FELLOWES, William (?1726-1804), 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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1768 - 1774
11 Aug. 1784 - 1796

Family and Education

b. ?1726, 1st s. of Coulson Fellowes. educ. Dalston; St. John’s, Camb. 26 June 1744, aged 17. m. 17 May 1768, Lavinia, da. and coh. of James Smyth of St. Audries, Som., 3s. 2da. suc. fa. 23 Feb. 1769. His sis. m. 1763, John Wallop, 2nd Earl of Portsmouth.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Hunts. and Cambs. 1779-80.


Fellowes was returned unopposed at Ludlow on the interest of his uncle Lord Powis. On 2 Feb. 1769, over Wilkes’s libel, he voted with the Opposition, but next day supported Administration over his expulsion, and henceforward consistently voted with them except on the petition of the naval captains, 9 Feb. 1773, when he appears in George III’s list as a friend voting against. He did not stand in 1774, but in return for supporting Lord Hinchingbrooke in Huntingdonshire, received a promise from Lord Sandwich ‘that if ... upon any vacancy made by his means, Lord Hinchingbrooke should not be a candidate for the county, you will be entitled to his and my interest in his stead, and to every effectual support he or I can give you’.1 No such vacancy occurred before 1792, and in 1784 Fellowes was returned unopposed for Andover on the interest of his brother-in-law Lord Portsmouth. His only reported vote in this Parliament was with Administration over the Regency, 16 Dec. 1788. There is no record of his having spoken in the House.

He died 4 Feb. 1804.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. Sandwich mss.