LEICESTER, Sir Francis, 3rd Bt. (1674-1742), of Tabley, Cheshire.

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

Family and Education

b. 30 July 1674, 1st surv. s. of Sir Robert Leicester, 2nd Bt., of Tabley by Meriell, da. and h. of Francis Watson of Church Aston, nr. Newport, Salop. educ. Eton 1686-92; St. John’s, Camb. 1692; M. Temple 1694. m. bet. 1701 and 1705, Frances, da. and h. of Joshua Wilson of Pontefract and Colton, Yorks., wid. of Byrom Thornhill of Fixby, Yorks., 1da. suc. fa. 7 July 1684.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Cheshire 1705-6.


Leicester, a Tory country gentleman, was returned for Newton by his lifelong friend, Peter Legh of Lyme, the proprietor of the borough. Soon after his return he wrote to Legh:

In a little time I shall be of Sir [Michael] Warton’s mind, that one may hear more in 2 hours out of the House than in a whole session within doors.

When Legh’s brothers joined the rebels in the Fifteen, Leicester assured him:

You may depend upon one thing, if it should happen — as I hope in God it will not ... that the Government should take your estates, you shall enjoy one half God blesses me with with the same faith, freedom and cheerfulness and candour as myself the other half, and that as long as I have sixpence in the world.1

Leicester did not stand again. He died 5 Aug. 1742, leaving an estate of £10,000 p.a.2

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. E. Legh, Baroness Newton, Lyme Letters, 232, 265.
  • 2. Gent. Mag. 1742, p. 443.