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Mad Jack Fuller

Mad Jack Fuller's Life

Authors and enthusiasts debate over Jack's sanity, was he mad or just a true Georgian squire with a taste for the unusual?

Mad Jack, born John Fuller, lived with his family in Hampshire as young child, before moving to Sussex and then going to school at Eton College, Berkshire. At the age of 20, Jack was left six estates and Jamaican plantations by his uncle, Rose Fuller MP. He also took control of the Rose Hill Estate, which is now Brightling Park.

Mad Jack made a steer into politics two years later when he was elected to Parliament, as MP for Southampton then Sussex.

Fuller never married, but proposed marriage once to Susannah Thrale, only to be rebuffed. That was his last brush with lasting romance and Jack is not known to have any children.

Authors and enthusiasts debate over Jack's sanity, was he mad or just a true Georgian squire with a taste for the unusual? Besides his eccentricities, Fuller managed to show his philanthropic side with donations to Eastbourne lifeboat, Bodiam Castle and the Royal Institution. He also pursued a fairly successful political career and was appointed High Sheriff for Sussex.

Fuller died in 1834 aged 77 at his home in London. He was buried in the pyramid-shaped tomb he commissioned in Brightling Churchyard. Most of his estate went to his nephew, Peregrine.

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