MOLESWORTH, Sir John, 4th Bt. (1705-66), of Pencarrow, Cornw.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1734 - 1741
12 Dec. 1744 - 1761

Family and Education

bap. 28 Feb. 1705, 1st s. of Sir John Molesworth, 3rd Bt., by Jane, da. of John Arscott of Tetcott, Devon. m. 1728, Barbara, da. of Sir Nicholas Morice, 2nd Bt., 2s. 1da. suc. fa. June 1723.

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Molesworth was returned as a Tory for Newport on the interest of his brother-in-law, Sir William Morice. He did not stand in 1741 but in 1744 he succeeded his wife’s brother-in-law, Sir John St. Aubyn, 3rd Bt., as knight of the shire for Cornwall, voting consistently against the Walpole-Pelham Governments.

He died on 4 Apr. 1766.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks