METHUEN, Paul Cobb (1752-1816), of Corsham, Wilts.

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

Family and Education

b. 15 June 1752, 1st s. of Paul Methuen.  educ. Univ. Coll. Oxf. 1769.  m. 20 Apr. 1776, Matilda, da. of Sir Thomas Gooch, 3rd Bt., of Benacre, Suff., 4s. 4da.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Wilts. 1780-1.


Methuen was returned in place of his father on the Ailesbury interest. No vote or speech by him is reported. Robinson in his memorandum for Lord Shelburne, 7 Aug. 1782, notes: ‘Mr. Methuen attends but little ... when he did he mostly supported the old Government. Is very independent.’1 In March 1783 Robinson classed him as ‘country gentleman; doubtful’, and in January 1784 as ‘doubtful, some hope’; but Stockdale’s list of 19 Mar. marks him as ‘absent’. Methuen did not stand again in 1784.

He died 15 Sept. 1816.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. Laprade, 46.