HARTOPP, George Harry William Fleetwood (1785-1824), of Doe Bank, Sutton Coldfield, Warws.
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Family and Educationb. 20 Aug. 1785, 1st s. of Sir Edmund Cradock Hartopp†, 1st bt. (d. 1833), of Four Oaks Hall, Atherstone, Warws. and Anne, da. and h. of Joseph Hurlock, gov. Bencoolen. educ. Christ Church, Oxf. 1804. unm. d.v.p. 31 Mar. 1824.
Hartopp, whose father had represented Leicestershire, 1798-1806, assumed the additional name of Fleetwood in acknowledgement of his lineal descent from the Cromwellian General Charles Fleetwood (d. 1692), whose estates had devolved on his mother. At Oxford he was considered an ‘elegant scholar, and of studious turn of mind’.1 He came in unopposed on a vacancy for Dundalk on the controlling interest of the Jocelyn family in June 1820. That October he proposed Francis Lawley* in the Warwickshire by-election.2 A poor attender, who is not known to have spoken in debate, he voted in support of the Liverpool ministry on the Queen Caroline affair, 6 Feb., and the revenue, 6 Mar. 1821. He divided for Catholic relief, 28 Feb. 1821. He was in a minority of 26 for information on the expense of foreign embassies, 25 Mar., and voted for inquiry into the prosecution of the Dublin Orange rioters, 22 Apr., but divided with government against Scottish parliamentary reform, 2 June 1823.
Hartopp died intestate and v.p. at Mitcham, Surrey in March 1824, having taken ‘cold during his parliamentary attendance’ from ‘want of attention to warm clothing’. His estate and ‘funded goods’ passed to his father.3