ADDINGTON, John Hiley (1759-1818), of Chetwood, Som.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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6 Mar. 1787 - 1790
17 Feb. 1794 - 1796
1796 - 1802
1802 - Dec. 1802
4 Jan. 1803 - 1818

Family and Education

b. 1759, 2nd s. of Anthony Addington, M.D., and bro. of Henry.  educ. Cheam; Winchester 1769; B.N.C. Oxf. 1776.  m. 25 Oct. 1785, Mary, da. and h. of Henry Unwin of Stock, Essex, 2s. 1da.

Offices Held

Ld. of Treasury Dec. 1800-Mar. 1801 and July 1802-Nov. 1803; sec. to Treasury Mar. 1801-2; jt. paymaster gen. Jan. 1803-July 1804; P.C. 16 Feb. 1803; commr. for Indian affairs Feb. 1806-Apr. 1807; under-sec. of state for Home affairs 1812-18.

High steward, Harwich 1803- d.


Hiley Addington ‘while a boy, was left a considerable fortune by a relation’; and he acquired another by marriage.1 His parliamentary career he owed to his brother Henry, whose interests he looked after at Devizes in the general election of 1784.2 Pitt wrote to Henry on 14 July 1786 proposing that Hiley might, at no expense to himself, come in for Berwick-on-Tweed, on Lord Delaval’s interest.3 Hiley, however, was defeated. Several months later he was returned on Lord Falmouth’s interest at Truro. No speech of his is recorded before 1790; he voted with Pitt in the Regency crisis.

To his brother’s regret, Hiley was not returned in 1790.4 He subsequently held several minor ministerial posts, and died 11 June 1818.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: M. H. Port


  • 1. J. Wilson, Biog. Index. to Commons, 1806, p. 10.
  • 2. Hiley to Hen. Addington, Apr. 1784, Sidmouth mss.
  • 3. Sidmouth mss.
  • 4. Hen. Addington to R. P. Carew, 10 July 1790, Sidmouth mss.