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Edward (4th Bt of Newcastle) Blackett

Male 1719 - 1804  (84 years)


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  • Name Edward (4th Bt of Newcastle) Blackett 
    Born 9 Apr 1719 
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Feb 1804 
    Person ID I98309  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 17 Nov 2020 

    Father John (of Newby Park( Blackett 
    Family ID F35915  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne Douglas,   b. Abt Nov 1719,   d. 30 Dec 1805  (Age ~ 86 years) 
    Married Sep 1751 
    Children 
     1. Edward Blackett,   b. Abt 1752,   d. 26 Jun 1796  (Age ~ 44 years)
     2. John Blackett,   b. Abt 1753,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Sir William (5th Bt of Newcastle) Blackett,   b. Bef 1804,   d. 27 Oct 1816  (Age ~ 12 years)
     4. Ann Blackett,   b. Bef 1785,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Mary Blackett
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F35914  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He was High Sheriff of Northumberland 1757ľ 1758 and in 1768 became MP for Northumberland until 1774. He was colonel of the Northumberland Militia in 1759

      In 1751 Sir Edward Blackett, 4th Bt., married Anne Douglas, sole heir of Oley Douglas, whose father had acquired the estates of the once powerful Carnaby family. This brought into Blackett ownership Halton Castle, a pele tower close to Hadrian's Wall, north of Corbridge, Northumberland.
      The pele tower was first recorded in 1382, but a manor house was added to it in the 15th century. This latter building was largely demolished in 1696 by John Douglas and replaced by the present house, in part using masonry from a nearby Roman fort.

      Sir Edward spent most of his time at Thorpe Lea in the south of England, but today Halton Castle is the principal residence of Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett. It is a Grade I listed building.

      On his marriage Sir Edward also acquired Aydon Castle, about a mile from Halton Castle. The Castle is a particularly fine example of a 13th century English manor house, but was rarely used as such by the Blackett family, instead being used as a farmhouse until its transfer to the Ministry of Works in 1966. It has since been restored by English Heritage to reveal what remains of the 13th century fortified manor house and the 14th century additions.