Sir John Sebright, 6th Baronet

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General Sir John Saunders Sebright, 6th Baronet (19 October 1725 – 23 February 1794) was the sixth Sebright baronet, an officer in the British Army and a Member of Parliament.

Sir John was a younger son of Sir Thomas Sebright, 4th Baronet and Henrietta Dashwood and was educated at Westminster School. He succeeded his elder brother to the baronetcy in 1761.

Sir John was Colonel of the 83rd Regiment of Foot from 1758 to 1760, and then the 52nd Regiment of Foot, from 1760 to 1762. In 1762 he was promoted to the Colonelcy of the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot, a position he held until his death. He was promoted full general on 20 November 1782.

He was elected MP for Bath in 1763, sitting until 1780.[1]

He was a close friend of the Irish statesman and writer Edmund Burke. In 1765, on a visit to Sebright's home at Beechwood in Hertfordshire, Burke came across a considerable number of medieval Irish manuscripts in the library.[2] The manuscripts had been given to Sebright's father by the antiquary and philologist Edward Lhuyd who had acquired them on a tour of Ireland in 1700. In 1786, these were bequeathed to the library of Trinity College Dublin and formed the foundation of the Irish manuscript collections there. The manuscripts presented by Sebright included the Yellow Book of Lecan and the Book of Leinster.[3]

In 1766, he had married Sarah Knight, daughter of Edward Knight and Elizabeth James, and had 2 sons and 2 daughters. Their eldest son, John, inherited the baronetcy.[4] Their daughter Henrietta Sebright (d. 1840) married Henry Lascelles, 2nd Earl of Harewood.[5]


Military offices
New regiment Colonel of the 83rd Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Bigoe Armstrong
Preceded by
Edward Sandford
Colonel of the 52nd Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Sir John Clavering
Preceded by
John Folliot
Colonel of the 18th Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Sir James Murray, Bt
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Thomas Saunders Sebright
(of Besford)
Succeeded by
John Saunders Sebright