HARDINGE, Nicholas (1699-1758), of Kingston-upon-Thames, Surr.
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b. 7 Feb. 1699, 1st s. of Rev. Gideon Hardinge, vicar of Kingston-upon-Thames, by his w. Mary Westbrooke. educ. Eton c.1711-18; King’s, Camb. 1718, fellow 1722; M. Temple 1721, called 1725. m. 19 Dec. 1738, Jane, da. of Sir John Pratt, l.c.j. of the King’s bench 1718-25, sis. of Charles, 1st Earl Camden, 9s. 3da.
Clerk of House of Commons 1731-48; law reader to the Duke of Cumberland 1732; attorney-gen. to the Duke 1733; jt. sec. to Treasury 1752- d.
Hardinge, a scholar and an antiquary, sat at Eye on the interest of Lord Cornwallis. According to John Nichols, he had ‘no talents or courage for eloquence’, but as secretary to the Treasury was ‘laborious, able, zealous and so honest that he had many enemies’.1 He died 9 Apr. 1758.
Ref Volumes: 1754-1790
Author: Sir Lewis Namier
- 1. Lit. Anecs. v. 339-40.