CALTHORPE, James (1699-1784), of Ampton, Suff.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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21 Jan. 1758 - 1761

Family and Education

b. 23 Mar. 1699, 1st s. of Christopher Calthorpe of Ampton by Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Gardiner Kettleborough of Elmswell, Suff. educ. Bishop’s Stortford; Christ’s, Camb. 1717; Grand Tour (France, Italy). unm.

Offices Held

Gentleman usher in waiting 1731-42; yeoman of the removing wardrobe 1742-82.


Calthorpe entered court under the wing of Charles, 2nd Duke of Grafton, lord chamberlain 1724-51, and under him was given employment. At the general election of 1754 he was apparently a candidate for Hindon, where his cousin, Sir Henry Calthorpe, had an interest, but withdrew on a compromise. He again came forward on a vacancy in January 1756, but was kept out by William Mabbot, Henry Fox’s candidate, endorsed by Newcastle. On the next vacancy at Hindon, in January 1758, he was returned unopposed.

Calthorpe did not stand again in 1761, but gave the nomination to Fox. ‘Mr. Blackstone’s name is given to Mr. Calthorpe with two thousand pounds’, wrote Fitzmaurice (later Shelburne) to Bute about the middle of March.1 And on 20 Feb. 1762 Fox sent Shelburne an account showing that Calthorpe ‘paid for Blackstone’s election £146 0s. 6d. more than he received. He is a very honest man, and you see he has been at other expenses which he does not reckon.’ In 1774 Calthorpe stood once more for the borough, but was third on the poll. The House of Commons then declared the election void, and ordered the attorney-general to prosecute all four candidates for bribery. Calthorpe, however, was acquitted.

He died Mar. 1784.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: J. A. Cannon


  • 1. Bute mss.