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Nicholas Ridley 20 (13), third son of Matthew 19 (1), was born at New-
castle-on-Tyne, March 5, 1748; married, 1790, Letitia, daughter of Hugh
Atkinson, a Russian merchant, and became a master in chancery ; denomi-
nated "of Grey's Inn." He died at his lodgings at Bath, Jan. 1, 1804.

Edward Ridley 20 (3), fourth son of Matthew 19 (1), died young.

Lieut. John Ridley 20 (14), fifth son of Matthew 19 (1), was an officer
in the Welsh Fusileers.

Rev. Henry Ridley 20 (2), d. d., sixth son of Matthew 19 (1), was born
July 2, 1753; married Frances, daughter of Aubone Surtees, Esq., of New-
castle-on-Tyne (she died in June, 1830), who was sister to Elizabeth,
Countess of Eldon, and had issue two children, of whom hereafter. He
received his clerical education at University College, Oxford, where he
proceeded M. A., June 12, 1776, and B. and D. D. grand compounder,
June 3, 1802. In 1804 he was elected one of the prebendaries of Glou-
cester ; and in the following year His Majesty presented him to the living
of Kirby, Underdale. In 1817, the king, as Duke of Lancaster, presented
him to the livings of St. Andrew's, Cumberland, and St. Mary's, Hertford-
shire. He was His Majesty's Justice of the Peace for the Counties of
Hertfordshire and Gloucester, and Master of the Magdalen Hospital,
Newcastle-on-Tyne. He died Oct. 11, 1825, leaving one son.

Edward Ridley 20 (4), seventh son of Matthew 19 (1), died young.


Charles Ridley 20 (1), eighth son of Matthew 19 (1), died young.

Christiana Ridley' 20 (2), eldest daughter of Matthew 19 (1); so named
from being born on Christmas day.

Margaret Ridley 20 (4), second daughter of Matthew 19 (1), died at
Portland Place, London, in 1813, aged 68 years. She was a maiden-lady.

Jane Ridley 20 (6), third daughter of Matthew 19 (1); married July 22,
1777, to Arthur Shakespere, Esq., of Stephney ; he died in February, 1804.

Mary Ridley 20 (9), fourth daughter of Matthew 19 (1), died young.


Sir Matthew- White Ridley 21 (3), eldest son of Matthew 20 (2), was
born Aug. 8, 1778, and succeeded as second baronet at the death of his
father, April 9, 1813. He married Aug. 13, 1803, to Laura, youngest
daughter of George Hawkins, Esq., by whom he had issue twelve children,
of whom hereafter. He was matriculated of Christ Church, Oxford,
April 24, 1795, at the age of seventeen, and took his degree of B. A.,
March 6, 1798. He represented Newcastle-on-Tyne as a Member of Par-
liament about twenty-four years; was head of the celebrated banking-
house of Sir Matthew-White Ridley, Bigge & Co., of Newcastle-on-Tyne,
and extensively engaged in the coal-trade and in the manufacture of glass.
His principles were those of the old Whigs, and in an address delivered
by him at his last election, he declared himself a sincere and practical
Reformer; but in the extreme measures which characterized the latter
periods of his official career, he inclined to Conservatism. He presented
a large painting, measuring seven by seventeen feet, by Tintoretto, of
our Saviour washing the Apostles' feet, as an altar-piece, to St. Nicholas'
Church, Newcastle, in which are the beautiful monuments of his father
and grandfather, by Bacon and Flaxham. He was resident at Heaton
Hall, Northumberland; his death occurred at Richmond, July 14, 1836,
in the fifty-eighth year of his age. A lithograph portrait of Mr. Ridley,
from a painting by Ramsey, was published by Weld Taylor, and a pro-
tracted search has been made for a copy, but without success.

Nicholas-William Ridley 21 (14), second son of Matthew 20 (2), was
born April 14, 1779 ; married Charlotte, eldest daughter of the Rt. Hon.
Thomas Steefe, June 14, 1808 (she died Feb. 17, 1855), and had issue one
son a,nd four daughters, of whom hereafter. His mother was Sarah, sole
heir of Benjamin Colborne, and he as second son, succeeded to his moth-
er's fortunes, additional surname, and arms, and was created Baron Col-
borne,* of West Harling, May 15, 1839, which entitled him to a seat in
parliament as a peer. He was Member of Pai'liament for Appleby in 1807.
He lived at 19 Hill Street, Berkeley Square, London, and at Harling Hall,
Thetford, Norfolk. He died May 3, 1854, when the barony became extinct.

