SATTERTHWAITE, James Clarke (c.1746-?1818), of Papcastle, Cockermouth, Cumb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1784 - 1790
1790 - 3 Mar. 1791
18 June 1791 - 1802

Family and Education

b. c.1746. m. by 1772, Jane ?née Paitson (d. bef. him 7 Dec. 1818, aged 73), 1s.

Offices Held

Ensign, 55 Ft. 1764, lt. 1769; lt. 40 Ft. 1785, capt. 1786, ret. 1792.

Lt. Cumb. militia 1778; capt. Westmld. militia 1780, maj. 1793, lt. col. 1798.

Chairman qtr. sessions Cumb. until 1818.


Satterthwaite, a right-hand man of James, 1st Earl of Lonsdale, in the management of his interests in the north-west, sat in Parliament on his interest and at his convenience. He followed Lonsdale’s line, deserting Pitt on the Regency but rallying to him from 1790. Unseated at Carlisle after that election, he was returned soon afterwards for Haslemere and held the seat until Lonsdale’s death. He voted for Pitt’s triple tax assessment, 4 Jan. 1798. No speech of his is known.

Satterthwaite was not continued in the House by his patron’s heir in 1802, but he remained a mainstay of the Lowthers, expressing their wishes and managing their elections at Cockermouth.1 In 1818 it was claimed, on the other side, that it was to his ‘conduct and oppressions’ that they owed their unpopularity.2 He retired as chairman of quarter sessions that year and died soon afterwards.3

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Authors: E. A. Smith / R. G. Thorne


  • 1. Lonsdale mss, Lowther to Satterthwaite, 17 Sept. 1804, Satterthwaite to Lowther, 27 Oct. 1806; Northumb. RO, Wallace (Belsay) mss S76/9/17.
  • 2. Carlisle mss, Howard to Morpeth, 3 July 1818.
  • 3. Information from C. R. Hudleston.