John Mills (Hampshire cricketer)

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John Mills (11 August 1789 – 18 February 1871)[1] was a British soldier, politician and amateur cricketer who played first-class cricket from 1816 to 1820.

He was the eldest son of William Mills, a director of the Honourable East India Company, and the elder brother of Sir Charles Mills, 1st Baronet.[2]

Mills was educated at Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford, matriculating on 22 October 1807.[2] He was commissioned an ensign in the Coldstream Guards on 27 December 1809.[3] Mainly associated with Hampshire, he made 9 known appearances in first-class matches.[4] He played for the Gentlemen in the Gentlemen v Players series. Mills served with the regiment during the Peninsular War and in Holland. He was promoted lieutenant and captain on 10 January 1814.[5]

Mills was later appointed a verderer of the New Forest. He was elected as a Tory (and later Conservative) Member of Parliament (MP) for Rochester at the 1831 general election[6] having contested the seat unsuccessfully in 1830.[6] He was re-elected in 1832, and held the sat until he stood down at the 1835 general election.[7] He was High Sheriff of Hampshire in 1839, and was appointed a deputy lieutenant in 1846.[8] He died in 1871 at his estate of Bisterne.[2]

Further reading[edit]

  • Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volumes 1-11 (1744–1870), Lillywhite, 1862–72


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 2)
  2. ^ a b c Boase, Frederic (1897). Modern English Biography v. 2. Netherton & Worth. p. 890. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  3. ^ "No. 16326". The London Gazette. 19 December 1809. p. 2022. 
  4. ^ CricketArchive. Retrieved on 18 November 2008.
  5. ^ "No. 16847". The London Gazette. 22 January 1814. p. 181. 
  6. ^ a b Stooks Smith, Henry. (1973) [1844-1850]. Craig, F. W. S., ed. The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-13-2. 
  7. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 258. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  8. ^ "No. 20605". The London Gazette. 19 May 1846. p. 1836. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ralph Bernal
Lord Villiers
Member of Parliament for Rochester
With: Ralph Bernal
Succeeded by
Ralph Bernal
Thomas Twisden Hodges
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Andrew Robert Drummond
High Sheriff of Hampshire
Succeeded by
John Meggott Elwes