PERROT, Henry (1689-1740), of Northleigh, Oxon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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17 May 1721 - 6 Jan. 1740

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b. 29 Sept. 1689, 1st s. of James Perrot of Northleigh, by his w. Anne. m. (2) 2 Apr. 1719, Martha, da. and h. of Brereton Bouchier of Barnsley, Glos., niece of James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos,1 2da. suc. fa. 1725.

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Perrot, whose father was nicknamed ‘Golden Perrot’ on account of his wealth,2 came of a staunchly royalist family, long connected with the University of Oxford.3 Returned unopposed for the county as a Tory, he voted against the Administration in every recorded division of the Parliament of 1727-34. In 1737-8 he went to the south of France, where he met the Duke of Ormonde, whose secretary wrote from Avignon, 17 Mar. 1738:

I am just going to meet ... Mr. Perrot at Nimes. He has been so roughly treated by the gout at Montpellier, that he is not able to come thus far to take his leave of his Grace [Ormonde], and wrote to me to meet him there this night. He returns by Bordeaux to Paris, and so directly to old England, where I believe he will enjoy but little of the session, which we hear will be a short one.4

In 1739 he told Carte, the Jacobite historian, that

at the meeting of the High Borlase Society [the Tory club] in August last at Oxford, he proposed to the gentlemen to give a power to the Duke of Ormonde to represent their sense to any foreign court, in order to procure the assistance they thought necessary to effect a restoration, engaging themselves to make good whatever he should represent or undertake for in their names. They indeed expressed themselves ready to give such a power at the same time that they did not care to enter into the consideration of the particular measures proper to make the enterprize and landing of foreign troops successful. But when they met in greater numbers at London last winter at the opening of the session of Parliament, they declined giving that power.5

He died near Paris 6 Jan. 1740, leaving Northleigh to his brother, Thomas, and the rest of his property to his daughters.6

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. HMC Portland, vii. 296-7.
  • 2. Hearne, Colls. (Oxf. Hist. Soc.), viii. 327.
  • 3. E. L. Barnwell, Perrot Fam. 79-106.
  • 4. HMC 10th Rep. I, 503-4, 508, 512, 516.
  • 5. Stuart mss 216/111.
  • 6. PCC 86 Browne.