MEYNELL, Hugo (1735-1808), of Bradley, Derbys.

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

Dates

1 Feb. 1762 - 1768
23 Feb. 1769 - 1774
1774 - 1780

Family and Education

b. June 1735, 2nd s. of Littleton Pointz Meynell by his 1st w. Judith, da. of Thomas Alleyne of Barbados.  m. (1) June 1754, Ann (d. 1757), da. of John Gell of Hopton, Derbys., 1s.; (2) June 1758, Ann, da. of Thomas Boothby Skrymsher of Tooley Park, Leics., 2s.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Derbys. 1758-9; master of the staghounds 1770-6.

Biography

Meynell’s father, wrote Walpole,1 ‘had created a large fortune by play, and nobody doubted but by unfair play’; according to Johnson,2 he lent Frederick, Prince of Wales, £10,000 in return for ‘a bond for £30,000 and a peerage if he should come to the throne’. Hugo Meynell also was a gambler and racing man; the founder of the Quorn Hunt, ‘long esteemed the first foxhunter in the kingdom’.