steward in Morpeth 1586; Earl of Northumberland’s receiver in Northumb. 1588-91, 1597-1602; customer, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 30 Mar. 1592; surveyor of crown lands, Northumb. c.1595-6, escheator 1599-1600; principal, Furnival’s Inn c.1597.


‘An attorney at the common law and dwelling in London’, Felton specialised in estate management, soon acquiring lands and lucrative offices in the north of England. He was returned for Morpeth by Lord William Howard, and at the next election, for Appleby, through an unknown agency, perhaps George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland. But the House found the Appleby return to have been tampered with and the election was declared void. It was about this time that Felton was made the Earl of Northumberland’s receiver. By 1603 he was unable to make up his accounts. Given time to pay he failed to keep up his instalments, and by 1607 he was a ruined man. He died intestate in or near London in 1612.

Arch. Ael. (ser. 3), xvi. 57-9; Surtees Soc. clxiii. 106, 111, 114-15, 119, 140, 145, 152, 163, 175; CSP Dom.1591-4, p. 206; Border Pprs. ii. 91, 114; E. Williams, Early Holborn, i. 496; HMC Hatfield, vi. 197, 284; R. Welford, Hist. Newcastle and Gateshead, iii. 6, 81, 129; CSP Dom. Add. 1580-1625, pp. 209, 253; D’Ewes, 430; New Hist. Northumb. vii. 371, 375; xii. 237; Req. 2/178/52.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Authors: Roger Virgoe / P. W. Hasler