FINCH, Hon. William Clement (1753-94), of Albury, Surr.
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Lt. RN 1772, cdr. 1776, capt. 1777, r.-adm. 1794.
After service in the American war Finch settled as a gentleman farmer in Surrey, where he purchased Albury from his brother the 4th Earl.1 On 21 June 1790 he offered for the county ‘in support of those patriotic principles which ... have actuated the present administration, so much to the prosperity and honour of this country’. In the ensuing contest he defeated Sir Joseph Mawbey†, who was also a supporter of Pitt, but who refused to join forces with him. His expenses were paid by the Treasury.2
Finch made no mark in the House. In April 1791 he was listed hostile to the repeal of the Test Act in Scotland. Three brief speeches, one attributed to ‘Mr’ and two to ‘the Hon. Capt. Finch’ in 1792 may be his.3 He was a teller for the Farnham Hop bill, 22 Apr., 30 May 1793. He died after a long illness, 30 Sept. 1794. Albury was sold in 1800 to Samuel Thornton*.4