CURZON, Nathaniel (?1676-1758), of Kedleston, Derbys.
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Family and Education
b. ?1676, 2nd s. of Sir Nathaniel Curzon, 2nd Bt.; bro. of John, 3rd Bt., and William Curzon. educ. Trinity, Oxf. 2 July 1692, aged 16; I. Temple, called 1700. m. 19 Feb. 1717, Mary, da. and coh. of Sir Ralph Assheton, 2nd Bt., M.P. Clitheroe, of Middleton and Whalley, nr. Clitheroe, Lancs., 2s. 2da. suc. bro. as 4th Bt. 6 Aug. 1727.
Curzon acquired through his wife an interest in Clitheroe, where he gained control of one seat by purchasing additional burgages jointly with Thomas Lister, who held the other seat. Returned as a Tory for Clitheroe in 1722, he transferred to Derbyshire in 1727, voting regularly against the Administration. As chairman of a committee appointed to enquire into the proceedings of the ecclesiastical courts, he introduced in 1733 a bill for their better regulation in England and Wales, which passed the Commons but not the Lords.1 He was one of the Tories who withdrew on the motion for Walpole’s dismissal in February 1741.
In 1743, according to a report sent by a Jacobite to the King of France, Curzon had a yearly income of £12,000 p.a. and 10,000 miners in his employ.2 He was returned for both Clitheroe and Derbyshire in 1747, choosing to sit for the county on the meeting of Parliament, his eldest son Nathaniel, who had just come of age, replacing him at Clitheroe.
He died 18 Nov. 1758.