Sir Abraham Hume, 2nd Baronet

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Abraham Hume by George Romney

Sir Abraham Hume, 2nd Baronet (29 February 1749 – 24 March 1838, in London) was a British floriculturist and Tory politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1774 and 1818.

He was born the eldest son of Sir Abraham Hume, 1st Baronet, of Wormleybury, Hertfordshire, whom he succeeded in 1772, inheriting his title and the Wormleybury estate.

Lady Amelia Hume by Joshua Reynolds

He was appointed High Sheriff of Hertfordshire for 1774 [1] and also elected at the 1774 general election as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the borough of Petersfield in Hampshire,[2] and holding the seat until the 1780 general election, when he did not contest Petersfield again.[3]

He was returned to the House of Commons 27 years later, at the 1807 general election as an MP for the borough of Hastings in Sussex.[4] He resigned the seat in early 1812 in order to contest a by-election in Boston,[4] where he was defeated in April 1812,[5] and was then re-elected for Hastings at a by-election later the same month.[4] At the 1812 general election, he contested both Boston[5] and Hastings,[4] but was elected only in the latter, and held that seat until the 1818 general election,[6] when he contested neither Boston[4] nor Hastings.[4]

Abraham Hume by Henry Edridge

Both Sir Abraham Hume and his wife Amelia Egerton were active as rosarians and developed several rose cultivars at their estate in Hertfordshire. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in December 1775,[7] and one of the founding members of the Geological Society and the British Institution.

He was a keen art collector, especially of Old Master prints and drawings (drawings by Polidoro da Caravaggio were a particular favourite). He was friends with Sir Joshua Reynolds who left him in his will a small painting by Claude Lorraine, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

He died in 1838. He had married Amelia Egerton (25 November 1751 – 8 August 1809), daughter of John Egerton, Bishop of Durham.[8] They had two daughters, both of whom predeceased him:

The Baronetcy thereby became extinct and the Wormleybury estate passed to the male children of Lady Brownlow (Viscount Alford and the Hon. Charles Henry Cust) who jointly sold it in 1853 to a Henry John Grant.


  1. ^ Complete Baronetage
  2. ^ Stooks Smith, Henry. (1973) [1844–1850]. Craig, F. W. S. (ed.). The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 130. ISBN 0-900178-13-2.
  3. ^ "HUME, Sir Abraham, 2nd Bt. (1749-1838), of Wormleybury, Herts". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Stooks Smith, pages 337–8
  5. ^ a b Stooks Smith, page 197
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 2)
  7. ^ "Library and Archive Catalog". Royal Society. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  8. ^ See Hume, Abraham (1749–1838), in Dictionary of National Biography, 1885–1900, Volume 28.


  • Sir Abraham Hume
  • Drummond, Henry (1844). History of Noble British Families. London: William Pickering.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Welbore Ellis
William Jolliffe
Member of Parliament for Petersfield
With: William Jolliffe
Succeeded by
Thomas Jolliffe
William Jolliffe
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir William Middleton, Bt
Sir John Nicholl
Member of Parliament for Hastings
With: George Canning 1807–12
James Dawkins 1812–18
Succeeded by
George Peter Holford
James Dawkins
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Abraham Hume
(of Wormleybury, Herts)