BLAKE DELAVAL, Francis (1727-71), of Ford Castle and Seaton Delaval, Northumb.
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Family and Education
b. 16 Mar. 1727, 1st s. of Francis Delaval. educ. Westminster 1737-44; Ch. Ch. Oxf. 1747. m. 8 Mar. 1750, Isabella, da. and coh. of Thomas Tufton, M.P., 6th Earl of Thanet, wid. of Lord Nassau Powlett, s.p. suc. fa. to Northumbrian estates 9 Dec. 1752; K.B. 23 Mar. 1761.
In November 1749 Delaval, aged 22, unsuccessfully contested Andover, only receiving one vote.1 In March 1751 he took part in a production of Othello, which Horace Walpole describes as
acted by people of some fashion at Drury Lane, hired on purpose. They really acted so well, that it is astonishing they should not have had sense enough not to act at all ... The chief were a family