LAWTON, John (c.1700-40), of Lawton, Cheshire.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1734 - 7 June 1740

Family and Education

b. c.1700, 1st surv. s. of John Lawton, M.P., of Lawton by Lady Anne Montagu, da. of Hon. George Montagu, M.P., yr. s. of Henry Montagu, M.P., 1st Earl of Manchester. m. July 1733, Jane Cooper, wid.,1 s.p. suc. fa. 1736.

Offices Held

Chief clerk of the sureties of the excise 1723-34.


Lawton, whose father had represented Newcastle-under-Lyme almost continuously between 1689 and 1710, gave up a post in the excise at a salary of £170 p.a. to stand for it in 1734. Returned after a contest, he consistently voted with the Administration till his death on 7 June 1740, leaving an estate said to be worth £1,800 p.a.2

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Gent. Mag. 1733, p. 382.
  • 2. Staffs. Parl. Hist. (Wm. Salt Arch. Soc.), ii (2), pp. 169, 240.