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133.EDWARD17 MUCKLESTON (CHARLES BOWDLER16, JOHN15, JOHN14, EDWARD13, EDWARD12, ROWLAND11, EDWARD10, JOHN9, EDWARD8, HUGH7, THOMAS6, WILLIAM5, THOMAS4, WILLIAM3, ROGER2DE MUCCLESTON, HOESKYN1) was born 28 May 1790 in (bap) St. Julian's, Shrewsbury., and died 21 Jun 1851 in Shrewsbury.He married ELIZABETH JEFFREYS 18 Sep 1818 in St. Chad's, Shrewsbury., daughter of THOMAS JEFFREYS.She was born Abt. 1786, and died 28 Jun 1873 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.


Edward was the second son of Charles Bowdler Muckleston a Grocer of Shrewsbury. In 1806 Charles Bowdler Muckleston died at the early age of 39 and as a result his eldest son Charles became head of the household and inherited the greater part of the family estate. Edward as the second son was left a house in Wyle Cop Shrewsbury and land in Montgomery.

On the 14th December 1808 at the age of 18, Edward was appointed to the 25th Regiment of Foot (known as the Kings Own Borderers) as an Ensign. An Ensign was the lowest commissioned rank in the British Army and as well as having to buy the commission, letters of recommendation from influential persons would have been produced along with Edwards application to join the regiment. He would also have given his reasons for selecting this particular regiment.

In January 1809 the monthly return of the 2nd Battalion of the 25th showed Edward Muckleston as absent without leave. The reason given was that he had not joined since his appointment and a note was made that he had been "wrote to, to join".

By 1st February, Edward had joined the Battalion quartered at Glasgow in Scotland. With the Napoleonic wars in full swing Edwards first duty was to recruit men for the Regiment and in May he was to be found recruiting at Preston Lancashire where he remained until August. Moving then to Newcastle under Lyme in Staffordshire where he continued to recruit until March 1810.

At the end of his term recruiting Edward was given orders to join the 1st Battalion of the 25th Regiment that was based at St. Christopher in the West Indies. He war between the French and the British was also taking place in the Caribbean, with the strategic island of Guadeloupe being captured from the French by the British in February 1810. To continue the offensive more troops were required from the mainland. A long sea journey ensued with Edward arriving at the Battalion Headquarters in February 1811.

Edward remained in the West Indies until November 1811 serving at St. Christopher and the nearby island of St. Eustatius. During his time in the West Indies he was promoted to Lieutenant and from the letters surrounding his promotion we get just a hint of Edwards character.

As with all commissions a Lieutenancy would have to be purchased and the following letters were found at the Public Record Office relating to Edwards new commission:-

Paddington Barracks. 26th March 1811


I beg you will be pleased to be able to obtain fro me His Majesty's consent to the sale of my commission of Ensigncy and Lieutenancy. In case His Majesty shall be graciously pleased to permit the same I do declare and certify upon the word and honour of an officer and a gentleman that I have not demanded, or accepted, neither will I demand or accept directly or indirectly, at any time or in any manner whatever, more than the sum of £550 being the price limited and fixed by His Majesty's regulators as the full value of the said commission.

I have the honour to be Sir, your most obedient humble servant.

Alex Browne Baxter. Lieut 25th Foot.

Park Place. St James. 25th April 1811

We beg leave to transmit herewith the memorial of Lieut. Baxter of the 25th Regiment for permission to retire from the service selling his commission which we are to request you will be pleased to lay before the Commander in Chief.

We have the honour to be Sir Your Obed Hble Servant.

Nash' V Geo Collyer.

Colonel Porrens

Park Place. St. James. 17th June 1811.


We beg leave to transmit to you the annexed copy of a letter from Ensign Muckleston of the 25th Foot complaining of having been passed over in promotion by purchase - his money being ready for the step. In our letter to you dated 22nd February we stated that the purchase money was ready for Mr Muckleston - yours in reply informed us that he had declined to purchase. We beg leave to add that the purchase money is now ready for that officers promotion vice Baxter which is submitted for his Royal Highness the Commander in Chiefs consideration.

We have the honour to be Sir Your Obed Hble Servant

Nash v Geo Collyer.

Colonel Porrens

St Kitts. May 3rd 1811.


Finding by the Gazette of 20th March that Ensign Jas Blagg had procured Mr Perotts Lieutenancy. I beg leave to remind you of a letter I received some time since from you in answer to one which I sent from Preston wherein you stated that all you required was to let you know when the money was to have been had in the event of a Lieutenancy being for sale in the 25th Regiment as the money would have been lodged in your hand immediately, now in the present case. I consider myself ill used for if you applied when you were informed by my letter to you I am certain the money could have been had without trouble and if you did not apply it has been the means of my losing the Lieutenancy through your neglect and as such I shall report it to the Colonel of the Regiment, General Fitzroy. I beg leave to obtain a reply on the subject in course of a post as I may know the reason why I have been used in such a manner.

