DALRYMPLE, Sir Hew, 2nd Bt. (1712-90), of North Berwick, Haddington.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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27 Jan. 1742 - 1747

Family and Education

b. 12 Mar. 1712, 1st s. of Sir Robert Dalrymple of Castleton (who d.v.p., 1st surv. s. of Hon. Sir Hew Dalrymple, 1st Bt., M.P. [S], ld. pres. of court of session), by his 1st w. Johanna, da. and h. of John Hamilton, master of Bargany; bro. of John Dalrymple, afterwards Hamilton, M.P. educ. North Berwick; ?Edinburgh Univ.; Leyden 1731. m. (1) contract 5 July 1743, Margaret (d. 31 Dec. 1748), da. of Peter Sainthill of London, surgeon, 3s.; (2) 17 Aug. 1756, Martha, da. of Charles Edwin of Lincoln’s Inn, s.p. suc. fa. 1734 and gd.-fa. as 2nd Bt. 1 Feb. 1737.

Offices Held

King’s remembrancer in the Exchequer [S] 1768-70.


Sir Hew Dalrymple, unlike his brother, who inherited the Bargany estates, was not a wealthy man. Following a double return in 1741 for Haddington Burghs he was not declared elected till January 1742, though his name is included in a list of Members voting against Walpole’s candidate for the chairman of the elections committee on 16 Dec. 1741. One of the group of Scotch Members known as the Duke of Argyll’s gang, he voted against the Hanoverians in 1742 and 1744, but for them in 1746, when he was classed by the ministry as ‘doubtful’.1 At the 1747 election he moved to the shire under an agreement with Andrew Fletcher, Lord Milton, the Duke of Argyll’s deputy in Scotland.2 Early in 1750 Richard Lyttelton wrote to George Grenville ‘to desire him to endeavour to get Sir Hugh Dalrymple to vote with us’ on a Bedfordshire turnpike bill, so that the Duke of Bedford might ‘see the part the Duke of Argyll takes upon this occasion’.3 His only recorded utterance in Parliament was on 22 Feb. 1751, when he successfully moved that the Prince of Wales’s apothecary might have leave to bleed Alexander Murray, the Jacobite, then a prisoner in Newgate by order of the House.4 He died 24 Nov. 1790.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea


  • 1. John Drummond to Ld. Morton, 2 and 4 Dec. 1742, Morton mss, SRO.
  • 3. Lyttelton to Bedford, 8 Feb. 1750, Bedford mss; Walpole to Mann, 25 Feb. 1750.
  • 4. Walpole, Mems. Geo. II, i. 48.