PRATT, Robert (1726-75), of Coscomb, Glos.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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22 Nov. 1763 - 1774

Family and Education

b. March 1726, 2nd s. of John Pratt, M.P. (half-bro. of Charles Pratt) of Wildernesse, Kent by his 2nd w. Dorothy, da. of the Hon. Robert Tracy (2nd s. of Robert, 2nd Visct. Tracy [I] of Coscomb).  educ. Queen’s, Oxf. 1745; I. Temple 1747, called 1751.  m. Mary, sis. of John Richardson of Somerset, co. Derry, s.p.

Offices Held

Master in Chancery 1767- d.


On 5 Nov. 1763 Charles, 9th Viscount Irwin, who had just succeeded to the peerage, asked Pitt to recommend a friend to the vacant seat at Horsham. Pitt named Pratt, ‘a gentleman’ of ‘sound principles, fair character, and promising abilities in Westminster Hall’.1 In politics Pratt followed his uncle: he voted against the Grenville Administration, supported those of Rockingham and Chatham, and went over to Opposition in January 1770. He seems never to have spoken in Parliament.

He died 21 July 1775.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke


  • 1. Chatham Corresp. ii. 266-8.