Hugh Fortescue (1665–1719)

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Hugh Fortescue
Personal details
Born 2 June 1665
Died December 1719
Nationality British
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) 1 Bridget Boscawen (1692–1708)
2 Lucy Aylmer (
Occupation Landowner
Profession Politician

Hugh Fortescue (2 June 1665 – December 1719) was a British politician.

Family[edit]

Hugh Fortescue was the first son of Arthur Fortescue (died 1693) of Penwarne, Mevagissey, Cornwall and Buckland Filleigh, Devon, and Barbara Eford of Sheepstor, Devon.

He married Bridget Boscawen (died 1708) on 19 October 1692. The only child (out of eight sons and two daughters) to outlive her father Hugh Boscawen, (1625–1701); she brought money with her marriage increasing Fortescue's fortune. Bridget's mother Margaret was the daughter of Theophilus Clinton, 4th Earl of Lincoln, and was one of the coheirs of the Barony of Clinton upon the death of the 5th Earl in 1692.

They had four children:

  • Hugh Fortescue, 1st Earl Clinton (1696–1751), created Baron Clinton in 1721
  • Boscawen Fortescue, died unmarried
  • Theophilus Fortescue, died unmarried
  • Margaret Fortescue, died unmarried on 14 March 1760

After Bridget's death, he married the Honerable Lucy Aylmer, the daughter of Matthew Aylmer, 1st Baron Aylmer (circa 1650–1720).

They had two children:

Politics[edit]

He represented five boroughs in Cornwall from 1689 to 1713. They were Tregony, Grampound, Truro (did not sit), Mitchell and Lostwithiel. Fortescue was not prominent in the House of Commons being jailed for absent on two occasions and as well as a number of non-attendances.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Ancestry Of Lord Ebrington, One Of The Candidates For St Ives". The Cornishman (60). 4 September 1879. p. 6. 
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Charles Trevanion
Charles Porter
Member of Parliament for Tregony
1689–1695
With: Charles Boscawen 1689
Robert Harley 1689–1690
Sir John Tremayne 1690–1694
The Earl of Kildare 1694–1695
Succeeded by
Francis Robartes
James Montagu
Preceded by
John Tanner
John Buller
Member of Parliament for Grampound
1695–1698
With: John Tanner
Succeeded by
John Tanner
Sir William Scawen
Preceded by
Francis Robartes
Philip Meadowes
Member of Parliament for Tregony
with Francis Robartes

1701–1702
Succeeded by
Hugh Boscawen
Joseph Sawle
Preceded by
Renatus Bellott
Francis Basset
Member of Parliament for Mitchell
1705–1707
With: Sir William Hodges, Bt
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Parliament of England
Member of Parliament for Mitchell
1707–1710
With: Sir William Hodges, Bt
Succeeded by
Abraham Blackmore
Richard Belasyse
Preceded by
Francis Robartes
Horatio Walpole
Member of Parliament for Lostwithiel
1710–1713
With: John Hill
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Clarges, Bt
Erasmus Lewis