Rev. Henry-Colburne Ridley 21 (3), d. d., third son of Matthew 20 (2),
was born May 16, 1780; married, April 21, 1808, to Mary, eldest daugh-

* A baron has the title of " Right Honourable Lord," and is addressed as " My
Lord," or " Your Lordship." His wife has also the title of "Right Honourable,"
and is addressed as "Madam," or " Your Ladyship." A baron in signing, siuks
his Christian aud family name, and subscribes his titular designation. His children

enjoy the prefix " Honourable," as the " Honourable ," mentioning Christian and

surnames. A deceased baron is spoken of by his Christian name, according to
his number in the list of peers of the same title, as " Nicholas, second baron." A
baron's coronet is adorned with six pearls, set at equal distances on a chaplet, and
is worn only on great occasions of state ceremonial.


ter of James Ferrier, Esq., of Lincoln's-Inn-Fields, London, by whom lie
had issue. He was of Christ Church, Oxford, B. A., 1801, M. A., April 19,
1804. He Avas instituted rector of Hambleden, where he served the cause
of his Master for many years, as a faithful and devoted representative of
the holy religion he professed. He died on Feb. 3, 1832, and a memorial
sermon was subsequently preached in his church by the Rev. John-Charles
Williams, m. a., which was published, but I cannot find a copy of it. His
wife deceased June 13, 1837, having had three sons and two daughters, of
whom hereafter.

Rev. Charles-John Ridley 21 (2), m. a., fourth son of Matthew 20 (2),
was born Sept. 5, 1792, and became second Earl of Eldon. He was of
University College, Oxford, B. A., June 9, 1813, M. A., Oct. 31, 1817. It
is presumed he married and had a family, but I can learn no particulars
relative to his history.

Rev. Richard Ridley 21 (9), m. a., fifth son of Matthew 20 (2), born Aug.
28, 1782; married, Nov. 8, 1810, Catherine-Lucy, only daughter of the
Rev. Richard-Pepplewell Johnson, of Ashton-upon-Mersey, Cheshire. He
was of University College, Oxford, B. A., Nov. 24, 1803, M. A., June
16, 1806, and was presented to Cramlington that year by his father ; and
to Leathy, in the County of York, as perpetual curate, in 1826, by the
Lord Chancellor. He died at Green Hamerton, in June, 1845, aged 62
years; his widow died in 1853.

Henrietta-Elizabeth Ridley 21 (1), only daughter of Matthew 20 (2), was
married, firstly, Aug. 2, 1804, to the Hon. John Scott, eldest son of John,
first Earl of Eldon, who died Dec. 24, 1805, and her only son became
the second Earl of Eldon. She re-married, July 7, 1811, to William Far-
rer, Esq., of Ingleborough, Yorkshire; he died Nov. 9, 1862, leaving issue.

Elizabeth Ridley 21 (6), only daughter of Henry 20 (2), D. d., was of
Lawn Cottage, Battersea, and died unmarried in July, 1862, aged 82.

Rev. Henry -Johll Ridley 21 (4), a son of Henry 20 (2), was born about
1788; married, Jan. 28, 1813, to Elizabeth-M.-Antoinette, eldest daughter
of John Ellis, Esq., brother of Charles, first Lord Seaford, of Mainhead
House, Devonshire (she died Dec. 12, 1816), and had issue, of- whom here-
after.* He was of Christ Church, Oxford, B. A., Feb. 23, 1801, M. A.,
Nov. 17, 1803. He was presented to a prebend at Bristol, in 1816, and to
Kirby, Underwood, in 1827, by his relative, Lord Eldon. He exchanged
his prebend at Bristol, for one at Norwich, in 1832. He married, sec-
ondly, in 1823, Elizabeth, daughter of Lee-Steere Steere, Esq., of Jayess,
Surrey, who, surviving her husband, became the wife, Sept. 28, 1843, of
Sir Robert Peel, who had been elevated to the peerage by the title of
Baron Abinger, of Abinger, County of Surrey. He died April 7, 1844.
(This lady has in her possession, with other relics, the chair in which
Bishop Nicholas Ridley used to study.) He was instituted rector of Ab-
inger Church, May 26, 1821 ; was instituted rector of Newdigate, March
3, 1814. He died Nov. 14, 1834. Pious without bigotry; generous with-
out ostentation; kind without weakness ; social without levity, — he em-
ployed the short time allotted him by his Master in the discharge of ac-
tive duties, and in the exercise of benevolent affections.

