VYNER, Robert (1686-1777), of Swakeley, Mdx. and Gautby, Lincs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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1710 - 1713
12 Feb. 1724 - 1761

Family and Education

bap. 31 Oct. 1686, o. s. of Thomas Vyner*.  m. (1) Margaret, da. of Sir Thomas Style, 2nd Bt.†, of Wateringbury, Kent, 1s. 2da.; (2) 3 June 1758, Mrs Delicia de Pipre of Upper Brook Street, London, s.psuc. fa. c.1707.1

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Having inherited his father’s extensive Lincolnshire estates, Vyner was able to secure his return for Grimsby in 1710. He was classed as doubtful in the ‘Hanover list’ of this Parliament, but his partner in the election, the Tory Arthur Moore*, was confident of his principles, writing to Robert Harley* on 6 Oct. 1710, ‘I am well assured he will zealously join with me in such measures as shall be most for the public service.’ Vyner was not an active Member, and the only reference to him in the Journals during this Parliament was when he was granted leave of absence on 10 Feb. 1711. In July 1712 he and Moore presented Grimsby’s address of thanks for the terms of the peace, which fully expressed ‘the sentiments of the High Church party’. He did not stand in 1713, but when he did eventually return to Parliament in 1724, it was as an independent Whig. Thereafter, he established himself as a voluble opponent of successive administrations, and, unlike his father, became a true county figure, selling the family mansion at Swakeley, Middlesex, and purchasing Gautby. He died on 10 Apr. 1777.2

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Authors: Paula Watson / Perry Gauci


  • 1. IGI, London; Vyner, A Fam. Hist. ped.; Gent. Mag. 1758, p. 292.
  • 2. HMC Portland, iv. 608; Boyer, Pol. State, iv. 43; Vyner, A Fam. Hist. 87.