IVORY TALBOT, John (?1691-1772), of Lacock Abbey, Wilts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1715 - 1722
1727 - 1741

Family and Education

b. ?1691, 1st s. of Sir John Ivory of New Ross, co. Wexford by Anne, 1st da. and coh. of Sir John Talbot, M.P., of Lacock Abbey. educ. Ch. Ch. Oxf. 23 Apr. 1707, aged 15. m. by 1717, Mary, da. of Thomas Mansel, M.P., 1st Baron Mansel of Margam, 2s. 1da. suc. fa. 1695,1 and to Wiltshire estates of gd.-fa. Sir John Talbot under will in 1714, when he assumed add. name of Talbot.

Offices Held


Ivory Talbot’s maternal ancestor, Sir William Sharington, acquired Lacock from the Crown in 1540 at the dissolution of the monasteries.2 Returned as a Tory for Ludgershall a year after succeeding to his estates, and later twice unopposed for the county, he voted consistently against the Government. His only recorded speech was against the Quakers title bill, 3 May 1736. In 1721 his name was sent to the Pretender as a probable supporter in the event of a rising.3 In 1735 the mother of his nephew, Thomas, 2nd Lord Mansel, then aged 14, objected successfully to his being made sole guardian of her son because she ‘did not care that Mr. Talbot, whose wife is mad ... and is himself driven to drink, should have the sole management of her son’s education’.4 He did not stand again, dying October 1772.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea


  • 1. N. & Q. (ser. 7), ix. 447; x. 214-15; CSP Dom. 1694-5, p. 402.
  • 2. VCH Wilts. iii. 314.
  • 3. Stuart mss 65/16.
  • 4. HMC Egmont Diary, ii. 143.