MEAD, Nathaniel (d.1760), of Goosehays, nr. Romford, Essex.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1715 - 1722

Family and Education

s. of William Mead of Goosehays. educ. M. Temple 1700, called 1704. m. (1), 2s. d.v.p.;1 (2) Martha,2 da. of Sir Thomas Scawen of Carshalton, Surr., sis. of Thomas Scawen, 1s. 1da. Kntd. 17 Feb. 1715.

Offices Held

Serjeant-at-law 1715; under-steward of Havering-atte-Bower by 1715.3


Sir Nathaniel Mead, who was one of 13 serjeants appointed on the same day in January 1715, was related to the Aylesbury families of Mead and Phillips.4 Defeated for that borough by one vote in 1713, he was returned there as a Whig in 1715, voting for the septennial bill, 1716, and the repeal of the Occasional Conformity and Schism Acts, 1719, but against the peerage bill in December 1719. In April 1715 he applied to Walpole unsuccessfully for a commissionership of forfeited estates.5 His only recorded speech was in support of the Government on the Address, November 1718.6 He did not stand again. ‘Under the disgrace of a supersedeas’ he was removed from the commission of the peace for Essex in 1747 by Lord Hardwicke, to whom he wrote: ‘I hope that my behaviour in Parliament during the seven years that your Lordship well remembers I sat there hath not rendered me disagreeable to the present ministry’.7 He died 15 Apr. 1760.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea


  • 1. Lysons, Environs of London, iv. 200.
  • 2. PCC 421 Warburton; N. and Q. (ser. 2), xi. 215.
  • 3. Cal. Treas. Pprs. 1714-19, p. 127.
  • 4. Lipscomb, Bucks. ii. 63-4.
  • 5. Mead to Walpole, 27 Apr. 1715, Cholmondeley (Houghton) mss.
  • 6. Thos. Brodrick to Lady Midleton, 15 Nov. 1718, Brodrick mss.
  • 7. Mead to Hardwicke, 2 Nov. 1747, Add. 35589, f. 331.