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was seized with paralysis, and on being conveyed to Felton Park, under the
anxious care of Mrs. Riddell and a medical attendant, he never regained
consciousness, and gradually sank down to death. For many years Mr.
Riddell's constitution had been giving way; and in public life he had
taken little interest. Domesticated within the beautiful demesnes of Fel-
ton Park, his habits were simple and unostentatious. As a landlord, Mr.
Riddell was popular; his word was his bond, and his attachments strong
to the memories of generations upon his extensive estates. Sensible of
the dignity of family traditions, he sustained with admirable consistency
the best traits of a country gentleman. In proof of the unlimited confi-
dence in Mr. Riddell's honor, it may be stated that occupancy upon his
estates had existed for upwards of thirty-eight years without the evidence




of ink. Few men have passed away with deeper feelings of gratitude,
affection, and regret, on the part of those who mourned his loss as a land-
lord, a neighbor, and a friend to the poor. His mortal remains were
committed to their last resting-place in the family vault, at St. Mary's
Catholic Church, Felton Park. The chief mourners were John-Giffard
Riddell, Esq., Felton Park; Robert Riddell, Esq., Edward-Widdrington
Riddell, Esq., York; Henry-Matthias Riddell, Esq., London; Edward Rid-
dell, Esq., Cheeseburn Grange; John Errington, Esq., High Warden, the
deceased's son-in-law ; Sir Humphrey de Trafford, and Mr. Augustus de
Trafford, of Trafford Hall.

[N. B. Mr. Errington of High Warden, who died in 1878, left his
third wife, nee Riddell of Felton Park, a widow, and also a son and daugh-
ter by her.]

Edward- Widdriiigton Riddell 20 (4), second son of Ralph 19 (4), was
born in 1803 ; married July 1, 1830, Catherine, eldest daughter of
Thomas Stapleton, Esq., of Carlton Hall and of the Grove, Richmond,
County of York, and a sister of Miles-Thomas, eighth Lord Beaumont,
father of the present baron, Henry Stapleton, by whom he had issue three
sons and three daughters. Mr. Riddell was an officer in the Eighteenth
Hussars, and became distinguished. He died. in 1870. I think Mr. Rid-
dell resided at Felton Park.

Right Rev. William Riddell- (12), third son of Ralph 19 (4), was
born Feb. 5, 1807. He was endowed with superior intellectual faculties,
and was early the subject of deep religious convictions. Having decided
to devote himself to the work of the priesthood in the Catholic Church,
of which this family have ever been supporters, he received his first les-
sons of knowledge and science in a celebrated house known as " Stony-
hurst," from the Jesuit fathers sojourning there; and having finished his
college course, he made a visit to Rome, where he entered holy orders,
and was called to a most honorable and responsible office under Cardinal
Wells. Then came a change in his vocation. In the autumn of 1833, he
was stationed as priest at Newcastle-on-Tyne, and labored there till 1844,
among the poorest classes of that great city, "always ready to receive the
penitent sinner in the holy tribunal of penance, to counsel those who came
to seek counsel, to encourage those who required to be reminded that,
however great the guilt and ingratitude of man. the mercy of God is in-
finite as His infinite being, and can never be restricted by human infirm-
ity." He was careful in teaching the flock he presided over those truths
they should know, and the sacred duties required of them. He was es-
pecially devoted to the young, and spent much of his time in giving them
instruction. The paramount interest of his ministry seemed to be, while
in Newcastle, the founding of schools of an efficient character. He was
ever ready to assist his poor brethren, and glad to part with anything in
his possession in the shape of wealth, that he might be a faithful steward
to the needy. In March, 1844, he was raised to the episcopal office of
bishop, having been appointed by Pope Gregory XVI, coadjutor to the
Right Rev. Dr. Mostyne, Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District. The
new prelate, who was styled " Bishop of Lango," in partibus infidelium,
was consecrated at Ushaw, with great pomp by the bishops in attendance.
On the death of Dr. Mostyne, in 1847, Dr. Riddell became sole bishop of
his district, continuing to discharge the duties of his high office with great
application and acceptability. He did not confine his labors to Newcas-
tle, but erected a church at Felling, almost exclusively by his personal


