LAWSON, Sir Wilfred, 3rd Bt. (1697-1737), of Isel, Cumb.

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

Dates

31 Jan. 1718 - 1722
1722 - 13 July 1737

Family and Education

b. 1697, 1st s. of Sir Wilfred Lawson, 2nd Bt., M.P., by Elizabeth, da. and h. of George Preston of Holker, Lancs. educ. Queen’s, Oxf. 1713; I. Temple 1715. m. 14 Mar. 1724, Elizabeth Lucy, da. of Henry Mordaunt, M.P., bro. of Charles, 3rd Earl of Peterborough, 3s. 2da. suc. fa. 1705.

Offices Held

Groom of the bedchamber to George I 1720-c.1725.

Biography

Early in the seventeenth century the Lawsons, a Yorkshire family, acquired by marriage the estate of Isel, near Cockermouth, which they represented under Charles II and William and Mary. When Lawson himself first stood for the borough at a by-election in 1717 there was a double return, on which the seat was awarded by the Commons to his opponent, Lawson admitting himself to be under age. Soon afterwards he was brought in by Newcastle for Boroughbridge, making his maiden speech in support of the Government on the Address, 11 Nov. 1718, voting for the repeal of the Occasional Conformity and Schism Acts, but against the peerage bill. Appointed to a place in the royal household in June 1720, he figured next year in the report of the South Sea committee of the House of Commons as one of the Members who had accepted bribes f