* There was an Arthur Ridley who was styled " of Clinton Park," County Buck-
ingham, said by one authority to have been a son of Henry'- J (2), but I query this.


Sir Matthew- White Ridley 22 (4), eldest son of Matthew 21 (3), was
born Sept. 9, 1807; married, Sept. 21, 1841, to Cecilia-Anna Parkes, daugh-
ter of the well-known judge, Baron Parkes, since created Lord Wensley-
dale. By this union there were three children, of whom hereafter. Lady
Ridley died in 1845. Mr. Ridley was educated at Westminster School
and Christ Church College, Oxford ; he took his degree of B. A., at his
graduation, in 1828. He succeeded as the third baronet of the Ridley
family, at the death of his father, on July 15, 1836. Such an affection ex-
isted between the father and son, that when the latter was suddenly called
upon to assume the family title and honors, he was plunged into such pro-
found sorrow that he declined, for a time, to discharge any but the most
pressing public duties. Upon the death of his father he was immediately
nominated for the seat which had been occupied by his father, grand-
father, and great-grandfather; but when he was called upon to present an
address of acceptance, he disappointed his friends by the following: —

"Gentlemen : — In consequence of the application of many kind friends
to know my views as to tendering my services as your representative, I
am bound not to delay addressing you, incompetent as I feel to enter upon
the painful subject. In declining to offer myself to your notice, believe
me, that no one can possibly entertain a higher idea of the honor of the
situation than I do ; and, at a happier moment, with a mind not weighed
down with affliction, I assure you it would have been my pride to offer
myself as a successor to one who felt that, while holding the situation of
your representative, he had the most honorable of all trusts committed to
his charge."

And so the family seat was lost to Blagdon, and the baronet retired for
a time from political life, devoting himself to the cultivation of his pater-
nal acres and extensive mining property, and to the oversight of the bank-
ing firm of Sir Matthew-White Ridley & Co., of which he was head. In
1839 the banking establishment ceased to have a separate existence, being
incorporated into the Northumberland and Durham District Banking
Company. The duties of the magistracy and of the administration of
County business, which had always secured his attention, soon claimed a
nearer interest, and he rapidly rose to the most eminent places which they
commanded. In 1841 he was found discharging the duties of high sheriff
of Northumberland. For many years previous to 1845, Sir Matthew had
kept a well-appointed pack of hounds, and in 1843 was entertained at a
banquet in the Assembly Rooms, Newcastle, by the members of the North-
umberland Hunt, to testify their esteem and admiration of his conduct as
an M. F. H. In 1845 he disposed of his hounds in London, and soon after
obtained a commission in the Newcastle and Northumberland Yeomanry
Cavalry, now the Northumberland Hussars. For a long time he held the
rank of major in this regiment, and upon the retirement of Mr. Matthew
Bell from the command, in 1867, he was promoted to the chief position in
the corps. In 1852 he was created a deputy lieutenant of the County of
Northumberland. In 1859 he was elected to a seat in parliament, and
for seven sessions was continued. He was elected again in 1865, and con-
tinued a faithful representative till 1868, when he resolved to retire, and
early in August of that year presented his farewell address to the electors,
intimating that "illness of a grave character was the cause which pre-
vented him from appealing once more for their suffrages." Being once
more outside the troubled vortex of political life, when his health was re-


