BLACKBURNE, John (1754-1833), of Orford Hall, nr. Warrington, Lancs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1784 - 1830

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b. 5 Aug. 1754, 1st s. of Thomas Blackburne of Orford Hall by Ireland, da. and coh. of Isaac Green of Childwall, Lancs. Her sis. Mary m. Bamber Gascoyne sen. educ. Harrow; Queen’s, Oxf. 1772. m.19 Apr. 1781, Anne, da. of Samuel Rodbard of Evercreech, Som., 3s. 4da. suc. fa. 1768.

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Blackburne was elected in 1784 without a contest, and supported Pitt. His only known vote against Administration was on the Irish commercial propositions, 11 May 1785, where Pitt’s policy ran contrary to the interests of Lancashire. Four speeches are recorded before 1790: two on the French commercial treaty of 1787, and two on the piece goods bill of 1789—both measures which affected Lancashire industry. ‘Though not distinguished in debate’, wrote the Gentleman’s Magazine in his obituary (1833, i. 465), ‘his attention to the interests of his constituents was assiduous.’

He died 11 Apr. 1833.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke