Dudley North (politician, born 1684)

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Dudley North (23 August 1684–1730) of Glemham Hall, Little Glemham, Suffolk was a British landowner and Tory politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1710 to 1730.

Side view of Glemham Hall

North was the eldest and only surviving son of Sir Dudley North of Camden Place, Maiden Lane, London and his wife Anne Cann, daughter of Sir Robert Cann, 1st Baronet of Compton Greenfield, Gloucestershire. His father was well known as a merchant, economist, and Tory politician and had purchased the Glemham estate shortly before his death in 1691. North was educated privately at Kensington, with ‘Mr Agier’; and was admitted at St. John’s College, Cambridge on 12 May 1701. [1] Some time before 1708, he married, with £20,000, Katherine Yale (died 1715), daughter of Elihu Yale of Plas Grono, near Wrexham. Yale gave his name to Yale University.[2]

North stood for Parliament at Thetford at the 1708 British general election with Sir Thomas Hanmer, 4th Baronet to whom he was related, but was unsuccessful. He became a common councilman for Dunwich in 1710. At the 1710 British general election, he was returned unopposed as Tory Member of Parliament. He was classified as one of the ‘worthy patriots’ who brought to light the mismanagements of the previous ministry. In March 1711 he was appointed to a drafting committee for a private bill on Great Yarmouth harbour, and was also chosen to draft a bill to curb wool smuggling. He became an alderman of Dunwich in 1712 and was bailiff for the year 1713 to 1714. He was returned for Thetford again at the 1713 British general election again with Hanmer’s support.[2]

North was returned for Thetford again in 1715 and from then on voted consistently against the Government. At the 1722 British general election, he transferred to Orford and was returned on the Price Devereux interest He was elected for Orford again in 1727.[3]

North died on 4 February 1730. He had two sons, and three daughters of whom one son and one daughter predeceased him. His daughter Anne married Nicholas Herbert.


  1. ^ "North, Dudley (NRT701D)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ a b "NORTH, Dudley (1684-1730), of Glemham Hall, Little Glemham, Suff". History of Parliament Online (1690-1715). Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  3. ^ "NORTH, Dudley (?1686-1730), of Little Glemham, Suff". History of Parliament Online (1715-1754). Retrieved 20 January 2019.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Robert Baylis
Thomas de Grey
Member of Parliament for Thetford
With: Sir Thomas Hanmer 1710
Sir Edmund Bacon 1710-1713
Sir William Barker 1713-1715
John Ward 1715-1722
Succeeded by
Sir Edmund Bacon
Robert Jacomb
Preceded by
Clement Corrance
Sir Edward Duke
Member of Parliament for Orford
With: William Acton 1722-1727
Hon. Price Devereux 1727-1729
William Acton 1729-1730
Succeeded by
Robert Kemp
William Acton