BROADHEAD, Theodore Henry (1767-1820), of Holly Grove, Windsor, Berks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1820-1832, ed. D.R. Fisher, 2009
Available from Cambridge University Press



1812 - 1818
1820 - 12 Dec. 1820

Family and Education

b. 3 Dec. 1767, 1st s. of Theodore Henry Broadhead of Monk Bretton, Yorks. and Carshalton, Surr. and Mary, da. of John Bingley of Goldthorne, Bolton-on-Deane, Yorks. educ. Eton 1776-83; Emmanuel, Camb. 1784. m. 11 May 1797, Elizabeth, da. of William Gordon Macdougall of St. George’s, Hanover Square, Mdx., 8s. 4da. suc. fa. 1810. d. 12 Dec. 1820.

Offices Held

Cornet 1 Life Gds. 1790; lt. W. Yorks. militia 1791, capt.-lt. 1792, capt. 1794; lt. Marylebone vols. 1798.


Broadhead’s ancestral family estate was at Monk Bretton, Yorkshire, but he had resided at Windsor since 1807.1 Prior to 1820 he was a ministerialist, whose connection with George Canning* had brought hopes of the baronetcy coveted by his father and even, so his son later claimed, a promise of a peerage.2 After a two-year absence from the House, at the 1820 general election he was returned for Yarmouth on the interest of Sir Leonard Thomas Worsley Holmes*, who generally accommodated paying guests on government recommendation. No trace of parliamentary activity has been found, and in December 1820 he died at his London residence in Berkeley Square, his ambitions for honours unfulfilled.3 By his will, dated 9 July 1817, he left his entire estate to his wife, who was named as sole executrix and guardian of their children. His personalty was sworn under £80,000.4 He was replaced at Yarmouth by his eldest son Thomas Henry Lavington Broadhead.

Ref Volumes: 1820-1832

Authors: Howard Spencer / Philip Salmon


  • 1. A. Macnaghten, Windsor and Eton in Georgian Times, 58.
  • 2. Harewood mss, Canning to wife, 14 July 1814; Add. 44438, f. 198.
  • 3. Gent. Mag. (1820), ii. 638.
  • 4. PROB 11/1638/4; IR26/849/11.