I have the honour to be Gentm.

Edward Muckleston, Ensign 25th Foot.

[On the back of the above letter is written]

Major Collyer. Park Place. July 1811

On the 24th December 1809 the return from the 2nd Battalion of the 25th Regiment particularly states Ensign Muckleston declined to purchase from that time his name has been omitted in the returns from the 2nd Battalion and no return has been returned from the 1st Battalion, nothing was known of the intention of Ensign Muckleston to purchase until after the Colonel in Chief had approved of Ensign Blagg succeeding to a Lieutenancy by purchase and then the agents stated that he would purchase which was not agreed to as his name had not been given in at the proper time.

There is a Lieutenancy now for sale in the 25th and Ensign Parker has been written to for his money but it is not lodged, Ensign Muckleston is senior to Parker - should he succeed to the vacancy.

Ensign Hevleden who is the senior Ensign in the Regiment was formerly stated by the agents as a purchaser but afterwards sent in his resignation and has since been allowed to withdraw it and it is not known whether he is now inclined to purchase.

Ensign M to be recommended for the post of the Lieutcy.

A mix up in the paperwork? Or an indecisive Edward Muckleston? He was certainly upset at being "ill used".

Edwards older brother Charles had died aged 22 in July 1810 at which time Edward was on route for the West Indies. As requested in their fathers will the bulk of the family estates had passed to Edward. There is a strong probability that in 1809 when Edward allegedly declined to purchase a commission, that he sis not have the money, however, on the death of his brother he was obviously in a far better position financially.

Edward was first shown as a Lieutenant in the Monthly Returns of the 1st Battalion in November 1811 at which time he was also ordered to rejoin the 2nd Battalion again in Glasgow.

Edward arrived back in Glasgow in March 1812 slightly quicker than on his outward journey and once again he was sent to recruit, this time at Wolverhampton where he stayed from April 1812 to April 1813.

During this period Wellington was having success after success against the French Army in Spain and the French had turned their attention to Russia. They did not count on the freezing winters and the war weary French troops were abandoning the army in droves. It was now time to end the war and a large number of battalions were ordered into Europe, amongst these was the 25th Foot.

On the 24th May Edward was with his regiment based at Ipswich and on the 25th they marched to Woodbridge where a depot was set up. In July 1813 the majority of the 2nd Battalion of the Regiment was on board the Baring transport ship. Edward however, was one of six officers remaining at the Woodbridge Depot. The regiment fought at such places as Stralsund, Barth, Rostock, Klundent, Roosenddal, Worouhout, Stabrack, Schield and Antwerp, finally joining Wellington at Brussels. Meanwhile, Edward and his fellow officers moved the depot to Berwick on Tweed. The Regiments casualties in Europe averaged two dead and one deserter a month. From time to time soldiers and officers from the depot would join their regiment in Europe.

On 18th June on of the bloodiest battles of the Napoleonic Wars took place - "The Battle of Waterloo" where very heavy losses were sustained as a result Edward was ordered to join the regiment in Brussels. Edward duly arrived in Brussels on the 24th July 1815, 9 days after Napoleon had surrendered!

He remained in Brussels with the 2nd Battalion until December 1815 when they set sail for Ireland to disband, arriving in Cork in early February 1816. Edward was granted leave to attend to "private affairs" from 18th February to 24th July. On the 25th July Edward rejoined his Regiment (now consisting of only one Battalion) which was by then in Southampton.

The reason for this leave is not clear, no close family member is known to have died at this time.

Edward was shown as doing duty with the Regiment as it moved around various barracks, Winchester (August to October 1816), Bristol (November and December 1816), Weedon (February to July 1817). In the Monthly Returns for the Regiment in August 1817 under "Movements", Lieutenant Muckleston was transferred to "half Pay" and returned home to his family.

One of Edwards daughter produced a family tree (which can be seen at the Shropshire Record Office) and on it she made the notation that her father had been encouraged to leave the army by his "Millionaire" cousin Joseph Muckleston who promised to make him one of his heirs. [Joseph left Edward only a small legacy].

Edward at 27 returned to civilian life in Shrewsbury maintaining the title of Lieutenant (although on occasions he was referred to as "Captain" Muckleston) and continued to draw half pay from the army, which was his right until he sold his commission.

He married Elizabeth the only daughter of Thomas Jeffreys of Salop and sister and sole heir to Thomas Jeffreys of Liverpool on the 18th September 1818. Together they produced three children a boy and two girls and Edward, now a gentleman and head of this particular branch of the family became a Magistrate. He was Justice of the Peace from February 1st 1840 to 1849.

