HERNE, Joseph (aft.1682-1723), of the Inner Temple, London.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1715 - 1722

Family and Education

b. aft. 1682, 2nd s. of Sir Joseph Herne, M.P., merchant and alderman of London, by Elizabeth, da. of Sir John Frederick, M.P., of St. Peter-le-Poor, London. educ. ?Eton; L. Inn 1696; King’s, Camb. 1697; I. Temple Oct. 1701, called June 1707. m. Penelope, da. of Sir John Mordaunt, 5th Bt., M.P., of Walton, Warws., sis. of Sir Charles Mordaunt, 6th Bt., 2da. suc. e. bro. Frederick in March 1723.

Offices Held

Director, E.I. Co. 1710-22.


The Hernes, wealthy London merchants and financiers trading to the East Indies and North America from Dartmouth,1 frequently represented the borough in the early eighteenth century. Joseph Herne, related through his mother to another wealthy London family, also formerly Members for Dartmouth,2 was returned on his family’s interest after a contest. Classed in 1715 as a Tory who might often vote with the Whigs, he voted consistently against the Government, moving the motion against Lord Cadogan (4 June 1717), and speaking against the vote for measures against Sweden (8, 9, 13 Apr. 1717), the Address in three successive sessions (7 May 1717, 11 Nov. 1718, 23 Nov. 1719), the Quadruple Alliance (15 Nov. 1718),3 and the peerage bill (7 Dec. 1719). He did not stand in 1722, dying 19 Dec. 1723.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Shirley Matthews


  • 1. CSP Col. 1689-92, pp. 500, 509.
  • 2. S. Young, Annals of the Barber-Surgeons, 551-5; E. H. Fellowes, Fam. of Frederick, 19-27.
  • 3. Thos. Brodrick to Lady Midleton, 15 Nov. 1718, Brodrick mss.