WEBB, Nathaniel (1725-86), of Taunton, Som.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1768 - 16 Mar. 1775
14 Dec. 1775 - 1780

Family and Education

bap. 21 Aug. 1725, 2nd s. of Nathaniel Webb, collector of customs at Montserrat, by Bethiah, da. of William Gerrish of Montserrat.  educ. poss. Eton 1742.  m. 2 Dec. 1747, Elizabeth Nanton,1 2s.

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In 1741 Webb inherited his father’s West Indian plantations, while the family property in Taunton went to his elder brother Robert, who represented the borough 1747-54. In 1765 Nathaniel became heir to his brother and in 1768 was returned unopposed for Taunton with the support of the Market House Society, an association of local tradesmen. He then donated £2,000 towards the new market house.

All Webb’s recorded votes during this Parliament were with the Administration, and in 1774 he stood again for Taunton with the support of Lord North, then recorder of the borough. After an expensive contest he was returned but unseated on petition. In 1775 he successfully contested Ilchester. He again supported Administration throughout this Parliament. There is no record of his having spoken in the House. Webb did not stand again in 1780.

He died in November 1786.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. Oliver, Antigua, iii. 217.