MICHELL, John (1710-66), of Boston, Lincs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1741 - 1754
1761 - 30 Nov. 1766

Family and Education

b. 20 Jan. 1710, 2nd s. of Simon Michell, M.P., by Charity, sis. and h. of Richard Hutton of Lincoln’s Inn.  educ. Charterhouse; King’s, Camb. 1727-30; L. Inn 1727.  m. (1)— Hall (d. Oct. 17491); (2) 20 May 1754, Frances, da. of Jacob Preston of Beeston St. Laurence, Norf., wid. of William Jermy, 2s. 1da.

Offices Held

Mayor of Boston 1744, 1755; recorder 1759.


Michell, a wine merchant at Boston, was returned unopposed in 1761. In Bute’s list of December 1761 he was marked ‘Tory, Pitt’; but he is in Fox’s list of Members favourable to the peace preliminaries, December 1762. Jenkinson marked him as ‘doubtful’ before the opening of the session in November 1763; and so did Rockingham in July 1765. He was obviously independent, and a dark horse to all party managers. No vote or speech by him is known in the Parliament of 1761.

He died 30 Nov. 1766.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. Gent. Mag. 1749, p. 476.