SMITH, Edward (?1704-62), of Edmondthorpe, Leics.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1734 - 15 Feb. 1762

Family and Education

b. ?1704, 1st s. of Rev. Roger Smith of Husbands Bosworth, Leics. by Judith Tomlinson. educ. Melton Mowbray; Rugby 1714; Magdalene, Camb. 18 Apr. 1722, aged 17. m. Margaret, da. of Edward Horsman of Stretton, Rutland, 1s. d.v.p. suc. cos. Sir Edward Smith, 2nd Bt., at Edmondthorpe 1721; and fa. 1736.

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Smith, whose family had settled at Edmondthorpe in the seventeenth century, contested Rutland unsuccessfully as a Tory at a by-election in 1730. Returned unopposed for Leicestershire as a Tory in 1734 and re-elected after a contest in 1741, he voted against the Walpole and Pelham Administrations in all recorded divisions, though withdrawing on the motion for the dismissal of Walpole in February 1741. During the election campaign in 1740 his interest in the county was said to be ‘exceedingly good and his manner of canvassing inimitable’.1 He is described in the 2nd Lord Egmont’s electoral survey, c.1749-50, as ‘a good natured Tory who does not love attendance, but will be with us, if his friends are’. He continued to represent Leicestershire till his death, 15 Feb. 1762.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Braye mss, Leicester Mus. 23 D. 57-3029.