GALLY KNIGHT, Henry (1786-1846), of Firbeck Hall and Langold Park, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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12 Aug. 1814 - Apr. 1815
1831 - 1832
31 Mar. 1835 - 9 Feb. 1846

Family and Education

b. 2 Dec. 1786, o.s. of Henry Gally (afterwards Gally Knight), barrister, of Langold by Selina, da. of William Fitzherbert of Tissington Hall, Derbys. educ. Eton 1799; Trinity Coll. Camb. 1805; tour of Spain, Sicily and the Near East 1810-11. m. 1828, Henrietta, da. of Anthony Hardolph Eyre* of Grove Park, Notts., wid. of John Hardolph Eyre, s.p. suc. fa. 1808.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Notts. 1819-20.

Capt. S. W. Yorks yeomanry 1808.


Gally Knight was the nephew of John Gally Knight*, to whose estates his father succeeded in 1804. He was a founder member of Grillion’s Club in 1812. Like his uncle, he owed a seat in Parliament for Aldborough to the family’s association with the dukes of Newcastle. He was, in fact, thought a proper man to aspire to the county (Nottinghamshire) in 1812; but when the 4th Duke of Newcastle offered him a seat at that election, he said ‘his health would not at present allow him to attend his duty in Parliament and the present times demanded efficient men’.1 In 1814 the duke returned him on a vacancy expecting him, no doubt, to support administration. This line was not congenial to him. He was in the minorities in favour of the Spanish Liberal exiles, 1 Mar., and against the corn bill, 10 Mar. 1815. Moreover, he differed from his patron in favouring Catholic relief, on which he later wrote a pamphlet.2 In April 1815 he accordingly resigned. He joined Brooks’s Club, 7 May 1816, and kept company with the Fitzwilliam circle of Whigs. He had travelled in Greece, Egypt and Palestine with the Hon. Frederick Sylvester North Douglas* and <