Joseph Neeld (1784-1856)
The son of Joseph Neeld (1754-1828), a solicitor, and Mary Bond, dau. of John Bond and Susannah Rundle.
Heir of his great-uncle Philip Rundell, famous and wealthy jeweller. Bought the Manor of Grittleton, near Chippenham, in Wiltshire.
Married Lady Caroline Ashley Cooper, eldest daughter of the 6th Earl of Shaftesbury and sister of the 7th Earl, but separated and had no issue.
Left an illegitimate daughter Anne Maria.
MP for Chippenham (1830-1856), he was an amateur botanist, a philanthropist and had a good library and art collection.
Referred as a bookplate related with Portugal, although we have failed to find any connection.
Arms: per pale argent and azure a lion passant between three greyhound’s heads erased counterchanged.
Crest: on a mound vert a wolf’s head erased sable between two palm branches erect proper.
Motto: Nomen extendere factis
Sources: Engraved ex libris of Joseph Neeld on front pastedown see, in SCULTORI, Adamo. Michael Angelus Bonarotus pinxit. Adam Sculptor incidit. Rome, 1540 / 1550;
The Neeld Saga, from notes compiled by George W. Ingrams.