Alfred Inigo Suckling

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Alfred Inigo Suckling (1796–1856), surname initially Fox, was an English clergyman, an author and historian of Suffolk.


Born on 31 January 1796, he was the only son of Alexander Fox of Norwich, by his wife Anna Maria (died 1848), daughter of Robert Suckling of Woodton-cum-Langhale in Suffolk, by his wife, Susannah Webb, a descendant of Inigo Jones. He was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he graduated LL.B. in 1824.[1] On 10 July 1839 he was instituted on his own petition to the rectory of Barsham in Suffolk, which he held until his death.

Robert Suckling, his maternal grandfather, was of an old Suffolk family, which counted among its members the poet Sir John Suckling and Horatio Nelson's uncle, Maurice Suckling. On the death of Robert's son, Maurice William, without issue on 1 December 1820, Alfred Inigo took the surname and arms of Suckling and succeeded to the estates.

He died at 40 Belmont Road, St. Helier, Jersey, on 3 May 1856.


Suckling was the author of:

  • Memorials of the County of Essex, London, 1845; originally printed in ‘Quarterly Papers on Architecture,’ 1845, vol. iii., edited by John Weale.
  • History and Antiquities of Suffolk, London, 1846–8, incomplete.

His ‘Antique and Armorial Collections,’ 1821–39, 16 vols. consisting of notices of architectural and monumental antiquities in England and Picardy, form Additional MSS. 18476–91 (British Museum). He also edited Selections from the Works of Sir John Suckling, with a Life of the Author’ London, 1836.


On 31 January 1816 he married Lucia Clementina, eldest daughter of Samuel Clarke, by whom he had four sons—Robert Alfred, Maurice Shelton, Charles Richard, and Henry Edward—and six daughters.



  1. ^ "Suckling (sometime Fox), Alfred Inigo (SKLN814AI)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Suckling, Alfred Inigo". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.