George Cooke (died 1768)

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George Cooke (c.1705–1768) was an English barrister and politician.


He was the son of Sir George Cooke, a barrister who became chief prothonotary in the Court of Common Pleas, and his wife Anne, daughter of Edward Jennings, Member of Parliament for East Looe.[1][2][3] He entered the Inner Temple in 1717, and was called to the bar in 1728.[1]

Cooke was in practice as a barrister until his father died, in 1740. He had the life appointment as chief prothonotary, from 1732, and also inherited the family estate, Harefield in Middlesex.[1][2]

In 1742 Cooke entered parliament, as member for Tregony, supported by Hugh Boscawen, 2nd Viscount Falmouth.[4] At this stage, Horace Walpole called him "a pompous Jacobite". Leaving parliament in 1747, he was returned for Middlesex in 1750. Initially a Tory, he became a follower of William Pitt the elder in the later 1750s. In the 1760s he opposed the Stamp Act 1765. He was still the member for Middlesex when he died on 5 June 1768.[1]


Cooke married Catherine, daughter of Sir Thomas Twisden, 4th Baronet, in 1735; they had seven sons. The heir was George John Cooke, who became a Lieutenant-General in the Army.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Cooke, George (c.1705-68), of Harefield, Mdx., History of Parliament Online". Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Sir Bernard Burke (1863). A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland. Harrison. p. 1576.
  3. ^ "Jennings, Edward (c.1647–1725), of Little Lincoln's Inn Fields, Mdx. and Duddlestone, Salop., History of Parliament Online". Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Cooke, George (c.1705–68), of Bellamond, or Bellacketts, in Harefield, Mdx., History of Parliament Online". Retrieved 31 May 2015.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Watts
Henry Penton
Member of Parliament for Tregony
1742 – 1747
With: Henry Penton
Succeeded by
Claudius Amyand
William Trevanion
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Smithson, Bt
Sir William Beauchamp-Proctor, Bt
Member of Parliament for Middlesex
1750 – 1768
With: Sir William Beauchamp-Proctor, Bt to March 1768
John Wilkes from March 1768
Succeeded by
John Glynn
John Wilkes