gained he occupied himself principally with those avocations connected
with agriculture, in which lie was so well versed. Under bis management
the fine pasture-lands at Blagdon were greatly improved, and the high-
bred cattle raised there were sold at the highest prices. He also made a
complete reform in the style of his laborers' cottages in the neighborhood,
providing dwellings in which his help might dwell in health and comfort.
He made like improvements at his colliery property at Blyth and Cow-
pen. For many years Sir Matthew held the office of president of the
Newcastle Farmers' Club, and until overtaken by ill health, he rarely
missed an opportunity of being present at the deliberations of that useful
body. He w r as also a freeman of Newcastle, being governor of the Com-
pany of Merchant Adventurers, — a position which has been almost hered-
itary in the family. He was also for several years chairman of the Blyth
Harbour Dock Company, and did much to improve the trade of the town,
port, and district. In parliament Sir Matthew did not distinguish himself
as a speaker, — oratory was not his forte, — but he was a hard worker, and
devoted much time to the interests of his constituents. His knowledge
of agriculture rendered his services especially invaluable in all matters re-
lating to that interest. He was a member of the Royal Agricultural So-
ciety of England, and the Northumberland Agricultural Society received
the benefit of his experience and advice. Sir Matthew died at Blagdon
Hall, near Morpeth, on Sept. 27, 1877. He had attended a meeting of the
Visiting Justices, of which he was a member, at the Northumberland
County Lunatic Asylum, on the 5th, and after the meeting inspected some
buildings then in process of erection, and fell from a ladder to the ground.
He was immediately taken to Blagdon, in company with his physician.
Although he received some contusions to the hip and thigh, with a few
bruises, he seemed to rapidly recover from the injuries, ami was able to
be in the sitting-room most of the day on w T hich, after a relapse, he sud-
denly died of heart-disease.

On Saturdav following: his death the remains of the deceased baronet
were interred in the family-vault in Stannington church-yard, the coffin
being placed alongside that of Lady Ridley. There was a large attend-
ance at the funeral, the deceased gentleman's urbanity of manner and
kind-heartedness having made him a great favorite with his tenantry and
others on the estates. The coffin was of polished oak, with silver mount-
ings, and a plate bearing the inscription, — "Sir Matthew- White Ridley,
Bart.; died 25th September, aged 70 years." Beautiful wreaths were
placed on the coffin. The funeral procession started from Blagdon Hall
at eleven o'clock, and on arriving at the church the burial-service, copies
of which had been printed and given to the mourners, was impressively
read by the Rev. Ambrose Jones, vicar of Stannington. At the conclu-
sion of the service the "Dead March in Saul" was played on the organ,
after which the services at the grave were gone through in the presence
of a large concourse of people, who had traveled long distances to pay
their last respects to the memory of the departed baronet. Sir Matthew
was succeeded by his eldest son, the present Sir Matthew-White Ridlev,
Bart., M. P.

Nicholas-Henry Ridley 2 ' 2 (15), second son of Matthew 21 C3), proba-
bly died young.

Gen. Charles- William Ridley (3), third son of Matthew- 1 (3),was
born in 1812; married, Ayril 17, 1845, to the Hon. Henrietta-Araminta-
Monck Browne, daughter of Dominick, the late Lord Oranmore (she died


March 1, 1869), and by her had, with other issue, two sons and three daugh-
ters, of whom hereafter. He entered the army as ensign and second
lieutenant of the Grenadier Guards in 1828, and was promoted to major-
general in 1859. On the army embarking for active service in the East,
he accompanied his regiment to Turkey. He commanded the Grenadier
Guards, and afterwards a brigade, at the siege of Sebastopol in 1854. In
recognition of his military services while in the Eastern army, he was
nominated Companion of the Bath ; he was also made an officer of the
"Legion of Hanover"; received both the Scandinavian and Turkish
medals, and the third class order of Medjide. In 1865 he was made
colonel of the Fifty-third Kegiment of Foot. He died Feb. 1, 1867, aged
55 years.

Rev. Richard-Henry Ridley 22 (10), fourth son of Matthew 21 (3), was
born June 12, 1815; married April 23, 1846, Georgiana-Augusta-Fred-
rica, daughter of Gen. Sir Thomas Bradford, g. c. b., g. c. h., and by her,
who died Jan. 9, 1861, had issue a numerous family (there were five
daughters), of whom hereafter. He was graduated at University Col-
lege, Oxford, Nov. 9, 1837, and is now (1878) vicar of St. Cuthbert's,
Durham, — his residence.

