NARES, George (1716-86), of Reading, Berks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1768 - Jan. 1771

Family and Education

b. 1716, 2nd s. of George Nares of Albury, Oxford, steward to the Earl of Abingdon.  educ. Magdalen Coll. Sch.; I. Temple 1738, called 1741.  m. 23 Sept. 1751, Mary, da. of Sir John Strange, 3s. 4da.  Kntd. 27 Jan. 1771.

Offices Held

King’s serjeant 1759; justice of the common pleas 1771.


In 1768 Nares successfully contested Oxford on the interest of the Duke of Marlborough. He voted with Administration over the expulsion of Wilkes and the Middlesex election, 3 Feb., 15 Apr., and 8 May 1769. Two speeches by him are reported: on 31 Jan. 1769 he criticized Serjeant Glynn’s interpretation of the law on the Wilkes case; and on 3 Feb. he pressed for the expulsion of Wilkes, declaring that ‘when the Christian religion is attacked in that manner, every man is bound to defend it’.1 Nares vacated his seat on becoming a judge.

He died 20 July 1786.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. Cavendish’s ‘Debates’, Egerton 216, f. 233; 217, ff. 140-1.