LITTLETON, Sir Edward, 4th Bt. (?1727-1812), of Teddesley Park, Staffs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Constituency

Dates

1784 - 18 May 1812

Family and Education

b. ?1727, 1st s. of Fisher Littleton by Frances, da. and coh. of James Whitehall of Pipe Ridware. educ. Brewood sch.; Emmanuel, Camb. 1744. m. 10 May 1752, Frances, da. of Christopher Horton of Catton, Derbys., s.p. suc. fa. 1740; uncle as 4th Bt. 2 Jan. 1742.

Offices Held

Capt. Ld. Gower’s regt. 1745-6.

Sheriff, Staffs. 1762-3.

Biography

Littleton’s tenure of the county seat for 28 years surprised nobody more than himself. Urged by Lord Uxbridge to offer in 1784, when the peer’s ulterior motive was that he should keep the seat warm for his young heir Lord Paget, he was unopposed then and thereafter. While it was supposed that his age would provide Paget with an early opportunity, his longevity prevented it. He did not give up fox hunting until he was nearly 80.1 He was nevertheless one of the least active of county Members. Only one speech of his in the House—and that in 1784—is known. In 1791 he was listed among opponents of the repeal of the Test A