efforts and private generosity. He performed the pontifical high mass at
the opening of St. Mary's Cathedral Church in Newcastle, when nine
bishops were present. During the time when a dreadfully fatal contagion
was sweeping the city, and several priests had died, Dr. Riddell went
forth into the lanes and alleys among the poor, and in the last week in
October he was stricken with the disease, which carried him away on the
2d of November. When he knew his hour had come, he carefully put his
house in order, outwardly and within his own heart. He said, "I am
ready to live if I am to be longer useful for the glory of God, but I am
ready to die if so be His will." To a friend who had besought him earn-
estly to avoid exposing himself to the mortal disorder, he said, "My
friend, you gave me the counsel not to expose myself ; I have done so, and
God has stricken me; if I have done wrong, I beg thy pardon." On the
8th of November his remains were conveyed from his residence in Char-
lotte Square to the church in West Clayton, the procession being con-
ducted with great ceremony. The body lay in state during the night,
and on the following day the burial was performed, mass being said by
Bishop Wiseman, assisted by Bishop Briggs, Bishop Gillies, Bishop Ware-
ing, and numerous clergymen of inferior rank. Dr. Riddell was greatly
and deservedly esteemed by all denominations in the city of Newcastle,
and an immense concourse of the general public were present at his fu-
neral. A half-length portrait of him, in his pontifical robes, drawn on
stone by Miss Errington, was published soon after his death, by Andrew
Reid, lithographer, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Henry-Matthias Riddell 20 (1), fourth son of Ralph 19 (4), was born
Feb. 24, 1815, and is a barrister-atdaw in the city of London. Presum-
ably a single man.

Charles-Fraiicis Riddell 20 (1), fifth son of Ralph 19 (4), was born
Oct. 1, 1817. No other information of this man.

Elizabeth-Aline Riddell" (4), eldest daughter of Ralph 19 (-4).

Juliana Riddell- (1), second daughter of Ralph 19 (4).

Frances Riddell" (1), third daughter of Ralph 19 (4).

Louisa Riddell-' (1), fourth daughter of Ralph 19 (4).


Thoinas-William-Chas. Riddell 21 (17), eldest son of Thomas 20 (16),
was born Oct. 14, 1828 ; married May 3, 1855, Lady Henrietta, second
daughter of Arthur James, Earl of Fingall, K. P. He died at Barcelona,
Spain, May 24, 1867, leaving no issue male, and the representation of
the family devolved upon his brother, of whom hereafter.

John-Giffard Riddell" 1 (4), second son of Thomas- (1(>), was born
Jan. 10, 1830 ; married in 1854 Madamoiselle Sopelier, who, dying in
1865, he married secondly, Victoria-Henrietta, fifth daughter of Peter
Purcel, Esq., of Haverston, County Kildare. Mr. Riddell was educated
at Oscott College, and is a magistrate for Northumberland. He succeeded
his father in 1870, at Felton Park and Swinburne Castle, and has kindly
furnished photograph views of these elegant residences, from which the
plates in this book were made. Several children in this family, of whom

Walter Riddell' 1 (2), third son of Thomas (16), 20 was born July 17,
1831, and was drowned at Waiira, in Hawks Bay, New Zealand, when
crossing a creek.

Robert Riddell' 1 (4), fourth son of Thomas (16), 20 was born Aug. '24,



















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1832, and was living at the time of his father's death, in 1870; but I have
no particulars.

Edward Riddell 21 (5), fifth son of Thomas 20 (16), was born in January,
1836. Presumably living in 1870, as a Riddell of this name was one of
the chief mourners at the death of this Edward's father; but I have no
knowledge of him.

