SAMBROOKE, Sir Jeremy Vanacker, 4th Bt. (?1703-40), of Bush Hill, nr. Enfield, Mdx.
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b. ?1703, o.s. of Sir Samuel Sambrooke, 3rd Bt., M.P., by Elizabeth, da. of Sir Nathan Wright of Caldecote, Warws., ld. keeper of the great seal. educ. Dr. Uvedale’s sch. at Enfield; I. Temple ?1716; Trinity, Camb. 7 July 1720, aged 17. unm. suc. fa. 27 Dec. 1714.
Sir Jeremy Sambrooke, whose father succeeded to the baronetcy under special remainder on the death of his maternal uncle Sir John Vanacker, 2nd Bt., came of a wealthy family of merchants, long connected with the East India Company and Madras. In 1731 he was reputed to be worth £12,000 a year.1 Having acquired considerable estates in the north of Bedfordshire from 1719,2 he stood as a Tory at several by-elections, but was unsuccessful at Queenborough in February 1728, Wendover in March 1728, and Queenborough again, January 1729.3 However, at Bedford in January 1731, with the support of the young 3rd Duke of Bedford and a lavish expenditure of money, he defeated his Whig opponent, Dr. Thomas Browne, who had hoped to gain a majority through the creation of a large number of voting freemen.4 Re-elected unopposed in 1734, he voted against the Administration in all recorded divisions till his death 5 July 1740.