PINNEY, John Frederick (1719-62), of Racedown, nr. Bridport, Dorset.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1747 - 1761

Family and Education

b. 27 Jan. 1719, o. surv. s. of John Pinney of Nevis by Mary, da. and h. of Major William Helme of Antigua and Nevis.1 unm. suc. fa. 1720 and cos. Azariah Pinney of Bettiscombe, Dorset 1760.

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Inheriting one of the largest estates in Nevis, but brought up in England, Pinney first visited the island in 1739 to put his plantations in order, staying till 1742. During this time he was twice elected to the Charlestown assembly, which he apparently attended very irregularly. In 1747, now living permanently in Dorset, he was returned as a Tory vice George, Lord Deerhurst, who transferred to Worcestershire on finding ‘a purse of two hundred thousand pounds listed against me at Bridport and a very liberal hand to distribute the contents’.2 He visited Nevis again in 1749 for the last time, but retained his estates and influence there. The 2nd Lord Egmont, in his electoral survey, 1749-50, calls him ‘a very proper man’ to sit for Bridport, as he could procure the assistance of West India merchants, who carried weight in elections.

He died 11 Nov. 1762.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea


  • 1. R. Pares, A West India Fortune.
  • 2. Deerhurst to Edmund Lechmere, 18 June 1747, Lechmere mss, Worcs. RO.