HERVEY, John (1696-1764), of East Betchworth, Reigate, Surr.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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16 Feb. 1739 - 1741
1754 - 30 July 1764

Family and Education

bap. 25 June 1696, 1st s. of Stephen Hervey, M.P., justice of Anglesey, by his cos. Anne, da. of John Hervey, of St. Mary-at-Hill, London, Turkey merchant and treasurer of the Turkey Co.1 educ. M. Temple 1709, called 1723; bencher 1745. m. c.1731, Anne, da. of Sir Christopher Des Bouverie by Elizabeth, da. of Ralph Freeman of East Betchworth, 2s. suc. fa. 1707.

Offices Held

Justice of Brecon 1745-d.


Hervey, the son of a former M.P. for Reigate, was put up for the borough in 1739 by his friend, Lord Hardwicke, to hold the seat for Hardwicke’s son, Philip Yorke, who was still under age. Returned unopposed, he voted with the Government, standing down in favour of Yorke in 1741. In 1747, when Yorke was standing for both Cambridgeshire and Reigate, Hervey was invited by Hardwicke to represent Yorke at Reigate, making the speech proposing him and his cousin, Charles Cocks, for the borough.2 He died 30 July 1764.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. N. & Q. (ser. 9), iv. 51.
  • 2. Hardwicke to Philip Yorke, 16, 20 and 26 June 1747, Add. 35351, ff. 103-5, 108, 114-15.