LUMLEY, Henry (c.1660-1722).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1702 - 1705
1715 - 1722

Family and Education

b. c.1660, 2nd s. of Hon. John Lumley by Mary, da. and coh. of Sir Henry Compton, K.B., of Bambridge, Suss.; bro. of Richard Lumley, 1st Earl of Scarbrough, one of the signatories of the invitation to William of Orange. m. (1) Elizabeth Thimbleby of Lincs., s.p.; (2) Anne, da. of Sir William Wiseman, 2nd Bt., of Canfield, Essex, 1da.

Offices Held

Capt. 1 Drag. Gds. 1685, lt.-col. 1688; brevet col. 1689; col. 1 Drag. Gds. 1692-1717; brig.-gen. 1693; maj.-gen. 1697; lt.-gen. 1703; gen. of Horse 1711; gov. Jersey 1703-d. (for life from 1710).


After a distinguished military career under William III and Marlborough, Lumley was returned in 1715 for Arundel on the interest of his brother. Though a Whig, he opposed the impeachment of Ormonde, 21 June 1715, but he voted for the septennial bill in 1716, and spoke for the Government on the army, 4 Mar. 1717. About this time he was passed over for a military appointment in favour of Lord Cadogan, against whom he and other senior army officers voted in the division of 4 June 1717.1 He spoke again for the Government on the army next December but a few days later, on the public breach in the royal family, he sold his regiment for about £9,000 when his nephew, Lord Lumley, was forced to sell his own for adhering to the Prince of Wales.2 On 4 Feb. 1718 he spoke in favour of an opposition motion to make offenses committed by soldiers triable by civil magistrates instead of by court martial. He did not stand again, dying 18 Oct. 1722.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. HMC Stuart, iv. 144.
  • 2. HMC Portland, v. 545; Pol. State, xiv. 507, 620.