ELLIS, John Thomas (1756-1836), of Wyddial Hall, Herts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1784 - 1790

Family and Education

b. 28 Sept. 1756, o.s. of Brabazon Ellis of Wyddial Hall. educ. L. Inn 1775. m. 15 Jan. 1786, Marianne, da. of John Heaton of Bedfords, Essex, 4s. 1da. suc. fa. 1780.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Herts. 1784-5.


In 1784 Ellis was returned unopposed for Lostwithiel, a borough placed at the disposal of Government by Lord Mount Edgcumbe. The seat cost £3,000, and in George Rose’s secret service accounts1 appears the entry: ‘Mr. Ellis—Lostwithiel—above £1,500 paid to Lord Mount Edgcumbe—£500’—presumably Ellis himself had to pay only £1,000 from his own pocket. Naturally, he supported Pitt. On 18 Apr. 1785 he voted for parliamentary reform. His only recorded speech, 23 Jan. 1787, was in favour of a tax on hawkers and pedlars. He is not known to have stood in 1790.

Ellis died 6 Oct. 1836.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. Royal archives, Windsor.