CHAPMAN, Sir John, 2nd Bt. (c.1710-81), of Cockenhatch, Barkway, Herts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1741 - 1747

Family and Education

b. c.1710, 1st s. of Sir William Chapman, 1st Bt., ld. mayor of London and a director of the South Sea Co., by Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Thomas Webb alias Wood, clerk of the kitchen to William III. m. Dec. 1736, Rachel (d. ?1764), da. and coh. of James Edmondson, s.p.; (2) Sarah, s.p. suc. fa. 7 May 1737.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Herts. 1759-60.


Chapman was heir to a wealthy London merchant family, whose trading interests had drawn them from Shropshire to London by the early seventeenth century.1 Returned as an opposition Whig for Taunton in 1741 after a contest, he voted against the Government till 1746, when he voted for the Hanoverians. He did not again seek re-election. In 1757 his house in Hertfordshire was attacked by an anti-militia mob.2 He died 29 Jan. 1781.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Shirley Matthews


  • 1. B. I'Anson, Chapman Fam. i. 39.
  • 2. Yorke, Hardwicke, iii. 32.