ANDERSON PELHAM, Charles (1749-1823), of Brocklesby, Lincs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1768 - 1774
1774 - 13 Aug. 1794

Family and Education

b. 3 Feb. 1749, 1st s. of Francis Anderson of Manby, Lincs. by Eleanor, da. of Thomas Carter of Bathavern, Denb. educ. Eton 1763-5. m. 21 July 1770, Sophia, da. and h. of George René Aufrère; 2s. 5da. suc. fa. 1758; and to estates of his uncle Charles Pelham and took add. name of Pelham 1763; cr. Baron Yarborough 13 Aug. 1794.

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Anderson Pelham, the owner of large estates in Lincolnshire, was said in 1780 to be ‘one of the richest commoners in England’.1 He had an interest at Grimsby and at Beverley, and in 1768, while still under age, was returned unopposed at Beverley. In 1774, and at all his subsequent elections, he was returned unopposed for Lincolnshire. In Parliament he voted with Opposition on the Middlesex election, 15 Apr. 1769; regularly opposed North’s Administration till its fall; voted against Shelburne’s peace preliminaries, 18 Feb. 1783, and was classed by Robinson in March 1783 as a follower of Fox. He voted for Pitt’s parliamentary reform proposals, 7 May 1783; did not vote on Fox’s East India Bill, 27 Nov. 1783, but was listed by Robinson in January 1784 as a Foxite. Sir John Sinclair, in a list drawn up early in January, notes about him: ‘wants a peerage, which would secure him and his brother’s vote’.2 This was not forthcoming and Anderson Pelham opposed Pitt’s Administration till the outbreak of war with France. He is reported to have spoken only once in the House, during a debate on Ireland, 7 Apr. 1778.

He died 22 Sept. 1823.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. Eng. Chron. 1780.
  • 2. Sinclair mss. at Thurso East Mains.