ROGERS, John (1750-1832), of Penrose, nr. Helston, Cornw.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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7 June 1775 - 1780
1780 - Nov. 1782
1784 - Mar. 1786

Family and Education

b. 15 Aug. 1750, o.s. of Hugh Rogers of Penrose by Anne, da. and h. of James Bishop of St. Columb Major, Cornw.  educ. Trinity, Oxf. 1768; I. Temple 1771.  m. 30 Sept. 1776, Margaret, da. of Francis Basset, and sis. of Sir Francis Basset, 6s. 13da.

Offices Held

Recorder, Helston 1785-d.


John Rogers, like his father and grandfather, was the leader of the Godolphin party in Helston. In 1774 he contested Penryn, possibly on the Basset interest; and in 1775 was returned to Parliament for West Looe, presumably with the support of Administration. He appears in none of the minority division lists, 1775-7, but was classed by Robinson as opposed to the contractors bill, 12 Feb. 1779. ‘A country gentleman, and an uncertain voter’, wrote the Public Ledger in 1779. In three out of the five divisions, February to April 1780, he voted with the court, in none with the Opposition; and was classed as a Government supporter by Robinson at the dissolution.

In 1780 he was returned on the Basset interest at Penryn. He voted with North until the end. He vacated his seat in November 1782 for some reason not ascertained. He was returned in 1784 at Helston; was classed by William Adam as a supporter of Pitt, yet voted against him on the Irish commercial propositions, 13 May 1785; and again vacated his seat in March 1786. He does not appear to have spoken in the House.

Rogers died 22 Feb. 1832.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke