Articles tagged with: Feilding

Charles Feilding: On His Majesty's Service

on Wednesday, 09 August 2017. Posted in Other

Charles Feilding (1780-1837) was the stepfather of William Henry Fox Talbot. He married the widowed Elisabeth Talbot, nee Strangways, at Penrice church in Wales in 1804. Charles was a serving naval captain at the time of his marriage and later became a Rear Admiral.


Charles Feilding was the youngest of three children born to Commodore Charles and Sophia Feilding. His sisters were Sophia, born in 1773 and Matilda, born 1775. His mother was the sister of the Earl of Winchelsea and a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Charlotte. Charles Feilding senior was the grandson of the Duke of Denbigh and his family were descendants of the Earls of Hapsburgh. Charles Feilding senior was also a naval officer who died of gangrene due to an infected minor wound in 1783. Young Charles was only three years old when his father died.

William Henry Fox Talbot

on Tuesday, 24 March 2015. Posted in William Henry Fox Talbot

William was born at Melbury House in Dorchester at his mother’s childhood home, the home of his grandfather the 2nd Earl of Ilchester. Although his father William Davenport Talbot owned Lacock Abbey, the family did not live there and it was leased to the Countess of Shrewsbury.

William Henry Fox Talbot

William’s father died only six months after his only son and heir to the estate was born, and left his mother with debts. He spent much of his childhood at the home of his aunt and uncle, Thomas Mansel Talbot and his mother’s sister Mary Lucy (nee Fox-Strangways), at Penrice. He attended Harrow School and studied at Trinity College Cambridge.