CHINNERY, Sir Broderick, 1st. Bt. (1742-1808), of Flintfield, co. Cork.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1801 - 1806

Family and Education

bap. 13 Feb. 1742, 3rd s. of Rev. George Chinnery of Midleton by Eleanor, da. of Dr William Whitfield. educ. I. Temple 1763, called [I] 1763. m. (1) Feb. 1768, his cos. Margaret (d. 1 Oct. 1783), da. and h. of Nicholas Chinnery of Flintfield, 1s. 1da.; (2) 2 July 1789, Alice, da. of Robert Ball of Youghal, 2s. 1da. cr. Bt. 29 Aug. 1799.

Offices Held

MP [I] 1783-1800.

Sheriff, co. Cork 1786-7.


During the 23 years that he sat in the Irish and Imperial parliaments, Chinnery was one of Lord Shannon’s Members.1 He opposed parliamentary reform, 29 Nov. 1783, was in opposition in the early ’nineties and by 1795 went over to ministers with the rest of Lord Shannon’s squad. He Voted for the Union and was rewarded with a baronetcy. At Westminster he was reckoned a supporter of successive governments, with some doubts as to attendance. He attended in 1801/2 and was in England, but absent, on Calcraft’s motion, 4 Mar. 1803; in May (when he voted against the Catholic claims) and June 1805 he twice went over from Ireland at the request of government and Marsden wrote to Vansittart from the Castle, 11 June, to recommend him for ‘attention’ for the ‘Very handsome manner’ in which he had made the effort: ‘His principal objective seems to be to get his claim admitted as the representative of his brother to compensation for lands in America surrendered at the peace to the Spaniards’. Failing this, Chinnery was interested in the reversion of an office for his son, of which there were slender hopes, or membership of the Privy Council, which, Marsden thought, ‘considering his property and long services in Parliament, might not (should other modes of payment fail) be deemed unreasonable’.2

In 1806 Chinnery was still ‘wholly under the influence of Lord Shannon’.3 He gave up his seat at the dissolution, it being the Duke of Devonshire’s turn to nominate the Member for Bandon. He died May 1808.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: Arthur Aspinall


  • 1. Procs. R. Irish Acad. lvi. sec. C no. 3 (1954), 239.
  • 2. Add. 31230, f. 41.
  • 3. Spencer mss, Irish list, May 1806.