BAYNES GARFORTH, John (?1722-1808), of Steeton Hall, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1780 - 1784
1784 - 1790
1790 - 1802

Family and Education

b. ?1722, 2nd s. of William Baynes of Mewith Head by Elizabeth, da. of Edmund Garforth of Steeton Hall, Yorks. m. bef. 1755, Miss Shrimpley of London, 1s. 2da. suc. to estates of his uncle Edward Garforth, and took add. name of Garforth.

Offices Held


Garforth, a London attorney, was steward and agent to Sir James Lowther, whom he naturally followed in Parliament: he voted with the Opposition till the fall of North; for Shelburne’s peace preliminaries, 18 Feb. 1783; against Fox’s East India bill, 27 Nov. 1783; and supported Pitt till ordered by Sir James to vote against him on the Regency, 1788-9. There is no record of his having spoken in the House.

Oldfield wrote in 1792:1

The minister had a mind to compliment Mr. Garforth. ... with the place of collector of the customs in the city of Carlisle. Mr. Garforth on account of his situation was incapable of holding the office; and the place was given in trust for him to Mr. Fearon ... A dispute, which was succeeded by a lawsuit, happened between Mr. Garforth and Mr. Fearon; and it was decided in the common pleas ‘That the holding places in trust was illegal’.

Garforth died 15 Oct. 1808, aged 86.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. Hist. Boroughs, i. 197-8.