John Pitt (soldier)

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John Pitt (1698–1754) was a British Army officer, colonial administrator and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1720 and 1734.

Pitt was the youngest son of Governor Thomas "Diamond" Pitt who made a fortune while in India and returned to Britain to found a political dynasty. He attended Eton College, and went into the army where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel and served as an aide-de-camp to George I.

Pitt served as Member of Parliament for Hindon from 1720 to 1722, Old Sarum from 1724 to 1726 and Camelford from 1727 to 1734.[1] From 1728 to 1737 he served as Governor of Bermuda.

Pitt was cut out of his father's will after a dispute.[2] He was the brother-in-law of James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope, the effective Prime Minister between 1717 and 1721, and the uncle of William Pitt. He was married to Mary Belasyse, the daughter of the Viscount Fauconberg.


  1. ^ "PITT, John (c.1698-1754)". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  2. ^ Douglas p.24


  • Black, Jeremy. Pitt the Elder. Cambridge University Press, 1992.
  • Brown, Peter Douglas. William Pitt, Earl of Chatham: The Great Commoner. George Allen & Unwin, 1978.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Reynolds Calthorpe
George Wade
Member of Parliament for Hindon
With: George Wade
Succeeded by
Henry Ludlow Coker
Robert Gray
Preceded by
George Morton Pitt
Thomas Pitt
Member of Parliament for Old Sarum
With: Thomas Pitt 1724–1726
George Pitt 1726–1727
Succeeded by
Thomas Pitt of Boconnoc
The Earl of Londonderry
Preceded by
The Earl of Drogheda
William Sloper
Member of Parliament for Camelford
With: Thomas Hales
Succeeded by
Thomas Lyttelton
James Cholmondeley