Manuscripts and Special Collections

Biography of Joseph Mellish (c.1717-1790)

Joseph was the third son of Joseph Mellish of Blyth Hall and his wife Dorothy Gore of London. He joined the Gore family mercantile and banking business in Bishopgate Street, London, under John Gore (d 1765), who later became his father-in-law.

In 1759 Mellish worked with Samuel Touche and Thomas Walpole to obtain government contracts to supply money to Germany. He was a member of the Russia Company and had business interests in Portugal. The banking business was inherited by his nephew William Mellish(c.1764-1838).

The Gore family were traditionally associated with Great Grimsby, Lincolnshire. Mellish succeeded John Gore as M.P. for Great Grimsby in 1761 and was re-elected unopposed in 1768 and 1774. He retired from politics in 1780.

He purchased John Gore's Bush Hill estate in Middlesex following his father-in-law's death in 1765.


He married his cousin Catherine Gore (d 1794), daughter of John Gore of Bush Hill, Edmonton, Middlesex, in 1751. They had no children.

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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