TOWNSHEND, Hon. John Thomas (1764-1831).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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10 Apr. 1786 - Jan. 1790
1790 - 30 June 1800

Family and Education

b. 21 Feb. 1764, 1st s. of Thomas Townshend.  educ. Eton 1775-81; Clare, Camb. 1781.  m. (1) 13 Apr. 1790, Hon. Sophia Southwell (d. 9 Nov. 1795), da. of Edward, 20th Lord de Clifford, 1s. 2da.; (2) 27 May 1802, Lady Caroline Elizabeth Letitia Clements, da. of Robert, 1st Earl of Leitrim [I], 1s.  suc. fa. as 2nd Visct. Sydney 30 June 1800.

Offices Held

Under-sec. of state for home affairs 1784-9; ld. of Admirality 1789-93; ld. of Treasury 1793-1800; ld. of the bedchamber 1800-10.


The circumstances of Townshend’s return for Newport have not been ascertained. In Parliament he followed his father and supported Lowther’s Pitt. There is no record of his having spoken in the House before 1790.

He died 20 Jan. 1831.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond