BOND HOPKINS, Benjamin (?1745-94), of Painshill Park, Surr.
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Family and Education
b. ?1745, 1st s. of Benjamin Bond, Turkey merchant, of London by Elizabeth, da. of John Hopkins of Bretons, nr. Dagenham, Essex. m. (1) 8 Mar. 1770, Elizabeth Chamberlayn (d. 3 Jan. 1771) of Worcester, 1da.; (2) 20 May 1773, Alicia (d. 28 Sept. 1788), da. of Capt. Tomkins, 1da., (3) 23 Feb. 1791, Miss Knight, illegit. da. of Robert Knight, 1st Earl of Catherlough, s.p. suc. to very considerable estates of his maternal gd.-mother’s cos. John Hopkins the usurer, and took add. name of Hopkins 12 Dec. 1772. suc. fa. 20 Apr. 1785.
In 1772, when through the death of several intermediate branches of the Hopkins family1 the inheritance from ‘Vulture’ Hopkins came to Benjamin Bond, he was clerk to a City attorney. In 1780 he became a candidate at Oxford, but withdrew during the poll. In 1783 he was nominated for Surrey where he had considerable property, but declined before the poll. In 1784 he successfully contested Ilchester on the Lockyer interest. He was classed as ‘Opposition’ by William Adam in May 1784, but apart from his vote in favour of parliamentary reform, 18 Apr. 1785, his only other recorded votes during this Parliament were with Administration over the Regency, 1788-9. There is no record of his having spoken in the House. He died 30 Jan. 1794.
Ref Volumes: 1754-1790
Author: Mary M. Drummond
- 1. Gent. Mag. 1794, p. 183.