HANBURY, Capel (1707-65), of Pontypool, Mon.
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b. 2 Dec. 1707, 3rd s. of John Hanbury of Pontypool, Mon., and bro. of Sir Charles Hanbury Williams. educ. Ch. Ch. Oxf. 1723. m. 7 Oct. 1743, Jane, da. of Thomas Charles, 5th Visct. Tracy [I], 1s. 2da. suc. bro. 1739.
Inheriting the family estates and iron works in 1739, Capel Hanbury entered Parliament for Leominster in 1741, voting steadily with the Government. In 1743 he received instructions from Leominster to work for bills to prevent bribery and corruption, to repeal the Septennial Act and to ban placemen and pensioners from Parliament, concluding:
And, notwithstanding, Mr. Hanbury, your conduct in Parliament hath not hitherto been agreeable to [us] yet we hope you are now convinced that the public treasure has been grossly misapplied, and we doubt not but you will heartily join with our other worthy Member [Robert Harley]. These are our sentiments, and your acting in conformity thereto will be the only means of obtaining the future approbation and esteem of us your constituents.1
In 1747 he succeeded his younger brother, Sir Charles Hanbury Williams, as Member for the county. He was described in the 2nd Lord Egmont’s electoral survey c.1749-50, as ‘a very sour and real enemy of our system, and associates himself chiefly with such’.
He died 7 Dec. 1765.
Ref Volumes: 1715-1754
Author: Peter D.G. Thomas
- 1. Gent Mag. 1743, p. 32.