Frances-Mary Riddell 21 (1), eldest daughter of Thomas 20 (16), was
born in 1838; was married Jan. 29, 1866, to John O'Shaughnessey, Esq.,
of Birch Grove, County Roscommon, Ireland, and had a daughter, who
became a nun of St. Dominic.

Gertrude-Mary Riddell 21 (1), seconddaughter of Thomas 20 (16), was
born in 1840; was married in 1863 toJohn Errington, Esq., of High
Warden, County Northumberland.

Teresa-Elizabeth Riddell 21 (1), third daughter of Thomas 20 (16), was
married to Thomas Metcalf, Esq., of Bath, by whom she had, besides a
daughter, Maria-Teresa, a son, Thomas-Peter, who assumed, by sign man-
ual, the surname and arms of Moore only, in compliance with the will of
his paternal grandmother, who was heiress and last lineal descendant in
the direct line of the illustrious Lord High Chancellor, Sir Thomas More.
[One authority states that there was another daughter of Thomas Riddell,
named Laura-Elizabeth, who died in 1858, at Longborough, St. Mary's

Rev. Edward-Widdrington Riddell 21 (6), eldest son of Edward 20 (4),
was born May 10, 1831, and is in holy orders of the Roman Catholic
Church. His seat is Bootham House, Yorkshire.

John-Gerard Riddell 21 (5), second son of Edward 20 (4), was born
August 8, 1835 ; married in 1863, Catherine-Flora, youngest daughter of
Edward Chaloner, Esq., of Oak Hill, near Liverpool, and is styled "of
Hermiston Grange, Nottinghamshire, England." He has issue, of whom

Arthur-George Riddell 21 (1), third son of Edward 20 (4), was born
Sc-pt. 15, 1836.

Laura-Monica Riddell 21 (1), only daughter of Edward 20 (4).


Louisa-M.-Josephine Riddell 22 (1), only daughter of Thomas 21 (17),
was born April 15, 1864.

Cuthbert-David-Giffard Riddell 22 (1), eldest son of John 21 (4), of
Felton Park, was born in 1868.

Laura Riddell 22 (2), a daughter of John 21 (4), of Felton Park, was
born in 1870.

Edward-Charles Riddell 22 (7), eldest son of John 21 (5), of Hermiston
Grange, was born in 1867.


[Eighteenth Generation from Sir Jordan.]

Ralph Riddell 18 (2), son of Thomas 17 (18), of Felton Park (see
" Riddells of Swinburne and Felton"), was born in 1774; married May 9,
1803, Isabella, daughter of William Salvin, Esq., of Croxdale Hall, County


of Durham (she was a widow of his cousin, Edward Riddell, of Felton
Park), and was the inheritor of the estates of his uncle, Ralph Widdring-
ton, Esq., at Cheeseburn Grange. He died in 1831 (his widow in 1853),
having had issue five sons and one daughter.


Robert Riddell 19 (5), eldest son of Ralph" (2), died in 1826.
William Riddell 1 ' (13), second son of Ralph ls (2), died in 1828.
Edward Riddell 19 (8), third son of Ralph" (2), was born in 1804, and
succeeded his father as proprietor of Cheeseburn Grange, in 1831. He

was educated at Ushaw College. Married June 16, 1866, Adelia-Maria,
third daughter of S. T. Scrope, Esq., of Danby Hall, Yorkshire. He was
a Justice of the Peace, and Doctor of Law for Northumberland; was Sher-
iff in 1842. Mr. Riddell died in 1871, without issue, and was succeeded
by his brother, of whom hereafter.

"Frederick Riddell 19 (1), fourth son of Ralph 18 (2), was born in 1808,
and designated " of Levburn Grove, County of York." He died in 1866,
and was succeeded by his brother.

