ROOKE, James (c.1740-1805), of Ifton and Bigsweir House, Mon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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28 Nov. 1785 - 4 Oct. 1805

Family and Education

b. c.1740, o.s. of Maj. James Rooke by Jane, da. and h. of Tracy Catchmay of Bigsweir House Mon.  m. 3 Sept. 1777, Elizabeth Brown of St. Briavels, Glos., 1s.  suc. fa. 1773.

Offices Held

Entered army 1759; lt.-col. 14 Ft. 1779; col. army 1780; maj.-gen. 1787; col. commandant 60 Ft. 1788-1796; col. 38 Ft. 1796-d.; lt.-gen. 1797; gen. 1802.


James Rooke inherited from his mother considerable estates in Monmouthshire, and in 1785 was returned for the county without a contest. His first recorded vote was against Richmond’s fortifications plan, 27 Feb. 1786, but he voted with Pitt on the Regency. There is no record before 1790 of his having spoken in the House.

He died 4 Oct. 1805.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke