CHAUNCY, Toby (1674-1733), of Edgcote, Northants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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21 Jan. 1730 - 27 Mar. 1733

Family and Education

b. 2 Feb. 1674, 1st surv. s. of Toby Chauncy of Edgcote by his 2nd w. Joan, da. of John Paul, bp. of Oxford. educ. C.C.C. Oxf. 1690; I. Temple, called 1699. unm. suc. fa. 4 Mar. 1725.

Offices Held

Recorder, Banbury, bef. 1717.


Chauncy’s family had been seated at Edgcote, six miles from Banbury, since the reign of Henry VIII. Either he or his father had contested Banbury unsuccessfully in 1705. When a vacancy occurred there on Francis North’s going to the Lords, Chauncy wrote to him, as Lord Guilford, on 24 Oct. 1729, saying that though his inclination had been to remain ‘out of the rumble of this world’, he was willing to stand if the corporation ‘without trouble to reconcile any differences and preserve peace and unity’ thought proper to choose him and if Guilford concurred.1 In the event he opposed Guilford’s nominee, Lord Wallingford, and had enough support from the corporation to be returned by one vote. He did not not vote in any recorded division, and died 27 Mar. 1733.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Bodl. North mss d.4, f.23, ex inf. Mrs. H. M. Colvin.