INGLETT FORTESCUE, John (1758-1840), of Buckland Filleigh, Devon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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9 Apr. 1801 - May 1803

Family and Education

b. 23 Oct. 1758, o.s. of Richard Inglett, collector of customs, of Dawlish, Devon (who took additional name of Fortescue 1776 on suc. in the right of his mother Rebecca Fortescue to Buckland Filleigh) by Elizabeth, da. of Lucy Weston of Dawlish. educ. Blundell’s sch. 1773-5; Trinity, Oxf. 1775, Oriel 1776, BCL 1783. m. (1) 25 Sept. 1784, Anne, da. of Thomas Sa(u)nders, merchant, of Exeter, Devon, 1s.; (2) 13 Jan. 1818, Sarah Bridget, da. and coh. of James Marwood of Sutton, Devon, wid. of Henry Stevens of Cross, Devon, s.p. suc. fa. 1790.

Offices Held

Cornet, army 1782; R. Horse Gds. 1783-6; capt. N. Devon militia 1802; maj. N. Devon yeoman cav. 1798; lt.-col. 2 regt. N. Devon vol. inf. 1801, militia 1808.

Receiver-gen. land tax, Devon 1819-d.


Through his paternal grandmother, Inglett Fortescue was heir to a Devon estate and connected with the Earls Fortescue, as also with the Trefusis family, who obtained in 1794 the barony of Clinton. He became in 1792 a trustee of the estates of the barony in Devon and Cornwall, was introduced by Lord Rolle to Pitt in 1797 as manager of the Clinton boroughs during the minority of the 18th Baron, and entered Parliament for one of them, Callington, on a vacancy. He remained just two years in the House, giving silent support to Addington’s administration, before vacating his seat in favour of a co-trustee, Ambrose St. John. He had faced a contest in 1802. Inglett Fortescue, who did not seek to reenter Parliament, died 25 Nov. 1840 at St. Servan in France.

Burke LG (1849), i. 432; A. G. C. Tucker, Observations (1817); PRO 30/8/173, f. 86; Gent. Mag. (1841), i. 110.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: R. G. Thorne