HARVEY THURSBY, John (?1711-64), of Abington Abbey, Northants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1741 - 1747
1754 - 1761

Family and Education

b. ?1711, 1st surv. s. of Robert Harvey, barrister, of Stockton, Warws. by Mary, da. and h. of Thomas Thursby of London, merchant. educ. Charterhouse; Pembroke, Camb. 9 Nov. 1727, aged 16. m. (settlement 12 June 1731) Honor, da. of Robert Pigott of Chetwynd, Salop, 6s. 5da. suc. fa. 1726 and to Abington estate of his mother’s cos. Richard Thursby 1736, taking add. name of Thursby by Act of Parl. 1736.

Offices Held


John Harvey Thursby’s great-grandfather, Robert Harvey, inherited in 1662 the considerable estates of his maternal uncle Hugh Audley, a moneylender. Of these Stockton was devised to John’s grandfather, another Robert, and Cole Park, in Malmesbury, Wilts., to his brother Hugh.1 After succeeding to Abington in 1736 he stood unsuccessfully for Coventry at a by-election in April 1737. Returned for Wootton Bassett as a Tory in 1741, he voted consistently against the Administration. He did not stand in 1747 but was returned for Stamford on Lord Exeter’s interest in 1754. He died 1 June 1764.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea


  • 1. Baker, Northants. i. 11; VCH Warws. vi. 227; Vis Warws. 1682-3 (Harl. Soc. lxii), 61-62.