LEWIS, Francis (c.1692-1744), of Stanford-upon-Soar, Notts.
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Family and Education
b. c.1692, 3rd but 1st surv. s. of Thomas Lewes*. educ. Trinity, Oxf. matric. 25 June 1707, aged 15; New Coll. Oxf., BCL 29 Nov. 1709. m. by 1713, Sophia (d. 1757), da. of Sir Samuel Dashwood*, 2s. 1da. suc. fa. 1696, gdfa. ?1702.1
Sheriff, Notts. 1713.
Lewis’ grandfather was a Turkey merchant who purchased land in Buckinghamshire and Nottinghamshire. Most of the Buckinghamshire property was sold to pay his father’s debts, leaving Lewis as a Nottinghamshire landowner. The location of his main estate at Stanford-upon-Soar on the southernmost tip of the county explains his appointment to the Leicestershire bench in 1712.2
Lewis was nominated sheriff of Nottinghamshire in 1713 as a replacement for Julius Hutchinson who may have been regarded as unreliable in an election year. Lewis was then returned unopposed for East Retford in a by-election in April 1713. The presence in the Commons at this time of two other Members named Lewis prevents any certain