Sir Francis Sykes, 1st Baronet

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Sir Francis Sykes, 1st Baronet (1732–1804) was an English landowner, Member of Parliament and sometime Governor of Kasimbazar in India, being styled an English nabob by his peers.

Sir Francis was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1732. He joined the British East India Company and amassed a fortune in Bengal, at the court of the Nawab. He became Governor of Kasimbazar and was good friends with both Warren Hastings and Lord Clive. Upon his return to England, he purchased Ackworth Park in Yorkshire and Basildon Park in Berkshire. He was for many years Member of Parliament for Shaftesbury and then for Wallingford, and acquired a baronetcy in 1781. Sir Francis lived at Basildon, although he died before the building was complete. His son, Francis William Sykes (1767–1804) was also member of parliament for Wallingford. Both Sir Francis and his son, Francis William, are commemorated in an unusual memorial at St Bartholomew's Church, Lower Basildon in Berkshire.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Chaffin Grove
Ralph Payne
Member of Parliament for Shaftesbury
1771–1775
With: William Chaffin Grove 1771–74
Thomas Rumbold 1774–75
Succeeded by
Thomas Rumbold
Hans Winthrop Mortimer
Preceded by
Hans Winthrop Mortimer
George Rous
Member of Parliament for Shaftesbury
1780–1784
With: Sir Thomas Rumbold 1780–81
Hans Winthrop Mortimer 1781–84
Succeeded by
Hans Winthrop Mortimer
Adam Drummond
Preceded by
Sir John Aubrey
Chaloner Arcedeckne
Member of Parliament for Wallingford
1784–1801
With: Thomas Aubrey 1784–90
Nathaniel Wraxall 1790–94
Francis Sykes 1794–96
The Lord Eardley 1796–1801
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Wallingford
1801–1804
With: The Lord Eardley 1801–02
William Hughes 1802–04
Succeeded by
William Hughes
George Galway Mills
Baronetage of Great Britain
New creation Baronet
(of Basildon)
1781–1804
Succeeded by
Francis William Sykes