Edward Pellew, 4th Viscount Exmouth

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Edward Fleetwood John Pellew, 4th Viscount Exmouth DL JP (24 June 1861 – 31 October 1899), was a British peer who inherited the title of Viscount Exmouth from his uncle and held the title for 23 years. He was the great-grandson of Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth.


Edward Pellew was born on 24 June 1861 in the county of Devon, England,[1] his parents were the Hon. Fleetwood John Pellew (the fourth son of Pownoll Pellew, 2nd Viscount Exmouth) and Emily Sarah Ferguson. On 3 June 1884, in Arborfield Parish, Berkshire, he married Edith Hargreaves, the daughter of Captain Thomas Hargreaves of the 3rd Royal Lancashire Militia,[2][3] their children were Georgina Cecily Pellew (18 December 1885 – 17 May 1930), who died unmarried; and Edward Addington Hargreaves Pellew, 5th Viscount Exmouth (12 November 1890 – 16 August 1922).[4]

Pellew's service in the Royal Army included that of a lieutenant in the Royal 1st Devon Yeomanry, and he later served as a cavalry captain in the 5th (Hay Tor) Volunteer Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment, he was a Deputy Lieutenant, Justice of the Peace for Devon, and a Doctor of Law.[4][5]

The Viscount and Viscountess spent their honeymoon in the United States, arriving in New York City on 23 June 1884 on board the SS Gallia. At the time the Viscount's cousin, Henry Pellew, later the 6th Viscount Exmouth, and his wife resided there;[6][7][8] the Viscountess was a cousin of the Drayton family of New York and the Coleman family of Pennsylvania. In July 1884 they visited Long Branch, New Jersey as well as Newport, Rhode Island.[9] August saw them back in Long Branch for an extended tour by Mr. George W. Childs, the publisher of the Evening Public Ledger,[10] they returned to England on 1 October 1884 on board the SS Servia.[11]

When the 1st Viscount Exmouth was granted his title he also was awarded an perpetual annual pension of £2,000;[12] these pensions were not seen favourably by the public and in late 1893 Parliament converted the pension to a lump sum payment of £53,890.[13] This pension was well invested, and by the time of the death of the Edward Pellew, 5th Viscount Exmouth the sum had grown to £325,000.[14]

Edward Pellew died in London on 31 October 1899,[5] he was succeeded in his titles by his eight-year-old son Edward Pellew.


  1. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837 - 1915, Vol. 5b, Page 78.
  2. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837 - 1915, Vol. 5b, Page 78.
  3. ^ Baker, Mary Elizabeth (1917). Alexander Brown and His Descendants, 1764 - 1916. East Orange, New Jersey: The Abbey Printshop. p. 35.
  4. ^ a b Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, Volume 1. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Genealogical Books. p. 1366.
  5. ^ a b "Death Claims A Viscount". The New York Times. 2 November 1899. p. 7.
  6. ^ SS Gallia List of Passengers (Manifest), 24 June 1884, Page 2
  7. ^ "Three Fast Steam-Ships". The New York Times. 24 June 1884. p. 8.
  8. ^ "Personal Intelligence". The New York Times. 7 September 1884. p. 2.
  9. ^ "Dinner to Lord and Lady Exmouth". Daily State Gazette. Trenton, New Jersey. 7 July 1884. p. 2.
  10. ^ "Life at Long Branch". Wheeling Sunday Register. Wheeling, West Virginia. 3 August 1884. p. 6.
  11. ^ "City and Suburban News". The New York Times. 2 October 1884. p. 8.
  12. ^ "Political Pensions". The Daily Inter Ocean. Chicago, Illinois. 10 June 1879. p. 4.
  13. ^ "Lord Exmouth's Pension". The Knoxville Journal. Knoxville, Tennessee. 2 December 1893. p. 8.
  14. ^ "Revive Project To Remit British Peers' Death Duty". The Bridgeport Telegram. 17 January 1923. p. 12.

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward Pellew
Viscount Exmouth
Succeeded by
Edward Pellew
Baron Exmouth
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Edward Pellew
(of Treverry)
Succeeded by
Edward Pellew