REYNOLDS, Francis (d.1773), of Strangeways, Manchester, Lancs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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24 Apr. 1745 - 12 Aug. 1773

Family and Education

o.s. of Thomas Reynolds of South Mimms, Mdx. and Strangeways, director of South Sea Co. 1715-22, by his w. Mary. m. 17 Jan. 1729, Elizabeth, da. of Matthew Ducie Moreton, 1st Baron Ducie, wid. of Richard Symms of Blackheath, 2s. 1da. suc. fa. 1741.

Offices Held

Surveyor of woods in the north of the duchy of Lancaster 1740-61; provost marshal of Barbados I741-61; clerk of the Crown to duchy of Lancaster 1741-61.


Inheriting Strangeways in 1711, Reynold’s father was granted the office of provost marshal of Barbados in 1715 with reversion to his son, who after contesting Preston unsuccessfully in 1741 was returned for Lancaster in 1745, continuing to sit for it till his death. He voted with the Administration on the Hanoverians, 11 Apr. 1746, writing to Newcastle 25 June: ‘I have taken no step but under your Grace’s favour and protection’.1 The 2nd Lord Egmont wrote of him c.1749-50: ‘This man is thoroughly attached to the Pelhams and should be routed by all means’.

He died 12 Aug. 1773.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Add. 32707, f. 350.