Wilson of Eshton Hall
The Wilson family have been associated with Eshton Hall
for over 300 years, from its purchase in 1646 until its sale to the
Eshton Hall Education Trust in1960.
This brief pedigree of the Wilson family, showing the descent of the
Hall and later the Baronetcy, commences with text taken from A
Series of Picturesque Views of Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great
Britain and Ireland with addition information from various other
sources. You can also view this information as a Family Tree .
The family of Wilson descends from
ROBERT WILSON, ESQ., of Brigsteare, Heversham, Westmoreland, and Alice
his wife. Their son :
MATHEW WILSON, ESQ., became possessed of Eshton Hall by purchase, as
above stated. He died in London in 1656, and was succeeded by:
JOHN WILSON, ESQ., of Eshton Hall, who, by his wife Dorothy, was father
of, with other younger children:
MATHEW WILSON, ESQ., of Eshton Hall, married June 28th., 1699, Anne,
daughter of Timothy Blackburne, Esq., of Blackburne Hall, in Swaledale,
Yorkshire, and was succeeded by his son:
MATHEW WILSON, ESQ., of Eshton Hall, baptized October 14th., 1706, who
married Margaret, daughter of Henry Wiglesworth, Esq., of Slaidburn,
and had, with other issue, his heir:
MATHEW WILSON, ESQ., of Eshton Hall, Barrister-at-Law, born February
12th., l730. He married July 7th., 1759, Frances, daughter of Richard
Clive, Esq., of Styche, Salop, M.P. for Montgomeryshire, and sister
of Robert Clive, first Lord Clive. By her he left a daughter, Margaret
Clive Wilson, who married, first: February 3rd., 1783, the Rev. Henry
Richardson, M.A., Rector of Thornton, (who assumed the surname and arms
of Currer, and died 10th. November, 1784, 1eaving only a daughter,)
she married, secondly, November 20th., 1800, her cousin:
MATHEW WILSON, ESQ., born August 10th., 1772, who thus became of Eshton
Hall, and had issue:
SIR MATHEW WILSON, J.P. and D.L., M.P. for the Northern Division of
the West Riding of Yorkshire, born August 29th., 1802, died 1891, created
a Baronet in 1874. He married, June 15th., 1826, Sophia Louisa Emerson
Amcotts, only daughter and co-heiress of Sir Wharton Emerson Amcotts,
Bart., of Kettlethorpe Park, Lincolnshire, by his second wife, Amelia
Theresa Campbell, and has a son:
SIR MATHEW WHARTON WILSON, 2nd Baronet, born 20th. March, 1827, died
1909, formerly of the 11th. Hussars, married 13th. November, 1850, Gratiana
Mary, only daughter of Admiral Richard Thomas, of Stonehouse, and has
SIR MATHEW AMCOTTS WILSON, 3rd Baronet, JP, 1st. West York Rifles, born 2nd. January, 1853,
died 1914, he married, 8th. October, 1874, Georgina Mary , eldest daughter of Richard
T. Lee, Esq., of Grove Hall, Knottingley and
had a son:
SIR MATHEW RICHARD HENRY WILSON, 4th Baronet, born
1875, died 1958 married Barbara Lister, dau of 4th Baron Ribblesdale
and had a son:
Read an article about the life of Peter
Cecil Wilson 3rd son of Sir Mathew Richard Henry Wilson 4th
Bnt. born 1913 and at one time the charismatic head of the auction house
Sotheby's and regarded by some as being the real life James Bond immortalised
by Ian Fleming.
SIR MATHEW MARTIN WILSON, 5th Baronet, born 1906 died
without issue 1991 with the title passing to the son of his brother, Anthony Thomas:
SIR MATHEW John ANTHONY WILSON, 6th Baronet, born 1935
A more exstensive early Wilson pedigree was included in Whitaker's History of Craven and can be viewed here as a pdf file.
A Series of Picturesque Views of Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen
of Great Britain and Ireland.
by Rev. Francis Orpen Morris (1810-1893), plates - Alexander Francis
Lydon (1836-1917), published by subscription and then as a complete
set of volumes in 1880 by William Mackenzie, London.
History of Craven by TD Whitake, 3rd enlarged edition,
edited by AW Morant, published 1878.
A History of Eshton Hall by Peter Robinson, written
and published for the 2006 Eshton Hall School Reunion.
Some images including the Wilson pedigree © Colin
Hinson from the digital version of the 3rd, enlarged edition of TD
Whitaker's History of Craven which can be purchased from him
along with Thos. Langdales 1822 Topographical dictionary of Yorkshire
for £20 including P&P.
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