BARNE, Miles (1718-80), of Sotterley Hall, nr. Beccles, Suff.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1747 - 1754
18 Feb. 1764 - Nov. 1777

Family and Education

b. Oct. 1718, o.s. of Miles Barne, London merchant, director E.I. Co., by Elizabeth, da. of Solomon Snowdon of York. m. (1) May 1745 Elizabeth, da. and h. of Nathaniel Elwick of May Place, nr. Crayford, Kent, gov. of Madras (d. 20 Sept. 1747), 1s. 1da.; (2) 23 Sept. 1752, Mary, da. of George Thornhill of Diddington, Hunts., 5s. 4da. suc. fa. 1743.

Offices Held


Barne came of a family of London merchants, descended from Sir George Barne, lord mayor of London 1552. Having purchased an estate in Suffolk in 1744, he was invited by ‘a respectable number of the freemen of Dunwich’, who had been offended by the neglect shown to them by Sir George Downing, the proprietor of the borough, to stand at the next election. Downing was obliged to give way, and Barne was returned with him, classed as a government supporter.1 He did not stand in 1754, when he told the freemen that if he outlived Downing’s heir, Sir Jacob Downing, he would then propose himself again, which he did.

He died 27 Dec. 1780.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. Memo respecting the borough of Dunwich (1813), Barne fam. pprs., Ipswich and E. Suff. RO.