FREWEN TURNER, John (1755-1829), of Cold Overton, Leics. and Brickwall, Suss.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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31 July 1807 - 1812

Family and Education

b. 1 Aug. 1755, 1st s. of Rev. Thomas Frewen (afterwards Frewen Turner), rector of Sapcote, Leics. by Esther, da. of Benjamin Simkin of Cropston in Thurcaston, Leics. educ. Rugby 1764; Queen’s, Oxf. 1774; m. Temple 1779. m. 1808, Eleanor, da. and coh. of Charles Clarke of Westminster, 3s. 1da. suc. fa. 1791 and took additional name of Turner.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Leics. 1791-2; maj. Leics. yeomanry 1794, lt.-col. 1797.


Turner was returned for Athlone after the seat had been offered to the government by its patron William Handcock*. The chief secretary Sir Arthur Wellesley, in his memorandum on Irish Members, simply noted: ‘I know nothing of Mr Turner, and must refer to the Treasury’. He supported all three motions hostile to the Duke of York, 15-17 Mar. 1809, but voted with government on the address, 23 Jan., the inquiry into the Scheldt expedition, 30 Mar. 1810, and the Regency, 1 Jan. 1811. He is not known to have spoken in debate. Turner died 1 Feb. 1829.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: J. M. Collinge