AMCOTTS, Sir Wharton, 1st Bt. (1740-1807), of Kettlethorpe Park, Lincs.
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b. 23 Feb. 1740, 1st s. of Alexander Emerson of East Retford, Notts. and Caistor, Lincs. by Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Rev. Thomas Bosville, rector of Ufford, Northants. m. (1) 16 Apr. 1762, Anna Maria (d. 1 July 1800), da. and event. h. of Vincent Amcotts of Harrington and Aisthorpe, Lincs., 1da.; (2) 20 Oct. 1800, Amelia née Campbell of Whitley, Northumb., 1da. suc. fa. c.1744; 1st w.’s bro. Charles Amcotts† of Kettlethorpe and took name of Amcotts 17 May 1777; cr. Bt. 11 May 1796.
Ensign 14 Ft. 1758, lt. 1759, res. 1760.
Amcotts’s property at East Retford enabled him to pose as representative of the independent interest in 1780, when he owed his return to a coalition with the 2nd Duke of Newcastle who controlled the other seat. Subsequently their politics diverged, Amcotts becoming a Portland Whig. He joined the Whig Club, 1 May 1787. By 1789, when a contest loomed, Amcotts had transferred his interest at Retford to his son-in-law Sir John Ingilby, to the annoyance of local Whigs who thought him to be a ministerial supporter. Ingilby, elected unopposed, proved them right.1
Ingilby’s ‘pecuniary embarrassments’ led to Amcotts’s renewal of his candidature at Retford in 1795. On 15 Dec. he requested Portland, now a member of Pitt’s cabinet, to get him excused the shrievalty of Lincolnshire to this end, and added:
Should I however fail in my expectations at East Retford, at all events, I could wish to have a seat in the next Parliament in the mode and manner that Mr Vyner senior obtains his seat ... as it will give me an opportunity of testifying to your Grace [my] very sincere regard and esteem.
Portland encouraged his expectations and he obtained a baronetcy shortly before the election of 1796.2 He was the tertius gaudiens, as the ducal interest was challenged by William Petrie*. The duke’s party preferred him to Petrie, but he had no objection to receiving Petrie’s second votes. He made no mark in the House. On 2 Dec. 1796 he took six weeks’ sick leave, and another six on 25 Feb, 1801, during which he canvassed Retford.3 In 1802, still ‘the Duke of Portland’s friend’, he retired. The interest was later taken up by his grandson and heir William Ingilby*.4 He died 26 Sept. 1807.