John Garth

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This article refers to the politician; for the composer see John Garth.

John Garth (1701–1764) was a British politician.


John Garth became the Recorder for Devizes in 1732. This role is roughly equivalent to the Town Clerk today. This position was held by a lawyer. He was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Devizes in 1740 and was re-elected and served until his death in 1764. His family home and his Devizes residence was Brownston House[1] - a large Grade 1 listed house on New Park Street.


John Garth was the son of Colonel Thomas Garth and Elizabeth Colleton, grand daughter of Sir John Colleton, 1st Baronet, one of the original proprietors of South Carolina. John Garth married to Rebecca Brompton, grand daughter of Sir Richard Raynsford, English judge and Chief Justice of the King's Bench. John Garth was a nephew of Sir Samuel Garth the physician.Two of John Garth’s children were born in Devizes. His daughter Frances was baptised in the adjacent St.Mary’s Church in January 1744 and buried there in 1768. His son Thomas was baptised there in September 1745; he was to become an Army general and Equerry to George III. John Garth died in 1764 and was buried in St Mary’s Churchyard, Devizes on January 2, 1765. His wife Rebecca (1713-1785) and his daughter Elizabeth (1739-1790) were buried in St Mary’s too. One monument of St. Mary’s commemorates John Garth himself and in the chancel there are monuments to the memory of his widow and children. He lived at Brownston House, Devizes, in the 1760s.

His sons included:



  • The Annual Register, Edmund Burke, 1830
  • Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, 1819, page 506
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Francis Eyles
and Sir Joseph Eyles
Member of Parliament for Devizes
With: Francis Eyles (1740-1742)
George Lee (1742-1747)
William Willy (1747-1764)
Succeeded by
Charles Garth
and William Willy