Sir Abraham Hume, 2nd Baronet

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Abraham Hume by George Romney

Sir Abraham Hume, 2nd Baronet (29 February 1749 – 24 March 1838, in London) was a British floriculturist and Tory politician.

He married Amelia Egerton (25 November 1751 – 8 August 1809), daughter of John Egerton, Bishop of Durham.[1]

Lady Amelia Hume by Joshua Reynolds

He was appointed High Sheriff of Hertfordshire for 1774 [2] and also elected at the 1774 general election as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the borough of Petersfield in Hampshire,[3] and holding the seat until the 1780 general election, when he did not contest Petersfield again.[3]

He was returned to the House of Commons 27 years later, at the 1807 general election as an MP for the borough of Hastings in Sussex.[4] He resigned the seat in early 1812 in order to contest a by-election in Boston,[4] where he was defeated in April 1812,[5] and was then re-elected for Hastings at a by-election later the same month.[4] At the 1812 general election, he contested both Boston[5] and Hastings,[4] but was elected only in the latter, and held that seat until the 1818 general election,[6] when he contested neither Boston[4] nor Hastings.[4]

Abraham Hume by Henry Edridge

Both Sir Abraham Hume and his wife were active as rosarians and developed several rose cultivars at their estate in Hertfordshire. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in December 1775,[7] and one of the founding members of the Geological Society and the British Institution.

He was a keen art collector, especially of Old Master prints and drawings (drawings by Polidoro da Caravaggio were a particular favourite). He was friends with Sir Joshua Reynolds who left him in his will a small painting by Claude Lorrain, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

They had issue:


  1. ^ See Hume, Abraham (1749–1838), in Dictionary of National Biography, 1885–1900, Volume 28.
  2. ^ Complete Baronetage
  3. ^ a b Stooks Smith, Henry. (1973) [1844–1850]. Craig, F. W. S., ed. The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 130. ISBN 0-900178-13-2. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Stooks Smith, pages 337–8
  5. ^ a b Stooks Smith, page 197
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 2)
  7. ^ "Library and Archive Catalog". Royal Society. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 


  • Sir Abraham Hume
  • Drummond, Henry (1844). History of Noble British Families. London: William Pickering. 

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Welbore Ellis
William Jolliffe
Member of Parliament for Petersfield
With: William Jolliffe
Succeeded by
Thomas Jolliffe
William Jolliffe
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir William Middleton, Bt
Sir John Nicholl
Member of Parliament for Hastings
With: George Canning 1807–12
James Dawkins 1812–18
Succeeded by
George Peter Holford
James Dawkins
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Abraham Hume
(of Wormleybury, Herts)