Occupation-Gentleman.Officer in the 25th Regiment of Foot.

His army records are stored in WO25/76 - 8th Sep 1818 (assume discharge date.)

His wife Elizabeth was the only daughter of Thomas Jeffreys (2346) of Willcott, Shropshire, and sister and sole heir of Thomas Jeffreys (2349) of Liverpool.

Sworn in as Burgess of Shrewsbury 1812.

? Justice of the Peace from February 1st 1840 to 1849.

In History Gazzetter & Directory of Shropshire 1841 Shrewsbury

Muckleston, Captain Edward, Quarry Place.




Source:Public Record OfficeProb 6/227.


October 1851

On the seventh day Admon of the Goods Chattels and Credits of Edward Muckleston late of Shrewsbury in the county of Salop Esquire deceased was granted to Elizabeth Muckleston Widow the Relict having been first sworn by commission duly to administer.


Genealogical Information

Edward Muckleston[Ref 0344]

Occupation:Gentleman and Officer in the 25th Regiment [foot]

Baptised:28th May 1790 St Julians Shrewsbury Salop

Married:Elizabeth Jeffries 18th Sep 1818 St Chad Shrews.

Died:21st June 1851 Shrewsbury.

Parents:Charles Bowdler Muckleston and Mary.

Children:Edward, Elizabeth, Mary Louise.

Edwards Army Service

He was with the 25th regiment

1st Battalion

Jan 1808 embarked Barbados

May 1808 St Christopher

Oct 1808 St Kitts

Jan 1809- 1811 West Indies

1812 St Christopher

1813 - 1817 Leeward Islands (ordered home)

Jul 31 1817 - Disembarked Deptford

Jan 1818 At Chatham

25 May 1818 at Hilsea

17 Dec 1818 Embarked for Ireland

2nd Batalion

Jan 1808 At Berwick

Jul 1808 - Jan 1810 At Dundee

May 1810 At Glasgow

Oct 1810 - Jan 1811 At Haddington

June 1811 - At Musselburgh

Jul 1811 - Jan 1812 At Glasgow

May 1812 - Jan 1813 At Berwick

21 Apr 1813 Disembark Harwich Ipswich

30 Jun 1813 Embark Harwich for Continent

Jan 1814 Holland

Jan 1815 Flanders

In Monthly return of His Majesties 2nd Battalion 25th. Quartered at Dundee Jan 1809

Officers absent without leave : Ensign Edward Muckleston since 14 December 1808. Reason: not joined since appointed but has been written to to join

1st feb 1809 Officers present include Edward Muckleston Ensign quartered at Dundee

25 May 1809 he was stationed at Preston recruiting

25 Aug 1909 he was stationed at Newcastle - u -Lyme recruiting

Mar 1810 he should be with the 1st Battalion based at St Christopher and the records show Officers absent without leave 1 captain, 1 lieutenant, 1 ensign, 5 sergeants and 92 privates they included Edward Muckleston - all were expected from the 2nd Battalion

25 Feb 1811 Edward is shown as doing duty with the first battalion

25 Jun 1811 at St Eustatia or St Eustatius

25 Sep 1811 at St Christopher

25 Nov 1811 still at St Christopher but now a lieutenant

January 1812 On 2nd Battalion list but he is shown as doing suty with the 1st Battalion.

February 1812 2nd Battalion was in Glasgow and he was on the road to join them from the 1st Battalion.

March 1812 shown in list of officers present at the 2nd Battalion headquarters in Glasgow.

April to October 1812 recruiting at Wolverhampton.

Nov 1812 to March 1813 at headquarters in Berwick on Tweed.

April 1813 to 24th May 1813 in Ipswich

25th May 1813 Marched to Woodbridge, the regiment were at sea on board the Baring Transport on 25th July 1813 but Edward remained at Woodbridge

In September 1813 with the regiment still overseas Edward had returned to the depot at Berwick on Tweed.

The regiment were having a rough time of it overseas with many killed in such places as Roosenddal, Worouhout, Stabrack, Schield, Antwerp and Brussells.

In June 1815 Edward joined the regiment at Antwerp, losses were still suffering heavy losses in December 1815 the regiment were at sea arriving in Cork in February 1816.

Edward was shown as absent with leave to deal with private affairs from 18 Feb 1816 to 24 April 1816. A note in the regimental logs states that in April 1816 his leave was extended to 24th July.

July 1816 he returned to join the regiment at Southampton.