Sir William-John Ridley 22 (9), k. cm. g., fifth son of Matthew 21 (3),
was born in 1817, and became an officer in the Scotch Fusileers in 1835.
He entered the army when about twenty years of age, and passed through
the several degrees of promotion from ensign to full major-general. He
saw service in the East contemporary with his brother before mentioned.
He died unmarried Nov. 27, 1868, aged 51 years. He commanded the
First Brigade at Malta, 1863-8 ; served in the Crimea, including the battles
of Alma (where his horse was shot under him), Balaklava, and Inkerman.
He was at the siege of Sebastopol.

Hon. George Ridley 22 (3), sixth son of Matthew 21 (3), was born in
1818; educated at Christ Church, Oxford; B. A., May 2, 1844; called to
the bar at the Middle Temple, in 1845, and sat as Member of Parliament
for Newcastle-on-Tyne from 1855-60. He is a copyhold inclosure and
tithe commissioner. Residence, 2 Charles Street, Berkeley Square, Lon-
don, W.

Sarah Ridley 22 (1), eldest daughter of Matthew 21 (3), was married
April 11, 1837, to John Cookson, of Meldon Park, Northumberland, and
died July 22, 1864.

Laura Ridley 22 (1), second daughter of Matthew 21 (3), was married,
May 2, 1835, to Charles-Atkins, son of Sir C. Monk, Bart., who died Dec.
1, 1856, having had issue a son who became seventh baronet.

Louisa Ridley 22 (1), third daughter of Matthew 21 (3), was married,
July 8, 1831, to Martin-Tucker Smith, Esq., since Member of Parliament
for Wycombe, son of Mr. John Smith, Member of Parliament for Mid-
hurst and Chichester. He died at St. Leonards-on-Sea, in 1878, aged 70.

Marianne Ridley 22 (1), fourth daughter of Matthew 21 (3), married,
Jan. 5, 1839, the Rev. Andrew Corbett, rector of South Wallingham,
County Lincoln, who died in 1864. Residence, 22 Kensington Gate,
London, W.

Janetta-Maria Ridley 22 (1), fifth daughter of Matthew 21 (3), was mar-
ried Feb. 29, 1843, to Isaac T. Cookson, Esq., of Swinburne Castle, North-
umberland, and died in 1867.

Hon. William-Nicholas Ridley 22 (10), only son of Nicholas 21 (14),


born July 24, 1814(?), died unmarried, March 23, 1846. He was a Mem-
ber of Parliament for Richmond.

Henrietta-Susanna Ridley'" (2), eldest daughter of Nicholas 21 (14),
born June 5, 1809; was married Aug. 12, 1828, to Brampton Gordon, son
of Theophilu8-Thornhaugh Gurdon, Esq., of Letton, in Norfolk, and had
issue two children.* She died April 28, 1881.

Maria-Charlotte Ridley" (1), second daughter of Nicholas 21 (14),
born June 3, 1810; was married July 13, 1830, to Sir George-Edmund
Nugent, Bart., of Waddesdon, County Berks, late captain and lieutenant-
colonel of Grenadier Guards, and had issue two sons and three daughters.
She died Aug. 29, 1883. (See note.)

Emily-Frances Ridley 2 * (1), third daughter of Nicholas 21 (14), born
March 8, 1812; was married April 11, 1833, to John-Moyer Heathcote,
Esq., of Connington Castle, Stilton, and has issue. She died Oct. 13,
1849. Mr. Heathcote, who was educated at Eton, and St. John's College,
Cambridge, is a magistrate for Hants, of which he has been high sheriff,
and lord of the manor and patron of Connington. Has sat in parliament.

Louisa-Harriet Ridley' 22 (2), fourth daughter of Nicholas 21 (14), born
Nov. 7, 1821 ; was married Sept. 29, 1849, to Harvie-Morton Farquhar,
and was drowned while bathing, Aug. 22, 1870. She had five children,
two sons and three daughters. (See note.) She resided at Bracklev
House, Northamptonshire, Eng.

