Rose Fuller

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Rose Fuller FRS (12 April 1708 – 7 May 1777) was a West Indies plantation owner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1756 to 1777.

Early life[edit]

Fuller was the second son of John Fuller FRS, of Brightling, Sussex, and his wife Elizabeth Rose, daughter of Fulke Rose of Jamaica. His elder brother was the MP John Fuller Jr. He studied medicine at Cambridge University and was also a student at Leyden in the Netherlands. He graduated MD and became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1732.[1]

Fuller went to Jamaica before 1735, where he took over the family plantation from his father. He was elected to the Assembly in 1735 and called to the council in 1737. He was made a judge of the supreme courts but as a result of disputes with the governor Edward Trelawny he was removed from the council and the bench and returned to England in 1749. He was back in Jamaica in around 1752 and was appointed Chief Justice by the next governor Charles Knowles. However he was in dispute with Knowles and returned to England on the death of his brother there, whose estate, including Rose Hill, he inherited.[2]

Political career[edit]

Fuller was a Member of Parliament for New Romney from 1756 to 1761, for Maidstone from 1761 to 1768, and for Rye from 1768 to 1777.[3]


On 26 April 1737 Fuller married Ithamar Mill, daughter of Richard Mill of Jamaica.[2] She died in Jamaica on 22 April 1738 at the age of seventeen. He died childless on 7 May 1777, and was buried at Waldron, Sussex, on 15 May 1777.[1] His Sussex estate and foundry and Jamaican plantation passed to his nephew Mad Jack Fuller of Brightling, Sussex.


  1. ^ a b "Fuller, Rose (FLR728R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ a b J. Brooke, Lewis Namier The House of Commons 1754-1790, Volume 3
  3. ^ "FULLER, Rose (?1708-77), of Rose Hill, Suss". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Gabriel Hanger
Savile Finch
Member of Parliament for Maidstone
With: William Northey
Succeeded by
Hon. Charles Marsham
Robert Gregory
Preceded by
John Bentinck
John Norris
Member of Parliament for Rye
With: John Norris 1768–1774
Middleton Onslow 1774–1775
Hon. Thomas Onslow 1775–1777
Succeeded by
Hon. Thomas Onslow
William Dickinson
Preceded by
Henry Furnese
Sir Francis Dashwood, Bt
Member of Parliament for New Romney
With: Sir Francis Dashwood, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Dering, Bt
Thomas Knight