DENIS, Peter (1713-78), of Westerham and Blackmanstone, Kent

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1754 - 1768

Family and Education

b. 1713, 11th child of Rev. Jacob Denis, Huguenot minister expelled from France, by his w. Martha Leach. m. 2 Sept. 1750, Elizabeth (known as ‘Miss Pappet’), illegit. da. of John James Heidegger, manager of the opera in the Haymarket, s.p. cr. Bt. 28 Oct. 1767.

Offices Held

Lt. R.N. 1739; sailed round the world with Anson 1740-4; cdr. 1744; capt. 1745; member of Byng’s court martial 1756; fought at Quiberon Bay 1759; r.-adm. 1770; v.-adm. 1775.


Denis was closely connected with Anson and sat on his interest at Hedon.

In 1762 he seems to have gone into opposition with Sir Charles Saunders, who had succeeded Anson as patron of Hedon: though his name appears in no division list 1762-5 and he was absent