AGLIONBY, Henry (1684-1759), of Nunnery, Cumb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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12 Apr. 1721 - 1727

Family and Education

b. May 1684, s. of John Aglionby of Nunnery by Dinah, da. and coh. of Rev. Richard Stodart. m. Elizabeth, da. of Wilfred Lawson, M.P., of Brayton, Cumb., sis. of Gilfred Lawson, 3s. 3da.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Cumb. 1732-3; alderman and several times mayor of Carlisle.


Aglionby came of an ancient Cumberland family, connected with Carlisle, of which his grandfather had been recorder. He contested Carlisle successfully in 1721 and 1722 with the support of Lord Carlisle, but, quarrelling with his patron, he did not stand in 1727. He then attached himself to Lord Lonsdale which, Lonsdale remarked,

served both our purposes; it served his to make him considerable at Carlisle and to form an interest there for himself if I did not oppose him; and it served mine to keep up an interest there against Lord Carlisle, without my being at the trouble of doing it myself, and which I could make use of if I saw occasion for it.1

But when applied to by Aglionby for support in standing for Carlisle in 1734, Lonsdale refused to meddle in the election,2 at which Aglionby was defeated, never standing again. He died 7 Aug. 1759.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. To Sir Jas. Lowther, 16 Oct. 1733, B. Bonsall, Cumb. and Westmld. Elections, 9.
  • 2. Ibid.