COLTHURST, Sir Nicholas Conway, 4th Bt. (1789-1829), of Ardrum, co. Cork.
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Family and Education
b. Jan. 1789, o.s. of Sir Nicholas Colthurst, 3rd Bt., MP [I], by Harriet, da. of David Latouche, MP [I]. educ. Eton 1799-1808; Trinity Coll. Camb. 1808. m. 11 Nov. 1819, his cos. Elizabeth, da. and h. of Col. George Vesey, MP [I], of Lucan, co. Dublin, 4s. 1da. suc. fa. as 4th Bt. July 1795.
Trustee, linen board [I] 1817.
Col. R. Cork city militia 1819-d.
The Colthurst family were extensive landowners in county Cork and Sir Nicholas’s father and grandfather had both represented Cork constituencies in the Irish parliament. He was returned for the city largely as a result of government support and was an independent supporter of administration throughout his parliamentary career. He had defeated a staunch pro-Catholic Member, Hely Hutchinson, and as the Catholic interest at Cork was so significant, their claims were always his major problem. He had privately assured ministers that he opposed Catholic relief, but felt obliged to appear well disposed to the measure. On the hustings, he pointed out that in signing a protestant petition urging consideration