GREATHEED, Samuel (c.1710-65), of Guy's Cliffe, nr. Warwick.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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28 Dec. 1747 - 1761

Family and Education

b. c.1710, 1st surv. s. of John and Frances Greatheed of St. Mary Cayon, St. Kitts. educ. Bradford; Trinity, Camb. 1730; L. Inn 1730. m. (1)1; (2) 21 Feb. 1748, Lady Mary Bertie, da. of Peregrine, 2nd Duke of Ancaster, 2s.

Offices Held


Greatheed, after rejoining his family in St. Kitts for a few years,2 settled in England; in 1743 rented Guy’s Cliffe, a mile from Warwick, and bought it in 1750. In 1754 he contested Coventry on Lord Archer’s interest and was returned head of the poll. In Dupplin’s list he was classed as a supporter of Administration. He did not stand again in 1761. Henry Fox, writing to Egremont, 20 Feb. 1763, refers to Greatheed as ‘a great friend’ of his.3 In January 1764 Greatheed applied to Grenville to be made commissioner for the sale of lands in the conquered islands, but the post had already been filled.4

He died 2 Aug. 1765.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Sir Lewis Namier


  • 1. Caribbeana, ed. V. L. Oliver, v. 50.
  • 2. An Englishman in Paris: 1803. The Journal of Bertie Greatheed, ed. J. P. T. Bury and J. C. Barry, p. x.
  • 3. Wyndham mss.
  • 4. Grenville letter bk.