PRATT, John (c.1685-1770), of Wildernesse, nr. Sevenoaks, Kent.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1741 - 1747

Family and Education

b. c.1685, 4th but 1st surv. s. of Sir John Pratt, M.P. c. j. of King’s bench 1718-25, by his 1st w. Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Rev. Henry Gregory of Middleton Stoney, Oxon. educ. I. Temple 1700. m. (1) Elizabeth, da. of Sir Jeffrey Jeffreys of Brecknock Priory, Brec., 1s. 1da.; (2) 10 Apr. 1725, Dorothy, da. and h. of Robert Tracy of Coscombe Court, Glos., 1s. suc. fa. 1725.

Offices Held


Descended from an old Devonshire family, who had lost their estates in the Civil War, Pratt inherited Wildernesse, bought by his father in 1705. Returned for Sandwich in 1741 on the interest of Sir George Oxenden, who wrote that the neighbouring farmers had ‘certainly carried the election for my partner, Mr. Pratt’,1 he voted consistently against the Administration. He did not stand again. After his death, 24 July 1770, his property eventually went to the family of his half-brother, Charles Pratt, Lord Camden.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. Namier, Structure, 101.