CORNEWALL, Sir George, 2nd Bt. (1748-1819), of Moccas Court, Herefs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1774 - 1796
1802 - 1807

Family and Education

b. 5 Nov. 1748, 1st s. of Sir George Amyand by Anna Maria, da. of John Abraham Corteen, a Hamburg merchant. educ. Eton 1758-64; Ch. Ch. Oxf. 1766. m. 18 July 1771, Catherine, da. and h. of Velters Cornewall of Moccas Court, Herefs., and assumed name of Cornewall, 2s. 5da. His sisters m. James Harris, 1st Earl of Malmesbury and Sir Gilbert Elliot, 4th Bt.. suc. fa. as 2nd Bt. 16 Aug. 1766.

Offices Held


Cornewall inherited his father’s share in the banking firm Amyand (subsequently Cornewall), Staples, and Mercer, and seems to have been associated with it until 1776.

At the general election of 1774 he successfully contested Herefordshire (which his father-in-law had represented 1722-68). His first recorded vote was against Administration on Wilkes, 22 Feb. 1775, and he again voted in opposition on the civil list debts, 16 Apr. 1777. No further vote of his is recorded till 12 Feb. 1779, when he voted with Opposition on the contractors bill; after this he voted regularly against Administration until the fall of North. He supported Shelburne’s peace preliminaries, 18 Feb. 1783, but did not vote on Fox’s East India bill, 27 Nov. 1783. He was at the St. Alban’s Tavern meeting of country gentlemen in January 1784 which advocated the union of parties.

In William Adam’s list of the new Parliament Cornewall was classed as Opposition, and he voted against Pitt on the Regency. Two or three short speeches of Cornewall’s on different subjects are recorded.

He died 26 Sept. 1819.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond