John Michell


Portrait of John Michell, c. 1755
Pencil drawing by George Townshend

John Michell was a wine merchant of Boston, Lincolnshire. He was in partnership with his brother in law, Richard Fydell, who he succeeded as a Tory M.P. for Boston between 1741 and 1754, and between 1761 and John's death in 1766. He was also Mayor of Boston in 1744 and 1758, and Recorder of the town in 1759. He married firstly Hannah Hall, who died in 1749, and he subsequently married Francis Jermy, the widow of William Jermy of Bayfield, in 1754. He was living at Arlington Street, St George Hanover Square, London at the time of the marriage. They had two sons and a daughter.

As has been detailed elsewhere, John was forced to take Isaac Preston to court in order to claim the long overdue payment of bequests due to his wife Frances from the will of her first husband, William Jermy. The dispute entered the public domain, with the publication in 1758 of Narrative of the Disputes between Isaac Preston, Esq., of Beeston St Laurence, Norfolk and John Michell, Esq., of Boston, Lincoln by John Michell and Mr Preston's Reply to a Libel entitled Narrative of the Disputes between Isaac Preston, Esq., of Beeston St Laurence, Norfolk and John Michell, Esq., of Boston, Lincoln.

He died on 30 November 1766, and was originally buried in the church of St Andrew, Letheringsett, Norfolk. His remains were subsequently removed and reintered at St Cuthbert, Forcett, Yorkshire on 19 April 1792, after Frances his widow, was buried there in 1791.