August 1816 with regiment at Winchester

Nov 1816 with regiment at Bristol

Jan 1817 at Weedon depot / barracks

Aug 1817 Lieutenant Edward Muckleston, Acting paymaster to the Depot to Half Pay

Edward Muckleston - An Officer and a Gentleman - 1790 - 1851

Edward was the second son of Charles Bowdler Muckleston a Grocer of Shrewsbury. In 1806 his father died at the early age of 39. His older brother Charles inherited the bulk of his fathers estate. Edward only 16 years old was left a house in Wyle Cop Shrewsbury and land in Montgomery. On the 14th december 1808 at the age of 18 Edward was appointed to the 25th Regiment of Foot as an Ensign. An Ensign was the lowest commissioned rank in the army and letters of recommendation from influential persons and a letter of application giving his reasons for wanting to join this particular regiment would have been required.

In January 1809 the monthly return of the 25th Regiment showed edward Muckleston as absent without leave. He had not joined the regiment since appointment but had been written to, to join.

By the 1st Feburary of that year Edward had joined the regiment which was quartered at glasgow in Scotland. Between May and August he could be found recruiting at Preston, moving to continue his recruiting duties in Newcastle-u-Lyme, where he remained ntil March 1810. the regiment was looking to recruit for a force to take on Napolean.

In March 1810 edward was given orders to join the 1st Battalion which was stationed at St Christopher in the West Indies. A long sea journey ensued with Edward finally reaching his destination in February 1810. In 1810 the island of Guadeloupe had been captured from the French by the British fleet and the Carribbean was still a hot bed of activity.

There is only one non-religious stained glass window in St Chads Church. It is large and ornate, in memory of Edward Muckleston esq. Of Quarry Place Shrewsbury. Born May 28th 1790 and died June 21st 1851. It features the Muckleston coat of arms.


Voting qualificationswere complicated but in general depended on owning property.

N4382Edward MucklestonShrewsbury

Freehold House, St Chad, Milk Street, Sun Tavern.

Salop Fire Office: Index to Insurers

Policy 10711 - 7th July 1813

Muckleston, Edward Lieutenant of 25th Regiment of Foot. Wyle Cop Shrewsbury.

Dwelling House, Brewhouse and Warehouse.

1841 census reads

Quarry Place, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Edward Muckleston, Married, Head, 50, Independant means, of this county

Elizabeth Muckleston, married, wife, 50, of this county

Elizabeth Muckleston, unmarried, daughter, 20, of this county

Louisa Muckleston, unmarried, daughter, 15, of this county

Sarah Fleet, servant, 40, female servant, not of this county

Sarah Carswell, servant, 20, female servant, not of this county

1851 census reads


2 Quarry Place, Shrewsbury

Edward MucklestonMarrHead69 Magistrate, Captain in Army on Half Pay Shrewsbury

Elizabeth Muckleston MarrWife61Shrewsbury

Mary Louisa MucklestonUnmarried Dau24Shrewsbury

George NewnesServant22Gentlemans ServantBattlefield Salop

Ellen WallServant20Housemaid

Mary EvansServant34CookPontesbury


Burial: 26 Jun 1851, St Chads Shrewsbury

Occupation: Gent and Officer of 25th Regiment of Foot


1851 census reads


2 Quarry Place, Shrewsbury

Edward MucklestonMarrHead69 Magistrate, Captain in Army on Half Pay Shrewsbury

Elizabeth Muckleston MarrWife61Shrewsbury

Mary Louisa MucklestonUnmarried Dau24Shrewsbury

George NewnesServant22Gentlemans ServantBattlefield Salop

Ellen WallServant20Housemaid

Mary EvansServant34CookPontesbury

1861 census reads


Ford Village, Ford Shropshire

William LyonMarriedHead46 Landed ProprietorWeston Cheshire

Elizabeth LyonMarriedWife40Shrewsbury Salop

Ann Marie LyonUnmarried Daughter14 ScholarLlanyblodwell, Salop

May Julia LyonUnmarried Daughter12 ScholarLlanyblodwell, Salop

Elizabeth Muckleston WidowMth in Law74 Officers WidowShrewsbury Salop

Mary Louisa Muckleston UnmarriedSister in Law35Bicton Salop

Mary Francis Fletcher Unmarried Governess24 GovernessDerby Derbyshire

Ann MorrisWidowServant45 CookBucknell Radnorshire

Mary BirchUnmarried Servant24 HousemaidBroomfield Salop

Jane C MorrisUnmarried Servant19 Ladies MaidShrewsbury Salop

John HughesUnmarried Servant21 Footman? Montgomery

1871 census


Cotton Hill, Shrewsbury Salop

Elizabeth Muckleston WidowHead86 Widow of Late LieutenantShrewsbury Salop

Mary L MucklestonUnmarried Daughter45Bicton House Salop

Elizabeth J BrooksUnmarried Servant20 CookHadnell Salop

Mary E AstleyUnmarried Servant16 HousemaidHadnell Salop