Francis Riddell 19 (1), only surviving son of Ralph 17 (13), born in 1813;
married in 1862, Ellen, daughter of Michael Blount, Esq.. of Maple Dur-
ham, Oxon, and succeeded his brother in 1871. Has a son Edward, and
probably other issue. Mr. Riddell is a magistrate for County York and
Northumberland. Residences, Cheeseburn Grange and Thornburgh House.


Edward Riddle 1 (1), supposed to have been descended from some an-
cient branch of the Northumberland Riddells, lived on a farm at Trough-
end, in that county, and raised a family of children, of whom hereafter.


Robert Riddle'' (1), eldest son of Edward 1 (1), was born on a farm at
Troughend, England, and died young, without family.

Nicholas Riddle" (1), second son of Edward 1 (1), was born at Trough-
end, England, and had a family of children.

John Riddle" (1), third son of Edward 1 (1), was born at Troughend,
England ; was hind (hired man) to his brother Edward as long as he
lived. Had a family, of whom hereafter.

Edward Riddle" (2), fourth son of Edward 1 (1). was born at Trough-
end, England, and had a family. He was a fanner.

Ann Riddle" (1), only daughter of Edward 1 (1), was born at Trough-
end, England. No particulars.


Prof. Edward Riddle' (3), •< son of John 2 (1), was born at Troughend,

England, in 1788 ; married, and had i<sue six children, of whom hereafter.
Mr. Riddle first kept school at Otterburn, or Reedwater, a village not less
interesting for its romantic situation than from its historical associations ;
there he became acquainted with Mr. James Thompson, a person well


known in those parts for upwards of half a century, and who was remark-
able for his knowledge of many branches of science, as well as for consid-
erable attainments in mathematics. It is not improbable that Mr. Riddle
derived from him that taste for the science which clung to his mind with
such tenacity to the end of his life. What renders this more likely is,
that about the time, before he was twenty years of age, he made an
electrical machine with his own hands, and with it showed the ordinary
phenomena produced by that instrument. At that period, it is easily im-
agined with what wonder and alarm a ring of rustics would feel the
electric impulse sent through their bodies, with a sensation unknown


" Aud still they gazed, aud still the wonder grew,
That one small head should carry all he knew."

From Otterburn Mr. Riddle moved to Whitburn, in the County of
Durham, and while there, in 1810, his name first appeared in the Ladies'
Diary, then under the editorship of Dr. Hutton, whose friend he sub-
sequently became, and who rendered him such important assistance in
advancing his success in life. It then appears that at the age of twenty-
two he had made great progress in mathematical studies. For many
years he continued to be a distinguished contributor to the Ladies' Diary,
in which his solutions were always remarkable for beauty and accuracy.
He has said that the complete mastery of Playfair's Encylopasdia, which
he accomplished, produced such an effect on his mind, as to render the
acquisition of any other mathematical subject easy. After continuing
seven years at Whitburn, Mr. Riddle, through the recommendation of Dr.
Hutton, was appointed master of the Trinity House School, Newcastle-on-
Tyne, in which he remained seven years, proving by his energies and ability
of the greatest service to the nautical education of the port, which had
previously been in the lowest possible state. In 1821, while master of
the Trinity House School, Mr. Riddle made an extensive series of observa-
tions to ascertain the longtitude of that school, and to determine by actual
expeiuments what confidence may now be placed in the results of lunar
observations ; these observations are given in a table in his remarks on
the present state of nautical astronomy, published in 1821, and dedicated
to the Master and Brethren of Trinity House, Newcastle-on-Tyne. This
essay is admirably written, and proves that he was as able to become the
historian of science as to extend her boundaries. In 1821, by the same
powerful influence of Dr. Hutton, he was appointed Master of the Upper
School, Royal Naval Asylum, Greenwich, where he remained till the period
of his retirement in 1851. Soon after his removal to London he became
a member of the Royal Astronomical Society, to which he contributed
several valuable papers. Mr. Riddle was one of the council of that learned
body, and took an active part in all its plans for the advancement of
science. In the third volume of the Transactions of the Society thei'e is
an able paper by him, " On Finding the Rates of Time-keepers," in which
he showed how it could be done without a transit instrument. To
amateur astronomers, and to sea-faring men not having access to such an
instrument, his method was valuable. In the twelfth volume of the same
transactions appears another of his papers, " On Longitude of Madras, by
Moon-culminating Observations," which is very elaborate, and contains
valuable directions and remarks. The most valuable work which ever
came from Mr. Riddle's pen is his " Treatise on Navigation and Nautical
Astronomy" ; — it was an immense improvement on the empirical com-


