HOLTE, Sir Lister, 5th Bt. (1720-70), of Aston, Warws.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1741 - 1747

Family and Education

b. 26 Apr. 1720, 1st s. of Sir Clobery Holte, 4th Bt., by Barbara, da. and h. of Thomas Lister of Whitfield, Northants. educ. Hartlebury sch. Salop; Magdalen, Oxf. 1737. m. (1) 5 Oct. 1739 (with £12,000 and jointure of £1,000 p.a.), Lady Anne Legge (d. June 1740), da. of William Legge, M.P., 1st Earl of Dartmouth, s.p.; (2) 18 July 1742 (with £10,000) Mary (d. 16 July 1752), da. of Sir John Harpur, 4th Bt., sis. of Sir Henry Harpur of Calke, Derbys. s.p.; (3) 5 July 1755 (with £2,000), Sarah, da. of Samuel Newton of King’s Bromley, Staffs., s.p. suc. fa. 25 July 1729.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Cheshire 1767.


Descended from an ancient and royalist Warwickshire family, Holte inherited an estate of ‘not less than £4,000 per annum’. On coming of age he stood as a Tory for Lichfield, where he had cultivated an interest by purchasing the market tolls for £400 for the benefit of the city and contributing £100 to a new market house.1 Returned unopposed, he consistently voted against the Government. In 1747 he was defeated, subsequently leading a Birmingham contingent to the Tory demonstration at Lichfield races.2 He never stood again, dying 8 Apr. 1770.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. A. Davidson, Holtes of Aston, 42-43.
  • 2. Staffs. Parl Hist. (Wm. Salt Arch. Soc.), ii (2), p. 253.