INGRAM, Charles (1727-78), of Templenewsam, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1747 - 14 Apr. 1763

Family and Education

b. 19 Mar. 1727, 1st s. of Col. the Hon. Charles Ingram (s. of Arthur, 3rd Visct. Irwin [S]), by Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Charles Scarborough of Windsor, wid. of Francis Brace.  educ. Westminster 1737-43.  m. 28 June 1758, Frances Gibson, illegit. da. of Samuel Shepherd, M.P., London merchant, of Exning, Suff., 5da.  suc. uncle as 9th Visct. Irwin [S] 14 Apr. 1763.

Offices Held

Groom of the bedchamber to the Prince of Wales 1756-60, to the King 1760-3.

Scottish representative peer 1768- d.


Ingram was returned for Horsham by his uncle, Viscount Irwin, who controlled both seats. Like him Ingram supported Administration, and was appointed groom of the bedchamber through Newcastle’s influence. He is not included in Henry Fox’s list of Members favourable to the peace preliminaries, December 1762, but a connexion of his, Thomas Ramsden, informed Jenkinson, 20 Nov. 1762, that Ingram was well inclined to support the Administration, and suggested that he should be summoned to the eve of session meeting of Parliament.1

On 5 Nov. 1763, Irwin, as he had now become, wrote to Pitt:2 ‘My inheriting a peerage has made a vacancy in Parliament for the borough of Horsham; and it is my great ambition, that you will do me the honour to name some friend of yours to supply my place.’ Pitt nominated Robert Pratt, whom Irwin accepted, and had re-elected in 1768. But in 1774 Irwin returned two Administration candidates.  He died 19 June 1778.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. Jenkinson Pprs. 90.
  • 2. Chatham Corresp. ii. 266.