TYRRELL, James (c.1674-1742), of Shotover, Oxon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1722 - 30 Aug. 1742

Family and Education

b. c.1674, o.s. of James Tyrrell of Oakley, Bucks. by Mary, da. and h. of Sir Michael Hutchinson of Fladbury, Worcs. unm. suc. fa. 1718.

Offices Held

Capt.-lt. Earl of Macclesfield’s Horse 1694; 5 Drag. Gds. by 1707; brevet lt.-col. 1707, colt of a regt. of Ft. 1709, half-pay 1713; col of a regt. of Drags. July 1715-Nov. 1718; col. 17 Ft. 1722-d.; brig.-gen. 1727; maj.-gen. 1735; lt.-gen. 1739; gov. Pendennis castle 1737, Gravesend and Tilbury 1737-d., Holy Island and Berwick May 1742-d.

Groom of the bedchamber to George I 1714-27.


The son of a wealthy Whig country gentleman, who was an intimate friend of John Locke’s and the author of a number of political and historical works, Tyrrell served in the wars of William III and Marlborough. Obtaining a court place at George I’s accession, he was brought into Parliament by the Duke of Newcastle for one of his pocket boroughs, voting consistently with the Government till his death 30 Aug. 1742.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick