Manuscripts and Special Collections

Biography of Joseph Mellish (1675-1733)

Joseph was the eldest son of Samuel Mellish of Doncaster and his second wife Joan. He was baptised in the parish of St Stephen, Coleman Street, London, on 29 June 1675.

He entered Clare College, Cambridge, in 1692, and the Inner Temple the following year.

The Blyth Hall estate in north Nottinghamshire was left to him in the will of his father's cousin Edward Mellish in 1703. He died in June 1733, aged 58, and was buried at Blyth.


He married Dorothy or Dorothea Gore (1683-1738), daughter of Sir William Gore, Lord Mayor of London (d 1708), and had:

  • Elizabeth (died unmarried)
  • Edward (1707-1757)
  • William (1708-1791)
  • Samuel (d Dec. 1710 aged 1 year)
  • Joseph (c.1717-1790). Married his cousin Catherine Gore of London (d 1794)
  • Mary (died an infant)

Archive Collections

  • Papers relating to Joseph Mellish are part of the Mellish Collection held in Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham

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