ADAMS, John (?1746-1817), of Peterwell, Card.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1774 - 1780

Family and Education

b. ?1746, s. of John Adams of Whitland, Carm. by his 2nd w. Elizabeth, da. of Walter Lloyd, M.P., of Peterwell. educ. Queen’s, Oxf. 23 Jan. 1766, aged 19; L. Inn 1765, called 1772. suc. uncle Sir Herbert Lloyd 19 Aug. 1769.

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In 1767 John Adams gave £4,000 towards the rebuilding of Carmarthen guildhall. He was returned unopposed in 1774 on the interest of Griffith Philipps. He had also purchased a seat of Lord Verney at Wendover, which he presumably sold after having been returned at Carmarthen. In the House he consistently supported North’s Administration, and though Lord Lisburne wrote that Adams had ‘an appetite for Parliament’1 there is no indication that he ever took part in debate. When Philipps dropped him in 1780 Adams canvassed Cardigan, where his estate gave him an interest, but declined the poll.

He had found the Peterwell estate heavily mortgaged, and long before his death had spent his inheritance and sold the estate.2 He died 2 June 1817.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Peter D.G. Thomas


  • 1. To W. Powell, 22 May 1780, Nanteos mss, NLW.
  • 2. S. R. Meyrick, Hist. Card. 209.