BISSHOPP, Cecil (1783-1813).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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10 Apr. 1811 - 1812

Family and Education

b. 25 June 1783, 1st s. of Sir Cecil Bisshopp, 8th Bt.*, by Harriet Anne, da. and h. of William Southwell. educ. ?Eton 1793-7. m. 6 Apr. 1805, Lady Charlotte Barbara Townshend, da. of George, 2nd Mq. Townshend, s.p.

Offices Held

Cornet, Suss. yeomanry 1797-9; ensign 1 Ft. Gds. 1799, lt. and capt. 1800, maj. 1812, brevet lt.-col. 1812; inspecting field officer of militia in Canada 1812.


In 1807 Bisshopp, following in his father’s footsteps, contested New Shoreham, but was defeated. He had to wait until 1811 for his seat for Newport on the interest of (Sir) Leonard Thomas Worsley Holmes*. He is not reported to have spoken but evidently supported government—more especially as his father was at this time pressing strongly for the Zouche peerage. He was in their minorities on sinecure questions, 24 Feb. and 4 May 1812. Subsequently Bisshopp was on military service in Canada and did not seek re-election. He was killed, 11 July 1813, in an engagement with the Americans at Black Rock.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: Brian Murphy