MORDAUNT, John (?1709-67).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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14 Feb. 1739 - 1747
1747 - 1754
1754 - 1761

Family and Education

b. ?1709, 2nd s. of John, Visct. Mordaunt, M.P. (and gd.-s. of Charles, 3rd Earl of Peterborough), by Lady Frances Powlett, da. of Charles, 2nd Duke of Bolton.  educ. Westminster, adm. (aged 10) Sept. 1719-24.  m.(1) 9 Oct. 1735, Mary (d. 12 Sept. 1749), da. of Scrope Howe, 1st Visct. Howe [I], M.P., wid. of Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke, s.p.; (2) Elizabeth, da. of Samuel Hamilton, s.p.

Offices Held

Cornet R. Horse Gds. 1726; res. 1736; lt.-col. Duke of Kingston’s Horse, Oct. 1745-Sept. 1746.


In 1754 Mordaunt was returned unopposed for Christchurch on the interest of Edward Hooper, who had put both seats at the disposal of the Treasury. Between 1754 and 1761 Mordaunt received 800 a year out of secret service funds. On 26 Jan. 1761 he submitted a petition to the King setting out his ‘unfortunate situation’,1 and later that year, after he had retired from Parliament, his pension was increased to 1,200.2

He died 1 July 1767.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. Add. 32918, f. 74.
  • 2. Namier, Structure, 473.