LEEVES, Robert (c.1685-1743), of Steyning, Suss.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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24 Apr. - 8 Aug. 1713
1715 - 12 Apr. 1717

Family and Education

b. c.1685, 1st s. of William Leeves of Tortington Place, Suss. by Anne Seymour of Halford, Devon.  m. Elizabeth, 4s. (3 d.v.p.).  suc. fa. 1710.1

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Leeves’s ancestors came from Wimborne, Dorset, but his grandfather had moved to Sussex where Leeves inherited two manors and bought another. His estates also included property in Steyning. At a by-election in Steyning in 1712 he was active on behalf of Lord Bellew (Richard*), and when that election was declared void, was himself returned at the ensuing by-election. On 18 June 1713 he voted in favour of the French commerce bill. He did not stand in the general election in September 1713, but regained the seat in 1715, being listed as a Tory in a comparative analysis of the 1713 and 1715 Parliaments. He also remained on the Sussex commission of the peace until 1717, when he was turned out shortly after losing his seat in Parliament on petition. He died on 24 May 1743, aged 58.2

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. J. Dallaway, Hist. Western Suss. ii(1), pp. 78–79; (2), p. 169; Berry, Suss. Gen. 104.
  • 2. VCH Suss. v. 218; vi(1), p. 252; vi(2), p. 252; vi(3), p. 48; Suss. N. and Q. xviii. 200; Misc. Gen. et Her. ser. 2, i. 53; L. K. J. Glassey, Appt. JPs. 238, 254.