HOARE, Henry (1705-85), of Stourhead, Wilts.
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Family and Education
b. 7 July 1705, 1st s. of Henry Hoare of Stourton, banker, by Jane, da. of Sir William Benson of Bromley, Mdx. and sis. of William Benson. educ. Westminster c.1715; Grand Tour. m. (1) 11 Apr. 1726, Anne (d. 4 Mar. 1727), da. of Samuel Masham, M.P., 1st Baron Masham, 1da. d.v.p.; (2) 6 July 1728, Susan, da. of Stephen Colt, 3s. d.v.p., 2da. suc. fa. 1725.
Henry Hoare, an eminent banker known as ‘the magnificent’,1 was a grandson of Sir Richard Hoare, M.P., the founder of Hoare’s bank in Fleet Street, of which Henry himself became a partner in 1726. After succeeding to his estates he began to lay out and plant a fine landscape garden at Stourhead, which had been bought by his father from the Stourtons in 1720. Returned as a Tory for Salisbury, he did not vote in any recorded division and did not stand again. In June 1766 he put up £13,000 in cash to enable his son-in-law, Lord Bruce, to buy out Earl Verney’s interest in Great Bedwyn.2 He died 8 Sept. 1785.