PAGE, Francis (1726-1803), of Middle Aston, Oxon. and Acton Hall, Worcs.
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Family and Education
b. 1726, 1st s. of Richard Bourne of Ombersley, Worcs. by Isabella Smith, niece and h. of Sir Francis Page, j.KB 1727-41. educ. New Coll. Oxf. 29 Apr. 1743, aged 16; MA 1747, DCL 1749. unm. suc. gt.-uncle Sir Francis Page and took name of Page, 1741.
Sheriff, Oxon. 1752-3.
Page, who inherited, embellished and consolidated an Oxfordshire estate, represented his university for 33 years. By 1790 it was clear that he was secure in his seat for as long as he wished to hold it. It was equally clear that, apart from his attachment to Tory principles in church and state (he was a relic of the Jacobite squires), he was politically negligible. He had silently opposed Pitt in the Parliament of 1784 and may have joined Brooks’s Club in 1790, but he was listed an opponent of the repeal of the Test Act in Scotland in 1791, and no speech or minority vote by him is known between 1790 and his retirement in 1801, apart from his vote for the abolition of the slave trade, 15 Mar. 1796, of which his colleague Dolben was a fervent advocate.
Page was listed a Portland Whig in December 1792 and was one of those listed for invitation to Windham’s house, in February