MOORE, Daniel (b.1701), of Widmere Manor, Marlow, Bucks.

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

Family and Education

b. 1701, 4th s. of John Moore of Philadelphia, attorney-gen. of Pennsylvania 1700-4, by Rebecca, da. of Daniel Axtell of S. Carolina; yr. bro. of Rev. Thomas Moore, chaplain to Bp. Atterbury and editor of his Works.  m. c.1734, Agatha (parentage unascertained) of Barbados, 1s. 3da.1

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John Moore was of the Moore family of Fawley in Berkshire.2 Daniel Moore seems to have gone from America to Barbados as a merchant.3 It is not certain when he came to England, but in 1747 he purchased Widmere Manor, and in 1754 stood for Great Marlow on the interest of Lord Cholmondeley who, according to Newcastle’s memorandum of 18 Mar., ‘answered for him’. Moore was returned after a contest. In Dupplin’s lists of 1754 he is classed as a Government supporter, and in one appears as a merchant, and in another as a planter. Defeated in 1761, he petitioned: ‘I flatter myself’, he wrote to Newcastle on 4 Dec., ‘that my past behaviour will entitle me to your Grace’s countenance and protection.’ But he did not receive Government support, and his petition was rejected.4

In July 1761 Moore unsuccessfully applied to Newcastle for the collectorship of customs in Jamaica, ‘your Grace having expressed an inclination to serve me when a vacancy should happen abroad.’5 In 1763 he sold his Marlow property to William Clayton; and died after 1771.6

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. We are indebted to Mr. W. J. Bell jun. of Philadelphia for information concerning Moore’s American antecedents and connexions.
  • 2. D.M. Hall, Six Cents. Moores of Fawley, quoted DAmB.
  • 3. Caribbeana, iii. 210.
  • 4. Add. 32995, f. 98; 33034, ff. 173-6, 192; 32931, f. 417.
  • 5. Add. 32925, f. 16.
  • 6. A letter written to him by his nephew Richard, 12 May 1772, is in the possession of the Penn. Hist. Soc.