HUDSON, Harrington (1772-1826), of Bessingby Hall, nr. Bridlington, Yorks. and 16 New Norfolk Street, Mdx.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1820-1832, ed. D.R. Fisher, 2009
Available from Cambridge University Press



1818 - 1826

Family and Education

b. 11 Apr. 1772, o.s. of John Hudson of Bessingby and Susannah, da. of Sir George Trevelyan, 3rd bt., of Nettlecombe, Som. educ. Westminster 1783; St. John’s, Camb. 1789. m. 26 Oct. 1795, Lady Anne Townshend, da. of George Townshend†, 1st Mq. Townshend, 5s. 3da. suc. fa. 1805.1 d. 29 Nov. 1826.

Offices Held

Ensign E. Yorks. militia 1791, lt. 1793, capt. 1794; capt. Bridlington vol. riflemen 1803.


Hudson, who inherited approximately 1,000 acres in the East Riding of Yorkshire from his father,2 was returned for Helston for the second time in 1820 on his brother-in-law the 6th duke of Leeds’s interest, after a contest forced by an ‘independent’ party among the freemen.3 He was a silent Member and an infrequent attender, who continued to give general support to Lord Liverpool’s ministry. He voted against repeal of the additional malt duty, 3 Apr. 1821, and more extensive tax reductions, 11 Feb. 1822. However, he divided in the minorities for a 40s. fixed duty on corn, 8 May, and a permanent 18s. bounty on exports, 9 May, when he was against the proposed new scale of duties. He voted against the removal of Catholic peers’ disabilities, 30 Apr. 1822. He divided against inquiry into the prosecution of the Dublin Orange rioters, 22 Apr. 1823. He paired against Catholic relief, 1 Mar., 21 Apr., 10 May 1825. He voted for the financial provision for the duke of Cumberland, 30 May, 6, 10 June 1825. It was said of him at this time that he ‘appeared to attend seldom, and to vote with ministers’.4 He retired at the dissolution in 1826 and died that November, leaving his estate to his eldest son Harrington Hudson (1798-1848); his personalty was sworn under £11,000.5

Ref Volumes: 1820-1832

Author: Terry Jenkins


  • 1. There is a wall tablet in Bessingby church (N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: York and East Riding (1995), 276-7.
  • 2. VCH Yorks. E. Riding, ii. 17-21.
  • 3. R. Cornw. Gazette, 11 Mar. 1820.
  • 4. Session of Parl. 1825, p. 469.
  • 5. PROB 11/1723/164; IR26/1131/1031.