MOLYNEUX, James More (?1723-59), of Loseley, nr. Guildford, Surr.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1754 - 24 June 1759

Family and Education

b. ?1723, 1st s. of Sir More Molyneux of Loseley by Cassandra, da. of Thomas Cornwallis of Abermarlais, Carm.; bro. of Thomas More Molyneux.  educ. Wadham, Oxf. 27 Sept. 1742, aged 19.  m. 11 Oct. 1753, Margaret, da. and h. of Robert Sherard of Carcolston, Notts., s.p.

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Molyneux’s paternal grandmother was sister and heir of Robert More of Loseley, from whom the Molyneux family inherited the manor of Haslemere and a strong interest in the borough, with the right to appoint the returning officer. Still, their interest was long dormant, probably due to their poor circumstances: Sir More Molyneux, a friend of Arthur Onslow, had a secret service pension of £100 per annum on the ‘Speaker’s list’.1 Perhaps James Molyneux’s marriage enabled him to revive the family interest in 1754. He was listed by Dupplin as a Government supporter, but voted with Pitt and the Grenvilles against the Address, 13 Nov. 1755.

He died v.p. 24 June 1759.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Sir Lewis Namier


  • 1. Namier, Structure, 231.