BRACE, John Thurloe (?1685-aft.1735), of Astwood, Bucks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1715 - 1722
9 June 1725 - 16 Apr. 1728

Family and Education

b. ?1685, 1st surv. s. of Francis Brace of Bedford, attorney, by his 2nd w. Anne, da. and eventually coh. of John Thurloe, M.P., sec. to Oliver Cromwell. educ. Bedford; Trinity, Camb. 8 Jan. 1702, aged 16; I. Temple 1705. m. bef. 1716, Anna Maria Harris, 1s. 1da. suc. fa. 1712.

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John Thurloe Brace, who inherited Astwood, near Bedford, through his mother, was returned as a Whig for that borough in 1715, voting with the Administration in all recorded divisions. Nevertheless he is shown in Sunderland’s lists for the 1722 election as to be replaced by George Huxley, by whom he was defeated; but after Huxley had accepted a place in 1725, Brace recovered his seat at the ensuing by-election. In 1727 he was re-elected but withdrew on petition under a compromise. Shortly after 1735 he sold Astwood to the executors of the 1st Lord Trevor.1 According to Cole, the antiquary, he ‘lived a loose kind of life and run out his estate; but he was a man of parts and ingenuity’.2 The date of his death is not known.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea


  • 1. Thurloe S.P., i. pp. xix-xx; VCH Bucks. iv. 272.
  • 2. Beds. N. & Q. iii. 157.