QUICK, Andrew (1666-1736), of Newton St. Cyres, Devon

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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30 Mar. 1711 - 1713
1713 - 1715

Family and Education

b. 9 Mar. 1666, 5th but 1st surv. s. of John Quick of Newton St. Cyres by Elizabeth, da. of Thomas Southcote of Buckland, Devon.  m. 16 Feb. 1686, Dorothy (d. 1728), da. of Sir Arthur Northcote, 2nd Bt., of Hayne, Devon, 3s. d.v.p. 5da. (1 d.v.p.).  suc. fa. 1703.1

Offices Held

Collector of customs, Padstow 1700–2; surveyor of customs, Bideford and Barnstaple 1702–3; jt. receiver of tin, Devon 1703–?14.2


Quick’s family had been seated at Newton St. Cyres since the 16th century. Initially a customs administrator, he was appointed receiver of the tin for Devon in 1703, a place worth £250 p.a. At a by-election in January 1708, and again at the general election a few months later, he stood unsuccessfully for Ashburton, where his wife’s family had an interest, and petitioned without result. He was returned unopposed, however, at a by-election in March 1711 and was afterwards listed as one of the ‘worthy patriots’ who during the 1710–11 session helped in detecting the mismanagements of the previous administration. On 16 Apr. 1712 he was teller against removing the duty payable on corn unloaded at the port of London, and on 17 May was granted leave of absence for a month. He was involved in the preparation of a private bill which he presented on 29 Apr. 1713. He voted on 18 June 1713 in favour of the French commerce bill. Defeated at Ashburton in 1713, he was brought in at Grampound, and in the Worsley list was classed as a Tory. On 20 Apr. 1714, in proceedings on the disputed Brackley election, he was a teller against a motion declaring the Whig Paul Methuen* duly elected. On 14 May, he was teller against imposing a duty on coal entering the port of London. His name was sent to the Pretender in 1721 as a probable supporter in the event of a rebellion. He was buried at Newton St. Cyres on 4 July 1736.3

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Vivian, Vis. Devon, 854–5.
  • 2. Cal. Treas. Bks. xvi. 130; xvii. 387–8; xviii. 83, 464; Cal. Treas. Pprs. 1714–19, p. 237.
  • 3. P. S. Fritz, Ministers and Jacobitism 1715–45, p. 148; Vivian, 854.