CHOLMONDELEY, Hon. James (1708-75).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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25 Mar. 1731 - 1734
1734 - 1741

Family and Education

b. 18 Apr. 1708, 3rd s. of George Cholmondeley, M.P., 2nd Earl of Cholmondeley, and bro. of George Cholmondeley, Lord Malpas. m. Lady Penelope Barry, da. of James Barry, 4th Earl of Barrymore [I], s.p.; she deserted him in 1736.1

Offices Held

Guidon and maj. 3 Life Gds. 1725, lt.-col. 1731; col. 48 Ft. 1741-2, 34 Ft. 1742-9; brig.-gen. 1745; maj.-gen. 1747; col. 6 Drags. 1750-d.; lt.-gen. 1754; gen. 1770.

Lt.-gov. Chester castle 1731-70, gov. 1770-d.


Returned on the government interest, Cholmondeley steadily supported Walpole, whose daughter his elder brother had married, speaking in 1741 against the motion to remove him from office, and in 1742 against Lord Limerick’s motion for an inquiry into his administration. After Walpole’s fall, he continued to support the Administration, speaking for the Hanoverians, 6 Dec. 1743.2 During the Austrian succession war he served in Flanders and Scotland. He retired from Parliament in 1747. On his death, 13 Oct. 1775, he was buried in Westminster Abbey.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. HMC Egmont Diary, ii. 240, 287-8, 403.
  • 2. Yorke's parl. jnl. Parl. Hist. xiii. 140.