DOWNING, Jacob Garrard (c.1717-64), of Mount Prospect, Putney, Surr. and Gamlingay Park, Cambs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1741 - 1747
21 June 1749 - 1761
29 Apr. 1763 - 6 Feb. 1764

Family and Education

b. c.1717, o.s. of Charles Downing of Bury St. Edmunds, comptroller of customs at Salem, Mass. by Sarah, da. and coh. of Jacob Garrard (1st s. of Sir Thomas Garrard, 2nd Bt., of Langford, Norf.). educ. Emmanuel, Camb. 1734. m. 17 May 1750, Margaret, da. of Rev. John Price of Barrington, Glos., s.p. suc. fa. 15 Apr. 1740, and cos. Sir George Downing as 4th Bt. and to estates in Cambs., Beds., and Suff. 10 June 1749.

Offices Held


Downing, who was returned by his cousin, Sir George Downing, voted with the Government on the chairman of the elections committee, 16 Dec. 1741. In the divisions on the Hanoverian troops he voted with them on 10 Dec. 1742, against them on 6 Dec. 1743 and 18 Jan. 1744, and was absent on 11 Apr. 1746, when he was classed as Old Whig. In 1747 he was not put up by his cousin, on whose death in 1749 he succeeded to his property and seat.

He died 6 Feb. 1764.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick