Hugh Fortescue (1665–1719)

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Arms of Fortescue: Azure, a bend engrailed argent, plain cotised or

Hugh Fortescue (2 June 1665 – December 1719) of Filleigh and Weare Giffard Hall in Devon and of Ebrington Manor[1] in Gloucestershire, was a British landowner and Whig politician.

Origins[edit]

He was the eldest son and heir of Arthur Fortescue (1622–1693) of Penwarne, Mevagissey, Cornwall and of Filleigh in Devon, by his wife Barbara Elford, a daughter of John Elford of Sheepstor in Devon.Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p. 355</ref>

Career[edit]

He was a Member of Parliament for five pocket boroughs in Cornwall from 1689 to 1713, namely Tregony, Grampound, Truro (did not sit), Mitchell and Lostwithiel. He was not prominent in the House of Commons being jailed for absent on two occasions and as well as a number of non-attendances.[2]

Marriages & progeny[edit]

He married twice:

Arms of Boscawen: Ermine, a rose gules barbed and seeded proper
Arms of Aylmer: Argent, a cross sable between four Cornish choughs proper[4]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ His arms sculpted over front door
  2. ^ "The Ancestry Of Lord Ebrington, One Of The Candidates For St Ives". The Cornishman (60). 4 September 1879. p. 6. 
  3. ^ Vivian, p. 355
  4. ^ Kidd, Charles, Debrett's peerage & Baronetage 2015 Edition, London, 2015, p. P72
  5. ^ See image[1] in listed building text described incorrectly as "Aylmer quartering Fortescue."[2]
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Charles Trevanion
Charles Porter
Member of Parliament for Tregony
1689–1695
With: Charles Boscawen 1689
Robert Harley 1689–1690
Sir John Tremayne 1690–1694
The Earl of Kildare 1694–1695
Succeeded by
Francis Robartes
James Montagu
Preceded by
John Tanner
John Buller
Member of Parliament for Grampound
1695–1698
With: John Tanner
Succeeded by
John Tanner
Sir William Scawen
Preceded by
Francis Robartes
Philip Meadowes
Member of Parliament for Tregony
with Francis Robartes

1701–1702
Succeeded by
Hugh Boscawen
Joseph Sawle
Preceded by
Renatus Bellott
Francis Basset
Member of Parliament for Mitchell
1705–1707
With: Sir William Hodges, Bt
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Parliament of England
Member of Parliament for Mitchell
1707–1710
With: Sir William Hodges, Bt
Succeeded by
Abraham Blackmore
Richard Belasyse
Preceded by
Francis Robartes
Horatio Walpole
Member of Parliament for Lostwithiel
1710–1713
With: John Hill
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Clarges, Bt
Erasmus Lewis