SENHOUSE, Humphrey (1731-1814), of Netherhall, Cumb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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6 Nov. 1786 - 1790
1790 - 1796

Family and Education

b. Nov. 1731, 1st s. of Humphrey Senhouse of Netherhall by Mary, da. and coh. of Sir George Fleming, 2nd Bt., of Rydal, Westmld. educ. St. Bees; Christ’s Camb. 1749, BA 1753; fellow, Pembroke, Camb. 1756-68. m. 30 Dec. 1768, Catherine, da. of Thomas Wood of Beadnell, Northumb., 1s. 2da. suc. fa. 1770.

Offices Held

Capt. Westmld. militia 1780; capt. Cumb. militia 1793, maj. 1798.


Senhouse’s family, which had long been active in Cumbrian politics, owed much to the patronage of the Lowthers, and his younger brother, Sir Joseph, acted as their election manager at Carlisle. Senhouse himself was returned for the county on the Lowther interest in 1790, replacing Sir William Lowther who was temporarily out of favour with Lord Lonsdale. He cast no vote against administration and made no known speech. A man of modest scholarship, he appears to have had little worldly or political ambition, and when he was himself replaced by John Lowther in 1796, made no further attempt to enter the House. In 1809 he wrote to Bishop Porteus that he had not been south of the Trent since 1795 and that, since 1800, ‘I have not been three miles from home, not once mounted a horse or been three times in a carriage’.1 He died in 1814.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: J. M. Collinge


E. Hughes, North Country Life in 18th Cent. ii. passim.

  • 1. Ibid. 86.