KNATCHBULL, Sir Edward, 9th Bt. (1781-1849), of Mersham Hatch, Kent.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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16 Nov. 1819 - 1831
1832 - Feb. 1845

Family and Education

b. 20 Dec. 1781, 1st s. of Sir Edward Knatchbull, 8th Bt.*, by 1st w. educ. Winchester 1794-9; Christ Church, Oxf. 1800; L. Inn 1803. m. (1) 25 Aug. 1806, Annabella Christina (d. 4 Apr. 1814), da. of Sir John Honywood, 4th Bt.*, 5s. 1da.; (2) 24 Oct. 1820, Fanny Catherine da. of Edward Knight, formerly Austen, of Godmersham Park, Kent, 5s. 4da. suc. fa. as 9th Bt. 21 Sept. 1819.

Offices Held

Receiver-gen. E. Kent 1814-19; capt. Provender cav. 1803; lt.-col. 2 E. Kent militia 1810; capt. Sandgate Castle 1817, E. Kent yeomanry 1819.

PC 16 Dec. 1834; paymaster-gen. Dec. 1834-May 1835, Sept. 1841-Feb. 1845.


Estranged from his father, Knatchbull nevertheless succeeded him as county Member in 1819. At his unopposed election he declared that he ‘would never act but on independent principles ... not wavering, but support those measures which seemed in the interest of the people’. Before standing he had resigned his receiver-generalship for East Kent, suggesting to the prime minister that it might be bestowed on his brother-in-law. He made no mark in his first session in Parliament. He died 24 May 1849.

Knatchbull-Hugessen, Kentish Fam. 164; Add. 38279, f. 347.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: Brian Murphy