BECKFORD, Julines (?1717-64), of Steepleton Iwerne, Dorset

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1754 - 27 Nov. 1764

Family and Education

b. ?1717, 7th s. of Peter Beckford of Jamaica, and yr. bro. of William Beckford. educ. Westminster, June 1725, aged 7. m. 17 Jan. 1739, Elizabeth, da. of Solomon Ashley, M.P., of Ashby St. Ledgers, Northants., 1s.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Dorset 1749-50.


Julines Beckford purchased Steepleton Iwerne in 1745 for £12,600,1 and in 1759 added an estate at Shillingstone. In a list of landholders in Jamaica, drawn up in 1754, he is noted as owning over 8000 acres.2

He sat at Salisbury on his brother’s interest, and had to face a contest both in 1754 and 1761. Like his brother he was classed by Dupplin in 1754 as a Tory, and in 1761 was not sent Newcastle’s parliamentary whip. He appears in none of the minority division lists 1762-4; and in the Court and City Register for 1764 is described as being in Jamaica, where he died 27 Nov. 1764.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke


  • 1. Hutchins, Dorset, i. 299.
  • 2. CO 142/31; Add. 12436.