pendium in vogue when it appeared, combining, as it did, practice and
theory in luminous order. It forms a course of mathematics for the
nautical men, containing as much algebra and geometry as is necessary for
the demonstrations of the various problems which it comprehends. It is
a text-book in the Royal Navy. Mr. Riddle was noted for the surprising
quickness and accuracy with which he took celestial observations. Shortly
after his retirement in 1851, his bust in marble was presented to him by
his old pupils, officers in the Royal Navy, accompanied with the expression
of their high esteem for his worth as a public and private man. The pre-
sentation was in the boys' department of Greenwich School, the Admiral
(Sir C. Adams) and all the officers attending in full uniform. These
were deserving honors for a long, useful, and honorable life. He retired
on full salary. Succeeded by his son. He died in 1856, aged 68 years.


Jane Riddle 4 (1), eldest daughter of Edward 3 (3), was married in 1844,
to Captain Petlev, Royal Navy. Has issue.

Prof. John Riddle 4 (2), 'eldest son of Edward 3 (3), was born at
Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, in November, 1816 ; married Georgiana
MacKenzie, daughter of Eneas MacKenzie of Newcastle-on-Tyne, the
Northumberland historian, and had issue seven children, of whom here-
after. At the early age of fifteen Mr. Riddle was appointed an assistant
master in the Greenwich Hospital Schools, and on the retirement of liis
father in 1851, was chosen to succeed him as head master. In 1846, he
was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and from that
time till his death, was a regular attendant at its meetings, and an
occasional contributor to its papers. He was appointed in 1854 Examiner
in Navigation to the Science and Art department of the Committee of
Council on Education, and held for many years a similar appointment in
the Society of Arts. By both these Institutions his services wei'e highly
valued. As a teacher Mr. John Riddle was perhaps unrivalled, and his
success in instilling into the minds of mere boys not only the practice,
but the theory of navigation was very remarkable. The influence he
possessed with his pupils was unbounded ; and the good which he has
accomplished, by stamping on a vast number of the scientific officers of the
Royal Navy the impress of his own vigorous mind, was so great that his
untimely death, which occurred Oct. 11, 1862, was looked upon as no other
than a national loss.

Mr. Riddle was not only a good mathematician and a successful teacher,
but also an accomplished gentleman, with a great taste for poetry and the
arts. In society he was a universal favorite; and his urbane manner and
intellectual conversation will long be remembered by a large circle of
sorrowing friends.

His death was the result of a fall from a platform in his class room, which
produced concussion of the brain, from which, after lingering sixteen days,
he expired. The following is on a monument to his memory.


the memory of

John Riddle, Esq.. /•'.'/.'. A. S.,

late Head Muster of the

Nautical School,

who died 1 lth of Oct.. 1862,

in the. 46th year of his age,

from injury to the brain, caused by

an accident in his class room.


This tablet

is erected by his colleagues,

The Masters of the Boyal Hospital Schools,

In testimony of

their high appreciation of his

public services as a teacher,

and the

uprightness and purity of his character,

as exhibited in all the relations of life.

Mary Kiddle 4 (1), second daughter of Edward 3 (3), was born March

1, 1818, and died March 19, 1823.

Margaret Riddle 4 (1), third daughter of Edward 3 (3), was born Sept.
26, 1819, and died March 15, 1839.

