DUTTON, James (1744-1820), of Sherborne, Glos.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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24 Jan. 1781 - 1784

Family and Education

b. 22 Oct. 1744, 2nd s. of James Lenox Dutton of Sherborne by his 2nd w. Jane, da. of Christopher Bond of Newland, Glos. educ. Eton 1755-62; Ch. Ch. Oxf. 1763. m. 7 July 1774, Elizabeth, da. of Wenman Coke of Holkham, Norf., 1s. 3da. suc. half-bro. 29 Aug. 1771;  cr. Baron Sherborne 20 May 1784.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Glos. 1779-80.


Dutton was returned for Gloucestershire as the candidate of the Beaufort interest. His first recorded vote was for Lowther’s motion against the war, 12 Dec. 1781. He did not vote in the divisions of February 1782. On the censure motions of 8 and 15 Mar. he voted with Administration. In Robinson’s list of March 1783, drawn up after the division on Shelburne’s peace preliminaries, he is marked as ‘abroad’. He voted for Fox’s East India bill, 27 Nov. 1783, but subsequently supported Pitt. He did not stand in 1784, having received a promise of a peerage. There is no record of his having spoken in the House.

He died 22 May 1820.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: I. R. Christie