CHESTER, Sir John, 6th Bt. (1693-1748), of Chicheley, Bucks. and Lidlington, Beds.
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Family and Education
b. 23 Apr. 1693, 3rd but 2nd surv. s. of Sir John Chester, 4th Bt., by Anne, da. and coh. of William Wollaston of Shenton, Leics. educ. Christ’s, Camb. 1709; I. Temple 1713. m. 15 Feb. 1719, Frances, da. of Sir Edward Bagot, 4th Bt., M.P., of Blithfield, Staffs., sis. of Sir Walter Wagstaffe Bagot, 5th Bt., 2s. 1da. suc. e. bro. 10 Mar. 1726.
The Chesters, whose lands were near the Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire border, acquired Chicheley in the time of Queen Elizabeth and Lidlington in that of Charles I. John Chester, though the younger son, inherited on his father’s death the Bedfordshire estates which had been settled on him at the time of his marriage in 1719.1 Less than five weeks later he succeeded also to Chicheley and the baronetcy on his elder brother’s death without male issue. A Tory like his father, whose name had been sent to the Pretender in 1721 as a probable supporter in the event of a rising,2 Chester stood unsuccessfully for the county in 1727 as the nominee of the 3rd Duke of Bedford. But in 1741 he was returned unopposed on a compromise, voting against the Administration in all recorded divisions. He died 8 Feb. 1748.