KYNASTON, John (1664-1733), of Hardwick, Salop.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1695 - 20 Dec. 1709
1710 - 1715
1722 - 1727

Family and Education

b. Aug. 1664, 1st surv. s. of Edward Kynaston, M.P. Shrewsbury, of Hordley, Salop by Amy, da. and h. of Thomas Barker of Albrightlee, Salop. educ. Eton 1679-83; St. John’s, Camb. 1683. m. 22 Sept. 1686, Beatrice (bur. 7 Dec. 1703), da. of Sir Vincent Corbet, 2nd Bt., of Moreton Corbet, Salop, sis. and h. of Sir Vincent Corbet, 3rd Bt., 2s. 1da.; (2) 27 Oct. 1708, Anne, da. of Thomas Harwood of Tern, Salop, sis. of Thomas Hill, 2s. 2da. suc. fa. 1693.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Salop 1689-90; mayor of Shrewsbury 1696.


The head of an ancient Shropshire family, with a rent roll of about £8,000 a year,1 Kynaston was the leader of the Shropshire Tories under Queen Anne. His second wife is said to have carried the contributions of the local Jacobites to St. Germain.2 In 1715 he lost his county seat, recovering it in 1722, after which he did not stand again. In 1731 he preferred an unsuccessful claim to the barony of Powys. He died 10 Sept. 1733, disinheriting his eldest son Corbet of all except his entailed estates, in favour of his younger son Edward.3

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: J. B. Lawson


  • 1. Gent. Mag. 1733, p. 495.
  • 2. Owen & Blakeway, Hist. Shrewsbury, i. 508 n.4.
  • 3. Salop Arch. Soc. Trans. (ser. 2), vi. 217.