LUMLEY, Hon. John (c.1703-39).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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23 Feb. 1728 - 16 Oct. 1739

Family and Education

b. c.1703, 6th s. of Richard Lumley, 1st Earl of Scarbrough; bro. of Hon. Charles, James and Thomas Lumley. unm.

Offices Held

Cornet 7 Drags. 1721, capt. 1723; capt. and lt.-col. 2 Ft. Gds. 1732; equerry to the King 1727-34; groom of the bedchamber to Prince of Wales 1734-d.


John Lumley, who shared the sinecure bequeathed by his father to his three younger sons,1 stood for Arundel on his family’s interest, coming out bottom of the poll but securing the seat on petition. Holding court appointments, he consistently voted with the Government till the breach in the royal family, when George II complained that one of the ‘boobies and fools’ whom the Prince of Wales listened to was ‘that stuttering puppy, Johnny Lumley’.2 He abstained from voting on the Spanish convention, dying shortly afterwards, 16 Oct. 1739.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. See LUMLEY, Charles.
  • 2. Hervey, Mems. 817.