WEBB, John (?1730-95), of Cote House, nr. Bristol, Glos.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1780 - 4 Feb. 1795

Family and Education

b. ?1730, 3rd s. of Nicholas Webb, merchant, of Gloucester by Susanna, da. of John Bliss of Chalford. educ. ?Westminster 1742-6. m. Arabella, da. of Thomas Bushell of Sevinbroke, Oxon., 2s. 1da.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Gloucester 1756-7, 1761-2, mayor 1776-7, 1786-7.


Webb, the son of a Gloucester mercer and brewer who also owned cloth mills near Stroud, was by 1760 captain of the London in the service of the East India Company. Dismissed for illicit trading in 1766, he was reinstated in 1770. By 1776 he owned the vessel and in 1782 stood unsuccessfully, with Edmund Burke’s support, for election as a director of the Company. He had disposed of the ship by 1793.1

An opponent of Pitt in the 1784 Parliament, he joined the Whig Club on 4 Apr. 1785, attended the opposition meeting at Burlington House, 11 May 1790, and at the general election a month later was re-elected without opposition for Gloucester on the interest of the Whig corporation and the 11th Duke of Norfolk. He paire