NORTHLEIGH, Stephen (c.1692-?1731), of Peamore, Exminster, Devon
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Family and Education
b. c.1692, 1st surv. s. of Henry Northleigh*. educ. Exeter Coll. Oxf. matric. 17 Apr. 1711, aged 18. m. 2 Dec. 1714, Margaret, da. of Sir William Davie, 4th Bt., of Creedy, Devon, 2da. suc. fa. 1694.
Northleigh succeeded in infancy to his father’s substantial but indebted estates. His upbringing was entrusted to his stepfather, Edward Yarde*, and to his uncle Dr John Northleigh, a High Church and Jacobite polemicist. Returned on the Yarde interest for Totnes in 1713, Northleigh made little mark in the House. His party affiliation was sufficiently clear, however, for the compilers of the Worsley list and two other comparative analyses of the 1713 and 1715 Parliaments to classify him as a Tory. He continued to sit as a Tory in the first Parliament of George I. He probably died in 1731.1
Ref Volumes: 1690-1715
Author: Eveline Cruickshanks
- 1. Vivian, Vis. Devon 270; DNB (Northleigh, John).