John Dent (died 1826)

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John Dent (1761? – 1826) was an English banker and politician.


He was a partner in Child's Bank, and Tory Member of Parliament for Lancaster from 1790 to 1812.[1] He was a defeated candidate at Poole in 1812; he returned to Parliament there in 1818, and was unopposed in 1822.[2]

Dent earned the nickname "Dog Dent" by his interest in the Dog Tax Bill of 1796.[3] He was known also as a book collector.[4] He was a Fellow of the Royal Society and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.[5]


Dent married Anne Jane Williamson of Roby Hall in 1800; they had ten children.[1]


  1. ^ a b William Farrer & J. Brownbill (editors) (1914). "Townships: Cockerham". A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 8. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  2. ^, Dent, John (?1761-1826), of Clapham, Surr.; Cockerham, Lancs.; and Barton Cottage, nr. Christchurch, Hants.
  3. ^ George Gordon Byron Baron Byron (1982). Lord Byron Selected Letters and Journals. Harvard University Press. p. 165 note 7. ISBN 978-0-674-53915-0. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Foot, Mirjam M. "Payne, Roger". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/21654.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  5. ^ Dent, John (1827). Catalogue of the. library of. John Dent. p. 1. Retrieved 26 September 2012.