LATOUCHE, Peter (?1775-1830), of Bellevue, co. Wicklow.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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Constituency

Dates

1802 - 1806

Family and Education

b. ?1775, 4th s. of David Latouche, MP [I], of Marley, co. Dublin, and bro. of David Latouche* and Robert Anthony Latouche*. educ. Harrow 1786-91; Trinity, Dublin 2 July 1792, aged 17. m. 6 Sept. 1806, Hon. Charlotte Maude, da. of Cornwallis, 1st Visct. Hawarden [I], 9s. 5da. suc. uncle Peter Latouche, MP [I], to the Bellevue estate, 1828.

Offices Held

Trustee, linen board [I] 1804.

Biography

Peter Latouche junior offered himself for county Leitrim on 7 Nov. 1801, referring to the support his family had formerly met with. His uncle of the same name had represented the county. He was returned in second place at the ensuing election, at which his eldest brother David was also returned for county Carlow. Like all the other Latouches, he voted for an inquiry into the Prince of Wales’s debts, 4 Mar. 1803, and came over from Ireland to help in the push against Addington in the spring of 1804, voting in the minorities on Fox’s and Pitt’s defence motions, 23, 25 Apr. He subsequently supported Pitt’s second ministry, for which the viceroy rewarded him, 31 July 1804, by making him a trustee of the linen board ‘which he was solicitous to obtain’. In December 1804 he was reported as having paired for the early part of the session, but he appeared at Westminster on 14 May 1805 to vote for the Catholic claims. He silently supported the Grenville ministry, voting for the repeal of the Additional Force Act, 30 Apr. 1806. They were prepared to support him at the ensuing election but, with fair prospects, he caused some surprise by retiring. In his farewell address, 23 Oct. 1806, Latouche alleged:

I have found that the attention to your interests, which I have ever considered it my duty to give, is so entirely inconsistent with my other pursuits and engagements, that I must decline again soliciting the honourable situation of being your representative.

A year later he did nothing to discourage his kinsman John Latouche, whose sympathies were with opposition, from gaining the county seat. Latouche died 11 Feb. 1830, aged 54.

Dublin Evening Post, 19 Jan. 1802, 23 Oct. 1806; Add. 35751, f. 202; HMC Fortescue, viii. 399, 440.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: Arthur Aspinall

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