BRIGGS, Sir Humphrey, 4th Bt. (?1670-1734), of Haughton, Salop.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1702 - 1710
13 July 1716 - 1727

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b. ?1670, 1st s. of Sir Humphrey Briggs, 3rd Bt., of Haughton and Ernstrey Park, nr. Diddlebury, Salop by Barbara, da. of Sir Wadham Wyndham of Norrington, Wilts., a justice of King’s bench. educ. Wadham, Oxf. 2 July 1687, aged 17; L. Inn 1687. unm. suc. fa. 31 Jan. 1699.

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Briggs, a Shropshire country gentleman, whose grandfather had represented Wenlock in 1646, was distantly related to Mary Wilbraham, the wife of the 2nd Earl of Bradford. Late in 1714 he declared that he would not be seeking a seat in the new Parliament,1 but in 1716 was brought in for Wenlock on the Bradford interest in succession to the 2nd Earl of Bradford’s brother, Thomas Newport. He was absent from the division on the repeal of the Occasional Conformity and Schism Acts in 1719, was classed as ‘doubtful’ by Sunderland, ‘to be spoke to’ by Bradford, and voted against the peerage bill. He was successful in 1722, did not stand in 1727 and died 8 Dec. 1734.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: J. B. Lawson


  • 1. Sir H. Briggs to Louis Daniel de Montcalm, seigneur de St. Véran, 25 Nov. 1714, Add. 39167, f. 122.