LAROCHE, John (c.1700-52), of Pall Mall, and Englefield Green, Surr.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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31 Jan. 1727 - 20 Apr. 1752

Family and Education

b. c.1700, 1st s. of Peter Crothaire (afterwards Laroche) of Bordeaux, barber to Prince George of Denmark. educ. Queens’, Camb. 1717; M. Temple 1717. m. bef. 1731, Elizabeth, da. of Isaac Garnier of St. James’s, Westminster, apothecary to the army, 3s. 4da. suc. fa. 1745.

Offices Held

Assistant, R. African Co. 1732-46.


Laroche, a merchant of Huguenot extraction, seems to have begun life as steward of the Robartes family,1 who had the chief interest at Bodmin. Henry Robartes, 3rd Earl of Radnor, left him £1,000 in his will in 1741, and John Robartes, 4th Earl of Radnor, left his Cornish estates to Laroche’s children in 1757.2 After standing unsuccessfully for Bodmin in June 1725 he was returned for it as a Whig in 1727, subsequently building up a strong interest of his own in the corporation. His only recorded speeches were made on 15 April 1736 in favour of a bill designed to check the alienation of lands to charitie