FENTON CAWTHORNE, John (1753-1831), of Wyreside, Lancs.
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Family and Education
b. 5 Jan. 1753, 1st s. of James Fenton, recorder of Lancaster 1758-91, by Elizabeth, sis. and coh. of John Cawthorne of Wyreside. educ. Queen’s, Oxf. 1771; G. Inn 1792. m. 22 Aug. 1778, Frances, da. and coh. of J. H. Delaval. suc. to Cawthorne estates 1781 and took add. name of Cawthorne; and fa. 1791.
Recorder, Lancaster 1791-6; col. Westminster militia 1791, cashiered for embezzlement 1796.
After unsuccessfully contesting Preston in 1780, Cawthorne was returned for Lincoln on the interest of his father-in-law, J. H. Delaval, whose political lead he followed. Cawthorne supported North; voted against Shelburne’s peace preliminaries, 18 Feb. 1783, for Fox’s India bill, and against Pitt’s Government; and after the general election of 1784 was listed by William Adam with Opposition. But when in the new House Delaval declared his adherence to Pitt, Cawthorne again followed him; defended Delaval when attacked by Philip Francis for changing sides, 16 July 1784;1 and on 21 Jan. 1790 in a few sentences seconded the Address.2 Before 1790 only two other interventions of his in debate are noted, on technical points concerning election petitions.
Cawthorne died 1 Mar. 1831.