CALTHORPE, Henry (c.1717-1788), of Elvetham, Hants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1741 - 1747

Family and Education

b. c.1717, o. surv. s. of Reynolds Calthorpe of Elvetham by his 2nd w. unm. suc. fa. 1720. K.B. 1744.

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Succeeding as an infant, Henry Calthorpe took the family seat at Hindon in 1741, voted for the Administration in all recorded divisions, spoke in favour of the Hanoverians in 1743,1 and was classed as an Old Whig in 1746. He did not stand in 1747. Horace Walpole wrote about him (to George Montagu, 18 May 1748):

Sir Harry Calthrop is gone mad; he walked down Pall Mall t’ other day with his red ribbon tied about his hair; said he was going to the King, and would not submit to be blooded till they told him the King commanded it.

After he was declared a lunatic, his cousin James Calthorpe, M.P., who was appointed to manage his estate,2 took over the family interest at Hindon. He died 14 Apr. 1788.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea


  • 1. Yorke's parl. jnl. Parl. Hist. xiii. 141-2.
  • 2. Add. 36188, f. 299.