HUNT, Thomas (c.1723-89), of Mollington, Cheshire

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1784 - 11 Oct. 1789

Family and Education

b. c.1723, 3rd s. of Thomas Hunt, and bro. of George Hunt.  educ. Queen’s Oxf. 1739; M. Temple 1737; I. Temple 1746, called 1747.  m. 11 Dec. 1765 Mary, da. of Peter Bold of Bold Hall, Lancs., 2da.

Offices Held


Returned for Bodmin in a contested election, Hunt was classed as a follower of the Portland-Fox Opposition both in William Adam’s list of 1784 and in North’s list of 1788. He voted steadily against Pitt. On 2 Dec. 1788, R. Burton wrote to Lord Sandwich1 that his ‘Western friend’2 had said the following words which he allowed Burton to write down and send to Sandwich:

that he should be for the sole Regency of the Prince of Wales and that he hoped in any Administration under that Regency, he should always vote in support of their measures.

He further authorized Sandwich ‘to acquaint the Prince of Wales with this determination’.

There is no record of his having spoken in the House.  He died 11 Oct. 1789.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Sir Lewis Namier


  • 1. Royal archives, Windsor.
  • 2. Identified in Sandwich’s covering letter of same date, ibid.