EDEN, John (c.1678-1728), of West Auckland, co. Dur.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1713 - 1727

Family and Education

b. c.1678, 1st s. of Sir Robert Eden, 1st Bt., M.P. of West Auckland by Margaret, da. and h. of John Lambton of Durham. educ. Queen’s, Oxf. 1695. m. 31 Jan. 1715, Catherine, da. of Mark Shafto of Whitworth, co. Dur., sis. of Robert and John Shafto, 1s. suc. fa. as 2nd Bt. May 1720.

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Eden and his father represented Durham county from 1702 to 1727. Succeeding his father as a Tory in 1713, he voted against the Government in every recorded division of the 1715 Parliament. His name was sent to the Pretender in 1721 as a probable supporter in the event of a rising.1 He owed his re-election in 1722 to a split among the Whigs,2 who sank their differences in 1727, when he either withdrew or did not stand. He died 2 May 1728.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. Stuart mss 65/16.
  • 2. E. Hughes, N. Country Life in 18th Cent. 280 n. 1.