CAVE, Sir Thomas, 7th Bt. (1766-92), of Stanford Hall, Northants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1790 - 16 Jan. 1792

Family and Education

b. 6 Oct. 1766, o.s. of Sir Thomas Cave, 6th Bt., of Stanford by Sarah, da. and coh. of John Edwards, merchant, of London, and Bristol, Glos. educ. Christ Church, Oxf. 1785. m. 3 June 1791, Lady Lucy Sherard, da. of Robert, 4th Earl of Harborough, s.p. suc. fa. as 7th Bt. 31 May 1780.

Offices Held

Capt. Leics. militia 1788.


Cave’s grandfather had represented Leicestershire in the Parliament of 1741 and he was chosen in 1790, on the retirement of John Peach Hungerford, on the same independent interest. The support of his future father-in-law Lord Harborough proved decisive and there was no contest. He made no mark in Parliament, where he doubtless supported Pitt, and was listed hostile to the repeal of the Test Act in Scotland in April 1791. He died, 16 Jan. 1792, ‘after a short illness’.

See LEICESTERSHIRE; Gent. Mag. (1792), i. 93.

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Author: M. H. Port