PUREFOY JERVOISE, George (1770-1847), of Herriard House, Hants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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17 Feb. 1813 - 1818
1820 - 1826

Family and Education

b. 10 Apr. 1770, 1st s. of Rev. George Hudleston Jervoise Purefoy Jervoise of Britford, Wilts. by Mary, da. and coh. of Rev. Wright Hawes, rector of Shalstone, Bucks. educ. Westminster 1781-6; Corpus, Oxf. 1787-91. m. (1) 10 Apr. 1799, Elizabeth (d.1821), da. and h. of Thomas Hall of Preston Candover, Hants, s.p.; (2) 18 Apr. 1837, Anna Maria Selina, da. of Wadham Locke of Rowdeford, Wilts., s.p. suc. fa. 1805.

Offices Held

Capt. N. Hants militia 1794, lt.-col. 1798, col. 1800-11; sheriff, Hants 1830-1.


Jervoise’s childless uncle, Tristram Hudleston Jervoise of Britford (d.1794) meant him to cut a figure in the world, for he devised the Herriard estate worth £25,000 to him in 1792 and wrote to Pitt the prime minister on 31 Oct.

desirous of his being introduced to your countenance ... he is reported to be a gentleman of tolerable capacity and good behaviour. I am ambitious of his being a senator. Permit me to request the favour of your assistance to that purpose.1

It was not until 1813 that Jervoise entered Parliament. He then offered on a vacancy for Salisbury and, getting the start of his opponent Wadham Wyndham*, defeated him in a contest. He was supposed to be a ministerialist but, as Lord Folkestone alleged,

voted constantly in opposition on points connected with internal policy: whether that was his original bias, or he was converted by what he had witnessed in the House, or found his opinion on each question on which he voted, I cannot say—I believe the last.2

Jervoise is not known to have spoken in debate. He voted with the majority in favour of the sinecure bill, 29 Mar. 1813, but in the minority in favour of a civil list committee, 27 May. On 24 May he opposed Catholic relief, but on 22 Apr. 1814 voted for the censure of the Speaker’s conduct on that question—in 1816 and 1817 he supported relief. On 28 Feb. 1815 he opposed the continuation of the militia in peace time. He opposed the revise