MEADOWS, Sidney (c.1699-1792), of Conholt, nr. Andover, Hants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1722 - 1727
1727 - 1734
1734 - 1741

Family and Education

b. c.1699,1st s. of Sir Philip Meadows, M.P., of St. Martin-in-the-Fields by Dorothy, da. of Edward Boscawen, M.P., sis. of Hugh Boscawen, 1st Visct. Falmouth. m. 2 June 1742, Jemima, da. of Hon. Charles Montagu of Durham (yst. s. of Edward Montagu, M.P., 1st Earl of Sandwich), s.p. suc. fa. 1757.

Offices Held

Knight marshal Jan. 1758-d.


Meadows’s grandfather, Sir Philip Meadows, was Latin secretary to Cromwell, who sent him as ambassador to Portugal and Denmark; his father, M.P. Truro 1698-1700 and Tregony 1705-8, went as envoy to Vienna in 1707. Returned for Penryn and Truro on the Boscawen interest, he voted against the Administration in all recorded divisions, except that on the civil list arrears in 1729, from which he was absent. Chosen for Tavistock by the Duke of Bedford in 1734, he voted with the Opposition on the Spanish convention in 1739 and on the place bill in 1740. He never stood again.

In 1758 Meadows became knight marshal of the Marshalsea court in Southwark, a post which his father and grandfather had held, he and the lord steward of the Household acting as judges in this court. He died 15 Nov. 1792 ‘extremely rich in personal property as well as in land. It was said of him that he had not been on the east side of Bond Street more than twice a year for the last 30 years, and that was on his way to receive dividends at the bank’.1

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Gent. Mag. 1792, pp. 1060-1.