WOOD, Robert (b. c.1762), of Putney, Surr.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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15 Dec. 1786 - 1790
1790 - 1796

Family and Education

b. c.1762, o. surv. s. of Robert Wood.  educ. Ch. Ch. Oxf. 3 June 1779, aged 16.  m. Frances, 2s.

Offices Held

Entered army 1778; cornet 1 Drag. Gds. 1784, lt. 1785; capt. 36 Ft. 1788, 16 Lt. Drag. 1789; maj. 34 Ft. 1792; lt.-col. army 1796; ret. ?1796.


In February 1784 Wood’s mother made over to him the mansion at Putney, bought from the Gibbons, where Edward Gibbon had been born.1 In the same year he contested Lyme Regis on behalf of the freeholders against the Fane interest. He was later returned for Minehead on the Luttrell interest. In 1788 Lord Mornington described him as a friend of Pitt who was prepared to pay, £2,500 for a seat at Grimsby at the next general election.2 Wood voted with Pitt on the Regency 1788-9.

He died some time after 1803.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: M. H. Port


  • 1. PCC 1015 Marriott; Letters of Edw. Gibbon, ed. Norton, i. 253; Farington Diary, i. 6.
  • 2. W. M. Torrens, Mq. Wellesley, 71.