FURNESE, Henry (d.1756), of Gunnersbury, Mdx.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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20 Dec. 1720 - 1734
18 May 1738 - 1741
1741 - 30 Aug. 1756

Family and Education

o.s. of George Furnese, an East India factor. unm.

Offices Held

Sec. to Treasury July-Dec. 1742; ld. of Treasury Dec. 1755- d.


Apprenticed as a young man to a London merchant, Furnese, though of a Kentish family, seems to have owned no significant estate in the county, but was originally returned for Dover on the interest of his cousin, Sir Robert Furnese, M.P. On the death of Sir Robert’s son Henry in 1735, Furnese acted as a trustee of his estates, which commanded a considerable interest at New Romney.

In 1754 he was closely connected with George Bubb Dodington, and was classed by Dupplin as ‘doubtful’. As part of the bargain concluded between Dodington and Newcastle in October 1755 Furnese was appointed to a seat at the Treasury Board, with full liberty to oppose the subsidy treaties, and on 13 Nov. 1755 he voted with Dodington against them.1  He died 30 Aug. 1756.2

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. Dodington’s Diary, 499.
  • 2. Gent. Mag. 451; London Mag. 452 gives 28 Aug.