MORDAUNT, Sir Charles, 8th bt. (1771-1823), of Walton, Warws. and 6 Portman Square, Mdx.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1820-1832, ed. D.R. Fisher, 2009
Available from Cambridge University Press

Constituency

Dates

1 Oct. 1804 - 7 Oct. 1820

Family and Education

b. 5 Jan. 1771, o. surv. son of Sir John Mordaunt, 7th bt.†, of Walton and Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Thomas Prowse† of Compton Bishop, Som. educ. Eton 1779-88; Christ Church, Oxf. 1788. m. 31 Jan. 1807, Marianne, da. of William Holbech† of Farnborough Hall, Warws., 1s. 2da. suc. fa. as 8th bt. 18 Nov. 1806. d. 30 May 1823.

Offices Held

Capt. (Vols.) Warws. militia 1794; cornet Warws. yeoman cav. 1798, capt. 1801, maj. 1802.

Recorder, Stratford-upon-Avon 1807-d.1

Biography

Despite his failing health Mordaunt, a pro-Catholic Whig who had long adapted his politics to appease his constituents, stood again for his county at the general election of 1820 and was returned unopposed.2 He apologized on the hustings for his absence from Parliament throughout 1819 and explained that, if present, he would have supported the Bank Act and the repressive legislation after Peterloo. He added that he would ‘exert all the power he possessed’ in the new Parliament to combat the depression in trade and agriculture.3 Although his name appears in no surviving division list, he was not entirely inactive in his last parliamentary session. He supported inquiry with a view to curbing emissions from industrial furnaces, commended the ‘ingenious’ and ‘effectual’ device used by John Parkes at his Warwick factory, where the furnaces ‘consumed their own smoke’ and was named to the committee, 2 May 1820. The next day he and his colleague Dugdale Stratford Dugdale requested an interview with Lord Liverpool on behalf of a Birmingham deputation seeking inquiry into the causes of distress in manufacturing.4 He was named to the select committee on restricting the use of capital punishment for felony, which he had long advocated, 9 May 1820.

Mordaunt, whose devoted wife (d. 1842) conceded that he was ‘never perhaps sufficiently attached’ to the duties of