Matthew Fetherstonhaugh

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Sir Matthew Fetherstonhaugh, 1st Baronet, FRS (/ˈfɛðərstənhɔː/; c. 1714[1] – 1774) was an English politician and landowner.

He was the son of Matthew Fetherstonhaugh of Featherstone Castle, Northumberland. In 1746 he inherited the estates of a kinsman Sir Henry Fetherston but not Sir Henry's baronetcy which became extinct on his death. However, on 3 January 1747 Fetherstonhaugh was created a baronet, of Featherstonehaugh in the County of Northumberland, in the Baronetage of Great Britain.

On his marriage to Sarah Lethieullier he bought Uppark, Sussex and the manors of East And West Harting and in 1747 sold the family estate at Featherstone to James Wallace.

He served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Morpeth from 1755 to 1761 and for Portsmouth from 1762 to 1774.

In the 1750s he commissioned architect James Paine to design and build Dover House, Whitehall, London.

He was succeeded by his son Henry.


  1. ^ Jeremy Black, "The British and the Grand Tour", (1985), p122


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Robert Ord
Thomas Duncombe
Member of Parliament for Morpeth
1755 – 1761
With: Thomas Duncombe
Succeeded by
Viscount Garlies
Thomas Duncombe
Preceded by
Sir William Rowley
Sir Edward Hawke
Member of Parliament for Portsmouth
1761 – 1774
With: Sir Edward Hawke
Succeeded by
Peter Taylor
Sir Edward Hawke
Baronetage of Great Britain
New creation Baronet
(of Fetherstonhaugh)
Succeeded by
Henry Fetherstonhaugh