HOOD, Alexander (1726-1814), of Crickett St. Thomas, Som.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1784 - 1790
29 Dec. 1790 - 1796

Family and Education

b. 2 Dec. 1726, 2nd s. of Rev. Samuel Hood, vicar of Butleigh, Som. by Mary, da. of Richard Hoskins of Beaminster, Dorset; bro. of Samuel, 1st Baron Hood.  m. (1) 1761, Mary (d. 12 Sept. 1786), da. of Rev. Richard West, prebendary of Winchester, s.p.; (2) 26 June 1788, Mary Sophia, da. and h. of Thomas Bray of Edmonton, s.p.  cr. K.B. 7 May 1788; Baron Bridport [1] 14 Nov. 1794; Baron Bridport [GB] 13 June 1796; Visct. Bridport [GB] 16 June 1800.

Offices Held

Entered R.N. 1741; lt. 1746; cdr. 1756; capt. 1756; r.-adm. 1780; v.-adm. 1787; adm. 1794.


Both in the navy and in Parliament Hood was overshadowed by his brother. He was elected for Bridgwater after a contest, and like his brother was a supporter of Pitt. His first recorded speech was on 23 June 1784; and three or four others followed during his first Parliament (the exact number cannot be given because of confusion with his brother in the printed Debates), all on matters of naval interest and none of much consequence.

He died 3 May 1814.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke