Frances Bladen formerly Fouch or Foche (née Jory)

???? - 1747


Slave-owner on Nevis. Heir of her uncle Joseph Jory, from whom she inherited an estate on Nevis and Aldborough Hatch in Essex. Her husband was Martin Bladen, MP successively for Stockbridge, Maldon and Portsmouth between 1715 and 1746, who by virtue of his wife's slave-property became a leader of the West Indian interest in Parliament.

  1. In her will proved 'of Barking Essex' 19/08/1747, she left her English property at Albrohatch and Barkin [sic] to her kinswoman Mrs Anne Middleton. She said her [unnamed] Nevis estate was hired out at £300 p.a. and she left the estate 'in the following manner' between 6 family members and friends: to 'my friend' Mrs Deborah Hunt and her heirs £50 p.a.; to Christopher Hunt and his heirs £50 p.a.; to 'my cousin' Joseph Hooper and his heirs £50 p.a.; to 'my cousin' Mary Hooper and her heirs £50 p.a.'; to 'my kinswoman Mrs Sarah Hooper £50 p.a. for life and after her death to be divided between Joseph and Mary Hooper; and Mrs Sophia Snow £50 p.a. In 1805 administration of the will was granted to Martha Helden.


  1. PROB 11/756/201

Further Information

Maiden Name
(1) John Fouch (2) Martin Bladen

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
- 1747 [EY] → Owner

In her will proved in 1747, Frances Bladen left her Nevis estate among a group of friends and relatives, allotted by dividing the then income of £300 p.a for its rental to each of six of them at £50 p.a. It appears that some or all of these legatees sold or mortgaged their entitlement to the London merchant James Buchanan and in turn a 1/3rd share was granted and assigned to Dr John Fothergill in 1763.

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Notes →
In 1805 administration of the will of Frances Bladen was granted to Martha Helden widow as the administrator of Mary Helden [of Egham], the original executor....

Addresses (1)

Aldborough Hatch, Essex, South-east England, England