John Brocklehurst (politician)

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For his grandson the soldier, see John Brocklehurst, 1st Baron Ranksborough.

John Brocklehurst, DL, MP (30 October 1788 – 13 August 1870),[1] known as John Brocklehurst the younger, was an English silk manufacturer, banker and Liberal Party politician from Macclesfield in Cheshire. He sat in the House of Commons for 36 years, from 1832 to 1868.

Brocklehurst was the second of three sons of John Brocklehurst, of Macclesfield and Lea-hall in Cheshire, and became a partner in one of the most successful banking and silk-manufacturing companies in Macclesfield.[2]

Under the Reform Act 1832, the town gained the right to elect two Members of Parliament (MPs), and Brocklehurst was elected at the 1832 general election as one of the first two MPs for the newly enfranchised borough of Macclesfield.[3] He held the seat through nine further elections until he retired from Parliament at the 1868 general election,[2] when his eldest son William Coare Brocklehurst[2] was elected in his place. He attended the House of Commons regularly, and although rarely spoke in the chamber, he was held in great respect by advanced Liberals.[2] He was both a magistrate and a Deputy Lieutenant of the County Palatine of Cheshire.[2]


Brocklehurst married Mary Coare, with whom he had four daughters and four sons.[2] His youngest son Philip Lancaster Brocklehurst was made a baronet in 1903.


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Death of a Parliamentary veteran". The Times (London). 11 January 1833. p. 4. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 19012. p. 77. 11 January 1833. Retrieved 23 October 2010.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Macclesfield
With: John Ryle 1832–1837
Thomas Grimsditch 1837–1847
John Williams 1847–1852
Edward Christopher Egerton 1852–1868
Succeeded by
David Chadwick
William Coare Brocklehurst