Peregrine Cust (1723–1785)

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Peregrine Cust (1723 – 2 January 1785) was a British politician and Member of Parliament (MP). He was also Deputy Chairman of the East India Company in 1769.[1]

Family and early life[edit]

Cust was born in 1723 and baptized on 19 May 1723.[2] He was the fourth son of Sir Richard Cust, 2nd Baronet, and a younger brother of Sir John Cust and Francis Cust, both future politicians.[2] Peregrine was educated at The King's School, Grantham, and apprenticed to a firm of linen drapers in 1739. He was sent to Holland in 1743 for his further education, where he learnt Dutch.[2]

Political career[edit]

After investing £1,200 and having gained the interest of Charles Walcott, Cust was elected as MP for Bishop's Castle in 1761. He held the seat until 1768, when he was elected MP for New Shoreham.[2] He represented New Shoreham until 1774, when he stood for Ilchester. Though he was declared to have been returned, a subsequent petition uncovered evidence of bribery and the election was declared void.[2] Cust did not stand in the resulting re-election, but instead stood for Grantham in 1776, to which seat he was elected. He represented Grantham until 1780, when he again stood for Ilchester, and this time was declared duly elected.[2] He was re-elected to the seat in 1784, and died the following year on 2 January 1785.[2]

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References[edit]

  • Bindoff, Stanley T.; Roskell, John S.; Namier, Lewis; Sedgwick, Romney; Hayton, David; Cruickshanks, Eveline; Thorne, R. G.; Hasler, P. W. (1983). The House of Commons: 1754 - 1790: Members K-Y. Boydell & Brewer. ISBN 0-436-30420-1. 
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Dashwood-King
Henry Grenville
Member of Parliament for Bishop's Castle
1761–1768
With: Francis Child 1761–1763
George Clive 1763–1768
Succeeded by
George Clive
William Clive
Preceded by
The Lord Pollington
Sir Samuel Cornish
Member of Parliament for New Shoreham
1768–1774
With: Sir Samuel Cornish 1768–1770
John Purling 1770
Thomas Rumbold 1770–1774
Succeeded by
Charles Goring
Sir John Shelley
Preceded by
Peter Legh
Sir Brownlow Cust, Bt
Member of Parliament for Ilchester
1774–1775
With: William Innes
Succeeded by
Nathaniel Webb
Owen Salusbury Brereton
Preceded by
Sir Brownlow Cust, Bt
Lord George Manners
Member of Parliament for Grantham
1776–1780
With: Lord George Manners
Succeeded by
Francis Cockayne-Cust
George Manners-Sutton
Preceded by
Nathaniel Webb
Owen Salusbury Brereton
Member of Parliament for Ilchester
1780–1784
With: Samuel Smith 1780–1784
Benjamin Bond-Hopkins 1784
Succeeded by
John Harcourt
Benjamin Bond-Hopkins