POWELL, Mansel (c.1696-1775), of Eardisley Park, Herefs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1 July - 9 Dec. 1747

Family and Education

b. c.1696, 1st s. of Rev. Roger Powell, rector of Moreton-on-Lugg, Herefs. by his w. Eleanor.1 m. Jan. 1734, Martha, da. of Henry Hoare of Stourhead, Wilts., s.p. suc. fa. 1728.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Herefs. 1733-4.


In 1738 Mansel Powell, a Hereford attorney, and others, acquired the property of a wealthy client, William Barnsley of Eardisley Park, by a forged will disinheriting Barnsley’s only son, a lunatic. He enjoyed the estates until 1749 when the will was proved a forgery and a decree of restitution to young Barnsley was made in Chancery by Lord Hardwicke, under which Powell and his co-defendants had to pay costs and refund all the rents and other money they had received from the estate.2 In the meantime, Powell had bought a controlling interest with Barnsley’s money at Weobley,3 where he was returned in 1747. Unseated on petition, he sold his interest to Lord Weymouth and did not stand again. He died 5 June 1775, aged 79.4

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: J. B. Lawson


  • 1. M. I. at Moreton-on-Lugg.
  • 2. Gent. Mag. 1750, pp. 364-70; Add. 36182, ff. 32 et seq.
  • 3. See WEOBLEY.
  • 4. M.I.