Eliza Riddle 4 (1), fourth daughter of Edward 3 (3), was married to
Rev. George-Yates Boddy, Vicar of Colgate, near to Horsham, late Pro-
fessor at the Royal Millitary Academy, Woolwich, and has issue.

William Riddle 4 (1), youngest son of Edward 3 (3), was born Nov.

2, 1824, and died Dec. 26, 1825.


Elizabeth Riddle 5 (1), eldest daughter of John 4 (2).

Edward Riddle 5 (4), eldest son of John 4 (2), married Charlotte-Jane,
only daughter of Ralph- William Lucas, an old Waterloo veteran, and has
issue, of whom hereafter. Mr. Riddle is an engineer of submarine tele-
graphy, and has been employed on almost all the great lines. He is a
member of the Society of Telegraph Engineers.

Margaret-Katherhie Riddle 5 (2), second daughter of John 4 (2), was
married to Thomas Connorton, Esq., of Reigate, Surrey.

Jollll-CJeorge Riddle 5 (3), second son of John 4 (2), was born in 1849,
and died when an infant.

Katherine-Mary Riddle 5 (1), third daughter of John 4 (2), was married
to Frank Lucas, Esq., of Blackheath.

Georgiaiia-Frances Riddle 5 (1), fourth daughter of John 4 (2), was
born in 1853, and died an infant.

Marian-Matilda Riddle 6 (1), fifth daughter of John 4 (2).

Heleii-MacKenzie Riddle 5 (1), sixth daughter of John 4 (2).


Dorothy-Margaret Riddle 6 (1), eldest daughter of Edward 5 (4),
born 1874.

John Riddle 6 (4), eldest son of Edward 5 (4), born in 1877.
Willett-Lncas Riddle 6 (1), second son of Edward 5 (4), died an infant.
Infant Son of Edward 5 (4), name not known.


Samuel Riddle 2 (1), was descended from an old Northumberland fam-
ily long settled at Twizell-on-Tweed, and presumably an offshoot from
some branch of the Riddells of ISTewcastle-on-Tyne, or Gateshead, and re-
lated to the Riddles of Troughend. He and his father were flour mil-
lers at Twizell mill, and both are buried in Norham church-yard. Mr.


Riddle, father of Samuel, was twice married and had several sons and
daughters. The son married Elizabeth Aitchison, and left four sons and
two daughters, of whom hereafter. He carried on business at Tweed-
mouth as millwright and engineer ; died in his 90th year, and was buried
at Tweedmouth.


Peter Riddle 3 (1), son of Samuel- (1), and succeeded his father at
Tweedmouth as millwright and engineer.

James Riddle 3 (1), a son of Samuel 2 (1).

Samuel Riddle 3 (2), a son of Samuel 2 (1).

Andrew Riddle 3 (1), a son of Samuel 2 (1), was born about 1809;
married Mary-Ann Steel, and has seven children, of whom hereafter. He
is a millwright and engineer. Residence, Tweedmouth, England.

Beatrice Riddle 3 (1), daughter of Samuel 2 (1), born at Twizell, Eng-
land. Deceased.

Mary Riddle 3 (1), daughter of Samuel 2 (1), was born at Twizell,


Samnel-Pllilin Riddle 4 (3), eldest son of Andrew 3 (1), is a mill
wright and engineer at Tweedmouth.

George-Steel Riddle 4 (1), second son of Andrew 3 (1), is a millwright
and engineer at Tweedmouth.

Andrew Riddle 4 (2), third son of Andrew 3 (1), was born in October,
1851, and resides at Yeavering; is the occupier of Yeavering and Kirk-
uewton farms, both in the parish of Kirknewton, and County of North-
umberland, England.

Isabella-Bothwiek Riddle 4 (1), eldest daughter of Andrew 3 (1),
resides at Tweedmouth.

John Riddle 4 (1), fourth son of Andrew 3 (1), millwright and engineer
at Tweedmouth.

Elizabeth-Aitchison Riddle 4 (1), second daughter of Andrew 3 (1),

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