GORING, Sir Harry, 6th Bt. (1739-1824), of Highden, Suss.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1790 - 1796

Family and Education

b. 26 Apr. 1739, 1st s. of Sir Charles Matthew Goring, 5th Bt., of Highden by 1st w. Mary, da. of William Blackburne of Morton Ash, Essex. educ. Magdalen, Oxf. 1757-60. m. (1) 8 Sept. 1767, John Anna [sic] (d. 4 June 1774), da. and h. of John Forster of Queen Square, Mdx., former gov. Fort William, Bengal, 1s. 2da.; (2) 23 Oct. 1777, Elizabeth, da. of Thomas Fisher of Barbados, 1s. suc. fa. as 6th Bt. Aug. 1769.

Offices Held


Goring’s half-brother Charles Goring had been chosen Member for Shoreham in 1774, at the first general election after the franchise had been extended to the rape of Bramber, but retired in 1780. Goring himself was returned after a contest ten years later, supported by the 3rd Duke of Richmond, as a friend of Pitt’s administration. He made no mark in Parliament. He was reckoned hostile to the repeal of the Test Act in Scotland in 1791. He clearly did not share Charles Goring’s politics, as the latter, a member of the Whig Club since 1788, was one of the Friends of the People in 1792. Faced with a contest against Sir Cecil Bisshopp, whom he had ousted in 1790, Goring withdrew in 1796. He died 1 Dec. 1824.

Lewes Jnl. 14 June 1790, 6 June 1796; PRO 30/8/171, f. 149; Gent. Mag. (1824), ii. 562.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: R. G. Thorne