Harry Davenport (British politician)

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Harry Tichborne Davenport J.P. (1833 – 19 March 1895),[1] known from 1890 as Harry Tichborne Hinckes, was a British barrister and Conservative Party politician who was elected to the House of Commons for constituencies in his native Staffordshire on two occasions in the 1880s.

Early life[edit]

Davenport was the son of John Davenport of Westwood, Staffordshire, a Justice of the Peace and a Deputy Lieutenant of the county. He was educated at Harrow and at Christ Church, Oxford, and was called to the bar in 1860 at the Inner Temple.[2] He later followed in his father's footsteps and became a magistrate,[2] and in 1889 was appointed as an honorary Commissioner in lunacy.[3]

Political career[edit]

He first stood for Parliament at the 1874 general election in Newcastle-under-Lyme,[4] and was unsuccessful again at a by-election in Stoke-upon-Trent in February 1875.[5]

At the 1880 general election Davenport was elected as one of the two Members of Parliament (MPs) for the Northern division of Staffordshire.[6][7] He held that seat for 5 years, until the division was abolished under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, when the two-member county divisions and many parliamentary boroughs were replaced with new single-member county divisions. Davenport stood in the new Leek division at the 1885 general election, where he was narrowly beaten by the Liberal Party candidate Charles Crompton.[8]

At the 1886 election, he overturned Compton's majority and was returned to the Commons as MP for Leek.[8][9] However, he did not defend his seat in 1892, when he retired from Parliament.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Davenport was married in 1868 to Georgiana Henrietta, the eldest daughter of Sir William Curtis, 3rd Baronet,[2] a former High Sheriff of Shropshire.[10] They had no children.[11]

In 1881, his clubs were listed as the United University Club and the Carlton Club.[2]

On 12 November 1890, near the end of his political career, he changed his surname by Royal Licence to Hinckes,[8][11] to fulfil a condition in the will of Theodosia Hinckes.[12]

He died on 19 March 1895,[1] and his estate was bequeathed to his nephew Ralph Tichborne Davenport.[13]


  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 4)
  2. ^ a b c d "H. T. Davenport (Staffordshire, North)". Debrett's illustrated House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1881. via the Wayback Machine. p. 60. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
  3. ^ "No. 25917". The London Gazette. 2 April 1889. p. 1870.
  4. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 218. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  5. ^ Craig, 1832-1885, page 290
  6. ^ Craig, 1832-1885, page 457
  7. ^ "No. 24832". The London Gazette. 9 April 1880. p. 2438.
  8. ^ a b c d Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 387. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
  9. ^ "No. 25609". The London Gazette. 20 July 1886. p. 3502.
  10. ^ "No. 21964". The London Gazette. 3 February 1857. p. 379.
  11. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl. "Henry Tichbe Hinckes". Retrieved 11 July 2010.
  12. ^ "No. 26107". The London Gazette. 18 November 1890. p. 6105.
  13. ^ "Lichfield: Manors and other estates". A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 14: Lichfield. 1990. pp. 67–72. Retrieved 11 July 2010.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for North Staffordshire
With: William Young Craig
Constituency abolished
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Leek
Succeeded by