SCUDAMORE, John I (1727-96), of Kentchurch, Herefs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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23 Jan. 1764 - 4 July 1796

Family and Education

bap. 30 Oct. 1727, 1st s. of Richard Scudamore of Rowlstone by w. Joan (d. Dec. 1735). educ. L. Inn 1746. m. 26 Aug. 1756, Sarah, da. and h. of Daniel Westcombe of Enfield, Mdx., 2s. 1da. suc. to estates of cos. William Scudamore of Kentchurch 1741; fa. 1741.

Offices Held

Lt.-col. Herefs. militia 1761, col. 1796.


Secure in his seat, Scudamore remained an opponent of Pitt’s administration. On 2 May 1785 he had joined the Whig Club and on 20 July Brooks’s. After voting with opposition on Oczakov, 12 Apr. 1791, and being counted favourable to repeal of the Test Act in Scotland that month, he disappeared from the minority lists, but he was queried on a list of Portland Whigs in December 1792, and although he was thought of as a recruit for Windham’s ‘third party’, he had no truck with it. On 29 Oct. 1795 he voted for Fox’s amendment to the address and on 10 and 25 Nov. opposed legislation against seditious meetings. No speech is known.

Scudamore died soon after his re-election, 4 July 1796, from a chill after a strenuous hunt in his park: ‘as an useful and disinterested Member of Parliament, and an active magistrate, he was deservedly respected ...’

Gent. Mag. (1796), ii. 620.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: M. J. Williams