SULLIVAN, Sir Henry, 2nd Bt. (1785-1814), of Thames Ditton, Surr.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1812 - 14 Apr. 1814

Family and Education

b. 13 Mar. 1785, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of Sir Richard Joseph Sullivan, 1st Bt.*, by Mary, da. of Thomas Lodge of Leeds, Yorks. educ. Eton 1799. unm. suc. fa. as 2nd Bt. 17 July 1806.

Offices Held

Lt. and capt. 2 Ft. Gds. 1803, capt. and lt.-col. 1812.


Sullivan was returned for Rye as a Treasury nominee in 1812. His simultaneous return for Lincoln probably surprised him as he was fighting in Spain at the time. He was chosen by his uncle John Sullivan’s* friend Lord Buckinghamshire to fill a vacancy caused by the last-minute withdrawal of Richard Ellison*.1 He was on the Treasury list of supporters, but probably remained on active service most of the time. He found an opportunity to visit Lincoln and to vote against Catholic relief, 24 May 1813, his only political gesture apart from another vote, in favour of Christian missions to India, 22 June 1813. He fell at Toulouse, 14 Apr. 1814, and might have been replaced in Parliament by his brother Charles, a naval officer, had not the freemen taken exception to such absentee Members.2

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: R. G. Thorne


  • 1. Mrs Napier Higgins, Bernards of Abington, iv. 173; Banks Letters ed. Dawson, 416.
  • 2. See LINCOLN.