SMITH, Abel (1748-79), of Welford, Notts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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9 Oct. 1778 - 22 Jan. 1779

Family and Education

b. 29 June 1748, 2nd s. of Abel Smith, and bro. of Robert and Samuel Smith.  m. 22 Sept. 1777, Elizabeth, da. of Charles Uppleby of Wootton, 1da.

Offices Held


Smith was elected unopposed after an abortive canvass against him by Charles Medows, having the whole-hearted support of the framework knitters who expected him to be the champion of their interests in Parliament.1 No speech by him is reported, and only one vote—against Government on a motion for censuring the Carlisle peace commission’s final manifesto to the Americans.  He died 22 Jan. 1779.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke


  • 1. T. Bailey, Annals of Notts. iii. 63-64.