DRAX, Henry (?1693-1755), of Charborough, Dorset, and Ellerton Abbey, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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28 Mar. 1718 - 1722
1727 - 1734
1734 - 26 Jan. 1748
25 Jan. 1751 - 1754
30 Dec. 1754 - 24 May 1755

Family and Education

b. ?1693, 1st s. of Thomas Shatterden (afterwards Drax), of Pope’s Common, Herts. and Barbados by Elizabeth, da. of Edward Ernle of Etchilhampton, Wilts. educ. Eton 1706-7; Magdalene, Camb. 1710. m.1720, his 1st cos. Elizabeth, da. and h. of Sir Edward Ernle, 3rd Bt., M.P., and gd.-da. and h. of Thomas Erle, M.P., of Charborough, 3s. 5da.

Offices Held

Sec. to Frederick, Prince of Wales 1744-51.


Henry Drax inherited electoral influence at Wareham through his wife’s grandfather, Thomas Erle, of Charborough. In 1754 he and his son were opposed at Wareham by the Pitts of Encombe. A double return was made, but, on a compromise arranged by Newcastle, Henry Drax took his seat.  He died 24 May 1755.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: A. N. Newman