BRISTOW, Robert (1712-76), of Micheldever, Hants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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30 Jan. 1738 - 1741
1747 - 1761

Family and Education

b. 1712, 1st s. of Robert Bristow, M.P., of Micheldever by Sarah, da. of Sir John Warde of Squerryes, Kent, a Portugal merchant, ld. mayor of London 1719-20; nephew of John Bristow. m. (1) 7 June 1746, Susannah, da. and h. of John Phillipson, 1da.; (2) Mary, da. of Rev. Richard Harding, vicar of Micheldever, 1s. 3da. suc. fa. 3 Nov. 1737.

Offices Held

Clerk of Board of Green Cloth 1738-c.1740.


In 1754 James West’s paper on Pelham’s election engagements, sent to Newcastle 13 Mar.,1 notes against Shoreham: ‘Mr. Bristow to be brought in by Mr. Phillipson, receiving £1000, the remainder of the expense, which it is thought will amount to £1000, is to be furnished (as Mr. Phillipson proposed to have it done) amongst themselves or by Mr. Bristow.’ £1000 was paid to Phillipson for Bristow’s election from secret service funds on 2 May 1754.2

On 26 July 1760 Bristow is included in Newcastle’s list of ‘Persons to be brought into Parliament at the next election’; by 17 Feb. 1761 he is relegated to a concluding note on those for whom places were ‘still wanted’; and by 1 Mar. he has disappeared from the list of ‘Persons to be brought into Parliament’.3Bristow did not stand again, and died 9 Dec. 1776.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Sir Lewis Namier


  • 1. Add. 32995, f. 71.
  • 2. Namier, Structure, 340.
  • 3. Add. 32999, f. 19; Add. 32919, ff. 58, 344.