HALE, Francis (c.1758-1827).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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22 Sept. 1779 - 1784

Family and Education

b. c.1758, s. of Gen. Bernard Hale by Martha, da. of Richard Rigby sen. of Mistley, Essex. educ. prob. Eton 1768-73; Lausanne 1773-9.1 m. 3 Mar. 1785, Frances, da. of Sir Thomas Rumbold 1st Bt., 1da. suc. uncle Richard Rigby to the Mistley estate, and took name of Rigby 8 Apr. 1788.

Offices Held


Hale was brought in for Mitchell in 1779 probably by arrangement between his uncle Richard Rigby, the Treasury, and Lord Falmouth. He followed Rigby’s line in politics, supporting North’s ministry till March 1782, and voting on 18 Feb. 1783 for Shelburne’s peace preliminaries, but after April 1783 supporting the Coalition. He accordingly lost his seat in 1784. No speech by him is reported.

He died 17 Aug. 1827.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: I. R. Christie


  • 1. Rigby to Newcastle, 1, 20 Aug. 1776, Newcastle (Clumber) mss.; Pembroke Pprs. i. 181.