WRIGHTE, George (c.1706-66), of Gayhurst, Bucks. and Brooksby Hall, nr. Leicester.
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Family and Education
b. c.1706, 1st surv. s. of George Wrighte of Gayhurst and Brooksby, clerk of the Crown in Chancery, by Mary, da. and h. of Thomas Bedford of Doctors’ Commons, register of Admiralty. educ. Emmanuel, Camb. 1724; I. Temple 1715. m. May 1733, Barbara, da. of Sir Thomas Clarges, 2nd Bt., M.P., of Aston, Herts., 1s. 1da. suc. fa. 1725.
Wrighte was the grandson of Sir Nathan Wrighte (recorder of Leicester 1680-5 and 1688-96), keeper of the great seal 1700-5, who played an active part on the Tory side in the county election of 1715 (see under Leicestershire). His uncle, William, was recorder of Leicester 1729-62. Returned for Leicester as a Tory on the corporation interest in 1727, he voted against the Administration, except on the motion for the dismissal of Walpole in February 1741, when he was one of the Tories who withdrew. In his only recorded speech, made on 5 May 1738 in a debate on the Spanish depredations in America, he exonerated the Spanish government from responsibility, deprecating measures likely to provoke Spain into war.1 The 2nd Lord Egmont wrote in his electoral survey, c.1749-50: ‘I do not know Wrighte well, but I believe he will acquiesce in the measures of the Tories be they what they will’. To which the Prince of Wales added: ‘I think he will, all his and her acquaintances are my friends’.
He died 27 Jan. 1766.
Ref Volumes: 1715-1754
Author: Eveline Cruickshanks
- 1. Parl. Hist. x. 836.