Rev. William-Henry Ridley 22 (11), eldest son of Henry 21 (3), was
born April 2, 1816; married Aug. 25, 1844, to Sophia-Albertine, second
daughter of the Rt. Rev. Charles-Richard Sumner, d. d., lord bishop of
Winchester, and has issue one son and three daughters, of whom hereafter.
He was a student of Christ Church, Oxford, and obtained first class in
classics; received his degree of B. A., Jan. 24, 1838, and M. A., Nov. 19,
1840. He is rector of Hambleden and Henly-on-Thames, and honorary
canon of Winchester. He studied divinity with the Rev. William Hav-
ergal, of Leamington, Eng., the celebrated hymn-composer. Mr. Rid-
ley is author of "Bible Readings for Family Prayers," ''Ridley on the
Holy Communion," and " Sermons in Plain Language." This gentleman's
photograph is in the author's collection.

Rev. Nicholas-James Ridley 22 (16), second son of Henry 21 (3), was
born Jan. 7, 1821 ; married Sept. 9, 1845, Frances, daughter of John
Touchet, Esq., of Broomhouse, Lancashire, and has issue seven sons and
three daughters, of whom hereafter. He was educated at Christ Church,
Oxford, and received M. A. and second class in classics; studied divinity
with the Rev. William Havergal, the well-known hymn- writer ; was vicar
of Woolton Hill, East Woodhay, from 1849 to 1853; in 1880 was at
Hollington House, Hampshire. His degree of B. A. in 1841, and M. A.
in 1845. His photograph is in the author's collection.

* The grandchildren of Nicholas-William Ridley (Lord Colborne), as far as
known, are as follows : His daughter, Henrietta-Susanna Gurdon. had Robert -
Thornhaugh, and Charlotte. Maria-Charlotte Nugent had George-Grenville, born
June 19, 1837, died March 16, 1838; Edmund-Charles, born March 12, 1839, married
April 30, 18C3, Evelyn-Henrietta, youngest daughter of Lieut.-Gen. E. F. Gascoine,
and has issue. Emily-Frances Heathcote had a sou John-Mover Heathcote, born
1834, married in 1859 Louisa-Cecilia, daughter of Norman Macleod, of Macleod, be-
sides other issue. Louisa-Harriet Farquhar had Alfred, born in 1852, Ernest, born
in 1853, Florence, Isabella, and Helen.


Rev. Oliver-Matthew Ridley 22 (1), third son of Henry 21 (3), was
born May 12, 1824; married, firstly, Aug. 3, 1852, Louisa-Pole (who died
Jan. 5, 1858), daughter of William Stuart, Esq., of Aldenham Abbey,
Herts, by whom he had three sons and two daughtei-s; secondly, April 17,
1860, Fanny, only surviving daughter of Col. Henry-Edward Keane, Bart.,
and by her has issue three sons and three daughters, of whom hereafter.
He was educated at Oxford, and read divinity with the Rev. William Hav-
ergal. Was formerly rector of West Harling; now (1882) rector of
Bishopstone, Hereford. His photograph is in the collection of the author
of this book.

Mary Ridley" (10), eldest daughter of Henry 21 (3), was married to
the Rev. William-Musseyre-Kirkwall Bradford, rector of West Meon,
Hants, who died April 10, 1872, leaving issue four sons and four daughters.

Frances-Henrietta Ridley 22 (3), second daughter of Henry 21 (3), now
living (1880), unmarried.

Llltltia-Matilda Ridley 22 (1), third daughter of Henry 21 (3), died May
30, 1831, aged 17 years.

Col. John-Ellis Ridley 22 (15), eldest son of Henry 21 (4) and his wife,
Elizabeth Ellis, was born Dec. 10, 1816; married, April 25, 1848, Anna-
Maria, daughter and only child of the late Rev. John-Michael Brooke, of
Longfield, County of Cavan, rector of Athenage, County Cork, and has
issue two sons and two daughters, of whom hereafter. Formerly of the
Second Dragoon Guards, "Queen's Bays," and lieutenant-colonel Second
Surrey Militia.

Allglista-Coiistance Ridley 22 (1), a daughter of Henry 21 (4). Un-

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