NEWSHAM, James (1715-69), of Chadshunt, Warws.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1741 - 1747
10 Dec. 1754 - 1761

Family and Education

b. 7 Oct. 1715, o.s. of John Newsham of Chadshunt by his 2nd w. Anne, da. and coh. of James Craggs, postmaster general; she m. (2) John Knight of Gosfield Hall, Essex, and (3) 23 Mar. 1737, Robert Nugent.  educ. privately under David Mallet;1Grand Tour 1735.2 unm.  suc. to Chadshunt 4 Dec. 1724; to Kentish property of his mother 1756, and took add. name of Craggs.

Offices Held


Newsham was returned at St. Mawes on the Craggs interest, which had been inherited by his step-father, Robert Nugent. Though descended from a family that had been settled in Warwickshire since the 14th century, and connected through his mother with a number of prominent parliamentarians, he took little part in politics. He seems to have attended the House infrequently, and did not stand in 1761.

He died in France, November 1769.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Sir Lewis Namier


  • 1. Pope’s Works, ed. Elwin Courthope, ix. 438-9.
  • 2. Add. 23794, f. 62.