Daniel Mathew of Felix Hall

???? - 1777


Son of William Mathew (Lt-Governor of St Kitts and Lt-General of Leewards who died 1752 at St John's Antigua). Married secondly Mary, daughter of George Byam and widow of Joseph Lyons of Antigua.

  1. James Grainger dedicated his An Essay on the more common West-India diseases and the remedies which that country itself produces... (1764) to Daniel Mathew Esquire, 'both as it affords me a pleasing opportunity of recommending to others that distinguished humanity wherewith your Negroes have ever been treated, and, in particular, of expressing the high regard with which I am, Sir, your most obliged, and very humble servant..." Mathew was the uncle of Grainger's wife, and Grainger managed Mathew's estates in St Kitts in the 1760s.

  2. Will of Daniel Mathew of St Marylebone proved 17/06/1777. Under the will he disposed of his Caribbean property in St Kitts, Tobago and Antigua, including two estates (one illegible but given by Oliver as Penitenny the other called Cupid's Garden) of which he was only tenant-for-life: the St Kitts estates and the real estate in England went to Daniel Byam Mathew, the estates in Tobago and Antigua to his younger son George Mathew (in a codicil of 1776 he revoked this latter legacy and directed they be sold, with George receiving in lieu £10,000 and the purchase money of a lieutenancy in the Guards.)

  3. In 1784 Felix Hall and other Essex estates of Daniel Mathew together yielding upwards of £1500 p.a. were put up for sale by order of the Court of Chancery.


GLAMORGAN RECORD OFFICE/ARCHIFDY MORGANNWG Reference code: GB 0214 DMW Title: Family and Estate Papers of the Mathew Family of St. Kew, Cornwall and of the Caribean [sic] Islands, http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/download/GB%200214%20DMW [accessed 13/08/2015].

  1. James Grainger, An Essay on the more common West-India diseases; and the remedies which that country itself produces:to which are added, some hints on the management etc. of Negroes (1764); Gordon Goodwin, revised by Caroline Overy, 'James Granger, physician and poet', ODNB online edition (2007).

  2. PROB 11/1032/194.

  3. London Gazette 12564 27/07/1784 p.7.

We are grateful to Mathew Lowe for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

(1) Penelope Smith (2) Mary Lyons ne Byam
Daniel Byam; George; Mary; Louisa; Sophia; Jane

Associated Estates (2)

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
1773 [EA] - 1773 [LA] → Owner

Mortgagor in 1773

- 1778 [LA] → Lessee

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

'The Mathew Family at Felix Hall, Kelvedon, Essex', by Johann Zoffany (c. 1763/4). It is not clear whether this painting survived the fire which gutted Clandon Park in April... 
notes →

Political (1)

Local Government
office →
High Sheriff
1769 - 1769

Relationships (6)

Other relatives
Notes →
Grainger's wife was Mathew's...
Father → Son
Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Father → Son
Uncle → Nephew

Addresses (1)

Felix Hall, Essex, South-east England, England